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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The DVD is broken into mini flows, including her unique Sun Salutations, a twisting flow, a balance flow, inversions, hip openers, arm balances, an ab flow, and a few others. Some of the sections are relatively brief (7-9 minutes-ish), while others are over 15 minutes. She also includes several preset sequences, which, as the previous reviewer mentioned, are lengthy but so very worth it.
Lastly, Sadie has a great narration voice, and bless her, she avoids the goofy yoga metaphors and descriptors when she's detailing the poses. Awesome!!
I tried Sadie's Youtube videos, yoga sequences for weight loss many time, before purchasing this DVD. Sadie uses many of her 'signature' moves she uses in the Youtube videos such as the "Shakti kicks", extending of a leg in downface dog etc. in this DVD. I was impressed by the vigorousness of these Youtube workouts and proceeded to buy this DVD.
It may be my body that has adjusted to the level of these workouts, but I don't seem to get the same heart pumping workout experiences from doing the workouts in the DVD as I used to from Sadie's Youtube videos. I was interested in yoga to tone my body rather than calm my mind down or heighten spirituality. So now I have moved on from this yoga video to another one, ballet conditioning.
Though I don't expect to use the DVD very often in the future, while it lasted (2 months), this DVD helped me to strengthen physiques and add more flexibility.
For the last 20 years I've been doing kickboxing, weight training and running. But at my age, those type of workouts are killing me. I recently hurt my back and felt like I was 90. It's my fault. I never did any stretching so my back was eventually ready to go out. I knew I had to get back into yoga again. I was a serious yogi for 6 years but I let it go to the wayside in favor of more aggressive workouts.
I first bought a beginner Rodney Yee video to get me back into the groove. Then I read one of the reviewers rave about Sadie. They were spot on.
This gal is fabulous. Wonderful voice and a great teacher. There is a section in the DVD where you can turn off the music. I did. It helped me concentrate with her cues.
This is not a beginners tape. You really need to know the yoga postures before you venture into this territory.
My suggestions to get the most out of this DVD. Watch the entire thing before you start the workout. Have a towel handy and plenty of water. I had so much sweat dripping on my face I could barely see! If you have a small place like I do, clear the room before you start the workout and turn off your phone and email. I say this because you really need to focus on the workout and focus on your body.
I'm on a nothing but yoga workout routine for the next 90 days. I already feel taller (back is no longer hurting me) and my joints are starting to loosen up.
I HIGHLY recommend this DVD to any serious yogi or baby boomer like me who wants a different workout. I don't think I'll ever go back to the kickboxing or heavy weights again. This workout is it for me. I can tell you if you watch your food intake and do the workouts on a regular basis you'll see a kickass body. I'm already starting to see a reduction in cellulite (no kidding).
Sadie - my dear you rock!
Although I've had different degrees of success with each of the DVDs I've bought and really enjoy some of the practices, there are none that I've found as consistently good as this one. Being as I'm not the most flexible guy or experienced yoga student in the world, Sadie's practices provided an appropriate level of challenge without going beyond a level that I'm not capable of. In fact, I think I'm better at yoga now BECAUSE of doing these routines.
Mind you, this DVD has some really challenging parts, and I can't say that I am yet able to do everything on it. But even so, there's enough diversity here for me to customize my practice--and whenever I get to a point where I feel really challenged, she always seems to know when to let off and bring me back into my comfort zone while helping me stretch and unwind the targeted areas in a suitable manner.
I might add that it's not a perfect DVD. There are a few flaws here and there. Her oral coaching, for instance, sometimes differs from what's on the screen by several seconds, and the timing of how long she works out each side, left and right, is occasionally off by quite a bit as well. But these imperfections, to my mind, are minor when compared with the many benefits this DVD offers.
If you have practiced yoga before and have at least some degree of balance, flexibility and general yoga knowledge, then I would highly recommend this DVD. It may take you a few playings to find out which rewards work best for you, but the reward for the research you do will be well worth the effort in the long run.