The core of the Ashtanga Yoga practice is the sequence of postures known as Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation. Here, Nicki Doane, a dedicated student of Patabhi Jois (the father of Ashtanga yoga), introduces newcomers to the vigorous Surya Namaskar A and Surya Namaskar B sequences. Her instructions are precise, no-nonsense, and fully supported by impeccable demonstrations of each posture. She also covers the essentials of Ujjayi pranayam (a breathing practice that creates inner heat and focus) and a few seated postures. Set on a lovely outcropping in Maui (where Doane and her partner operate a yoga studio), this 60-minute video is as visually stunning as it is practical. Note that while the title refers to "Introductory Poses" it is not for the brand-new yogi, but for an intermediate student who is ready for a more intense physical experience.