Yoga Inside Out: The Healing Way is an introductory DVD with an 80 minute workout. It features Paula Tursi and two others yoga students, a man and a woman. They are in a large room with a wooden floor and a green-lit white curtain in the background. They use yoga mats, blankets with yoga blocks. There's gentle music in the background and Tursi speaks in voice-over. She has a calm clear voice, and for the most part her instructions are clear, although occasionally one needs to look at the screen carefully to see what the 3 people are doing, especially when they are doing variations or modifications of postures. The 3 people have different levels of strength and flexibility and so most beginners should be able to find someone to follow.
It's a nice workout that starts with breathing exercises and then goes through a fairly standard sequence, with sun salutations, standing postures, sitting postures, bridges and backbends, inversions, and finally a relaxation period. It's possible to use the DVD menu to skip the initial breathing exercises or just go to a desired set of exercises. There's also a short extra section that shows how to do some of the postures with more detail: wide-legged forward bends, shoulder stands, Tree Pose using a wall, and pigeon pose. Another extra, mainly for information, is about the mechanics of the spine and how yoga works on it to make it more flexible.
For those looking for a way to start yoga, this DVD could be a helpful supplement to yoga classes. The production qualities are high and it does not get tiresome after repeated viewings.
© 2008 Christian Perring
Christian Perring, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York