Trudie Styler (yoga enthusiast, human rights activist, environmentalist, UNICEF Ambassador, actor, producer and wife of rock star Sting) and James D’Silva (celebrity fitness guru) team up in Trudie Styler’s Warrior Yoga by Gaiam.
Taped at Styler’s eco-friendly Tuscan villa, this practice is filled with powerful poses that focus on strength training and flexibility in a vigorous yoga experience. Though they say it’s for “all yoga levels,” I suggest beginners watch it through a couple of times first, as it’s my opinion that this DVD is more appropriate for intermediate and advanced yogis.
Included are two full-length workouts – The Warrior Workout (45 minutes) and The Express Warrior Workout (25 minutes) – great for fitting yoga into your busy day. James D’Silva does a great job of instructing and demonstrating the poses. The scenery is beautiful and the practice is accompanied by songs from Sting’s “Songs from the Labyrinth.” Both options are filled with a fantastic sequence of poses that move and challenge you.The DVD has lots of extras including meditations, interviews, and other bonuses (it all made me want to check out the whole Trudie Styler set). Plus, a portion of the proceeds support the UNICEF Ecuador Water Project.
The only thing I don’t particularly care for in this program is that it goes through the entire program on one side of your body and then goes through the whole thing on the other side. During the 45-minute workout this means pretty much total focus on your left side for more than 20 minutes before switching.This left me feeling a little unbalanced. Of course, by the time you finish – it’s all evened up.
This workout is great for improving flexibility and building strength. It leaves you feeling exhilarated and strong. Definitely “a keeper” for me.
Look good, feel good is my workout motto. I rocked the Warrior in the Dark Palm lucy Cypress Tank with the Black lucy Vinyasa Power Capri (my fave), and practiced on the Wai Lana Tropical Hibiscus Yoga Mat.
This review was originally published on 02/15/10 on www.curvylife.com.