This may be the “easiest” of Rodney Yee’s workouts – at least strength-wise. It’s just over an hour of slower-paced poses starting with a few sun salutations, progressing through the standing poses, and finally seated/lying down poses. It’s not a sweat-producer like Power Yoga, but it definitely gets you all stretched out and leaves you feeling relaxed and energized. I was really surprised on how much I liked it – of course, I like pretty much all of Rodney’s tapes, so I don’t know why I was surprised. I guess because I usually prefer the Power Yoga style workouts. But this one is most definitely a keeper. Although it’s a little long (about 70 minutes), you completely lose track of time while doing it. The setting is wonderful, too – Maui. Grade A.
Yoga Conditioning for Life is an excellent yoga workout for any level. It is a beautiful production, with a stunning setting overlooking the gorgeous, blue water and spectacular sky in Hawaii. It is Rodney with 2 women participants. One participant is doing the beginner level modifications and the other is doing intermediate, while Rodney does the advanced level.
I have been doing Rodney's Power Yoga and AM Yoga workouts for a long time, and this workout was a pleasant change in that Yoga Conditioning for Life moves much more slowly and holds the poses longer than the Power Yoga and AM Yoga tapes. It begins with sun salutations, then variations of triangle and side angle poses, warrior poses, tree pose, some other standing poses, and then seated poses and stretches, including cobbler, camel, bow, backbends, bridge, and many more. There is a nice relaxation at the end.
I was impressed with the wide variety of poses that Rodney includes on this tape. I think it is one of the most comprehensive workouts that I've seen by him. It is 75 minutes long.
The only criticism I have is a minor one, and it is that Rodney says "soften the kidneys and groins." Groins or inner thighs can be relaxed voluntarily, but I am not sure about kidneys :). It does not take away from my enjoyment of the workout, however.
I highly recommend this tape to anyone who is looking for a thorough and relaxing stretch through yoga. A+
Rodney Yee is one of my favorite yoga instructors. He has a very calming, soothing and pleasant voice, and a serene aura about him. His deep passion for yoga practice comes across and is motivating.
January 12, 2004
I got this as part of a set. It's supposedly 'all levels'..well, beginners had better watch out! first of all the length is over an hour. He holds the moves a long time and some of the moves I think are pretty difficult, esp with no upper body strength. The first half hour at least is a slower sun salutation..lots of lifting arms up above head and slight back bend then forward bend and look up, forward bend again, then downdog/plank/upward dog, and then he inserts different moves in the sequence such as warrior 1,2, triangle, wide angle, reverse triangle, half moon...but he doesn't rush them. In some ways I think they'd be easier a little faster, but I did enjoy him slowing them down. The 2 ladies modifying weren't shown enough for me! I think the hardest pose is the one where you're on your back with knees bent and put your hands beside your ears and push up with your hands and legs..I had to really modify that one and leave the shoulders on the floor!
There isn't a lot of instruction on how to do the pose..he does do a lot of descriptions though...some were a little strange to me such as not focusing on the stretch but the positioning or something like that...boy, I was feeling the STRETCH!!! The heck with feeling the earth below me body awareness stuff I guess. Next time I'll pay more attention now that I know I'll survive the workout!
A beginner would have to be patient and be willing to not hold the poses as long I think. I was shaking on a few..half moon and reverse triangle to name a few! He does at least 3 seated twists that are held and I felt really stretched afterwards.
I do like this workout and the only reason I probably won't do it very much is its length..but I think I'd like to do it once a week or so and see how I improve on the other poses.The music/scenery is soothing..but I can't help thinking how their platforms look like graves in a cemetery!they're not, but they remind me of them! Overall this video is pretty good but more for an advanced beginner/intermediate maybe. Thre are no ploughs, etc but he does do a lot of back bends like camel and upward dog,and bow.
flexible, extrememely strong; accent but completely understandable