Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Quick Start Yoga for Weight Loss |
DVD plus audio CD
Actor: Suzanne Deason
The diet-free Quick Start Yoga for Weight Loss Program is designed to get you started fast and easy with weight loss success. The workouts boost metabolism, shape lean muscle and give you more energy. The step by step inst... more »
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J. S. WILLARD | CHARLESTON, SC USA | 09/06/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"...IF YOU HAVE AM/PM YOGA FOR WEIGHT LOSS. THIS CONTAINS THE A.M. PORTION. IT MENTIONS THIS NOWHERE ON THE COVER BUT SUZANNE DEASON INTRODUCES IT AS A.M YOGA FOR WEIGHT LOSS IN HER INTRO!!! THIS IS SADLY BECOMING A PATTERN WITH GAIAM, TAKE A WORKOUT (5YEARS OLD, 1 YEAR OLD) SLAP A NEW COVER AND TITLE ON IT AND RELEASE IT TO THE MASSES. THIS IS THE LAST GAIAM TITLE WILL PURCHASE WITHOUT SOME DETAILED INFO ON IT, HECK IT MAY JUST BE THE LAST GAIAM TITLE I PURCHASE."
Wonderfully gentle, effective stretches
Patricia J. | 12/30/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I can't in good faith give this more than 1 star because this is just half of an existing Gaiam DVD being rebranded, but I like this workout quite a lot. Instead of the aerobic drill I feared, it's instead a set of early morning stretches to gently get your metabolism going and improve your circulation.
The exercise portion of the DVD is only 22 minutes long. It begins with some very easy cat-cow type stretches, then six minutes of slow, gentle standing poses (triangle, side angle pose), then some relaxing poses on the floor, working their way up to about 30 sec in a modified downward dog at the end of the video. Many poses are supported by bricks, and they're all safe enough that I wouldn't hesitate to give this video to a friend who had never done yoga before. Suzanne Deason never names the poses or gives very specific style points, so this tape may be frustrating for someone with a lot of yoga experience.
I think this is a wonderful workout for someone who would have difficulty doing a more vigorous video due to fatigue, injury, weight, etc."
M. Baird | Celebration, Florida | 02/08/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was disappointed in this video. Suzanne Deason is one of my favorite instructors, usually during her workouts I am challenged, without being overly so. This video is really only ok for people who want a very light workout. Maybe when you're tired, have a minor injury, or just want a little energy boost. But, if you're serious about weightloss, this light workout won't offer much to help you toward your goal."
Gentle Yoga for Weight Loss
Martha McKinnon | Phoenix, AZ USA | 02/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Quick Start Yoga for Weight Loss includes a DVD with two programs - a 25-minute gentle yoga practice and a 15-minute energy balancing yoga practice, access to a 64 page online nutrition guide and a 15-minute audio CD to guide you through a morning routine that can be done upon waking right on your bed.
If you believe that the only way to lose weight is through vigorous sweaty exercise, this is not the program for you. However, if you, like Suzanne Deason, believe that stress, moving too fast, and lack of body-mind awareness are major contributors to weight gain, this program can help you get started with a gentle yoga program that can lead to gradual lasting change. Quick Start Yoga for Weight Loss is an easy to learn program with step-by-step instructions and a great way to start your on the right foot - with more energy, clarity, awareness, and focus. It's these qualities that often lead to healthy behavior changes resulting in weight loss.
The Quick Start Yoga for Weight Loss workout begins with seated breathing and moves into gentle floor stretches that include extended child's pose, low lunge and runners lunge. Many poses are modified with the use of two bricks/blocks so most beginners will find them accessible.
She then moves on to a series of standing poses that include triangle, extended side angle, wide legged lateral spine stretches, and wide legged forward fold with a twist. Floor poses come next and include a gentle modified cobra, downward facing dog, child's pose, seated twists, cobblers pose, an abdominal strengthener, reclining leg stretches, reclining twists, and a gentle bridge pose.
Although Deason, never refers to the poses by name, she provides detailed instruction for alignment and coordinating breath with movement, making this accessible to beginners and those seeking a gentle well balanced yoga routine to begin the day.
The 20-minute Energy Balancing yoga practice is for those times you are feeling stressed or fatigued or need a gentle restorative practice. It is designed to help you relax, open up and turn within and includes lots of supported forward folds - both standing and seated - and ends with legs-on-a-chair pose. You'll need a chair and blanket for this yoga practice.
The 15-minute audio CD is a great way to wake up your body before you even get up in the morning, with a series of reclining stretches and twists to increase circulation while integrating your mind, body, and breath, all before your feet touch the floor.
I think Quick Start Yoga For Weight Loss is great for beginners looking for an introduction to a gentle mind-body approach to weight loss through yoga.