Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga: Total Body Transformation and Weight Loss with Sadie Nardini
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(May 25, 2009)
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An amazing new style of yoga created to give you more results, like total body tone, flexibility, cardio, calorie burn and weight loss, in less time than many other styles! Practice with Sadie, one of the country's most well-known instructors, as she leads you through a creative flow you'll love--inside and out!
A rising star! --Yoga Journal
Best New-Generation Yoga! --New York Magazine's Best of NY Issue
One of the Country's Best Yoga Instructors! --Martha Stewart Body and Soul Magazine
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I've practiced yoga at home for about 10 years without benefit of personal instruction. I own over 20 DVD's on yoga and at least a dozen books on the subject because although my life does not allow me to get out and go to classes, I am a very serious student. I'm 50 years old and I need to stay fit and balanced to take care of my aging body as well as a severely disabled loved one. That said, I count on instructors who can reach out to people they've never met and try to anticipate all the questions and various levels of ability of these many students.
I first encountered Sadie Nardini through her wonderful YouTube videos. If you are sitting on the fence and want to see for yourself how this woman instructs I suggest you go to her YouTube channel [...] and watch some of her many offerings. After watching her videos I longed for a DVD with Sadie talking me through a good routine. Sadie really delivers with this DVD. You get the benefit of her explanations and unique approach to yoga with a routine that is beautifully designed. Sadie also has a preview of this DVD on her website:[...] She needs to link it here as well, hopefully she'll do that.
Sadie moves through everything slowly and carefully. If you are a beginner or restarting after taking too much time off (raising my hand) this gives you plenty of time to adjust to getting into the various poses. If you've built up some stamina and you know the routine well, this slowness really forces you to develop grace, strength and really challenges your stamina.
The routines she has outlined is quite a bit like buying several DVDs in a set. Sadie could easily have made about 4-6 separate DVD's with the material she offers but she found a way to give it to you all in one DVD. Sadie doesn't cheat you anywhere during the workout. If you can't last through the whole thing - I was struggling toward the end. I just backed off and trusted that with time I would rebuild my endurance. The restorative phase is often rushed through in some DVD's in order to squeeze in a lot of poses but Sadie is very conscientious in this area as well. I love the way she takes you through the restorative phase and oh dear, it was really necessary by the time she got done with me.
If you don't have time to do any of her full length workouts you can select small sections to work on. This is useful also if there is something that really challenges you and you wish to study and practice it more. As one reviewer already stated, a matrix option would have been nice here but it really isn't that much of an effort to select a section, then select another and sometimes those matrix menus can be a pain in the rear to navigate anyway. So I can't really complain about this small thing when everything else is so outstanding.
Although I order a lot of material from Amazon I don't bother to write reviews very often so this lets you know how strongly I feel about this particular DVD. If you like Shiva Rhea but find her a bit hard to keep up with, try out Sadie. You won't find her easy but what you will find is some really good explanations and ways to build into some of the more difficult things you might find in other DVD's. This one DVD by itself has all you need to use yoga to build a fierce body but if you like to switch to other instructors and workouts to keep from being bored, then Sadie will help you to be better at all those other workouts as well. It's one of the best resource materials I now own on yoga. Thank-you Ms. Nardini for making this DVD.
Sadie is a great teacher and she really gives beginners good instruction and hope that they can progress. This is not just a workout that I do, it's a workout that I grow with. I love the "seeds" of yoga that I am sewing here and how I am growing.
Other things I like:
-There are 12 different yoga segments and 5 premixed practises - something, no matter how much time you have.
-As mentioned, the teaching is awesome and there are lots of modifications to help beginners reach their potential
-Sadie's voice is very soothing, and relaxing. Even though she talks a lot, it is more assuring that bothersome like some other DVDs I have watched
-I love her own take on "flow" yoga - fists of fire, especially. And I love the Shatki kicks
A wonderful, challenging workout!
Sadie has developed a challenging routine that kicks your butt but stays true to yoga (albeit rigorous yoga). No karate kicks or dancing here. One amazing thing is how Sadie shows you new ways to move into poses. I've always had trouble with standing poses (warrior I & II, e.g.) and my previous instructors used a sequence of movements leading to standing poses that I always found difficult. With Sadie, I realized that I don't need a block to do Utthita Trikonasana, and I've only had the DVD for 4 days. I would never have even considered trying this before. She offers advice on modifying positions if you're 'building strength' (a nice way of saying you're sort of out of shape/inflexible, like me). If you need a ton of guidance for modifying positions, this may not be the best DVD for you. I'm an advanced beginner and have some knowledge of how to go easy and not overextend myself, but some of her poses are quite advanced and injury would be possible without proper caution. That said, her sequences are really transformative and body-changing. You do burn fat/calories - this is an aerobic workout. I can't recommend this DVD enough.