Complete Yoga Fitness Beginners: Cardio Challenge/Arms, Abs, Legs, & Buns

Complete Yoga Fitness Beginners: Cardio Challenge/Arms, Abs, Legs, & Buns

Complete Yoga Fitness Beginners: Cardio Challenge/Arms, Abs, Legs, & Buns

For the first time, Lilias Folan, America’s favorite TV Yoga expert, has developed programs to provide benefits for all areas of personal fitness: Lilias! Complete Yoga Fitness For Beginners series.

From firming and shaping the entire body to building cardio strength to advanced relaxation techniques, this wonderful series is the perfect way to use yoga to help tone and firm your whole body and achieve total fitness. No one makes learning yoga easier than Lilias! Complete Yoga Fitness For

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  1. Bibliophile says:
    138 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Yoga For Everyone, February 1, 2001
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    Bibliophile (New York) –

    Why is this video set so wonderful? 1. There are four tapes. One concentrates on the mind, the other two on specific parts of your body and the final on cardiovascular fitness. We all know if your mind isn’t into it, sometimes you just can’t push yourself to workout. It’s true a run or vigorous workout does wonders for releasing stress, but you must get yourself to the workout! How many times do you decide to just sit and vegetate rather than make it to the gym or go for that run? With the “Serenity Now” video, you can calm your mind and also give your body a gentle workout that may precede the more intense three videos in the series. The “Legs and Buns” video and the “Arms and Abs” video both concentrate on specific muscle groups and parts of the body. They contain intense yet peaceful, flowing postures that really work muscles you don’t even know you had! The “Cardio Challenge” video is much the same and concetrates on a series of repetitive postures, beginning slowly and quickening the pace so you’re performing flowing exact movements that will definitely get that heart rate up and make the brow sweat a bit. The key here is that they’re intense but they don’t involve a lot of jumping around. You can obtain just as good a workout through the peacefulness and serenity of yoga than if you were to take an aerobics step class with loud pounding music and twenty or thirty others jumping around you. 2. Lilias is not concerned with fancy footwear or body baring leotards. She is a beautiful woman and not your average every day gym rat in your local workout meat market. She has a very calm presence and one that’s soothing and encouraging as well. She speaks in a pleasant, calm voice and warns you of problems you might encounter while going through the combinations of poses. Her demeanor belies the tremendous strength, agility and ability with which she performs the yoga poses. It’s clear she’s been doing this for years and years. In fact, when I was younger, I would watch her series on PBS as she had a yoga workout program on there for quite some time. 3. You don’t need 1000 square feet of shining hardwood floors to use these videos. In fact, the exercises are completed barefoot and in comfortable clothes that allow movement, not restrict it. The postures are completed in a small space so you don’t have to move that coffee table! 4. You don’t need yoga mats or a block although you may find these things nice to have as you advance in your practice. Lilias suggests using pillows or a belt in place of the former and these work just as well. 5. The videos appeal to a wide range of people. I am a housewife and freelance writer. I am not athletic but manage to stay fit with my daily routine and by eating sensibly. My husband, on the other hand, is an army officer who runs quite a bit. I would say he’s in prime physical condition. We started doing the videos together and not only do they appeal to the both of us and they’re something we can do together at the end of a long day, they get his heart rate up as well, and they’re much less taxing on the joints compared to running three or so miles a day as he’s done. 6. The videos are short but provide the necessary daily workout time period. Each video is around 35 minutes in length so you’re not saying, “I have no time to do an hour video.” Just 35 minutes works wonders. They’re such fun and I feel so good after doing one, I often do another and sometimes another. 7. They really do work! I’m not going to fib here. I don’t enjoy exercise unless it has to do with swimming. I’ve never subscribed to high (or low for that matter!) impact aerobics, gym memberships or jogging. I’ve tried a few other workout videos but they were either too long or involved too much jumping around or were just plain boring. The day after I completed one of Lilias’ videos, I could tell a difference in my body, and just this morning, after doing the “Cardio Challenge” with my husband last night, he awoke to pleasantly sore and taut muscles- a sure sign it’s working! And, look how long yoga has been around. In my time in Nepal a couple summers ago, I never saw an out of shape yogi! 8. The pleasant background music, lovely postures with beautiful names AND a different “cool down” for each of the videos adds to the appeal of this series. Above all, if you find you need something different in your life in the way of exercise, and you’re looking for a way to simplify your life (time to go to the gym…money for a membership or classes) and bring more peacefulness and serenity to your presence and being, these videos are definitely for you.

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  2. JOY ROBINSON says:
    56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Gently flowing and toning, October 10, 2000
    By A Customer

    I began my yoga journey with another Lillias video, that I found both encouraging and a challenge, whetting my appetite for more. Things began to transform beautifully for me, inside and out, when I purchased her Flowing Yoga Series. Already a commited daily meditation practitioner, I find my time with Lillias another beneficial exercise in centering. The best part is, in just thirty minutes a day, I began to feel my strength, balance and muscle tone improving, while enjoying the endorphic joys of daily exercise. At 42 I made my first serious aquaintance with my abdominal muscles, and found what great supportive friends we can be for each other. Lillias teaches in a most encouraging way. She even offers gentle corrections for the mistakes she recognizes we all make as we learn a new practice, as if she is in the room with me, watching. I use the tapes in rotation, offering my attention to building strength and flexibility in different parts of my body each day, without becoming bored by the routines. I highly recommend this series to anyone seeking a warm and beneficial introduction to yoga practice.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lilias Flowing Postures Series, November 23, 1999
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    JOY ROBINSON (Poplar Grove Illinois) –

    I thoroughly enjoy the gentle diverse nature of this introduction to yoga. I have found that as I get older I dislike more and more the pounding, jumping and jarring of typical exercise videos. I have been doing this set of four videos almost daily and sometimes two a day for over a month. The frequency which I choose to do these is admirable considering I am a mom of three preschool children and I work from home full time. In fact my kids enjoy trying the postures with me. All in all this is both relaxing and revitilising and I recommend it highly!

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