Monday, September 16, 2013

Bob Harper's Yoga for the Warrior: DVD Review

Good morning!  If the thought of starting another work/school week has your blood pressure skyrocketing, perhaps you need a bit of yoga in your life?

I recently treated myself to a few new yoga DVDs.  The first one I will review for you is Bob Harper's Yoga for the Warrior.

I abhor The Biggest Loser, but I've heard so many good things about Harper's DVDs, that I decided to give it a try.  And, hey, I'm a warrior, so I figured this DVD would be perfect for me. Of course I cringe when I see yoga called a 'weight-loss workout', but I tried to keep an open mind.

The DVD has a 60 minute yoga routine and a 15 minute core workout.  It's a decent non-traditional yoga workout that is kind of a fusion of hatha, ashtanga and flow.  As for being a weight-loss workout?  Ha!  Honestly, I would say this is an intermediate yoga DVD at best.  You do have to know what you are doing because he doesn't give a ton of detailed direction in terms of breathing or positioning, but I didn't find it strenuous at all.  Despite what the cover says, I didn't sweat much and I wore my heart rate monitor just to see and I didn't get into my target heart rate zone even for a minute.  Perhaps for someone less conditioned than I this would be more of a workout, but it's still yoga.  After a few weeks, even a less fit person would probably need more of a challenge.

I like the routine, so I'll still keep it in rotation but I remain steadfast in my belief that yoga is NOT a cardio workout and it is not a very efficient activity for weight loss purposes.  Do it for overall mind-body health and wellness as it is intended!