Thursday, August 9, 2012

BETTER BELLY YOGA: With Desiree Bartlett

This DVD provides three great ab routines. The sequences are broken into 10 minutes each, and it has a great look! 

This is a nice gentle workout. If you are very active and crave the burning sensation of a killer workout, this is not for you. If you want something gentle and relaxing that has modifications for beginner and intermediate yoga poses, then this is for you! 

Even though I am very active, there were parts of series two and three that I felt a burn and worked up a light sweat.

Desiree Bartlett apparently also has some other workout DVDs as well as some dance DVDs that you may be interested in if you like her style of instruction. I liked how positive and encouraging she was throughout the entire DVD. She points out alignment and feelings you should have during modifications, and even includes a modification for down-dog that most yoga DVDs don't present as a modification. The music was calming and unique. When she stops to talk about either the beginner or intermediate version she expects you to keep going and do it with that instruction.

Below I've broken up the different options on the DVD, and written my thoughts down right after doing each one.

  • Warm-Up (5 min.)
    •  Begin working with your breath and gentle lengthening of the spine to warm up your core.
  • Series One (10 min.)
    • Very gentle, and a little slow. If you are intermediate you might be bored. If you are new to yoga this is perfect!
  • Series Two (10 min.)
    • Still gentle, but faster paced and a little more difficult.
  • Series Three (10 min.)
    • Also gentle, but a step up from series two in difficulty. There are two poses that she calls sunrise and sunset, that you move between. For me that was a great strengthening moment because we don't usually use our muscles in that way, even if you do yoga a lot.

If you are interested in purchasing this DVD then see this link:

If you are interested in learning more about Desiree Bartlett then visit her website:

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Happy Training! à bientôt!

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