Flexibility and Tone by Yoga Zone. Alan Finger gently guides you through 60 minutes of basic yoga postures with beginner and advanced modifications (two instructors skillfully demonstrate both levels). You'll need a mat, one or two towels, and strap or belt to assist in certain poses. The best part of this video is Finger's specific and explicit instruction on breathing techniques to build energy and heat in the body's system. He cues each breath, and you can watch the instructor's rib cage expand and rise on the inhale, release and lower on the exhale. With breathing as a focus, a dozen yoga postures are introduced and practiced, including potted-palm series, cat, down dog, mountain, sunburst and worship, proud warrior, scale, and cow's head.
Many of these poses are also practiced in Finger's Introduction to Yoga video, although Yoga Zone's Flexibility and Tone offers more advanced variations and poses. If you are interested in the mental and physical benefits of yoga -- increased flexibility, conditioning and toning of muscles, stress reduction, and relaxation of the mind -- this video is a keeper.