Yoga And Pilates — Volume 1 — Louise Solomon's Yoga & Pilates is a new and highly effective form of exercise that blends the best of the worlds of yoga and pilates. Encompassing the flexibility, meditative and weight loss ... more »elements of Yoga with the muscle strengthening and toning of Pilates, Yoga & Pilates is an ideal balance of body and mind, breathing and movement. Following Yoga & Pilates will not only leave you looking your best but will improve your posture, strengthen your body and spine and act as a release valve against stress build up and all in just 28 days! Yoga and Pilates consists of a five minute introduction to breathing and two workouts:
Workout One: A 26-minute mat-based workout focusing on lying down and sitting up, the center of the body, abdominals, lower back and pelvic muscles.
Workout Two: A 30-minute workout strengthening the midback muscles and spine creating a great posture. Also concentrates on toning the arms, legs and behind.
Yoga And Pilates
Take the best of Yoga and Pilates and gain the streamlined body you've always dreamed of! An exciting and fresh approach to the breakthrough workout Yoga & Pilates, Total Body Toner offers a complete workout for the mind and body. With four separate workouts this exercise program targets specific parts of the body so you can concentrate on problem areas. Combined, these four workouts offer a solution to weight loss while promoting relaxation from the stresses of everyday life.
WORKOUT ONE: ABDOMINALS Targeting the stomach muscles and tightening the waist, promoting a flatter stomach.
WORKOUT TWO: UPPER BODY Working the arms and the chest to give greater definitions to the upper body.
WORKOUT THREE: LOWER BODY These exercises will tighten and tone the bottom as well as sculpting the legs.
WORKOUT FOUR: TOTAL BODY TONER A combination of the first three workouts for the advanced student.« less
"I just read one reviewer's comments on Louise Solomon's Yogalates DVDs (I have vols. 1&2), and strongly disagree with her assessment that it doesn't help anyone to tone up and lose weight. After using both videos over the past 15 months I've lost over 85 pounds, and have toned and defined muscles in a way that I've never experienced before, even when I played tennis and racquetball. I now understand all the hoopla about Pilates -it really does stretch and lengthen your muscles in a way that other exercises do not. I started with vol. 2 (I accidently found it at a local Walmart) not knowing anything about Louise or Yogalates, although of course I'd heard of both exercises separately. For me it was perfect, and the sessions perfectly timed and gentle enough for someone returning to regular exercise after being sedentary for awhile. It wasn't until I'd been working out with it for about 4-5 months that I found vol. 1, which is more laid-back and easier than vol. 2, but which has some moves that definitely challenged muscles in a way that I hadn't felt with vol. 2. Louise's calming voice adds a soothing dimension, and I can't tell you how relaxed I am after a workout. Alternating both videos and varying the order of each section will help to keep you from getting bored with the routines. I'm now at the point where I use them in addition to some workouts (usually in the AM when I need a faster-paced routine to get me going) on FITTV because I'm really a lot stronger now. In addition to the weight loss my entire perspective on living has improved, I've influenced other family members to become more active, and all have lost significant amounts of weight. Overall, I recommend her videos (I'm hoping to get vol. 3 but it seems it's not available in the US yet) to anyone who wants to get in shape and begin/maintain a healthier lifestyle. I haven't felt this good in 20 years - this is the best $10 I've ever spent. The rewards I've received are priceless!! P.S. Part of the concept of Yoga is going inside of oneself to find inner peace. This is probably why there is no music during the workouts (the intro./end music is very peaceful/soothing), and why the set is devoid of any potentially-distracting background. If you embrace the concept of body/mind/spirit coming together as one during your exercise session, your focus will not be on the video setting but on yourself, and the positive steps you are taking to improve your health."
Beware. There is only Volume 1 and 2. NO others!!
JW | New Mexico | 06/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We ordered Volume 1 and Volume 2, and the 2 disc set, thinking they were all different. They are all the same. The box set of 2 are the same ones as the separate DVD's. Even though Amazon shows them as different. And also recomends that people who bought these also bought the box set. We like the DVD's. We just ended up with 2 copies of each."
A Relaxing and Centering Workout
Cintae | Northeast Missouri, USA | 03/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps you've tried a regular yoga or pilates workout and you were a bit intimidated, or maybe you just simply don't know where to start. Either way, Louise Solomon's Yoga and Pilates workout will start you out gently, focusing on proper breathing techniques, all while helping you tone and sculpt your body.
If you are looking for a heart-pumping, sweat dripping workout DVD, this is not for you. Louise takes her time with each individual movement, explaining how to position your body and reminding you to maintain proper posture. This, in my opinion, is very beneficial for beginners. There's nothing quite as bad as waking up "the day after" and feeling as though you've been run through a chipper-shredder. Louise makes this nearly impossible with her gentle reminders and beginner-friendly modifications on more difficult exercises.
The DVD is broken down into four segments: The first emphasizes breathing and abs, then arms and upper body, followed by a lower body routine. The fourth segment is a "total body" workout. If you are a beginner, you will do the first three segments, either together or seperately dependent on your fitness level, then finally progress on to the fourth workout.
Although I would classify this as a gentle workout all around, there are still some postures that will cause you to break a sweat!
The lack of distracting background scenery or music is a pro to me, although some viewers might consider this a con. I like the lack of background, but a soft musical backdrop might add to the relaxing quality of Louise's voice.
I'm giving this video a 4 star rating instead of a 5 due the limited amount of postures used during all workouts. Anyone who has done a "regular" yoga or pilates DVD will find the limited number of moves somewhat frustrating.
I do, however, believe this is an ideal (and economical) way to learn the basics of both disciplines. Please remember to go ahead and buy a yoga mat when you purchase this, otherwise the positions, such as down dog, are going to turn into something more like "dog with twisted ankle and bruised head." (It's possible to do it without, but MUCH harder.)
Great for pregnant women!
Ioana | San Francisco, CA | 07/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's slow indeed but it's yoga combined with Pilate moves. It has all the basics in it: pelvic tilt, legs and arms stretching, strengthening exercises for the lower back, hips and abdominal muscles. If you like aerobic workout, very active and dynamic this might not be your stile indeed. It's based more on concentration and controlled movements. I'd say give it a try, especially if you are preparing for a pregnancy or are already pregnant (low risk). Enjoy!"
L. Garcia | Florida | 03/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I LOVE this DVD. I've tried other excercise workouts. One in specific was Tae Bo. I loved it but it was too strenuous on my joints after a while. Mind you, I'm only 23 years old! I needed something that was effective but could be gentler on my body. My mom has osteoperosis & I'm afraid I may inherit it so I try to workout without putting so much pressure on my bones/joints. It combines Yoga & Pilates into a fun workout. I don't agree with the negative reviews that this DVD has received. It helped me lose 20 pounds before I became pregnant with my first child in a couple of months (with a healthy diet)! I just wish I could still use it throughout the pregnancy... For me, it's been really hard to find a replacement video for the 9 months I'm preggie. I can't wait until I can get back into it. It has yoga, pilates, resistance training with the bands - EXCELLENT!"