Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Geri Body Yoga|
Actors: Geri Halliwell, Katy Appleton
Director: Steve Kemsley
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Geri Halliwell and Katy Appleton team up again in this DVD made especially for you. — Follow Geri, Katy, and Nate through five sections of yoga that will help build your mind, body, and spirit in a program designed for all ... more »
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Good attitude, good workout
Lee Whiteside | Dwight, Illinois United States | 04/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The best thing about this video is the attitude of the participants. The workout itself is complete and challenging in the fact that it includes most of the well known poses in good sequencing and is nearly one and a half hours long. Kathy gives the instruction but Geri sometimes chimes in with encouragement for the viewer. Geri looks terrific and has a wonderful attitude throughout the workout. There is another student doing modified poses, which were too easy to suit my level of practice but the main focus (thankfully) is on Geri. She looks great. Some of the cueing to poses could be better in case you aren't watching the screen. Following the instruction for the sun salutations is a problem for me. There are many different versions of a sun salutation depending on the instructor and this one changes from hatha to ashtanga just when I got used to doing it the first type she goes into a another version. The best things about this video is how they stress doing yoga to suit your body and your ability and the upbeat attitude of the participants. And last of all, the video quality is very good.I like this one but it's too long for me to use this video everyday."
Geri Body Yoga
Washi | 03/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This newest DVD from Geri Halliwell is not a repackaging of the first one. She teams up again with Katy Appleton. Definately watch this video at least twice before working out with it. There are a few mis-cues and also some of the poses are different from other yoga workouts. Even though they say that you can break up the routine into segments (the entire workout is about 83 minutes long), for me it was better to do the whole dvd. At least do some cardio before you do the strength segment, you need to be warmed up properly before attempting these poses.
Hope this helps."
Really solid intro to yoga
Heather | Canada | 07/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was a bit doubtful, butt this is really a good DVD. I'm new to yoga, and I felt comfortably stretched and worked out without the frustration a lot of other videos have given me. Geri does yammer on a bit, but nowhere near as much as in her first video. Recommended!"
Lack of instruction, very low music, negative comments from
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 01/15/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Menu choices are only Play & chapters. Production quality is great - lighting, sound, camera angles, it's in wide screen & 5.1 digital surround. The only complaint being it took me a while to even realize there was music playing, it was so light & low. In order to hear it, I had to raise the volume so high, Katy can be heard by neighbors. Set in the courtyard of something. Nate a young guy demonstrates the modifications.
Quick pic trailer - 1 min
Geri Haliwell intro - 1 min - saying this is the 2nd dvd, etc.
Katy Appleton intro - 7 min - saying this is a mix of many hatha (physical) yoga (union) - ashtanga, Iyenga, etc. That you can do only sections you want, etc. Also shows "tummy" "full" & ujjayi pranayama (breath) she admits repeatedly she can be scattered & forget to breath, so counting helps.
Warm-up - 21 min
Katy spends 3 min saying how important relaxing is. Reclined simple arm stretch, reclined knees to side spinal twist several times, knee to chest stretch, reclined single leg stretch, reclined single knee to side spinal twist, bridge, locust (upper body only), child's, cat/cow, threading the needle (hands/knees, then slide one arm all the way through along ground past the other hand for shoulder stretch), extended puppy (Katy calls swan), downward dog (Katy calls "the V"), crescent (hands on knees), down dog, crescent, standing fwd bend (that transition felt unnatural).
Katy practically ignores Nate here (he barely modifies) & Geri actually complains "This pose feels awkward..." I can't touch my toes yet..." & other unhelpful, negative remarks. Katy will help Geri which is helpful to us, but it would be better w/o Geri's sullenness she's not as flexible as Katy. I threading the needle, Geri complained so Katy had her then raise in the air the arm not on the ground & the same leg back like a plank which was more advanced & required balance which I liked.) I didn't find this relaxing at all & 20 min felt like 60. The only good thing I liked was the advanced shoulder stretch.
Sun & moon - 20 min
The first 14 minutes Katy does modified sun salutations 2x held moderate length, then 5x full sun salutations all used with crescents besides mountain, fwd bends, plank, upward dog, down dog. Katy's more aware of Nate this time & sometimes just watches them. Moon - starting with stretching hips/going with a crouch to high wide angle single leg stretch, then standing simple side torso stretches, starfish (she doesn't even explain it), lion (Geri says, "Yeah, you're going to feel self-conscious, I do!"), triangle, pyramid, crescent. She does the single leg stretch from sliding from one foot to the other like a martial artist & repeat sequence 3x more.
Strength - 15 min
Tree, eagle (Geri- "You're going to wobble, I know I do..."), dancer's. Then warrior 1, 2, triangle, side angle, standing wide angle fwd bend. Repeat w/Katy helping Geri & end in child's pose for a minute. Nate is ignored again, but does good modifiers.
Bliss - 17 min
Seated single leg fwd bend, seated spinal twist, seated fwd bend, bow, rest & child's. Next is wheel (For beginners!?!?!? she doesn't even give any directions the first time!), she guides Geri & Nate the next time. Knee to chest, shoulder stand, knee to chest, seated fish (sit on heels, straight arms slightly back & lift the chest). Sit how you want & she does alternate nostril breathing for 3 minutes. She doesn't ignore Nate this time, guides him 2x & he does the modifiers well & uses a strap for a bend & the wall for shoulder stand.
Chill - 10 min
All of them reclined w/Katy guiding you to relax in voice over.
This seems to be geared toward beginners, but there's a major amount of lack of instruction of how each body part should be & more importantly, no instruction on how to avoid injury by telling you what common bad body positions you shouldn't do. Hopefully that was on vol. 1 of this series. She uses Geri as guide, but mostly just reminders & many times the same ones. From lack of body awareness from instructor, resentfulness of Geri, lack of instruction, almost silent background music, I couldn't finish this at all.
There are clips on youtube under Geri Yoga & can see part of Nate. Though they are obviously posted for foot fetish people."