THE ULTIMATE YOGI /DVD
WITH TRAVIS ELLIOT
“Are you ready?” With this question Travis Elliot sets the transformational tone
for his recently released Yoga training
program intended to turn anyone ready
for the challenge into The Ultimate Yogi.
More than just a Yoga DVD, The Ultimate Yogi is a comprehensive wellness
and fitness program for anyone ready to
transform their life from the inside out.
With the understanding that it takes time
to promote lasting change within the
body, The Ultimate Yogi is a 108-day
journey that will push you to your physical limits and beyond. The 12 disc set includes 14 themed Yoga classes, a training
guide, a program wall calendar, a nutrition plan, and a bonus short film.
Travis’ teaching style is intensely dynamic, meditative, and transforming.
His objective for The Ultimate Yogi is to
provide students with the means to create everlasting strength, flexibility, weight
loss, confidence, and balance. The plan he
offers is based on practicing one hour of
yoga a day, making some common sense
dietary changes, and developing meditation techniques. Much like he teaches in
his Power Yoga studio classes, each of the
Yoga classes offered on the DVD program
are creatively sequenced to challenge the
expert and encourage the beginner. The
Ultimate Yogi website (theultimateyogi.
com) provides numerous additional resources including recipes, true stories by
many who have already taken the path
towards becoming Ultimate Yogis, and
additional insightful videos.
Reviewed by Rachael Cleghorn maintains a bodywork
practice in San Francisco and is always open to receiving Yogi-minded clientel. Heal ThySelfBodywork.com
VINYASA YOGA /DVD
WITH DANIEL OVERBERGER
Black Market Yoga
Filmed live in Runyon Canyon, Daniel
Overberger's DVD will make you feel
nostalgic for LA, even if you’ve never
left town. This classic vinyasa practice is
set in a palm-tree-encircled knoll on one
of those perfectly sunny LA days that
we city dwellers can sometimes take for
The sequence is a well-rounded 60-min-
ute flow including sun salutations, standing poses, hip openers, back bends,
forward folds, and brief exploration of
pranayama, or breath techniques. In
lieu of demonstrations, Overberger leads
students through the poses with the melodic connection of his physical and vocal mannerisms, acting out his intention
with smooth inflections and gesticulations. Overberger's voice embodies an essential flavor of Los Angeles, and when
combined with his overall appearance
and demeanor, he is reminiscent of a self-realized rock star.
Shot by Lawrence Elbert, the hand-held
camera work gives the DVD an intimate
feel, avoiding the over-produced quality
of many fitness and wellness programs.
However, in keeping with the LA setting,
the students radiate the groomed energy
of perfectly poised yoga models. Gentle
music accompanies the fluid instruction
and graceful guidance providing an angelic DVD practice to enjoy even if we are
far away from this city we love.
Reviewed by Beth Prandini, a Los Angeles-based
yoga teacher and lover of all things media.