Ashtanga 1:08 - The Traditional Half First Series DVD
Produced by: Ashtanga Yoga Productions
Region: All regions
Number of Discs: 1
DVD Release Date: November 2015
Run Time: 107 minutes
In this DVD, David offers an alternative for people who want to practice traditional Ashtanga Yoga but do not have time for a Full First Series. In this Half-First Series program, David compassionately guides the students up to a traditional stopping point midway through the seated sequence of the First Series at Marichyasana D then completes the program with the full closing sequence as well as a deep relaxation. This makes for a total practice time of 68 minutes rather than the full 90 minutes required for the complete First Series. It is a perfect stepping stone, bridging the gap between Short Forms routines of 15, 30, and 45 minutes and the Full First Series.
Filmed in a very simple setting focusing on his body moving in space, there are no external distractions, only the simple lines of energy flowing in the postures and his soothing voice offering encouragement and direct verbal instruction.
As an added bonus, he has created valuable resources within the program menu such as the Alternatives section where he explains in clear, simple terms wonderful alternatives to the more challenging asanas, as well as insights into the foundations of the practice in another section called The Five Elements of Practice.
"Though a DVD can never replace the attentive presence of a teacher, I have done everything I can to fill this DVD with as much instructional material, compassion and love as possible while also keeping it down-to-earth and user-friendly." - David
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