A Fine, Total Body Workout
C. Sullivan | Alexandria, VA | 04/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have a question for the reviewers who complained that this tape wasn't challenging enough: "WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!"Come off it, you can actually HEAR Kathy & Rod huffing and puffing thru the first 30 minutes of sun saluations, that is, if you can hear anything over your own huffing & puffing. Forward fold, jump back to staff, hold it, ease down to the floor, upward dog, hold it, push up into downward dog, hold it, jump up to another forward fold, then reach for the sky, and back down to forward fold so you can do the sequence again three more times. Then, they add chair poses & standing poses & balancing positions... Granted, these aren't new moves that any beginner wouldn't be familiar with, but the pace is quick & all those pushups add up after awhile, believe me. And if they don't, well, gosh aren't YOU so strong & healthy? Or, better question, what are you doing following exercise videos when you should be bench-pressing family sedans to give yourself the challenge your conditioned muscles crave? The rest of us, though, will find this workout challenging enough. :-)I am no softie, either. I'm 31 and have worked out all my life. I started practicing yoga over a year ago, first doing Ali MacGraw's video for 9 months, and then moving thru the Yoga Journal Series, which I found great as far as instruction is concerned, but not terribly dynamic. I like a yoga tape to begin with easy warm-up stretches, to more vigorous sun salutations, to standing poses, then floor exercises, and then finally relaxation. This tape does just that, but at a higher level of intensity than Ali MacGraw's tape (you can really work up a sweat). It's also a bit longer. This is a great workout to condition the body & make you feel good all over. I don't have gobs of time to workout, so this has been my primary exercise tape for the past four months, and I have noticed a considerable difference in my overall body tone and flexibility. If you're looking for a thorough yoga routine that'll challenge you with its energetic pace & semi-difficult poses (revolved triangle, anyone?), this is the tape for you. Perfect for "students" of the Ali Macgraw tape, who are ready for more. If you were hoping, though, that "New Yoga Challenge" meant Kathy & Rod were going to show you new & unusual yoga positions to take your practice of this art to deeper levels and challenge your body in ways that beginner/intermediate yoga poses just can't, well, a class with a yoga master would probably help you reach your goals much better. Kathy Smith is a fitness expert, not a yogini. Her idea of "challenge" may not be yours."
As Usual Kathy Smith does an excellent job
A. Kodadek | Wilmington, DE | 01/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have had this workout on VHS tape since it came out (about 5 years ago). It is wonderful! Kathy Smith has a way of explaining exercises in a clear manner but yet not making you feel like an idiot. The Yoga on this tape is a great total body workout. While you are doing it you don't even think you are working that hard and then before you know it you are sweating. By the next day your body feels like you've worked hard.I loved it so much I just bought the workout on DVD. The DVD is great because the workout is seperated into different sections so that if you just want to quickly do floor exercises or deep breathing you can go right to that particular part.I would highly recommed this tape to those people who like Yoga or simply want to try new things. I started out with the Kathy Smith beginner Yoga tape and moved up to this when I felt confident. I hope Kathy Smith comes out with some more advanced Yoga tapes soon."
Good but not a "challenge"
A. Kodadek | 06/30/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This tape claims to be for intermediate to advanced students but belongs more in the beginner/intermediate class. Rod Stryker walks you through each position thoroughly and clearly and it is a good workout for a beginner. As an intermediate student of yoga, I prefer to do this tape more as a relaxing, stretching end-of-day workout rather than as my single workout for the day. It can easily be combined with a long run day or a heavy weight training day. While Rod Stryker is very good, and I have given this video to many of my girlfriends as a great "intro to yoga" gift, I prefer the level of the Rodney Yee tapes. Much harder. Much more of a workout."
Great Yoga Tape
Megan | 07/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why all the bad reviews online, but I felt like this tape needed some support. Kathy Smith is a great instructor, and excellent at yoga poses and moves. This tape is good for a beginner/intermediate level of yoga, and a great way to start the day or end it. It's not meant to be the only workout of your day, but if you use it as well as regular exercise the results will be awesome. A great back strengthener and great for increasing flexibility. I'm 16 and in good shape and find this tape challenging enough but not too tough. I recommend it for anyone who is an advanced beginner. :)"