Elle Make Better Series: Elle Workout Yoga
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The DVD has two short routines - great as a tack-on or for those with limited time for yoga. Routine 1 is 20 minutes and is more flexibility oriented, but with some strength thrown in. Routine 2 is more challenging - it works on strength and has a heart rate elevation effect and takes 25 minutes.
What I liked:
-> Tara Stiles is spectacular to watch at yoga. She is limber, tall, and it seems like her body was designed for yoga. I find her on-screen personality very likeable.
-> The flow is pretty different from the typical yoga vinyasa workout. No sun salutations. She starts Routine 2 with a one minute plank. Near the end, you find yourself in plank again and she makes you hold it again for one minute. When I do planks I am mentally counting down seconds. She cues you to take ten deep breaths. Planks seem a whole lot easier when you count down 10 rather than 60.
-> She manages to cover a lot of ground in a limited time. She works in crow, bridge, wheel, shoulder stand, plough, planks, bow, cosmic dancer, half moon, garland, down-dog variations, splits and some standing poses if you do them both end to end. A cool balance flow is incorporated (one legged, standing) too.
Factors to consider:
-> Moves fast at times. If you like to take time to find your alignment, there will be opportunities in some but not all poses.Read more ›
Overall, this video is great for people who are looking for a cardio-type yoga. I find a lot of slower paced yoga videos slightly boring but with these routines, time flies because they're fast-paced and challenging. I've been doing the routine every morning for weeks and I have yet to get bored.
I really enjoyed Brooklyn Decker's look into improving life. But I have to say yoga instructor Tara Stiles shined very brightly herself. What a great instructor. I'm looking for more from her.
These two made a great team, but all of the portions of this dvd were a bit shorter than I was hoping. I'd have liked to see more yoga routines. There were two short practices and the option to put them together as one longer one. There should have been twice as much at least.
Also the Make Better segments could have been a bit longer and more in depth.
All in all, I was not disappointed for the price, though I can't imagine watching it very much. There just isn't enough of it. I am more likely to mix it in once in a while among other more robust workout dvds. Or just use Tara's book, Slim Calm Sexy Yoga: The 15-minute yoga solution for feeling and looking your best from head to toe.
You don't have to be a hardcore yogi for this dvd. The moves aren't too difficult and don't require superhuman flexibility(although Stiles does exhibit it!). The first segment is extremely easy and Perfect for stretching and just making you feel really good about yourself. The second segment at first had me shaking and falling on my mat but now after a few months of once a week sessions I can balance like I'm in the circus(small exaggeration) and am so close to getting crow pose(that balancing act where you fold your body up and stand on only your hands). This is one of my favorite dvds and some advice from me:GET IT!
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i wish i could give this 0 stars!! i bought the ipad application of this product and suddenly the videos stopped playing altogether!!! yes, that is right!!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Martha
I love these workouts! These are great on those days when I only have 20-30 minutes to workout. Combine both workouts for a great sweat!Published on July 7, 2013 by sherri ford
First of all, I'm not the type to write reviews - positive or negative - but I felt I needed to let people know how AWFUL this DVD is. And, I'm a Tara Stiles fan... Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Annonymous
I have taken yoga classes before but i still always love this dvd more.
I have only completed the first yoga workout which is for beginners/intermedate. I love it! Read more
Visually the DVD is great. Brooklyn's partner, Tara Stiles has an amazing yoga practice. The practice itself moves much too quickly and the narrator talks way too much instead of... Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by Jaidee O'Neil
I hate HATE boring Yoga routines...this dvd has different yoga routines to keep you challenged and interested. They aren't boring but actually engaging. Read morePublished on June 19, 2011 by OLDBLUEEYESLOVER
The first workout was a very nice one. Though you have to pay attention to the explanation while you are going through your poses. Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by UndieVixen04
Now that I'm 30+, and I've noticed a marked decline in my flexibility, I thought I'd give Yoga a try. I found the Brooklyn Decker workout on Demand on my cable package at first. Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Sam Stern
I was really excited to begin a Yoga workout. I need to work on strength and flexibility, and thought this video would be a good start. Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by Ashleigh