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NicoleF

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Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 7:10 AM
Some of you had reccommended Adrienne Reed's power yoga. I was wondering how she rates with originality of poses, style, and level (int/adv...) versus Eoin Finn, Mark Blanchard, Shiva Rea, and Kristin McGee.
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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 8:40 AM
Nicole, I am going to look at clips of all of those,  since the only yoga instructors I know are Rodney Yee, Suzanne Deason, and Sara Ivanhoe!   Also Jennifer Kreis had a good yoga  video  in mid 90's.  Time to watch some clips!
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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:05 AM
I know sara Ivanhoe well so you can compare to anything she has put out. I just don't have her in my rotation since i have outgrown her.
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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:26 AM
I have Power Yoga for Ultimate Flexibility and I really like it.  I am intermediate/advanced in yoga.  I am really flexible.  This one really tests your flexibility.  Adrienne has a no-nonsense approach but is encouraging and moves very quickly throughout the practices.  There is a 20, 40 and 60-minute practice.  In the 20-minute practice she works towards horse stance.  In the 40-minute segment, she does a big toe balance, standing splits, inverted split with shoulder stretch (hands clasped), down dog split into hanumasana, camel, bridge, wheel (also walking forward and back in wheel), king pigeon, arm balance from plank (I think it was eka pada koundinyasana - one-legged sage balance 2), twists and a side leg stretch (opposite hand to leg).  I'd have to look back and see if I have any notes on the 20 and 60-minute practices.  There are chaturanga vinyasas throughout.  This doesn't have any spirituality in it, just straight forward yoga.  There are a couple of arm balances in this but this, as the title suggests, is geared for ultimate flexibility which is what you should achieve after doing this practice.

As far as originality, I hadn't done horse stance before and a few others.  I plan on doing a yoga/kickbox rotation next month so I will be doing this and others and keep you posted.  You won't hear little sayings from Adrienne like Eoin's "the grin on your chin is more important than the chin on your shin" or Mark Blanchard's talk about "the birds and the bees and the trees".  Adrienne packs a lot into a short amount of time.

This is definitely an intermediate/advanced practice. 

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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:30 AM
Very informative, Marcy, you are inspiring to me!Alice
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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 1:40 PM
Alice Kathleen


Very informative, Marcy, you are inspiring to me!Alice



Aww, thanks Alice!  That's nice to hear!

Marcy
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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 2:04 PM
thanks! you sold me! i found the 3 pack (the one you mentioned, fat burner and a core) for half the price she sells them for. Just wanted to make sure I would get something out of them. Any poses where your foot is behind your head? there are soo many in ashtanga series.... but none on any videos I have ever seen. Eoin goes into one but thats it.
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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 2:38 PM
NicoleF


thanks! you sold me! i found the 3 pack (the one you mentioned, fat burner and a core) for half the price she sells them for. Just wanted to make sure I would get something out of them. Any poses where your foot is behind your head? there are soo many in ashtanga series.... but none on any videos I have ever seen. Eoin goes into one but thats it.


Nicole - Congratulations on your lucky find!  Please let me know how the others are.  I don't have them.  I don't remember if there were poses behind the head but I promise I will be sure to take notes when I do them.  I will try and do the 60 minute one next week and maybe the 20 minute practice. 

Here are instructions on horse pose (vatayanasana):
http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_2325366_assume-horse-pose-ashtanga-yoga.html

Here's a pic of horse stance:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sribhagavati/5006048753/

Marcy
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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:00 PM
good! I have been doing that pose on my own (i took what i havnt seen from series 1,2, and 3 of ashtanga and do them on my own) I just didnt know it was called horse pose. This has actually helped me know when a pose is too easy as shown how to get a better workout.  

And I have been noticing the sage balance more often. Shiva does it in daily energy, mark does it in his newest True Strength Power Yoga. I believe Eoin does it too. It's one of my favorites!  

