Yoga in the Garden of SerenityKathleen Anderson
Year Released: 2001
background about me - I consider myself at an advanced beginner level for yoga. I tend to like medium paced flow practices along with relaxation/restorative practices. Favorites include: Total Yoga the Original, Yoga Shakti, Pure Tranquility, and Yoga in the Garden of Serenity.
setting - The practice is filmed in a rustic outside garden with wildflowers. The instruction is voiceover with Kathleen performing the postures.
DVD composition - The DVD is divided into the following chapters:
Three Part Breath
Neck and Shoulders
Preparation for Relaxation
The practice clocks in around an hour. However, similar to Yoga Shakti there is a matrix feature where you can set up your own program.
music - This is a definite thumbs up. Beautiful classical music. A nice change of pace from your typical yoga music.
review - Kathleen has a Kripalu background as well as being schooled in pilates and a number of other techniques that I can't seem to remember the name of.
The practice is geared towards office workers who spend a lot of time at their desks. Kathleen uses nice fluid movements to help loosen up the body. The neck and shoulder sequences are just divine, although truthfully there isn't a part of the practice that I don't love. I find the practice loosens up my neck, shoulders, hamstrings, hips and just leaves me feeling very calmed and centered.
I would say if you are looking for a nice gentle yoga practice, this one might be just about perfect.
Kathleen Anderson has a very soothing presence. She has a pleasant voice and does a great job of describing the different yoga postures.