Energy Flow is a collection of five 10-minute workouts--Energy Flow, Sun Salutations 1, Sun Salutations 2, Chi Gong and Core & Gluteal. Though it claims to be an "energetic, fast-paced practice," this sequence is anything but. But don't knock it just yet. A calm, slower practice can be great for a beginner or anyone looking for a gentle, rejuvenating workout. If you approach it like that, you may enjoy it. But if you go in expecting "results in a short period of time," you will be disappointed.
I like the way I feel after doing this sequence, but I don't like doing it. It's slow, boring and uninspired. The addition of Chi Gong into the mix is interesting, but it'd be nice if they would explain the art a bit rather than just taking us through the motions.
The most maddening part of this DVD is that they made Savasana and Stretches the Bonus Feature. If you practice yoga, you know that savasana, the final pose, is referred to as the most important pose in the practice. I think they called it the "bonus" just so they could say they had a bonus. It should just be part of the series, but people will likely skip it as a Bonus Feature.
I don't love this DVD, but I simply don't love doing yoga with a DVD. I think that advanced students will be bored with it and beginners may feel a bit overwhelmed. To beginners, I say stick with it. It's a good series and is broken down into more manageable 10-minute chunks so you can take it one step at a time.
You'll need a mat. Beginners may want a block or yoga strap for modifications.
I don't buy that this "delivers results in a short period of time." I think it's a great relaxing and restorative practice, but it's not a body-sculpting routine. I do feel good after doing it, but it is mild in level of difficulty and I don't think it will transform my body.
They do mention once or twice to follow some character name "Burger" for modifications, but beyond that there is no mention of how to change poses to make them more manageable for beginners or people with chronic injuries. I don't like that.
The video is led by Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito. I'm trying to think of how to describe them and all I can come up with is that they're a bit forgettable.
Standard new-age yogi music in the background. It's barely noticeable.
The cast is in a simple, tasteful studio--most likely at Exhale Spa.
I disliked the use of savasana as a Bonus Feature, the lack of modifications for beginners or people with injuries and the overly sedate, snooze-inducing pace of it all.
Overall, I think this is a decent series. I like that beginners can take it one step at a time with each 10-minute segment and that you can pick and choose which segments to do based on how you feel or which body parts need particular attention. Unfortunately, it's a pretty boring DVD, and by the third segment you'll probably want to turn it off. If you stick with it, you will feel good afterwards (assuming you don't injure yourself with the lack of guidance for modifications), but you may want to peacefully bang your head against the wall trying to get there.