I love moving poses like walking wheel. Or what ashtanga calls wheel, (the bridge wheel is called upward wheel i think) it is a backward roll from shavasana to chaturanga. It's fun!
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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:33 PM
NicoleF

I love moving poses like walking wheel. Or what ashtanga calls wheel, (the bridge wheel is called upward wheel i think) it is a backward roll from shavasana to chaturanga. It's fun!  


Nicole - Sounds like fun!  I'll have to try it.

If you can get your hands on it, you should really try Tracy Groshack's Power Yoga with Tracy (she's a background exerciser in Eoin's Power Yoga for Happiness).  This one has tons of arm balances!  They're pretty much mostly towards the end of the practice.  She packs a lot into 55 minutes. 

Here's a review from videofitness:
http://www.videofitness.com/reviewsdb/disp_review.php?id=2919

And here is what I have from my notes:

Side plank B - holding big toe
Pigeon variations - holding foot in back with both hands; also twisting to opposite side
forward bends - holding bit toe and hands under feet and behind shins
Malasana
Crow - jump back into vinyasa
Triange, reverse triangle
Warrior 2 into bound angle
Wide leg forward bend into tripod headstand
Boat pose at 45, 30, 10 degrees and back up 3x with levitation holds in between
10 crunches - legs at 90 degrees
Dolphin (forearm stand)
standing lotus poses
tree
1/2 lotus
heel against knee
Galavasana
Side Crow
standing split into low lunge - elbows on floor into arm balance
bhujipadasana
firefly
forearm stand
split handstand
bound lotus folding over

I believe you had asked about Elle Yoga and Yoga Anywhere by Tara Stiles on another post.  I have both of these and like them.  Tara's practices go by very quickly.  Even though the ones on Elle Yoga are only 20 minutes, I feel like I get a complete practice out of them.  Here are some poses from Elle Yoga #1:

Wrist stretches
Twisting Malasana
Backbend
Twists
Standing Splits
Pigeon, Double Pigeon
Forward Bends

I'll try and do Elle Yoga next week as well.

Yoga Anywhere is a good 50 minute practice.  Again, didn't take notes but I liked it.  There are also different NY sessions outside.  I tried to follow along with the one in Central Park.  The outdoor sessions are not guided practices; they are just Tara doing the poses.  Some of the poses were split handstand, big toe pose (front, side and front); side crow (split legs), bird of paradise, squatting toe balance; 1/2 lotus.  I think there are three other outdoor sessions but I haven't looked at them yet.  It's a shame the outdoor sessions aren't guided practices because I'm sure they would have been good and there were poses on here not on other DVDs. 

Don't know if you have it but Yoga Radiance is another good intermediate/advanced practice.  It is separated into the seasons.  I really like this one because it has bird of paradise (in the summer practice) which not too many DVDs have.  Also in the summer practice is tripod headstand, standing splits and side crane in addition to a couple of others which I can't remember.

Spring - Sun Salutations (forget what else).  The practice starts with Spring.

Autumn - Tree, big toe pose (side, front into Warrior 3 into standing split into vinyasa); dancer's pose, big toe stretch

Winter -  Wide leg forward bend, tortoise pose (10 breaths), vinyasa, child's pose, camel, jump through to seated staff pose; one leg in camel, other bent up - lay back; bridge, wheel, 1-legged wheel; plough, shoulderstand (1 legged variation then in lotus, then hands to knee, knees to floor, bakasana (crow), supine twists, savasana.

Marcy
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Re:Adrienne Reed Power Yoga - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 7:53 PM
I go back and forth with Yoga Radiance... I like some of the originality, but I've read other reviews where I felt like i wouldn't like the set up and I wouldn't use it often. I read that it doesn't warm you up much for some of the harder poses like bird of paradise. But Winter sounds like it takes alot of series 2 from ashtanga... which is good... I will definitly try Tracy's. I like to practice arm balances as much as possible.

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