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MTV Yoga
Paramount // Unrated // November 26, 2002
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Review by Ron J. Epstein | posted March 6, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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The Feature:
"MTV Yoga" is hosted by Kristen McGee and Lori Trespicio (she's from "The Real World – Back to New York"). It's obvious that Lori is a beginner, as Kristen is the one running the show. Before they get into the actual yoga exercises, Kristen walks us through breathing exercises, as well as various stretches.

The yoga exercises on this DVD progressively get harder throughout the feature. In the beginning, it's all about proper breathing. The pace of the stretches looks about right (I exercise a few times a week, and found nothing in the first twenty minutes as overly strenuous… your mileage may vary).

Unfortunately, around the thirty-minute mark, I felt like was going to collapse. Some of the yoga stretches require so much balance, that you may find yourself straining a muscle by standing on one foot while extending your leg almost perpendicular to your body.

The tempo of the music used in "MTV Yoga" correlates to the exercises Kristen guides us through. For instance, slow paced music for simple stretches. Overall, it's not intrusive at all, and makes the whole exercising-at-home thing less tedious. Kristen is good at giving instruction, but I feel that she's assuming that "anybody" can do the exercises and stretches that she is demonstrating for us. The main feature runs less than 50 minutes.

Video:
Paramount presents "MTV Yoga" in Full Frame 1.33:1. The transfer is very good, with flesh tones looking true to life. There is almost no pixelation, grain, or artifacts present either.

Audio:
The audio is presented here in Dolby 2.0 Surround. The soundtrack is pretty upbeat, and sounds pretty good on my system. Instructional dialogue is clean and distinct, although there are a few times when the background music is intrusive.

Menus:
Interactive DVD menu with scenes from the feature offers the choices of "Play" "Scene Selection", and "Special Features."

Extras:
The first extra is static position breakdown, which instructions. Next up is an alternate audio track (it's the instructional dialogue, with no background music). Finally, we are treated to the bios of Kristen McGee and Lori Trespicio.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, I didn't mind "MTV Yoga." Some of the stretches were really good, while many of them were near impossible for me to perform. As a result, I went back to the ones I liked, and skipped over the ones I didn't. I would definitely recommend this DVD to anyone looking to learn about yoga, or looking for an something different from the usual.

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