Yoga for Urban Living: Morning Quickie

Hemalayaa Behl
Year Released: 2003

Categories: Yoga

Iím reviewing this workout after doing it a couple of times in the year and a half or so Iíve had it.

General workout breakdown: This yoga workout lasts about 30 minutes. Hemalaya begins with chanting Om in seated position, with some gentle stretches and breathing exercisers, before gradually moving up to standing with moves meant to invigorate. She then proceeds through a few rounds of sun salutations with some other standing poses, like side angle, before moving back to the mat for seated twists, a very short savasana, and some final Oms. Hemalaya moves deliberately through the postures rather than rushing them.

Level: Iíd recommend this to an experienced beginner (with some strength and flexibility) through a low intermediate in yoga, since Hemalaya doesnít include much in the way of form instruction, form tips, or modifications. I flatter myself by saying I'm a low intermediate; I'm still working on flexibility and strength after 3+ years of yoga and am just starting to work up towards intermediate moves like handstand, headstand, crow, etc. I find this practice appropriate for my abilities.

Class: Hemalaya alone, with instruction via voiceover.

Music: upbeat instrumental music; I agree with Beth that itís kind of tribal.

Set: Hemalayaís in what looks like an apartment, with a large window, brick walls, hardwood floors, and IKEA furniture.

Production: the usual crisp picture and sound from Natural Journeys. The camera angles are generally helpful, but the voiceover doesnít always match up with the moves.

Equipment: sticky mat (or equivalent). Hemalaya is barefoot.

Space Requirements: enough room to lie with your arms and legs extended and some space to the sides.

DVD Notes: The DVD contains Morning Quickie, Evening Bath, and Daily Connection. The main menu asks to select the Intro; AM, PM, or Main workouts; or the Breathing (3 part, ujjai, kapalabati, or energized breathing) or Instructional tutorials (down dog, cobra, spinal twist, spinal lift = bridge, shoulder stance, reverse pose = modified shoulderstand, boat, eagle, warrior, triangle, reverse prayer, or tree). The Quickie routine has seven chapters, a couple of which drop you right in the middle of poses.

Conclusion: This is a nice routine, but for whatever reason I just donít find myself reaching for it. The versatility of the DVD is nice, though. If you like this video, definitely check out Hemalayaís Yoga for Young Bodies, which has another routine like this on it.

Instructor Comments:
Hemalaya has a nice voice and her own names for poses (e.g. plow for lunge and triangle for side angle), and as Beth mentioned her cueing of left and right is inconsistent.