Friday, October 15, 2010

Review of Yoga Booty Ballet Master Series:
Goddess Booty/Yoga Core

I love Gillian Marloth and Teigh McDonough, the creators of Beachbody’s Yoga Booty Ballet.
   I’ve seen some online reviews slay one or both of them, but I think those naysayers are wrong.
   I find both women very motivating and encouraging.
   Who can’t help but feel terrific when she’s told to “sit up tall like the beautiful goddess that you are”?
   Their encouragement is a great help when you’re working out to one of their Yoga Booty Ballet Master Series DVDs.
   Goddess Booty and Yoga Core are the titles of a two-disc set in the series, and the exercises are tough.
   When you’re lying on a mat, your legs held at a 45-degree angle to the floor and your abs are burning, it does help to hear something distracting like “feel your connection to the universe.”
   The 45-degree angle hold is just one of the challenging exercises on the 28-minute long Yoga Core.
   Sitting in a V position is another – that is, sitting on your butt on the floor, your back tilted slightly back and your legs lifted off the ground. They do show modifications for this tough pose!
   Plank, side plank and forearm plank are other featured poses – terrific for toning up the abs and back, the focus area of Yoga Core.
   Goddess Booty, which is about 20 minutes long, gets to work on the butt, with standard (but challenging!) exercises such as leg lifts standing up and on the ground, and some more unusual poses, too.
   One such pose is sitting on the ground, bringing one leg forward, bent and parallel to the side of the mat. The other leg, swung out to the back, is lifted off the ground repetitively. Ouch – this is a butt-burner!
   Another is the frog pose. Lying facing the floor, the face and chest, and the legs bent into a triangle shape, are lifted off the ground. The legs are pulsed upwards repeatedly to work the muscles around the base of the spine.

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Another good Yoga Booty Ballet DVD: Total Toning Basics and Advanced Fat Burning

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