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Beginners & Beyond: Yoga For Weight Loss for Beginners
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This revolutionary, interactive DVD allows you to choose from 12 easy-to-follow customized routines ranging from 15-60 minutes. Get toned & burn calories while toning and stretching your entire body. These practices will leave you feeling invigorated, more energetic and de-stressed.
Routine sections include:
As You Progress
Yoga with Weights & More
Veteran instructor Maggie Rhoades gently guides you through these proven and effective routines. With so much variety, this DVD is perfect for both the beginner and seasoned student alike. You will feel younger, more fit and in shape with these targeted and effective routines.
This stunning and beautiful DVD was shot at one of the most majestic, tranquil beaches in the world, Half-Moon Bay, Antigua!
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There are two essential things in the title of this product that should define it: (a) 'Beginners' and (b) 'For Weight Loss'. The makers of this video need to assume two very important things of their audience: that they are both inflexible beginners to yoga, and that they are overweight. I am both of these things, and I wanted to get a video to try out a beginner routine at my own pace before I sign up for a class.
The first routine, which is claimed to be designed as a warmup for beginners, involves standing straight, bending double to the floor, shifting into a lunge, then into a triangular bridgeup and then into a pushup. The routine moves so fast that unless you understand the moves being described (or have watched the video enough times to memorize it), you won't be able to make the movements in time to keep up with her.
The next routine, entitled "Getting Started", involves standing up straight, raising the arms, reaching down and bending double to touch the floor, then 'jumping' back into a pushup pose and lowering into a pushup until only your hands, toes and forehead touch the floor before then pushing backwards with your hips until you're doing a forward bridge (I think it's called a 'downward dog' in Yoga). I bought this to start with a gentle, beginner's routine that is tempered for overweight people looking to lose weight. I don't know anyone overweight who is new to yoga who can 'jump' into a pushup pose.
Essentially this video is a collection of unrelated routines made for different videos, compiled here to serve as an advertisement for their other DVDs - they plug the DVD the routine came from at the end of each routine, and each routine seems to end rather abruptly as though it were just a clip.
This video is good to test out other videos in the series and see if you like them. And if you're maybe 20 pounds overweight and have at least had a few (maybe 10-12) yoga lessons then you would likely find this an ideal starting point. But this is NOT a DVD for complete beginners unless you're already in very good shape, and it's definitely not a DVD for someone who might be 50+ pounds overweight.
Breakdown of the stars:
-2 stars for not being a true product, but rather a collection of previews
-2 stars for not being what it says it is; it is neither designed for beginners, nor designed for someone overweight
-1 star for the strange, wooden smile and awkward voiceover that doesn't describe things in a manner that's easy to visualize
+1 star for being well-made, with nice locations and good sound quality
Big tip for anyone getting this DVD - WATCH THE INTERVIEW before you try any of the workouts. In the interview she talks about yoga in general, emphasizes that there is no benefit in yoga to work into pain or discomfort and gives suggestions on modifying poses or skipping them if you need to.
Like with most things, if you're new to yoga, don't expect to look like she does doing the poses right away. Do what you can and keep at it and you'll get there. Once you get comfortable with the routines and poses, and want more of a challenge, the section with bands and weights will give you a great workout.