Yoga WalkLeslie Sansone
Year Released: 2003
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Background on me: Beginning to intermediate exerciser, been using videos for about 4 months. I have recently started using mainly walking videos as my cardio due to a back injury and chronic issues with shin splints. I have limited yoga experience, but have done some.
About the video: I think this is part of a package that used to include Walk Kick and Walk Jog. They have since re-released Walk Kick and Walk Jog as Walk and Kick and Walk and Jog on DVD. I have not seen Yoga Walk on DVD.
Breakdown: This video is 27 minutes long.
Pluses: Excellent introduction to yoga for those not sure about it. There is no "woo woo" factor at all. Nice warm-up if you were going to do the yoga on this tape or for some other activity.
Minuses: The walking was too short for me (though I knew how long it was when I started). I was just getting into the groove of it, when it was over. The yoga was more basic stretching, than yoga. Leslie is great and motivating for walking, but I don't really think yoga is her best genre.
Definitely a beginner video. Good if you just want to give yoga a try.
She is sweet, initimidating and very motivating. She's very chatty, but I like it.
I know most people hated this video. But I really like it. The walk goes by fast which is great for days when I don’t have much time to workout. The yoga section isn’t “real” yoga but yoga inspired stretching, and I find it a nice stretch after the walk. I wouldn’t use this video for a real workout or for a yoga day, but it is good for a time crunch.03/08/2004
This is a very simple video, but I enjoyed it. It starts with a simple 1 mile walk. The walk included front kicks and moving side to side. The yoga came at the end and it was very simple. it was just a few poses. This is definately a beginners video, but I think that I would like to use it as an add on.
Leslie is a great instructor. She is very friendly. She is very chatty.
This tape is probably the worst of Leslie’s recent attempts to spice up her walking program with other exercise techniques. In Walk and Kick or Walk and Jog, both of which are sold in a package with Yogawalk at Collage, she uses the interval technique to blend in the new stuff. But in this tape, she simply tacks on the yoga as an extra section. This wouldn’t be so bad if the yoga were any good, but sadly---it is not.
The walk itself is adequate---a perfectly standard 20-minute Leslie walk which is pleasant enough, but not really distinguishable from any of her others. Following this, we go straight into the Yoga section.
Leslie is not a born yoga teacher. The ‘poses’ are little more than extremely basic post-workout stretches, and they don’t flow in any way. Leslie simply announces the pose, does it briefly, then moves on. There is no cueing. There is no instructing. And while none of the ‘poses’ are really complex enough to require them, both of her background exercisers nonetheless manage to show atrocious form.
I find stretching extremely challenging, and expected that for someone like me, Leslie’s simplified approach would work. But the stretches were so disjointed and choppy that they did not serve a relaxation function---and they were held too briefly, and with too careless form, to have any flexibility benefit. I appreciate Leslie’s attempt to differentiate otherwise identical tapes with new elements, but in this case, the ‘bonus’ yoga comes across as a bit gimmicky and poorly prepared for. If all you want is a 20-minute walk, the walk in this tape would be in no way different from any of Leslie’s others. And if you really do want Yoga work, this is certainly not the best place to find it.
I am a big Leslie fan and use her tapes often, but I have to give this one a failing grade.