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About the product
- Accessible to everyone, ranging from beginners to experienced Yoga fans
- Follow along with your own virtual trainer
- All exercises approved and motion captured by certified instructor Mai Hashimoto of the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation
- Over 180 poses to choose from
- Practice your yoga hands-free with voice navigation and voice recognition
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Quick Yoga Training is your personal yoga trainer that can you take with you anywhere you go. Learn the art of Yoga and set the training routine that is right for you. Follow along with your own virtual trainer and watch as your instructor demonstrates all the moves for you in a 3D environment, to help you better understand. Fully concentrate on your exercises by being able to control your routine with voice commands. Practice different breathing techniques and set your own breathing rate. Choose poses that are focused on certain parts of the body or that specialize in stress relief, concentration, balance, or body unity. Take the Physical Test to find out your Yoga Body Age and use that to help set goals for yourself. Also included is a glossary of yoga terms and a pose dictionary.
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Therefore, I was anxiously awaiting the next Yoga cart, "Quick Yoga Training". And with its promised "over 180 poses", it looked like a natural progression from "Let's Yoga" after I exhausted its "only 80" moves.
"Quick Yoga Training" starts off with the typical questionnaire stuff. But then the cart looked to be something very different when it had a breathing exercise/test and those results would be used in all the yoga poses. Very nice.
However almost immediately after that I ran into trouble. The menus are a confusing mess with no thought on how a user might use the program on a regular basis. Of course there are menu items that take you into poses but its not user friendly and I'm still not comfortable navigating around the menus.
Still, the worst was yet to come. When you do get to the poses not only is there no voice over narration, but the fonts are hard to read and many times blend into the background. Because you are dealing with the small screen DS, the only way to really learn the Quick Yoga poses is to carry the DS along with you while you are doing the exercise. . .
I wonder if UBIsoft did any playtesting with this cart? Clearly this was not ready for release. I guess the people over there don't realize that a good fitness cart can stay on the shelf for years. Ubisoft should have cut down on the poses and instead worked in some voice over. Perhaps when the price drops and you already know some yoga - "Quick Yoga Training" may be of some benefit. For for all newcomers, my advise would be to get the cheaper and far superior "Let's Yoga".
Unfortunately, despite a long background in yoga, I have had a hard time following the programmed practices because of the lack of narration. I was hoping there would at least be an option to turn the narration on or off, but it's not available at all! That's not so bad for standing poses, but when you're lying on the floor and the pose calls for both hands to be outstretched with palms down, how do you look at the screen? It doesn't even have sound cues to tell you when to switch from your left side to your right side. In fact, the game tells you where to put your gaze for each pose: guess what, it's never "look at the DS screen" which is required if you want to know when to come out of the pose. One of them even says "Close Eyes." Um, then how do you know what you're supposed to be doing, since there is no audio cue?
Even if you are looking at the screen, the cues are not explicitly clear. For example, to begin Warrior Pose II (Virabhadrasana II), you are first instructed to turn your right foot to the right. After getting into the pose and taking a few breaths, you are then instructed to straighten the right knee and turn the left foot to the left. What happened to the right foot? Is it still turned to the right? I know what to do because I'm familiar with that particular pose, but the lack of comprehensive instruction bothers me because I know yoga newbies will be trying this software and might be confused.
Another beef with the game is the lack of transition between each pose. One second you're lying on the floor, then the screen goes to the next pose and suddenly you're standing. Safe, mindful transitions are key to a pleasant yoga practice. And, none of the practices I've tried so far end with Savasana (corpse pose), the traditional relaxation posture that allows your body to adjust to the changes that took place during your practice.
On the plus side, it does have an excellent variety of challenging poses and makes good use of the sanskrit translations for each pose. I also like the ocean sounds in the background, though you can choose from 3 different music options if ocean isn't your thing. And, the tones that tell you when to inhale/exhale help to keep your focus on the breath throughout the practice, which is important.
Overall, though, I like Let's Yoga much better. It has voice narration, safe (and well-explained) transitions between poses, and every routine ends in Savasana. It has some other details that I personally enjoy, like the expanding mandalas for the breath, but that's just a personal preference! I'll probably keep Quick Yoga Training just to mix things up, but I'll definitely keep using Let's Yoga much more often. Quick Yoga Training is not "bad" or even unsafe, it's just sloppily put together. It could have been great with a few more months in production, but as is, it's below average.