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|Trudie Styler's Warrior Yoga|
Actor: Trudie Styler
Director: not provided
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
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Interesting but not challenging enough
YogaGirl | san francisco, ca United States | 10/23/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, so I did this dvd this morning and all I can say is "interesting". This dvd is not your typical vinysa yoga class. It isn't challenging but you do get a good stretch without breaking much of a sweat, at least I didn't.
Trudie and her yoga, pilates, dance teacher lead the class outside in lush surroundings. The dvd has an unusual flow in that everything is done on one side (about 24 minutes) and then repeated on the second side. I felt like I had hit repeat segment on my dvd player. The sequence is as follows (might have missed some but basically this is it):
- tadasana to chair, reach out palms and fall forward to standing forward bend; rise to tadasana. Repeat 3x
- child's pose to snake thru to cobra to camel with hands on ankles or floor behind you. Repeat 2x
- cobra to one handed camel. Sweep around to other side and repeat 2x.
- Down dog to one legged split. alternate legs. Repeat 2x.
- one legged split to pigeon.
- Down dog to warrior variation to wide angle pose variations.
- down dog to triangle to extended side angle. 2x
- runners pose (knee on ground) to warrior pose variation to pyramid pose 2x
- standing one legged split to almost seated twist. 3x
- seated twist. one legged twist. bound forward bend. one legged forward bend. wide legged forward bend.
- hands underneath legs holding feet butterly. holding big toes, wide legs in air butterfly.
- plank to downdog to standing to tree.
- Repeat entire sequence on second side.
There is no savasana. No inversions. No backbends except moving camel. No abs. The focus is on the hips and by the time you repeat to the other side, your hips really open up.
The class just ends with a standing centering instruction and then the credits start rolling.
What I liked: The class has a nice dance like feel to it. All the poses flow together. This is a good class for beginners to advanced beginners. It is being sold as intermediate class. The only thing challenging is that you need flexibility in your hips. Otherwise all of the poses are doable. With the camel sequence, I put blocks by my feet to rest my hands on. I would use this class on days when I just want to stretch and not work too hard. I think it would be a great class for those 50 or older. Younger yogis may not be challenged enough. The teacher, in voiceover, has a very nice, soothing voice with precise instruction.
What I didn't like: The camera angles annoyed me in that I couldn't see all of Trudie's body. The camera focused on the top half of her body. Some poses make you face away from the screen and since I didn't know the sequence that well, I had to adjust my feet to see the screen. The class was too simplistic for me. It had great potential but for me it fell short. She could have included more poses, however, as I said earlier this is a class when you just want to stretch and not work hard. Also when the class ends it should go back to the menu instead of rolling credits. The menu has 2 meditations and bonus material which I haven't viewed. Lastly, the introduction is part of the class and should have been separate. As such you have to fast forward to beginning of the class.
There are two classes, 50 minutes and 20 minutes. The express class leaves out the camel and doesn't repeat the poses. It is the same as the 50 minute class but shorter.
All in all I think is was a good first attempt at a yoga dvd. I only gave it 3 stars because I just don't know what the shelf life will be for me before I give it away. I could do everything without much effort. Nothing to grow into.
UPDATE: I just did this dvd again for the 2nd time. This time I knew the routine and was able to enjoy it more with the pretty guitar music. I also did both meditations. One by Trudie and and one by yoga teacher D'Silva. They were a bit talky, but otherwise relaxing.
Great DVD! Spiritual and Challenging.
Gayle | California | 11/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this DVD! I am an intermediate yoga practitioner for over 15 years. My favorite DVD's are Rodney Yee for energy, Ali McGraw yoga mind and body, and Shiva Rea yoga shakti. Add this to my favorite list!
This is not a power work out, but it is challenging. It has a lot of "flow" and is very spiritual. It is very different than just doing "the same old sun salutation". I felt like I stretched areas and used muscles that I do not normally use. I can really get lost in the spiritual flow of this workout. There is a quality to Trudie and James that draws you into the workout. I like both the mediations included. I haven't done the 25 min workout yet.
I have already pre-ordered their next two DVD's due out in Dec. Also just purchases Sting's new DVD."
Challenging yet relaxing
Marianne | 'merica | 12/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this DVD on a whim and I have to say that it exceeded all of my expectations for a yoga workout. Although I did get frustrated the first time that I attempted the sequence of poses, by the second attempt it was not so overwhelming. It is different from other yoga DVDs in that it does alternate sides, meaning that all of the poses are first done on one side and then repeated on the other side; this is why I was initially frustrated -- because I am not used to doing all of the poses on one side before doing them on the other side. This doesn't really affect the effectiveness of the DVD, instead it enhances it because you can actually feel the release on the side that is done first; the poses flow from one into another and by the time the sequence is over you feel so relaxed. I highly recommend this DVD!"
Margaret M. Suddeth | Bowie, MD USA | 11/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"True it's not all that challenging, but gentle flow of the poses is very relaxing. It's going to be one of my favorites to use when I want a restorative session."