And here's what you will encounter -- in Turner's words:
Begin with a strong grounding round-up series progressively intensifying into powerful stand up poses to create muscular strength and endurance. Next, move into the core or power center for an invigorating abdominal sequence. We finish with detoxifying back bends followed by deep relaxation.
Power Yoga is a challenging workout. The power part should have tipped me off.
I feel like I'm constantly being reminded that controlled movement is the key to a lot of activities. Some of the best advice that I've been given about rock climbing came when I was trying to get over the arête on this one route and Patti told me that the movement is controlled and deliberate. You'll hear similar advice from Turner and you'll be amazed by her body control and strength.
I also liked Turner's tone and calmness. She talks about the importance of maintaining a deep breath and, if necessary, backing out of a pose which I had to do several times because of fatigued and I took Turner's advice to go into child's pose when I needed a break.
There were several sequences that I really enjoyed including opening up the throat and shoulder rotations -- probably because I feel like my shoulders need extra care.
Navel pumping was interesting and it made me think of chest-thumping which I think we should all do when we finish a good workout.
I'm not going to lie. I was more than ready to cross my feet and hug myself (a sequence) about 30 minutes into the DVD which is an hour long. Emptying the head, shoulders and neck was nice too.
I liked Turner's talk at the end -- especially the definition:
One definition of power: Nothing to prove, nothing to hide…
We build our belief in ourselves by showing up time and time again – especially when we don’t feel like it.
Our actions create habits and our habits create our lives...
Creating wealth, health and happiness is an inside job.
Do you practice yoga? Have a favorite yoga DVD?