The Trainer's Edge series of workout DVDs continues its trend
of offering solid, useful programs with Long and Lean Yoga with
Baron Baptiste. This 50-minute "power yoga" workout
takes participants through a series of challenging but satisfying
poses that work on both flexibility and muscle toning (hence the
"long and lean" in the title).
As is appropriate for a yoga workout, which is intended
to relax the mind as well as tone the body, Long and Lean Yoga
offers a calm and smooth progression of stretches and poses. Baron
Baptiste doesn't participate in the workout himself, but instead
guides and instructs the two in-studio participants who model the
poses. While I was surprised at first to see this approach, it
actually works quite well, as it allows Baptiste to provide a steady
stream of instructions and guidance to the participants. He has a
calm and relaxing voice, and does a good job of explaining how to do
each of the poses.
Long and Lean Yoga is a full-body workout, with poses that
work on the legs, core abdominal muscles, back, and upper
body. Viewers who have practiced yoga before will likely recognize
the poses, which include the upward and downward dog, the boat, the
plank, and two warrior poses, as well as others. The workout is well
paced, with a gradual warm-up before tackling the more challenging
poses, and a stretch and relaxation segment at the end. Many of the
poses are quite challenging, but Baptiste does a good job of
explaining how to modify or dilute each position to suit the level
that viewers are at.
One thing that I appreciated about Long and Lean Yoga is its
no-nonsense style. Baptiste focuses on the practical, physical
benefits of practicing yoga, as well as the mental benefits of
relaxation and correct breathing. There's no mysticism or philosophy
tossed in: just an excellent workout.
Long and Lean Yoga appears in its original 1.33:1 aspect
ratio, and it looks perfectly fine for what it is: a workout program.
The picture is a bit soft, but not excessively so, and colors are
bright and clean.
The soundtrack is nicely handled, with Baron Baptiste's voice always
sounding clear and distinct. The music portion of the soundtrack is
very low-key and is kept well in the background during the entire
As with the other Trainer's Edge workouts, Long and Lean
Yoga comes with a 10-minute mini-workout from another trainer. In
this case, we get a "Cardio Blast" bonus workout with Petra
Trainer's Edge: Long and Lean Yoga to be an enjoyable and
beneficial workout, providing a surprisingly challenging set of
exercises while being entirely impact-free and non-stressful. It's
accessible to new participants such as myself as well as more
experienced yoga practitioners. Recommended.