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Elle Make Better Series: Elle Workout Yoga

Brooklyn Decker , Tara Stiles , Darren Capik  |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brooklyn Decker, Tara Stiles
  • Directors: Darren Capik
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Watch It Now Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZVTSI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but mostly achievable yoga workout October 22, 2010
By R.R.
This is likely to appeal to those seeking athletic yoga as well as those who only want "purist" yoga. The issue with some athletic yoga done by instructors who do not specialise in yoga is that the lack of "yoga depth" is apparent to purists. Tara Stiles, young though she is, seems to have a mature appreciation of yoga as an exercise form. She is devoid new-age woo-woo talk (at least on this DVD) - this is a yoga "workout".

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for strength building January 20, 2011
I loved this video. Initially, I thought it was too difficult especially the second routine but after sticking with it, I noticed a huge improvement in flexibility and strength. Don't expect to get anywhere near what Tara can do (her flexibility is insane) but the poses can be easily modified (such as the splits) and you can feel that you're getting a really good cardio workout. I like that it's challenging because there's room for improvement. You can feel yourself getting stronger with each try (the second video has a lot of plank poses which is great for the core/arms)

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Advanced, No Modifications Shown August 27, 2010
There are many advanced poses such as splits, etc, no modifications. This is an advanced workout, especially the 2nd one which I previewed and didn't attempt. The 1st workout is okay; I didn't do the splits and I modified a couple of other poses on my own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good... Needed More Workouts September 12, 2010
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The yoga is inspiring but would probably really intimidate a beginner. I think you need to have a basic understanding and comfort with yoga to not panic while trying to go along with this fun and cardio paced form of yoga.

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.
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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. It went away pretty quickly, so I bought the DVD. So far, it seems like a solid, 20 minute yoga routine. I definitely break a sweat from doing it, and feel like it's making me more flexible. Brooklyn and the other girl in the video are easy on the eyes as well. Take motivation to work out from wherever you can get it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Experience Yogis Only January 29, 2011
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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. I turned the video on, so excited to begin the workout. Well, it moved so fast, and they were doing moves I only hope that someday I will be able to do. Full splits in the first minute. I was a bit upset, and feel I wasted my money. Maybe someday when I am more experienced with Yoga I will be able to come back to this DVD.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible yoga January 25, 2011
By linnale
This dvd is extremely challenging and for the advanced yoga people. For one the instructor is extremely annoying and she goes too fast. The most important thing about yoga is making sure your body is in the right position, and have your posture right, its all about feeling your body, and this dvd does not give you any of that. I do not recommend this to anybody, especially beginners. I disliked the instructor as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying quick workouts
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 16 months ago by sherri ford
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't need to be a hardcore yogi to do this awesome dvd!
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!). Read more
Published on August 22, 2012 by bringing balenciaga
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst yoga class I've ever taken..
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 more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Annonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for relaxing and getting a great workout at the same time!
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
Published on July 13, 2011 by ali<3
1.0 out of 5 stars Elle Workout Yoga w/ Brooklyn Decker
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 more
Published on July 9, 2011 by Jaidee O'Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars great DVD
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 more
Published on June 19, 2011 by OLDBLUEEYESLOVER
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced
I am not a professional yoga person or a beginner for that matter. I tried different styles and bought this thinking I could do some yoga at home. Read more
Published on April 25, 2011 by jessworcester
5.0 out of 5 stars A relaxing stretch
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 more
Published on March 3, 2011 by UndieVixen04
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