Yoga Quick Fixes

Ana Brett, Ravi Singh
Year Released: 2007

Categories: Yoga

Yoga Quick Fixes is one of the many offerings from the husband/wife team of Ravi Singh/Ana Brett. In the same style as their previous videos, Quick Fixes features Ana alone on screen, practicing on a small rug in an all-white room, while she and Ravi take turns providing voiceover instruction. You'll recognize some of the music and yoga sequences from their previous videos, but there's plenty that's brand new here as well.

Quick Fixes has over 3 hours of footage, which felt a bit overwhelming to me at first! The Main Menu offers the following options:
*Play DVD
*Tune In
*Breath Primer
*Power Surge Warm-Ups (14 minutes)
*Yoga Quick Fixes
*Yoga Quick Sets
*Deep Relaxation
*3 Amazing Meditations
*Closing Prayer

The Main Menu leads to several sub-menus as described below.

Quick Fixes: Positive PMS (10m), So Long Sciatica (7m), Delete Depression (16m), Digestible You (9m), Asthma No More (5m), Soothe Stress Free Fatigue (8m), Maximize Memory (6m), Headache Helper (6m), Anxiety Antidote (10m), On the Spot Addiction Alternative (16m), Sleep Easy (6m)

Yoga Quick Sets: Energy to Burn (12m), Flexibility & Strength (12m), All Systems Go! (17m), Balance & Joy (16m), Kundalini Yoga Superset (22m)

3 Amazing Meditations: Amazing Minute Breath (6m), So Darshan Chakra Kriya (3.5m), Sa-Ta-Na-Ma Meditation (14m) [These same meditation sequences also appear on Ravi and Ana's other new release, Dr. Yoga House Call.]

On their website and elsewhere, Ravi and Ana recommend that you begin with the Tune-Up and Breath Primer (optional), do the Warm-Ups, and then select from amongst the Quick Fixes and Quick Sets (these shorter sequences are meant to stand alone as well). There is some overlap amongst the segments--for example, some of the Warm-Ups and Quick Fix sequences appear as part of some of the Quick Sets. However, the transitions are virtually seamless, and all of the practices flow very well. Ravi and Ana frequently make statements about what the exercises are designed to do for you (eg, "according to yoga, this will give you _____"), although they generally don't describe exactly how this process works.

If you've never done yoga before, this DVD might not be the best place to start, as Kundalini yoga is fairly distinct from the more traditional forms of hatha yoga with which most people are familiar. Similarly, if you've practiced yoga but are new to Kundalini, be prepared for something a little different--i.e., most of the exercises will not be recognizable as classic postures, there is a lot more movement, and different breathing techniques are used, particularly the Breath of Fire (although I found that BOF was used a little less here than in some of Ravi and Ana's other videos).

Overall, this is an extremely well-produced, well-organized Kundalini yoga video that is a must-have for Ravi/Ana fans. Even though I more often practice hatha yoga, this DVD has become a favorite, as I find the short segments great to add on when I want to practice yoga that is a bit more active and energetic in nature.

Beth C (aka toaster)