May 4, 2007
Bryan Kest Yoga Collective Video
Program 1 - Energize
My first introduction to the Bryan Kest trilogy power yoga video was years ago in
Toronto when I was still new to yoga. I struggled with the first (of three) programs and took a couple of weeks before I could finish it in one session. But I loved it. The intensity was just right. It was challenging but doable (given a few dedicated sessions), and the time frame of an hour was perfect. It would put me to sleep during the shavasana pose (corpse pose) and I'd wake up 45 minutes after, feeling energized and bouncy.
Doing the second program, was the next progression. It was not unlike the first program where I initially struggled until I got the hang of it and completed the session. My fitness level was correspondingly getter better as well. I moved on to the third and improved considerably with my balance, flexibility and strength as a result.
That was years ago. Since then, I'd been doing yoga on my own, or on a different video, or with a different partner. Doing it on my own has its downside - if I lose interest in mid stream, I can easily stop. Also, I have to think of the next move. In a video, I'm free of having to think what's next. I just surrender myself into a thougtless flow. Also, I'm somehow constrained to finish the video, even if the mind quits in mid stream. The other videos simply don't cut it. A different partner? Sure, but how often does that happen? Altogether, I miss doing Bryan Kest's program.
Long and Winding Road
While surfing at Amazon, I looked up Bryan Kest and found out his trilogy videos are sold by third parties for as low as $12! I placed an order and with the aid of friends and friends-of-friends, it was delivered to a US address, found its way to Asia, the Philippines and whoa...Sagada!
I'd been back to doing yoga nearly everyday since I got the video. It's like finding an old friend and picking up where we left off. A session with the video is like a good massage from a masseuse who knows just how much pressure to apply on the trigger points, and where exactly on the body to work on. That's just me. For others, a different yoga instructor will probably do it for them. Until my fitness level changes, Bryan Kest is a well-worn earth shoe that fits me like a glove.
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