Yoga Booty Ballet

Teigh McDonough, Gillian Marloth
Year Released: 2004

Categories: Yoga

Dawn already did a great job of breaking down this tape so I will just add my impressions. I did Yoga Booty Ballet on a day that I had planned to do FIRM strength, but just didnšt have the will or energy. I wanted something kinder and gentler that would make me feel good. This fit the ticket perfectly. It has a little bit of low-impact "cardio" in the form of step touches, but you can do this workout barefoot; in fact, they recommend it at the beginning of the tape. I liked the variety of exercises ­ each section went by quickly. I only used 3 lb weights for the strength section. My shoulders are not very strong and because there were so many reps they were worked to exhaustion. I might try 5 lbs next time, and I think they said you could go up to 8. This isnšt a workout that will build arm and shoulder strength because of the high reps, compound movements and fast pace, but you will touch on the major muscle groups.

Instructor comments ­ both instructors are very friendly and encouraging. At times they get a bit New Age-y with their comments, especially during the yoga sections, but I donšt mind. There are three background exercisers ­ they are all present during the warmup and yoga, but only the male exerciser joins Gillian and Teigh in the strength workout. I like that they included a background exerciser who is not skinny.

This is not the type of workout that will leave you feeling pumped up, but you will feel energized. You will get a good workout for your abs and "booty" (I just love that word)Sthe ballet section really works your glutes differently from traditional weight lifting and left me pleasantly sore by the evening. This is a keeper!

Caroline Kim