Xen Strength Yoga

Danielle Diamond
Year Released: 2011

Categories: Total Body Workouts, Yoga
- Audio Workout

This is one challenging workout! I am not known for my balance and this workout really, really challenged it. The majority of the moves are holding a lower body pose while executing a weighted upper body/arm movements -- that isn't easy! There are 3 segments to this dvd (or you can play all): UPPER BODY BLAST, CORE STRENGTH & TWISTING DETOX, and LOWER BODY BALANCE CHALLENGE. I could see *to some extent* the relevance of the titles, but I felt that each segment worked upper, lower, core, and balance. As you can see in the preview, the workout is filmed in black and white (why?!); the music is very faint (at least on my t.v.) Danielle constantly cues and instructs -- I think this could be suitable for new yogis, but would be very challenging to someone new to exercise (though Danielle does say you simply modify down if you are a beginner.) If you are a sun salutation hater, do be forewarned that it is used for the warm-ups. There is some stretching at the end of each segment, but not a particularly long or relaxing one at any point (I think the longest stretch is at the end of the Lower Body chapter, which makes since since many people may use this as an hour-long workout.) I'm often drawn to yoga dvds that incorporate weights and this has been one that I've most enjoyed.