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Beginners & Beyond: Yoga For Weight Loss for Beginners
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Reshape your body and feel great with these easy to follow routines. Now you can burn calories while toning and stretching your entire body. With 2 levels of routines, this DVD is perfect for both the beginner and seasoned student alike. Special bonus sec
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.75 x 0.53 inches; 3.29 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 4 hours
- Release date : June 25, 2007
- Actors : Beginners & Beyond Yoga for Weight Loss
- Studio : Body Wisdom
- ASIN : B000RE94M4
- Number of discs : 1
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- #676 in Exercise & Fitness (Movies & TV)
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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
The first is that the model demonstrating the poses has TERRIBLE posture. She hyper-extends her pelvis in the worst way, and her upper body is very, very congested, especially about the shoulder girdle. I majored in dance in college, and this model would never have gotten away with that posture there. I can't believe someone demonstrating yoga is so unaware of her own body. DO NOT copy her posture or you will suffer for it later.
The second is that I would not at all consider this a beginners' video. Some of the stuff is okay, like the Sun Salutation with the Chair. It would make a good starting place for someone who has never done yoga before. But other things are not for beginners at all. Going directly into a half-lotus tree pose, for example. I can't even do that, and I've been doing yoga for years. And the video gives no alternatives to the poses. They go directly into the most extreme example of a stretch, and do not propose any modifications for people who may not be able to get there. I think this might lead people to try things they aren't ready for, because they think it's the only proper way to do it.
So, if you've done yoga before and know what you're about, this is a good video. I wouldn't recommend it for a true beginner, though.
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Not suitable for UK use apparently