Let me start out this review by saying that I put off trying this workout for a long time because I had tried several other workouts with this instructor (Sara Ivanhoe) and hadn't liked them. However, this has quickly become one of my favorite workouts, causing me to want to try some more of her workouts in the future.
This workout is focused on relaxing your body and stretching it out. Therefore, if you're looking for a yoga routine to tone your body, this might not be the best one for you. The moves in this workout are slow-paced stretching moves that open, relax, and massage the entire body. Nothing is challenging strength-wise, and this workout should be accessible to all fitness levels-beginner to advanced. If you're extremely not flexible like me, there are many modifications provided and many people doing them with you so that you don't feel intimidated. As Sara says, it's really about doing what feels good for your body and not trying to push yourself at all.
This program is so flowing that you'll barely notice when you move from one yoga post to another. There is still such a variety of poses offered with balancing, twisting, or stretching being included in most of them. It is definitely a yoga workout, but at the same time it's also a stretching workout, making it a perfect alternative to many stretching DVDs.
I highly recommend this workout to everyone! Regardless of your level, gender, age, etc. this workout will relax you. It says on the back that it may even make you sleep better; and after doing this workout, I always fall asleep immediately after. It has become one of my new favorite workouts, and I don't see myself getting bored from it anytime in the near future.
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The name may suggest a bedtime yoga routine, but these deep stretches and restorative postures are also appropriate in conjunction with a cardio or strength training workout--or as a stress buster at any time of day. Instructor Sara Ivanhoe has a soothing, encouraging manner, but dispenses with the pseudo-spiritualism of some programs (as opposed to the real Eastern philosophy espoused in more serious efforts). She takes the time to explain the essential yogic breathing and each posture is clearly demonstrated--including modifications. After seated stretches, she teaches a series of kneeling cat poses, launches into down dog, and a standing twist. For balance: tree pose, then lunges, forward bends, and a butterfly stretch. This 43-minute practice isn't particularly advanced or strenuous, so beginners will be fine. Also included is a 16-minute "wake-up" routine, intended specifically for energizing in the morning with a standing cat stretch, pyramid pose and a squat.--Kimberly Heinrichs