Help Movie Reviews
I loved this video, it really helped keep me stay in shape through my pregnancy. The instructor was very informative and guided me very well through each workout.
A new and fun way to stay in shape while pregnant...got to love it. Makes great gift for expecting mothers as well.
With three separate 10 minute segments, you can fit these in to your daily routines easily. If you only have ten minutes to spare you will still feel the effectiveness of the workouts. Work your way up to all three or as I like to do, supplement them with other routines.(I add one 10 minute segment, 3 times a week to my aerobics or upper and lower body conditioning)
Beginning with basic Pilates movements(even if you are new to Pilates, this first segment is easy to follow),the three segments seemed to me to become more intense as they progressed(session 3 seemed the most strenuous). Each one concentrating on specific areas of need. You will find them beneficial for strength and conditiong, toning and stabilization. The whole core section gets worked pretty good, not just the abs, but your back as well. All three are great for lengthening and strengthening your muscles. The instructor is fabulous at reminding us of proper techniques for posture and breathing, however I highly suggest viewing all three segments before you begin. There are also modified movements to follow for those that may need them, but you will find the more you do these, the stronger you will become. Each segment has a 10 minute countdown clock to keep you on track as well.
All you need is a minimum of ten minutes, and a mat(not required but very helpful). I recommend the "Wai Lana" Yoga mat, found here at Amazon. It's comfortable and helps maintain your alignment. The price for the DVD and the mat are both reasonable.
An effective and convienent workout for your mid section. My only teeny complaint, would be that just like the power yoga workout,there is no cool down or stretch segment. If you are doing the entire 30 minutes, you really need that. The DVD is a good quality with a clear picture and sound. It has a menu to go to any of the three segments you want and it's nice to be able to pause it if you want to see some part again.
Remember to breathe....eat healthy..and enjoy!...Laurie
Prepare to sweat...This is a good one. Instructor Joy Kilpatrick takes you through 3 very intense and engergizing 10 minute power yoga workouts. Each segment,through a series of postures and flowing movements, linked by concentrating on breathing ,you will find to be beneficial to both your mental and physical
wellness. Each segment is designed to help in a different area, and each is excellent on it's own, or all three together are marvelous.
You customize your routine to fit your time and needs. Experience with Power Yoga is not essential,but some level of Yoga knowledge is helpful as Joy moves quite quickly,and it's best not to have to look at the TV all the time. There are modified versions of all the poses shown for beginners and
there is a count down clock for each 10 minutes as well. All you need is a mat, to help maintain your poses and also so as not to breath in carpet fibers and dust.
If you are brand new to yoga, I would suggest starting with "Jane Fonda's Yoga Workout". She will give you a terrific and gentle introduction.
Segment one..This one will help you with endurance and stamina.
The classic sun salutation is practiced, and Joy is terrific at reminding you of correct posture and concentrated breathing. I was already sweating at about the 5 minute mark in this one.
Segment two...A series of standing poses that are truely beneficial for stability and mobility. Terrific for toning as well. Again,if your a beginner or are limited in some way
physiclly, you should follow the modified versions.
Segment three...Great for improving strength in your core section. This one really tones and improves strength in your lower body, back, hips and abs.
You will really notice a difference by doing any one of these three segments on their own. Do them all together and you will feel it in every part of your body. I especially noticed the strength gained in my arms and chest.And I often catch myself straightning my shoulders and standing up straighter now too. There is an added benefit to doing any of these work outs and
that is noticeable stress release! A most refreshing addition or change of pace to your workout routine.
The class is quick paced, and you know that you are working hard. You may or may not notice that your heart is really working too, so I would have liked to have a litttle more of a cool down section added to help bring my heart rate down.(My only reason for 4 stars, I probably would have gone 4 1/2 if I could have). Of course you can and should cool down on your own, but it's always nice to have a professional leading you through.
The DVD is a nice quality. Good picture,it is in stereo, and has nice unobtrusive music in the background.It includes a menu for going straight to any segment you want and also can be used to go to the "Currentwellness" web site. The price is very reasonable in comparison to others.
Remember to breathe, eat healthy,... and enjoy.....Laurie
I am a bit overweight and have never thought of myself as very sexy. My husband loves me, of course, and I thought this might be a "treat" for him. It became more of MY treat!!
I learned the moves and I started to believe they actually looked good!!! But what really happened is that I started to FEEL good about myself...to feel sexy and not be so hard on myself. It has had a dramatic affect on my life!
I have lost 35 pounds...and my husband thinks I am a Goddess!!! (Which I now realize, I am!!)
If anyone is thinking about getting this product...do it! It is wonderful!! And it's nice to see the women in the video are just "normal" and not perfect! How refeshing!!!
Thank you for making this DVD for women like me, who needed something supportive and not intimidating!
