I will proceed to break my review up into sections.
This is probably one of the lower quality of youtube yoga classes I've seen, the instructor (Ali) is clearly in her living room and has 3 cameras set up. One tracking her movement, one establishing shot and one off to the side to focus on her back. Despite this being a low budget video the variety of camera angles does help, although the tracking shot is used a bit too much considering I need to see the whole shebang when I'm trying these moves.
The sound quality is pretty poor, but you can still hear the instructor at all times. There was also no background music, which during times of relaxation would have benefited me and also would have let me know that the video is still playing! Overall I'd give the production: ★★
Ali has a wonderful accent that I can't place (and won't embarrass/offend by trying) that adds a new element to the yoga class. It sounds bizarre, but the few yoga videos I have tried have all been American ladies, so it was nice to have a different sounding instructor. She is informative and flows through the moves in a natural way. I always struggle to do planks/downward dog, but her way of teaching made me feel comfortable to transition into these moves that I have difficulty with.
My only complaints about Ali in this one video is a) sometimes she can come out of poses to explain technique, which can get confusing at times and b) she lacks a sense of friendliness that I have experienced with other instructors. However having said this she didn't annoy me in any way, so that's a plus!
Overall I'd give the instructor: ★★★★
The important part! The lesson is 43 minutes long and has a mix of cross legged stretches, planks, downward dogs, warrior poses, oblique work (twists?), ab work, leg stretches, back stretches and of course my favourite part - the bit at the end where you lay there like a corpse for 10 minutes. However because of the lack of background music/instruction the video abruptly ended leaving me laying on the floor of my apartment a little longer that I should have. In terms of difficulty I would say that despite being a beginners lesson and very much feeling like a beginners lesson, I still found myself being a bit wobbly and not being able to hold certain poses for long (planks and lunge poses in particular). It's sad but sometimes I like to be reassured by the instructor if I'm not able to hold certain poses, which there wasn't enough of in this video considering it was for beginners. Saying this, I have been exercising for 3 years now so I can imagine this being truly difficult for someone who is at the very beginning of a weight loss journey. I really enjoyed the additional ab work towards the end, sort of felt a bit like pilates, but for me who has a love/hate relationship with ab exercises I quite enjoyed that there was something to push myself at the end before the final relaxation period.
Overall I'd give the lesson itself a ★★★1/2
A nice introduction to yoga with moves that are both relaxing and challenging for the beginner, however the low production value and a slightly stern instructor may be off-putting to some. Would I do it again? Yes, after a few rounds of yoga videos elsewhere! Overall I'd give the video a ★★★1/2