Although I've only just recently discovered the joys of yoga, I already know that it's a great way to tone and strengthen your muscles while relaxing and energizing your entire body. Now with Denise Austin's help and her latest DVD, Fat-Blasting Yoga, you can enjoy the benefits on your living room floor.
This workout breaks down into three segments to focus on your entire body. Each section has a beginning and an end (warm-up and cool-down) so you can workout to each individually or all of them together, depending on your needs.
The first 30-minute segment incorporates traditional yoga poses with aerobic vinyasa. Each pose really flows into the next, with very little holding of any pose. As I was doing this workout, I felt my heart rate quicken, but I also felt my (inflexible) body learning to balance with each pose. Austin does a great job explaining how to do each pose, so it was easy to learn how to do the pose correctly.
The second segment (15 minutes) focuses on holding the poses. This Hatha-based yoga really tones the upper body, arms, and the legs. But these poses aren't overly difficult. They are easy to learn and easy to master. I did them at my own pace and wasn't nearly as flexible or as strong as the people working out with Austin, but I felt the burn in all the right places.
The last workout (15 minutes) incorporates a stability ball to work on your core. If you don't feel your abs burning after these 15 minutes, you're not pushing yourself hard enough. Apparently, this workout can be done without the stability ball, but I couldn't figure out how.
My only concern with Fat-Blasting Yoga is that Austin never explains alternate poses for those who aren't yoga masters. She certainly mentions that everyone needs to go at their own pace, but she never offers suggestions. For example, several minutes are devoted to a routine that incorporates the warrior two pose. For someone new to yoga or who is as inflexible as I am, and thus can't perform each pose or twist perfectly, which is more important? The lunge? The twist? The raised arms? The stretched chest? One of the four people working out with the announcer should've been told to do alternate poses, or at least poses that weren't perfect.
I really enjoyed these workouts, and I look forward to doing them on a regular basis. It's great for anyone who understands the basics of yoga. Seasoned veterans may already have a routine, while yoga newbies might need a little more instruction to get started.
Artisan presents Yoga Buns in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and the image looks great. Colors are vibrant and skin tones seem perfectly natural. There is some halo effects here, but let's be honest, if you're paying more attention to the image than to the correct poses, then I'd say this DVD isn't for you.
Offered in 2.0 Dolby Surround, you get to hear Denise Austin talk away in crystal clear sound. This is sure to make you notice that she's breathing in easy, controlled breaths with no strain whatsoever, just as you are now, sitting at your computer reading this review. For some this will be a motivational factor; breathing easily while working out could be a goal to work toward. For those among us who lean more toward couchpotatoism, this might just add to the frustration. If this is the case, concentrate on the music, which also sounds flawless, and concentrate on your breathing and your posture.
THE BONUS FEATURES
All you get here are a trailer for other Denise Austin videos/DVDs and, if done correctly and consistently, a firmer, more healthy body.
After working out with Denise Austin's Fat-Blasting Yoga for only one session, I can't speak to gaining that yoga body in 21 days. However, if the elongated and energized muscles are any indication, I'd say I'm well on my way. If you're one of those people who can get motivated on your own, then this disc is for you. If you'll do this a few times and forget about it, I'd recommend taking a class at a local fitness center.