The lovely folks at Vancouver’s Omni Film Productions sent me their Namaste DVD Season 1, Disc 1 for review. I was excited to received the DVD in the mail, as it gave me a great excuse to transform our living room into the ultimate yoga zone.
After I created a zen yoga space, I popped in the high definition, 6 episode disc into my DVD player. Over the course of one week, I tried one episode each day to get a feel for the flow of the series. My initial impressions were very positive.
The series is designed by one of Canada’s leading yoga teachers and therapists, Kate Potter. Her “Hatha Vinyasa” style is dynamic, yet gentle – and the unique flow sequence is appropriate for all levels.
Kate’s voice is very soothing and calming. Namaste’s original music does not overpower the film, but is played softly in the background and compliments Kate’s peaceful tone.
The series was filmed at various locations around Vancouver, such as Jericho beach. I noticed the beautiful Hycroft Mansion in Shaughnessy, as it was my sister-in-law’s wedding venue! The scenery changes between other unique and stunning locations, including a dense forest in fall, a dark warehouse, yoga studios, Yaletown parks, under bridges and misty ocean docks. The scenes also alternate between night and day, to further change up the visuals.
For each episode, you can choose to play all or begin at the introduction, warm up, main sequence, cool down, or savasana sections.
The episodes are as follows:
- Episode 1 – Exalted Warrior
- Episode 2 – Sun-Moon
- Episode 3 – Firebird
- Episode 4 – Gate Opening
- Episode 5 – Dancing Sun
- Episode 6 – Half Moon
Namaste yoga DVDS are an excellent compliment to your regular yoga classes, or can be used solely as your main yoga practice. The great thing about having a yoga DVD is you can take your practice with you wherever you go. It’s also particularly useful for those early, dark winter mornings where you’d just feel more comfortable practicing yoga in the comfort of your own home, rather than dragging your exhausted self out of your warm and comfy bed to your nearest yoga studio.
Namaste Disc One is accommodating for beginners, as camera angles show correct positioning and Kate’s gentle directions are very helpful. Yoga newbies will enjoy attempting yoga for the first time with this DVD series before attending a yoga studio, as classes can be intimidating for some first-timers.
I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the Namaste series!