Yoga Sculpting for Beginners introduces newcomers to the benefits of isometric postures and lengthening poses. Everything from breathing to body alignment is taught in this 40-minute session with special attention on co... more »ntracting major muscles while holding stretches and poses. This program is divided into two 20-minute sets that focus distinctly on the upper and lower body separately. While one segment centers on poses that engage the pectorals, arms, and abs, another concentrates solely on the lower body by working the gluteus, hamstring, and low back muscles. This video accommodates a range of fitness levels and gives excellent instruction on the form and function of each movement. Both workouts can be done in sequence for a complete body challenge, or separately if you are short on time. Although the cues come slowly and clearly, beginners may have difficulty with the terminology and general familiarity of poses. To alleviate any confusion, first timers should watch the video through before attempting the poses. Don't let the serenity of the gorgeous beaches in the background fool you (the entire workout is filmed in Jamaica)--this is a tough workout that will make any yoga guru break a sweat. --Olivia Voigts« less
Evelyn R. (Sushicat777) from PICKENS, SC Reviewed on 4/27/2009...
LOVE this DVD. Great Mini Workouts. Just when I think I have mastered a flow, I am reminded of another variation. This Workout really delivers what it promises - a strong sculpted body!
Soooo HAPPY WITH THIS ONE......
Lori Woods | Cambridge, MA United States | 10/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A REAL MUST HAVE FOR BEGINNERS. It is good to view the video before beginning so you can be familar with the poses. The instructor is wonderful, and perfect for beginners. Her body is beautifully toned and sculpted (REAL INSPIRATION). Some poses are demonstrated by the instructor and assistant and some by the assistant while the instructor explains and points out proper form. This video is very informative and at a pace you can follow. There are two 20 minute sessions and I PROMISE you will not believe 20 minutes has gone by when you are done. I will be purchasing other Yoga Zone videos and I hope they are as GREAT as this one. I found it very frustrating to pick a video after reading so many comflicting reviews. I searched and reviewed for days before making my decision. I am very glad I picked this one and I RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE THIS TAPE.*******"
Yoga can make you SWEAT!
eriokada | Seattle, WA United States | 08/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After taking a brief yoga class at college, I had not done any yoga for 10years. Wanting once again to take advantage of yoga's stretching and conditioning aspect, I bought this DVD. To my surprise, this DVD showed me that yoga does a lot more than those things. This DVD, as it claims, aims to sculpt your body by doing a series of yoga poses that focus on strengthening. Two 20 minutes sessions are each for upper body and lower body sculpting, so you can just do one or both several times a week or combine this with other excercises. The instructor and the demonstrators are pleasant, and the Jamaican background is beautiful. Since starting this excersise a few months ago, both my upper and lower body have gotten stronger and firmer. I also have become more flexible. And boy, yoga can make you sweat!!! I recommend this DVD to anyone who has done some yoga in the past, and are in a intermediate physical fitness, as some of the poses can be challenging. Dispite what it says in the subtitle, this is NOT for the true beginners."
Great for Arms for beginners but Intermediate on Legs!
J. A Carty | Charlotte, NC United States | 08/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really like this DVD and the Arm workout is fantastic! It is easy to follow but is challenging both for beginners and more advanced. The leg workout is really more focused on the rear and really requires an intermediate fitness level. I have been doing yoga for about 3 months and I had trouble maintaining a lot of the poses but it is a good one to work on and see your progression."
GREAT SHOT OF STRENGTH AND STRETCH!!
LJT | New York, NY United States | 09/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For any beginner, this is a great video to start to feel the stretch and isolation of the yoga movements. For intermediates, this may be a tad easy although still a good return to some basic positions and stretches - particularly for the upper body. The instructor (Jennifer) is quite good and the poses are shown from different angles which makes it ideal for confirmation that you are doing the stretch correctly. Also, the two 20-minute break-downs make it an ideal way to start your day with the choice of either an upper- or lower-body focus. All-in-all it is a great addition to a collection that I am sure you'll return to over and over in your yoga routine."