VIDEO REVIEWS
By Paula Hamilton

 

 

WAKE UP BODY
WAI LANA YOGA
GOLD MOON PRODUCTIONS

Oh, you lucky West Coast dwellers! The Pacific Ocean and Wai Lana, too! This was my first introduction to Wai Lana and her current line of yoga videos. The one I have for review is part of a series of three types of workouts: Easy (designed just for beginners), Hello Fitness and Fun Challenge. There are several videos in each category. The Wake Up Body video is from the Hello Fitness series, but I found it very beginner friendly and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a beginner.

In fact, the 50 minute video starts out with a verbal introduction to the benefits of yoga; namely that it soothes and tones nerves, regulates the endocrine system, improves digestion and elimination and, strengthens the respiratory system. All true! She also points out that yoga is extremely effective for relieving stress, which she refers to as the plague of modern society.

She also gives a listing of guidelines for working out with yoga. Helpful suggestions to make your workout easier and more enjoyable. Two quick examples: not to workout within one hour before, or three to four hours after eating and, a suggestion to work out barefoot. Simple, but helpful and, why learn the hard way?

Humorously, she also suggests if your workout schedule conflicts with meals to choose yoga. Adding that it probably won't hurt you to skip a meal, and it might benefit you, as well. That's my kind of lady. The style is best described as a cross between Kundalini yoga and Calisthenics, in other words, you're movin'. There are several Hatha style poses sprinkled in. All in all, it's a lovely mix.

The scenery is incredible, with Wai Lana stretched out on colorful blankets, or oriental rugs built on platforms which rest on rock formations on beaches and the ocean. Simply Beautiful! The music consists of soothing tones of oriental overlay that enhance and move you in the desired direction of relaxed invigoration. If relaxed and invigorated aren't two words you're used to associating together then you need to get into yoga.

If you like to exercise this tape is for you. If you like yoga of any kind this tape is for you. If you would like a great introduction to yoga then this tape is for you. Still skeptical? Then check out Wai Lana's website for more information. It can be reached at www.wailana.com  . Your body will thank you. Your spirit will thank you. High accolades.

You can obtain Wai Lana's videos from Gold Moon Productions, P.O. Box 6146, Malibu, CA 90264 or by calling (805) 986-5447.

 

YOGA MUSIC OF THE HEART
WAI LANA & SIDDHA
GOLD MOON PRODUCTIONS

Yoga Music is one of a pair of CD's by Wai Lana, from the soundtracks of her yoga television series and home videos. Wai Lana contributes to the melody and composition of the selected pieces. She also provides the vocals along with Siddha.

The disc is composed of eleven musical pieces possessing a distinctly foreign flavor. Yet, instead of a blended final product it is more like a mix of ingredients that each keep their distinct uniqueness and thus contribute to the creation of a new whole. Tones of Japanese, Chinese and Eastern Indian all overlap and give a nod to a sound that seems American influenced, almost country-like.

Beautiful and subtle, there are far less lyrics in this collection of songs than her Yoga Sound CD. In some ways that contributes to a smooth flow of music that may work very well for meditation purposes. Relaxed and easy, I think this work will be appreciated for the gift it will bring to your psyche. Almost like the creed, it seems to say First, do no harm.

According to the science of yoga, sound has impact on one's physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Gently, it coaxes us out of our tense, hard driven mindset. It seems to say Come, relax. Release. Perfect when you need a break from the barrage of radio broadcasting or high tempo music. Listen to the sounds of peace.

Available from Gold Moon Productions 1-800-624-9163

 

YOGA SOUND
WAI LANA & SIDDHA
GOLD MOON PRODUCTIONS

Yoga Sound is a collection of ten musical compilations compiled from Wai Lana's yoga television series and home video soundtracks. Your workout schedule conflicts with meals to choose yoga. Adding that it probably won't hurt you to skip a meal, and it might benefit you, as well. That's my kind of lady. The style is best described as a cross between Kundalini yoga and Calisthenics, in other words, you're movin'. There are several Hatha style poses sprinkled in. All in all, it's a lovely mix. The scenery is incredible, with Wai Lana stretched out on colorful blankets, or oriental rugs built on platforms which rest on rock formation's normally the sight of soundtrack recordings makes me shudder, but if that wasn't printed on the cover of the CD, you would never listen to this and say Oh, it's a soundtrack.

This selection of tapes and CD's are my first introduction to Wai Lana, but having practiced yoga for several years I'm familiar with the style of music presented. Although the title implies this is "yoga-oriented," you really don't need to be doing or practicing yoga to listen to it.

Musically it can stand on its own.  Wai Lana's vocal style incorporates oriental punctuation's that echo the style of Yoko Ono; an artist thirty years ahead of her time. the pieces are musically well crafted.  for the most part, the pace is steady and slower, but the occasional unexpected crescendo pushes this CD from a mere workout companion to a work of music on its own.

The threads of India and the Orient are woven with a distinct American style, creating a very listenable collection.  The addition of lyrics to most of the songs help to break it free from the label "New Age" music, a style usually associated with endless freeform notes and no lyrics.

Aside from its "listenability" as a musical creation, it really is an ideal companion for a yoga workout.  since the pace is slower, I don't think it would work well as an accompaniment to a fast workout like aerobics or a treadmill.  It should work very well with a dance style exercise, too.  I think it would be conducive to meditation or stress relief.  the tone of the collection can best be said from the lyrics of "Most Beautiful Place": "It's beyond the edge of time, the cowhead boys play and the peacock sway, it's ruled by love divine.

Available from Gold Moon Productions, (800) 624-9163


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