Weight Loss Yoga
with trainer Bob Harper
You will love it if:
Harper includes models from a variety of fitness levels, each showing different variations of the moves according to their own fitness level, making this an ideal video for almost any level of fitness. The workouts vary in length and target specific muscle groups so you can pick the workout you want to do based on your fitness goals and the time you have available. The warm-up, Level 1 workout, and cool-down are pretty standard yoga, but Levels 2 & 3 include many Pilates and non-conventional yoga-inspired moves. They are definitely not traditional yoga. I enjoyed them nonetheless and felt all 3 workouts were enjoyable and relaxing ways to build some strength and flexibility.
The videography is pretty standard in these workouts. (Some of Harper’s videos have some really artsy videography going on.) You can customize the workout to play the segments in whichever order you choose. There is also the option to do the workout with music & instructions or music only, but no option to play instructions only if you want to pick your own music.
You will need light handweight for the level 3 workout. A waterball or light weight for the level 2 workout are also recommended, but not really necessary. Level 1 requires no equipment.
You can pretty much do all of the moves if you can fit a yoga mat on the ground. This is, after all, primarily a yoga workout.
Anyone can feel comfortable trying this workout without feeling discouraged. The moves are easy to modify according to your current level of fitness and there are a variety of models in these videos performing the moves with all different variations to match their level of fitness.
What NOT to Expect
This is not a pure yoga video. There are a lot of Pilates and strength-training elements mixed in. So don’t expect the exact same yoga you do in yoga class. And definitely do not expect to have a major spiritual awakening. In this video, yoga is used as an avenue for improving your level of fitness, not to help you achieve a heightened spiritual awareness.
Also, this is yoga—not Crossfit, Insanity, or P90X (though P90X does include a yoga video…). You are not going to be able to throw tires over your house, outsprint the local track athlete, or win body-building contests at the gym. But you will improve your overall health, strength, and flexibility….unless you are already a body-building ballerina.
How does Weight Loss Yoga compare to other similar programs?