Two more workout DVDs to review! First off, the inimitable Rodney Yee, he of luxurious long hair and sexy beach poses, and, unfortunately, sex scandals. I’ve been to his studio in Oakland a few times, though sadly I’ve never taken a class from the buff guru himself. I picked up his 2-disc Advanced Yoga DVD from the library this week:
If that cover doesn’t make you want to do yoga, I don’t know what will. The first disc contains an arm balance workout and a “complete hip opening routine.” The arm balance workout is easy to follow and incorporates a lot of forward bends and easy stretches before moving into arm balances. I was pretty psyched that I could lift myself off the ground in full lotus. I guess all the strength work I’ve been doing since February has paid off.
The second disc is all about breathing. There are four pranayamas. I found the introduction plus the first pranayama to be very relaxing and more than enough for the day. The four pranayamas are not necessarily meant to be done back to back. Rodney’s voice is pretty easy to listen to while you’re relaxing and focusing on your breath, and I feel totally awesome after spending a good ten minutes on the floor chilling out.
Verdict: Both discs are easy to follow and appropriate for intermediate to advanced yoga practitioners.
Mari Winsor is another Pilates guru, though not as weird as Romana. Apparently she’s the “Oracle of Pilates.” Okay, that’s kind of weird. This is also supposed to be an ‘advanced’ workout, though I’m a beginner (albeit with ABS of STEEL) and I was able to follow along just fine. The workout itself is around 20 minutes, but it’s an intense 20 minutes. I was sweating by the time it was over. There are a few interesting variations to the classic moves, and Mari actually made my abs burn more than they ever have doing Pilates.
Verdict: I liked this one the best of all the Pilates videos I’ve tried, and will probably buy it.