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Yoga Body: Fat Burning Workout
Aerobics Impact: Lower
Lower Impact: Both feet never leave the ground at the same time. This minimizes stress on your knees.
Higher Impact: Includes movements like jumps, hops and skips. Very high-impact is called plyometrics.
Mixed Impact: This alternates or combines the above styles.
Toning Emphasis: Total Body
Upper body: Arms, chest and back.
Lower Body: Legs, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Abs: Abdominals (stomach), core and sometimes lower back.
Total body: Tones all three of the above muscle groups.
Instructor: Stacy McCarthy (Instructor Profile)
Runtime: 55 min.
Street Date: February 15, 2011
Certified instructor description:
This strong Vinyasa flow practice helps yogis tone and lengthen their bodies. With Stacy McCarthy’s precise instruction, practitioners can work on their posture, strength, and stability. A flow-based practice helps connect the breath and the movement while developing flexibility and relieving tension in the hips, shoulders, and back. 2008 DVD release; Equipment: Optional towel or yoga strap
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This low-impact fat-burning workout provides a great alternative to a traditional high-impact workout. It allows you to foster a deeper connection with yourself and your body while strengthening and toning the legs, arms, and core. The practice starts with a strong flow of Sun Salutations followed by traditional standing poses. The teacher, Stacy McCarthy, focuses on pulling the belly in to help tone the core. The deep Revolved Side Angle Pose helps ease shoulder and mid-back tension. During the balance pose, she demonstrates a progression depending on your ability level. This is great to remind you to check in with your body. This pose strengthens the legs, opens the shoulders and the chest, and stretches the quadriceps. It also helps to calm the mind and create a single-pointed focus. This can be beneficial for those looking to lose weight because it helps with focus and relaxation. The shoulder stretch with the strap is a great way to assess if and where your upper back is tight and to unravel that tightness. This is particularly useful for people who round their back and shoulders, such as those who frequently spend time commuting or working on the computer. The backbend here and in the Backbend section at the end of the DVD work well to open the chest and shoulders and counteract this tension.
Stacy’s focus on taking five full deep breaths while holding a pose helps develop the mind-body connection that yoga is famous for. She also ensures that you practice safely with reminders to pull back if the breath is compromised or if you feel strain in a pose. The 10-minute bonus Yoga Secrets to Sexy Abs provides distinctive abdominal and pelvic exercises to awaken and strengthen the core, stimulate sluggish abdominal organs, and cultivate vibrancy. Working on core muscles is absolutely essential to having great posture and the teacher provides an excellent workout of these muscles on this DVD.
Yogis familiar with Sun Salutations and the basic yoga poses will enjoy this comprehensive practice. Stacy’s encouragement to both strengthen and surrender provides a great basis for your yoga practice. Guidance on how to use the breath help to create more power and to release. Inversions such as full backbend, Shoulder stand and Plow close the practice and help relax the chest and low back, while revitalizing the legs and the whole body. An innovative simple full body stretch on the ground helps you visualize a small waist and work on the posture muscles. Her wonderful closing words in final Relaxation get you out of your head and releases negative thoughts. This is a great primer on how to change your thoughts and take your yoga practice to the next level by de-stressing the mind. I especially appreciated the reminder that it’s not how you look in a pose, but how your breath is and how you feel in a pose that lets you know if your practice is working for you.
The first half of this practice is a fast-paced flow with Sun Salutations, somewhat similar to the Yoga Body: Power Yoga DVD. However, the second half of this practice is different than Power Yoga because it includes a slower pace of seated postures that are linked together without Sun Salutations. This half is also less challenging than Power Yoga and more appropriate for those who want to slow down at the end of their practice.
Introduction: 1 minute
Warm Up and Standing Postures: 21 minutes
Seated Postures: 9 minutes
Backbends: 9 minutes
Relaxation: 5 minutes
Bonus Sexy Abs Workout: 10 minutes
Total - Yoga: 55 minutes