Yoga Weight-Loss Workout for Dummies
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The workout is about 37 minutes long and starts with a "warmup". You start with Mountain, then progress into a mini-vinyasa of Cat/Cow (standing), Sunflower (first bending straight, then to each side), Sun God/Sunflower, twisting Forward Bends, and then finally Mountain/Chair/Tree. These are done at least four times, and in some cases eight. You don't stay in most postures for more than one breath (sometimes just one inhale or exhale), so the postures really do start to get your heartrate up. Then Freytag moves onto a variation of the Sun Salutation (using Cobra instead of Upward Dog), a Warrior vinyasa (Warrior 1, 2 and 3) and ends the standing portion with an Extended Angle vinyasa (beginning in Warrior 2, then moving to Extended Angle, then circling the arm). Again, these are repeated at least 4 times, sometimes for 2 "sets". Although there is some bending at the waist (bringing your head below your heart, which is contraindicated when you significantly raise your heartrate), there isn't nearly as much as in, say, the 5 Sun Salutations you might do in a traditional Ashtanga or Power Yoga release. Therefore my heart rate climbed, but I didn't feel dizziness.Read more ›
I became inspired after hearing Mariel Hemingway speak at a women's luncheon. I bought both of her books and got her yoga series "Yoga Now" with Rodney Yee. I love that series but then found this DVD. I am a "Dummies" fan so was thrilled to come upon this workout.
I alternate between the 3 DVDs (Yoga Now has two DVDs - one shorter and the other nearly an hour long) - depending on how much time I have.
I must admit that I think this is my favorite of all the yoga DVDs I've viewed. One of the main things I like about this DVD is it gives you a good warm up and cool down. So many of the other DVDs I've experienced that say they're for beginners just plain aren't. They jump right in with fairly complex poses with virtually no explanation.
Chris may appear a bit robotic to some but I think she is a good instructor. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone interested in a great aerobic yoga workout!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The instruction is easy to follow, although the fast pace can make it a little confusing on your first time, it gets easierPublished 15 months ago by fugglykitten
An excellent yoga/cardio work out! Simple, short and easily done from home.Published 19 months ago by Cecilia Madden
Excellent workout.. breathing techniques and Ms. Ambandos is a great teacher ! Love the way she teaches!Published 23 months ago by C. Kinney
this book works just like all my other workout books and dvd's you have to open the package but I do have a friend that loves it!Published on December 29, 2013 by Toni Smith
This dvd is extremely helpful. i really like it. it kind of makes yoga easier than i thought it would be.Published on October 12, 2013 by Amanda
Let me start by saying that I am a mom of two...this video is the perfect time frame and gets your heart rate up within the 40 minutes. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Antoinette Dallaire
This is a great video for beginners! It is challenging and really gets your heart rate up, but it also teaches you many different yoga positions. I love it!Published on March 17, 2013 by Robyn K. Evans