This is basically an ADVANCED class recorded onto a dvd with little to no instruction. Yes, there are people at different levels in the video but they hardly show them and she never goes into modifications for the poses. She barks out orders first in the sanskrit name (i guess, because she never explains that either) and then (sometimes) in the english name. Very annoying.
The shooting makes it difficult to see the details of the poses and when Beryl does demonstrate a pose, it's so quick and from too far away, that it's just more of a frustration than a help.
The class is very fast paced and the fact that there are no "chapters" makes it practically impossible to review anything. The further along the class goes, the more ridiculous and more difficult the poses get.
I like a challenge but unless I develop plans of joining the circus and becoming a human pretzel, I won't be working with this video. This might be a great dvd for an advanced yoga student or teacher with a daily practice who just doesn't feel like driving to class every day. Otherwise, forget it. My search for the perfect yoga dvd continues.
When I first started this dvd (I had done the modified primary series for a few months already though) I was familiar with the poses and a bit flexible but not incredibly strong or limber. I have really benefited from this DVD. She reminds me of all the key points and assists with breathing etc. I can't believe how much better I am. I do have a history of dance so I'm not a complete novice, but I do feel she has helped me advance more than other DVDs I have tried.
I feel great as I'm more advanced than quite a few of her students in the DVD. Of course, I'm also quite a bit LESS advanced than some of them too-- but i's something to work towards!
I know some reviewers saw this this as a hindrance moreso than a help, but the idea is do all of the poses in a certain sequence. The fact that there 8-10 people of different skill levels doing either the full pose or some modification makes up for lack of bookmarks/stopping points. If you do want to just perform segments, then purchase Richard Freeman's Primary Series workout. You can elect to do the whole workout (including opening and closing chants), or just perform segments (sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses, etc.). However, there are no modifications, and Freeman is performing these poses at a near perfect level (check your ego at the door). If you are looking for a shorter more accessible version of Ashtanga yoga, then try either Baron Baptiste's Power Yoga 3 or MTV's second power yoga tape. While Baron offers a condensed (45 minute vs 75-90 minute) version that includes most of the easy to intermediate poses, the MTV version is a loosely based version of the primary series where many of the poses are there, but not necessarily in order, and the instructor uses a lot more creative license.
I found this DVD highly motivating. Seeing people of different skill levels get through the entire workout spurred me to go on. Berly makes the primary series fun and accessible, but you will sweat. If you think that 75+ minutes is too long, then try one of the other tapes I suggested, however, if you want to try to complete the primary series, and want to build the endurance needed to do 1-1.5 hrs of yoga, then buy this tape.
The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit is an 83-minute black-and-white documentary by acclaimed directing brothers Albert and David Maysles that captures the group's trip to the U.S. in February 1964. It includes plenty of songs as performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, of course, as well as footage of the band riding the train or sitting in their hotel room watching television coverage of themselves. A subsequent performance in Washington, D.C., suffers from grainier footage and spotty microphones, but still captures the frenzy of the fans.
You Can't Do That!: The Making of "A Hard Day's Night" is an hourlong documentary that traces the creation of the historic 1964 film. Hosted by Phil Collins, who appeared in the original among a crowd of screaming teenagers, the film features extensive clips and interviews with those involved with the movie (though George Harrison is the only Beatle whose voice is heard). A highlight is "You Can't Do That," a performance that was cut from the original film. Obviously, a perfect DVD set would include A Hard Day's Night itself, but rights issues have kept it out of circulation. --David Horiuchi
Help! is essential for the true Beatles fan & collector. Making of AHDN is loads of fun, as well. A nice preview for the upcoming release of that cinematic classic this fall. Yes, Mystery Tour is tough to watch, though the Walrus Video established an MTV type years later. Love to have Let It Be out on DVD, as well, but no signs of that just yet.
It's a great workout. The instructions are good (given right before actually doing it.) If you are new to the ball, you might want to watch it a few times. Or get some practice balancing on the ball before you begin this video.
I would've given it 5 stars, but for some reason the dvd doesn't always like to start up right away in my dvd player. I have to stop it and then press play again to get it going.
Certified Pilates instructor Ana Caban is a splendid teacher. First she demonstrates alignment and technique for 10 minutes, explaining the cue words you will hear and how to do the basics, emphasizing how to use the core muscles to strengthen the abdominals and back throughout the workout. Then she introduces a challenging 20-minute series of Pilates moves, instructing clearly, demonstrating beautifully, and continuing to advise you about technique, breathing, and form.
Even though this is a beginning Pilates workout, Pilates is never easy, so these moves will feel extremely difficult if you're new to this kind of exercise. For example, you learn to hold your abs tight whatever move you're doing, and you move only the muscles you're working at the moment, using your stabilizing muscles to hold the rest of the body still (much harder than it sounds!). Another participant demonstrates modifications throughout in case Caban's moves are too difficult or your muscles fatigue. If you've been wanting to explore Pilates and you're willing to put in the effort and concentration, this video gets our top rating. --Joan Price