I mentioned last week that I’ve been incorporating more yoga, sometimes with the Element Daily Yoga DVD, but that’s not my only recent DVD obsession — I’ve also gotten kind of hooked on Element 5 Day Yoga. Ashley Turner, who holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, is the instructor (you might recognize her from some other yoga DVDs we’ve reviewed) brings her signature mental and physical style of yoga with a gorgeous, Pacific Ocean backdrop.
5 Day Yoga offers five different 15-minute segments, each with a different focus: Strength & Stamina, Energy & Flexibility, Core Power, Stretch & Restore and Stress Relief & Meditation, and, regardless of which one or how many you choose, a gentle warm-up and relaxing cool down (including a nice shavasana) automatically plays.
The segment names are quite accurate, and while some of the poses are repeated in multiple parts, each segment feels significantly different enough that, if you choose to pair two or more for a more intense session, you’ll get a well-rounded yoga workout. Modifications are offered for any poses that are more advanced, which is always appreciated, and the flow within each segment is smooth, although, if you’re doing multiple segments, the flow from one to the other is a little bumpier.
Strength & Stamina pushes you into challenging poses (and then you get to hold them … for a while!).
Energy & Flexibility moves a bit more quickly and incorporate plenty of stretching and twisting poses.
Core Power will get your abs and back muscles burning, but it’s not as tough as I feared it might be.
Stretch & Restore, on the other hand, isn’t just a soothing stretching routine — you’re working for that stress, maybe not to the point of a serious workout, but you won’t feel lazy doing it, either. This is probably the one I’ve gone to the most for a quick, feel-good, energizing start to my day.
And then there’s Stress Relief and Meditation, which is great after a day of working on the computer (or after a day including a major workout).
Each one on its own isn’t going to give you a serious workout (although you might find yourself a bit sweaty after some of the more taxing segments), but if your goal is to get a little bit of yoga in each day with some variation, this is possibly the perfect way to start. However — I know, I know, I say this about most yoga DVDs — if you’re brand new to yoga, you may have a hard time getting the proper form on all the poses from the video alone, so it’s a good idea to do a couple of classes with a live instructor to get the basics down, if possible.
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★
Best for: Beginner to intermediate yoga practitioners who are looking for a lot of yoga options in one DVD will be pleased with this option.
How many times a week do you practice yoga? And how much time do you spend on it? I have to admit, I love having these shorter options available for busy days! —Kristen