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Review of "Red Lotus Yoga"

By Tom Carey (Director)
Mach 1 Audio, 2006
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Oct 31st 2006
Red Lotus Yoga

With the development of cheap digital video cameras, DVD manufacturing and online sales, it is now much easier for individuals and small organizations to create their own DVDs.  This has led to a proliferation in Yoga DVDs put out by individuals and yoga studios.  Some are of course better than others.  This Red Lotus Yoga DVD by Brian Granader is quite basic: he does his practice in an empty room with what looks like a large curtain fabric draped over some lamps on one wall.  There is no background music, and the format is very simple.  Granader gives a voice over while he performs on a black mat, wearing a black top and orange pants.  It looks like the filming was done with a couple of fixed cameras.  The only other feature on the DVD is an interview with Granader in which he sets out the benefits of yoga.  The disc itself has a homemade feel to it, and when you play the main practice on a computer, the counters on RealPlayer and Windows Media Player tell you that the time length of the single DVD chapter is 10 seconds, while in fact it lasts about 45 minutes.  When you click the "skip to next chapter" button, the DVD does indeed advance to a new section, and the sections seem to be several minutes long, starting with each child's pose.  So the DVD does not feel particularly professional in its production or manufacture. 

Nevertheless, the practice itself is very satisfying.  Granader goes slowly and keeps the poses simple; he uses many twists, shoulder and hip openers and leg stretches.  I found it particularly helpful for stress relief, since it works well for opening up the muscles in the back and shoulders, which tend to get very tense.  Granader has a pleasing voice and a pleasant manner.  The practice is not very different from other yoga flows designed for beginners, but it is distinctive enough to make it interesting.  For many of  the poses, there are alternative postures shown in a little box that pops up in a corner.

This Red Lotus Yoga DVD could be especially good for men who do not want to feel like they are following a woman's exercise DVD and don't much go for the Eastern elements of yoga.  Granader uses mostly the English names for poses and avoids talk of spirituality or Eastern medicine, and sticks to familiar concepts and terms. 

 

 

Link: Red Lotus Yoga

 

© 2006 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Academic Chair of the Arts & Humanities Division and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island. He is also editor of Metapsychology Online Reviews.  His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.

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