Yoga Journal's Yoga-For Energy & Strength (Gaiam) (2000)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||128:29 (Case: 130)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Steve Adams|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This is an instructional DVD, designed to provide guidance for increasing one's strength and energy through the practice of yoga.
The program is hosted and choreographed by the very flexible, strong and well-balanced Rodney Yee. The DVD's content is divided into two sections: Yoga for Strength (70:59); and Yoga for Energy (57:30). While the first section is shot inside a studio, the second is shot on a beach in Maui, and makes the most of the beautiful location. The yoga poses in the program vary from very easy to some that are incredibly hard, and others that were simply impossible for me. Considering that I do a number of push-ups and sit-ups every morning, I had considered myself to be reasonably strong. However, some of the poses that Yee does reveals me for the weakling that I am.
. This DVD has pretty good production values, and it is part of a series of yoga DVDs. More information can be found at www.gaiam.com.
The transfer has some minor flaws, but it is more than adequate for an instructional DVD.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.
The image appeared a little soft throughout. The shadow detail of the image is reasonable.
The overall colour is fine and the flesh tones are accurate.
MPEG artefacts were not really a problem, although the image was slightly pixelated throughout.
Film-to-video artefacts and film artefacts were never a problem, but the closing credits in the Yoga for Strength section exhibited dot crawl.
There are no subtitles on this DVD.
This is not an RSDL disc. Considering the length of the content, this is acceptable.
There is only one audio option on this DVD, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 track.
The vast majority of the content is narrated, and the dialogue quality is good. However, there are audio sync problems whenever Yee speaks direct-to-camera.
The music is credited to Peter Davison, and it is very relaxing music, specifically designed not to draw attention to itself.
As a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track, there is no surround presence and activity, and no subwoofer action.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are only a few extras.
A simple menu - static with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
Interview with Rodney Yee (11:12)
Suffering from more audio sync problems, Yee provides an insight into his life, and how yoga has enriched it.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This title has not been released in Region 1, but they have a similar DVD entitled Power Yoga the Complete Workout - Stamina, Strength, Flexibility with Rodney Yee.
As an instructional DVD, this program seems very effective, as I'm sure if one were to follow it daily, strength and energy would be developed.
The video quality is good.
Apart from the audio sync problems, the audio quality is good.
The extras are slim but acceptable.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|