- Complete workout with warm-up and relaxation
- Special Tips Just for You
- Bonus interview with Megan Garcia
- Bonus Just My Size brand feature
Yoga: Just My Size With Megan Garcia
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Certified instructor and plus-size model Megan Garcia presents a simple and rewarding introduction to yoga designed for every size and shape. Run time 28 minutes. DVD includes an additional 17 minutes of run time.
Yoga for plus-sized women? Why not, especially when it's presented clearly, simply, and utterly without condescension, which is the case with Just My Size Yoga. Instructor Megan Garcia, a large woman herself, knows that self-consciousness and limitations due to shape and size keep many would-be yoga practitioners from attending actual classes; hence this 45-minute program designed to introduce new students to yoga's many benefits. Garcia promises that a regular yoga practice will promote not only physical well-being (including energy and flexibility) but also confidence, calm, and what she calls "an inner sense of self"--ambitious goals, to be sure, but also attainable ones. The practice consists of three parts. The warm-up focuses on the breath, along with arm lifts, spinal twists, and such; the "workout" section includes some reasonably demanding poses like Warrior 1 and 2 and downward-facing dog (after demonstrating each pose separately, Garcia repeats them as one continuous, flowing sequence), and "deep relaxation" consists of savasana, the so-called "corpse pose." Other elements of Just My Size Yoga include a "special tips" section (with suggestions about using a wall, chairs, or other props to modify the poses) and an interview with Garcia. All in all, this is a gentle, easy, yet effective introduction to yoga. --Sam Graham
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First, Megan presents a lovely workout that is both challenging and relaxing for even a beginner. She is calming and graceful throughout. What I noticed is that every posture presented is attainable by most plus-sized people. She does not tell you to stand with your feet together in mountain pose, because most plus-sized individuals cannot do that comfortably. Instead, she has you stand comfortably. The entire workout is like this. Every movement is doable for most overweight folks.
The DVD consists of a warm-up, workout, and deep relaxation. The warmup does get your pretty warmed up with twists, cat and dog, kidney squeeze, and leg pumps. The workout mostly works on leg strength and focus. The poses covered are mountain pose, warrior I & II, star & goddess, downward dog, and child's pose. The deep relaxation is corpse pose.
As I said, all the poses are achievable for almost every body type. I have lost a lot of weight (60 pounds), but believe I could have probably done this DVD at my highest weight. This leads me to the only shortcomings: the length (it could be longer) and the fact that it becomes too easy too quickly. I still do it and still love it. I am just not sure how to make the postures more difficult so to get a great workout. At this point, it is a great relaxing video on my days off from more intense exercise (Turbo Jam, Jari Love, the gym). I am really hoping that Megan does another DVD that is more intermediate.
The workout has just the right blend of calming/meditation, warm-up, workout and relaxation. It starts out with a few minutes of breathing to help you become tuned to your body. It then moves into a series of gentle stretches to warm you up but that still give you some serious muscle work in the arms and legs. The actual workout actual has me breaking a light sweat on some poses which I've never had with a Yoga workout. It ends with some stretches and a final relaxation pose. The entire DVD has a nice flow from one pose to the next with great instruction on how to transition from one to the other.
I like this well enough that I actually get up 30 minutes earlier so I can do this workout and still do my normal cardio. I find that it is a great follow-up to my cardio as it allows me to get a good stretch and center myself before starting the workday. It is easy enough for a beginner yet it also offers enough challenge to keep it interesting. I highly recommend this one. If you are considering the Big Yoga Hatha 1 beginner DVD, totally skip that waste and buy this one.
1) the poses are possible for everyone to do, regardless of body-type;
2) minimum chanting (since I'm not a "believer" in that aspect of yoga, just want to exercise);
3) Megan moves slowly and illustrates poses very well;
4) the narrator describes most poses in enough detail that I can follow by listening.
What I wish: the workout was longer (45 instead of 30 min) or she comes out with another more advanced DVD.
At the end of the DVD, I feel exercised (in the positive sense), relaxed and yet energized. I do modify one pose for me to prevent pain, and that's a great thing about DVD workouts in your house- no one tells you you are doing a pose wrong when you have to modify it for your own body's needs.
I also bought the book by Garcia, reviewed separately.