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Melanie C. from GROTON, CT Reviewed on 7/8/2010...
I love Denise, but I know a lot of people don't - she's very perky and she opens her eyes up SO WIDE it's a little terrifying - so you definitely have to keep that in mind! This is a great workout, vigorous enough to get you sweating while opening up all your muscles. I love that it can be done as a few different sessions, though it's really not tough unless you do it all together. My favorite part is the last stretch, though, which has a few of my favorite poses (pigeon, thread the needle) and is a great stretch for afterany workout. It's not really "yoga", though - of course, going into a Denise workout that's for weight loss, you shouldn't expect that, but just as forewarning! There are yoga poses, but it's adapted to be more of a regular workout than a yoga practice.
M. T. Bowers | Northern Illinois | 01/01/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a slightly more advanced workout than we usually get from Denise. I was surprised to see her do The Crow, for instance. However, I have to give her low marks for her cueing on this workout. This is a pet peeve of many who exercise with her, but I usually don't mind her cheery babble. This one's pretty bad that way, though. As she does so infuriatingly on her TV shows, she puts you in a position where you can't see the TV, then says something like "Put your hands right here." Right where? While I'm doing a free workout on Lifetime, I don't mind. When I've bought a DVD which should have had more planning (perhaps a script?), I expect more. While I liked the workout, I found myself getting mad by the time she put me in Corpse Pose and told me to clear my mind.
If you've never done yoga before, don't start here -- it moves too fast (at an aerobic pace), and Denise will have you thoroughly confused. (Beginners -- try the excellent Yoga Zone DVDs.) You'd never know it by this review, but I'm actually a fan of Denise's. Her recent Hit The Spot Pilates is one of my all-time favorites. I'm just disappointed that after all her years as a fitness instructor, she's still so bad at cueing."
Fun Denise Austin Yoga Routine. One of her best yet!
YogaKat | Oregon United States | 01/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love Denise Austin's routines. She is so upbeat and her workouts are fun! You should have some knowledge of yoga beforehand as this really is NOT an instructional DVD. Denise packs a lot of great yoga postures into a short amount of time, yet she holds the poses for a good amount of time and really doesn't seem rushed.
A reviewer said she does not cue well, but I think it's just fine: you should have some knowledge of yoga already and know about the positioning of your body in specific poses. Once you get used to the routine it is really easy to follow and quite fun!
You get 4 routines on the DVD and it's great because with the menus you can mix and match in any order you like. The first one is the longest and called Total Yoga Toning. It includes standing postures, most vinyasa style (lots of flow and movement). I especially like the next three: Legs, Abs, and Stretch; each one is approx. 10 minutes for a great quick 30 min yoga session. Some of the postures can be a bit of a challenge; this is much more traditional than I've seen from Denise in previous DVDs. The set is beautiful, bright orange blue water fall in the background.
This is not hard core yoga, but a lovely easy practice that will definitely brighten and start your day right. If you like Denise's other DVD, you will like this one. (If you don't like her voice, upbeat attitude, cueing, etc., you will probably not like this one either.) You can mute her voice and just have music, although I don't see the benefit of this option since you would have to constantly look up to follow along. (A choice of no music would be nice then I could add my own, but that option is not available on this DVD.)
Please check my other reviews on Amazon for other great yoga practices, Namaste' "
Yoga was fine
A. Spangler | Michigan | 05/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked this. I have never done yoga before in my life and this was pretty good for me..a beginner. None of those crazy yoga stances or positions..but very basic and great for stretching...as well as working on strengthening muscles. It's very calm and relaxed. I enjoyed it doing this..great for beginners."
Not for beginners, but a challenge I was looking for!
Ashton02 | ohio | 01/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I stumbled upon this DVD at Walmart for $10, so being a big fan of Denise's workouts I had to get it! Looks like I got a pretty good deal too. I was hoping this one would be a good challenge and it is! I have only done the "Yoga burn" segment, but that was enough for today. I used to go to a yoga class down the street, but with my schedule it has become tough. This workout reminds me a lot of my yoga class(which i was really wanting to fit into my schedule) that made me feel so good! You do moves such as cobra, downward dog, upward dog, balancing stick, soaring eagle, chair and more(I can't remember all the names). What is really challenging about this is doing all the moves in a quick sequence for the "yoga burn". So if you are familiar with most yoga positions, you should be ok doing this workout, but like me, you may have a challenge in doing the sequences!! Practice makes perfect, so enjoy the challenge!"
This was like yoga on caffeine
Ms. Teri A. Isacson | 10/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I remember Denise from back when I used to do Aerobics. I remembered her as energetic and "bouncy" .. I had a hard time imagining her leading a yoga routine. My concerns were valid, she has lost none of that energy and I kept wanting to "shush" her. I don't need someone telling me to "make it burn" or "you can do it" or any of those things during yoga. Talk about the pose, make sure the viewer is doing it right, but for me, yoga is also about being in my own body .. feeling the pose quietly. I found Denise's constat chit chat very distracting. I really think that she just can't stop talking, she is just plain high energy. There is nothing about her instruction that is quiet or spiritual. It's aerobic instruction to a yoga routine. For me, it was very annoying. But if you like Denise then you might like her enthusiasm. I just kept expecting her to pop up and start a high energy aerobic routine. It was almost painful to watch her have to control her energy to "quietly" do yoga.
The routine itself is challenging. It takes going through it a couple times to get the flow. Some parts of it are quicker than I am used to and she doesn't walk you through these parts, you have to watch her. Once you do that she's done with the pose and it's too late for you to do it. But on the second or third try you remember what comes next and it flows well. She does some tough poses and she does not give you modifications, she just says only do this if you can. It's not very helpful, but if you've done some yoga before doing this dvd then you know the modifications and you can move through the poses. She is strong and she does give you something to aspire to.
I did really like some of the poses on this tape and I really liked the ab work out. I find myself adding in some of the things from this dvd when I am doing other dvd's.
But in the end, I had a hard time not giggling when she pulled her hands in together at the end and said "Namaste" with a huge grin and much enthusiasm. I'm drinking coffee before I do this tape next time. I might better appreciate Denise's enthusiasm once I've got some caffeine flowing through my body."