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HeavyWeight Yoga 2: Change the Image of Yoga

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Find instruction and inspiration with this newest HeavyWeight Yoga DVD from Abby Lentz, named to Fitness Magazines Fit 50 List. Join Abby and 8 of her students for a complete HeavyWeight Yoga class. Through individual interviews hear how these remarkable students from diverse situations came to improved health and well-being with yoga. This unique HeavyWeight Yoga practice gives you: increased flexibility improved balance reduced stress greater strength It s never too late to start. Begin in this class with Abby and her students. Learn how to practice yoga alongside everyday people using the body you have today. Special Features Instruction and inspiration Create your own class with preset chapters Spanish translation for all content Bonus commentary track with extra tips and information Easy navigation Optional music track

About the Actor

Abby Lentz, 61, is creator of HeavyWeight Yoga, a practice for full-bodied people with a mission to change the image of yoga. Abby s been profiled in numerous national publications, TV and radio shows and blogs. Her first DVD, Yoga for the Body You Have Today, was selected by Fitness Magazine as one of their Fit 50 - the only instructional DVD to appear on the list. Abby encourages everyone to tap into their inner athlete to move forward with their dreams and not put their life on hold due to their body size or weight.

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  • Actors: Abby Lentz
  • Directors: Richard Whymark
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: HeartFelt Yoga, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LCKPM8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ivy P. Garcia on June 9, 2010
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I ordered HW2 because I loved HW Yoga and I wanted a new routine to choose from. I was disappointed that HW2 was not a completely new routine. This is an improved version on HW Yoga. Easier to understand the selections and I liked that you got to see her class and the different adaptations made by her students. For the most part the routine is the same although she has added some wonderful hip stretches and the balancing pose is different. If you had to order one of the DVD's get HW2 but if you already have the first you might not want to get this one because it's not that different from the first.
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As a plus-size person with a history of chronic back pain (slipped disc) I have tried just about every fitness trend out there and have found yoga to be the perfect practice. I use yoga to build core strength, tone and relax, and am so happy with the flexibility and calm that it has brought to my life. However, I have never been impressed by the DVDs and videos available on yoga, they rarely go beyond basic poses and many of the poses are improbable for the everyday person, much less a person of size, or one with chronic pain from past injuries. On a purely personal note, I also find it disheartening to try to mimic the actions of professional athletic models who are ½ my size. :(

This DVD is a godsend. Centered around a Kripalu yoga practice, Abby Lentz and her students provide an excellent, inviting work out that makes yoga accessible to everyone. Abby places safety and comfort above all else and she knows the unique concerns that face people of size and those living with (or just wanting to avoid) injury. Modifications are demonstrated among the class members, and the class is truly made up of a variety of people of all ages and sizes who each bring different challenges to the mat. (There is a neat interview section where you can learn more about the class members.)

The poses can be relaxing or challenging depending on how you use them, and Abby talks you through each, explaining not only what she is doing, but the small details that are often overlooked in group exercise which make you feel like it is a one-on-one session with her. Each move is achievable, regardless of your size, Abby goes beyond the call of duty to bring yoga to every person. Both Abby and the class members make you feel that you can enjoy the benefits of yoga NOW, regardless of your size.
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I really like this video for many reasons. The most important for me is that it is like being in a real yoga class specifically designed for people with larger, rounder bodies. The class begins with breathing, moves to warm up, then yoga postures, then relaxation. It follows a vinyasa type flow by coordinating breathe to movement. Then movement is followed with a rest period to reflect upon the results of the movement. This is how I originally learned yoga. Because the instructor is Iyengar certified and a big woman, she knows how to provide the instructions that are important for larger bodies. There are no references to weight loss. Instead focus is on appreciating the body as it is. I enjoyed the diversity within the students and enjoyed the section of the video where each describes their yoga journey. Soft music accompanies the instruction. I bought the instructor's first DVD but I like this one much better. You will feel relaxed and energized.
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i wanted to do yoga but everytime i went to the free yoga channel on my television, it was skinny girls doing things that i just couldn't get done with my body type. for reference, i'm a size 22, 5' 7", and quite well-endowed. some of those poses are just impossible without suffocating myself or losing circulation to important parts of my body, like my brain. so i went on a search for plus-size or 'big girl' yoga - and this is what i found. and i'm glad i did.

as other reviewers recommended, i watched it through once before attempting and am glad i did. it was good to be able to pay attention to the moves and how each different person did the. abby, the class leader, is probably about the same size i am, but a bit shorter. there were more normal sized people in the class who did the more advanced poses, a larger girl who did the moves with some modifications, and some others who were shown doing modified poses. by watching it through once i was able to see the different modifications. the first time i did the routine, it was NOT easy but i felt the stretch right away. i also felt relaxed and kind of delicious - pushing a bit further every couple of days and working muscles that i've never worked before really feels good.

i am not doing this for weight loss, although there are some calories burned for certain. i was looking for something low-impact to do instead of my recumbent bike that would burn a few calories and make me feel better about myself. and i do - i kind of feel more confident and a bit healthier all around. i follow a sort-of low fat, restricted calorie diet and have also incorporated more fruits and veg into my diet, so this was part of a lifestyle change.
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