This morning I practiced with Sharath's primary DVD (yesterday was his CD and Friday, Sunday and Monday the stream from JoisYoga).
Really nice practice this morning. Got up at 5:30 am chanted the yoga sutras for a bit then did the ten minute tadasana warm up routine I do from Vinyasa krama, before following along with Sharath's DVD (more on that later).
The DVD took just over an hour, I stayed in Savasana for ten minutes listening to Ramaswami's chanting (think I fell asleep again for a few minutes). Quickly put on something dry, threw a clean equa on the mat and did twenty minutes Pranayama ( nadi shodana with mantra )followed by fifteen minutes or so of mantra japa meditation.
Still finished my practice a little earlier than normal Something to be said for practicing at 'led' pace.
So the DVD, I practiced with it for a long time a couple of years back. Before I'd bought it I'd been doing a Swenson 40 minute short form before work, Sharath's DVD allowed me to do the whole practice every morning. Interesting coming back to it after a couple of years.
Here I was just listening to the audio but the video itself is excellent. Nice quality, just Sharath on a mat in a nice shala, couple of different camera angles. The thing I love most about Sharath's practice here is how unfussy it is. Economy of movement is the expression that always comes to mind, he has the most subtle jump thorough, love it.
As for the audio it's Sharath doing the count and little else. He says the name of the pose, occasionally something like left side, right side or grab toes but that's about all. But that's a good thing, the other "instructional 'DVD's are great, Kino, Swenson, Freeman etc. and you always pick up something new but I don't think you'd want to practice with them every time. I like that Sharath's is just the count.
And what of the count. It's a little slower than the CD. This is very much aimed at the beginner I think. There's plenty of space to get into the posture but once your in the breath count is OK, still too quick for my liking but OK. interestingly the count seems to be quicker in the nasties like Utthita eka padasana, Navasana and utpluthi. Didn't think I'd say this but a little too quick, this was the easiest of the three formats to practice with.
Not sure which one I want to stick with for the month, probably the Joisyoga stream, will try that one again tomorrow.