I found it very mentally challenging and throughout the workout, I kept thinking back through the years and realized that I had never taken an "actual" yoga class. I've taken classes that incorporate yoga moves, or pilates, or tai chi - but never one that focuses on yoga alone.
This DVD is all yoga and nothing but yoga. That's a good thing, but if you're like me, then you might have a hard time staying focused and wanting to continue the workout.
Let me dial it back and explain what I mean, then I'll get into specifics about the DVD. When I workout, it usually hurts. I am constantly thinking about fighting or getting stronger. I usually have the music turned up loud and I am in that gym for a battle.
Yoga is more quiet. It's all about focusing on your body, your breathing, your moves. I have a really hard time with that. While I'm twisted into some pretzel-like shape, I notice the dishes need to be washed or that my kids left something on the floor. I stare at my hobbit feet and think "what the hell!!!"
Then I catch a glimpse of myself and realize that I look like crap, or I focus on how the person in the video can touch her head to the floor and I'm lucky if I can get it to my knees. It's a mental hazing - like junior high inside my mind. And it sucks.
I completed the whole dvd and even though the moves were good (and I learned quite a few new ones!) I couldn't get over my own drama. I don't know if I could do yoga again. Or maybe that means I need to calm down and find away to mindfully work through a full yoga session. I would probably be a better person for it, but I don't know that I can or want to....
Let's assume that you like yoga or want to try it even though I just rambled on about how mentally challenging it is. Here's some details on the actual dvd.
The Actual Workout:
This is the first workout video I have performed where the instructor does not talk and the entire video is done as a voice over. It caught me for a loop, but I think it's a good idea and all videos should adapt this style. Not only does it make doing the video easier (since the instructor is not panting or doing 2 things at once) but it makes watching it a second/third/nth time much more enjoyable.
I have videos with great workouts but I can not stand the instructor's commentary. It only gets worse the 15th time you hear him shout "ooh...squeeze out those cheeseburgers" or some other lame comment.
This video has none of that. The voice just tells you what to do with each move and the model does it along with you.
The moves themselves are a mix of easy and challenging. None of them were too hard for me to do (strengthwise) but quite a few of them challenged my balance and flexibility. Well, most of them challenged my flexibility.
I learned a lot about yoga technique by the voice on the video. She tells you where you should feel the pressure, where your weight should be focused, etc. I found that extremely helpful.
The pace is not fast or slow. If you have experience with yoga or even with a few basic moves, it will be much easier for you. If not, then you should probably watch once first so you know what to expect while you are twisted like an eagle or facing down and unable to see the screen.
Will it actually make you lose weight? I don't think it would burn enough calories to count as cardio or help a lot with "weight loss" but it would increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and focus/concentration. The moves are really good and I think they would be good to rotate into your workouts in order to improve those areas.
I may or may not do the video again. I will use the moves I learned in the video in my future workouts, but I will most likely donate this video to a yoga-friend (only because I can not focus myself for an entire yoga workout.)
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