Celebrity fitness DVDs always ring a little false. Sure, celebrities are often in great shape, but they have personal trainers and enough time at their discretion to prioritize working out. How well does someone like Trudie Styler's (you know, Sting's wife) yoga routine translate for the average viewer?
On the plus side, Trudie Styler didn't just pick up yoga last week. She's been a dedicated practitioner for twenty years, and it shows: she comes across as knowledgeable and sincere. She has also enlisted the aide of her personal trainer, former dancer and Pilates teacher James D'Silva. D'Silva plays the part of the teacher and provides the wonderfully soothing voice-over instruction, while Styler takes the role of the student. The setting, Sting and Styler's magnificent Tuscan estate, is lovely, though it is a bit distracting to be constantly reminded of their fabulous wealth. The DVD offers both a 50-minute sequence and a pared down, 25-minutes version of essentially the same series. The sequence is carefully considered and nicely varied, offering standing and seated postures, backbends and forward bends.
The DVD is advertised as being for all levels, but some familiarity with yoga is really necessary. The sequence is most appropriate for at least advanced beginners to intermediate students. Tinkly versions of Sting's music provide the backing soundtrack, which could be either a plus or minus, depending on your feelings about Sting. The biggest minus for me is a matter of personal preference. In the 50-minute workout, you spend 25 minutes doing a long series of postures just on the right side and then switch and do the same series for 25 minutes on the left side. It all comes out right in the end, but it always feels strange to me to stretch out just one side for that long.
This DVD provides a nice addition to your yoga workout collection. If you do a lot of yoga DVDs at home, then you know it's good to have a variety of styles to fit your mood. This would be perfect for when you want a vigorous, flowing sequence to work on strength and flexibility. The sequence is thoughtful and unusual enough to make it a refreshing change from the rest of your yoga DVDs. In the end, this is James D'Silva's yoga instruction, as presented by Trudie Styler. Thanks for sharing your trainer with us, Trudie!
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