Yoga Booty Ballet 2-Disc Set: Light & Easy / Latin Flavor
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If you don't like "new age" type language, avoid these DVDs. But if you are willing to give it a try, these DVDs provide very positive and affirming way to work out, not just concentrating on the body, but on the spirit as well.
This is set in a stage with the 2 main teachers & 6 girls & 1 guy. All people were different sizes, one who is over 300 lb which is inspiring. There is one guy who plays percussion, but prerecorded music is also added in.
Meditation/Affirmations: 5 min w/relaxing music
Stretching: 5 min with all yoga (hip stretches, twisted spinal twist, triangle, wide legged fwd bend, butterfly) & stretches done fast & done up/down several times instead of holding it with FAST music.
Dancing: 15 min of cha-cha, samba, merenge, stepping on toes, shoulder shimmies, kinda ballet box step/grapevine backwards, hip circles & other simple 1-3 step dances. The only one I couldn't catch on the first time was what they called a "slither" looking at all the women, I still couldn't figure out what muscles were being used. The fanfare kicks looked silly & so did what they called a "mr. ed" a 1 leg kicking dancing pony.
Mat work: 7 min crunches & leg lifts w/fast music, I didn't feel any burn
Cool Down: 5 min deep beat, symphony music good poses such as pigeon, spinal twist seated pose, seated fwd bend
Meditation/Affirmation: 2 min
I did have a little fun dancing, they are enjoying themselves, but the moves I didn't like since there seemed no art/grace in the moves, just the sake of moving. The guy & some of the girls were barely moving as time went on which didn't inspire me. The toning also wasn't long or hard enough for me to feel anything.
Light & Easy:
Same stage, women all different sizes including mentioned above, but no guy. Same guy playing percussion w/more prerecorded music added.Read more ›
The Light & Easy workout is more appropriate for beginners, with a slower pace, more traditional aerobics moves, and less overall intensity. It finishes with some pretty traditional ab work incorporating a squishy ball (not included with DVD). The only thing I did not like about this workout is during the intention setting, when they usually have you put your hands in a "cria", the one for this particular workout was surprisingly strenuous--flapping your arms up and down for what seemed like forever. It was the most difficult part of the workout for me.
The Latin workout incorporates Latin music and a few familiar steps such as flamenco and mambo, and some totally original creations of Gillian & Teigh. I love the choreography in this workout, although it is a bit hard to follow at times and I know I look ridiculous doing it. True, there is not much instruction or technique, but I think the focus in this workout is not doing the steps exactly right but getting moving and having a good time. Even the dancers in the room are not all doing the exact same thing. I find I get really bogged down and frustrated in videos that focus too much on dance instruction and getting your hips moving exactly the right way and I don't get a good workout. Here I don't worry about it and just move.
What I like best:
I like that the choreography is different, fun, and not focused on being a perfect dancer.Read more ›
Firstly, I must say they are very positive, it IS fun & if I could do it right, it would give a very good workout, it did make me sweat & get my heart racing, & I do like how they show all different body types.
What I did NOT like.. was the fact that it all went so fast, the latin flavor disk (the one on top) ... went WAY too fast, I couldn't keep up, I couldn't figure out how to do the moves they were doing, they just said what they were going to do & then did it, there is NO way that you can just catch the moves that quickly, i'm sorry, but there isn't thats why they have dance CLASSES or LESSONS .. bc they're not that quickly learned, so basically i wasn't at all doing the right moves, i ended up feeling stupid & just quit bc i failed to follow along. The SECOND disk is a bit better I must say
but overall, i dont like it, i don't like the fast pacedness without adequate explanation of the moves being done, TEACH the moves first & THEN step it all up & go fast with it, they shouldn't just SAY what they're doing while they do it, & then bring everything together, that leaves no room to actually make sure you're doing what you should be & getting it right.
I think i may just sell it.. cause i can't return it & i won't use it.
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These are my least favorite of the YBB Live! series. I was really looking forward to the Latin Flavor dvd when I ordered the set because I do a little Latin dance. Read morePublished on March 16, 2009 by Amazon Customer
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