Battle of the Yoga DVDs: Tara Stiles vs. Denise Austin

This time of year, after the stress and hoopla of the holidays is behind us and the New Year is awaiting us, we thought it would be the perfect time to review a couple of new yoga DVDs. So we’re doing a head-to-head battle royale for the title of best yoga DVD!

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Tara Stiles Yoga Anywhere: The New York Sessions

You know that girl in yoga class who is always super bendy and can get into almost any position with total grace? The one you love to hate and also stare at in total awe? I’m pretty sure Tara Stiles is the goddess of all of those girls because girlfriend is amazing at what she does. And I have a total love-hate relationship with her and her DVD Yoga Anywhere: The New York Sessions.

First, the good: This DVD has a fantastic a hour-long yoga session where Tara leads you through a peaceful yet challenging routine of basic poses that are well suited to the intermediate yogini. Although I wish she showed more modifications for beginners, her instruction is clear and her delivery is uber calming, which I loved. This DVD also features four bonus yoga routines that are set in fun places around New York City such as Central Park and even the city streets. These little yoga vignettes are more art than workout DVD, with fun music, different graphic elements and unique camera angles. One of the best quality workout DVDs I’ve ever tried, in fact!

Second, the not-so-good: What the freak is up with her outfits? In every scene, pretty much all of your attention is drawn to her butt. And while she’s a really fit Fit Bottomed Girl and I get flaunting what you got (and what you work hard for, as it’s obvious she’s a master at her craft), it’s a bit, er, much. Or not so much, as she has butt cleavage throughout pretty much the entire video. And the fact that the DVD boasts having four bonus routines? Hooey! While the art value of these yoga workouts is awesome, it’s in no way possible to follow along because there is absolutely no instruction and no way for you to keep up.

So there you have it, the good, the bad and the butt-naked.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★
Long-Term Likeability:★★★
Music: ★★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★

Overall: ★★★

Best for: Regular yogis who dig art and are looking to be inspired by one bendy chick.
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Denise Austin: Hot Body Yoga

Denise Austin has quite the reputation in these parts as being on heck of a workout DVD instructor. Her workout DVDs usually rank high in the star department, and we always have a blast chatting with her. So we’re always excited to try any new DVD she releases. From the Hot Body Yoga title alone, I was curious as to how this one would go, and oh, was I surprised.

You get two solid yoga workouts in this DVD. The first is Yoga Fit, a 30-minute power yoga routine that takes you through basic poses and more challenging ones like planks, side planks and balance poses. Then in Yoga Sculpt, you get another 30 minutes of yoga that are more intense—you use light dumbbells to add some resistance training to your ommming. Through a number of combination upper- and lower-body moves, you really do get one heck of a workout while also feeling all stretchy and relaxed. I really liked it and it reminded me of this fave yoga DVD of ours.

So what surprised me? Denise. She was her usual perky self, giving great instruction and modifications, but she was also something else: Handsy. IT’S SO WEIRD. In the first Yoga Fit segment there are two girls that she seriously can’t get her hands off of. And although she is pointing out proper form on them, it’s just, well, handsy. There’s no other way to say it. Hands on thighs. Hands on butt. Hands on low back. Again. So weird. Overall, it’s a solid yoga DVD but beware of the roam. Gives a whole new meaning to “hands on…”

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★
Long-Term Likeability:★★★★★
Music: ★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★

Best for: Denise Austin fans who are ready to try power yoga (and aren’t bothered by extreme hands-on instruction).

Fit Bottom Line: While both DVDs have an oddly overt sexuality to them, they both give you a really good yoga workout. According to the stars, Denise takes the slight upper-hand (har har!) here, but Tara isn’t far behind (again, with the jokes!). Overall, pick Tara if you have been practicing yoga regularly, and pick Denise if you’re new to the yoga world!

Want to try these DVDs yourself? Leave a comment telling us why, and we’ll select two lucky U.S. readers to win. Winners will be contacted via email in about a week so comment away! —Jenn



Comments

  1. Emily C. says

    I’d really like to try Denise’s DVD. I had a yoga workout I loved and would do several times a week until our VCR died. Time for an update with DVDs! Thanks!

  2. Nicole J. says

    I love me some yoga, but can’t ever make it to classes due to money being so tight these days – I would LOVE a couple of yoga dvd’s to try out!!

  3. Nikole says

    I would love to win either of these as I am trying desperatly to get back into shape after baby # 2 but before getting pregnant with # 3!!! Help!

  4. Debbie says

    Tara is so talented but I have no DVDs from her so would love to win one! Music is also important to me so I’d pick Tara’s over Denise’s (if I had to chose that is). Happy New Year!

  5. wendy sue says

    I have to say, I quite love denise, but tara intrigues me b/c she is all over my women’s health mag. quite frankly, i’d take either dvd

  6. Alicia says

    I like both Denise Austin and Tara Stiles, I am familiar with yoga but am a total newbie, I would love to try out these DVD’s!

  7. Gaby says

    I love Tara!! To me she is the best instructor for Yoga. would love to get her DVD because I enjoy working out at homeand would love to introduce my 7 yr old to yoga! :)

  8. Dawn says

    I’d love to have the DVD’s, starting off 2011 with exercise. I have knee issues so think yoga and low impact are the way to go. I have a simple Denise Austin yoga video, love her instruction technique and would like to have a more intense workout dvd from her.

  9. Melissa says

    I think that the Denise Austin ones looks awesome…and the FBG are always on point with their ratings!!!

  10. Jenn C says

    I would love any of these DVDs. I’ve tried Tara’s youtube videos and liked them. Yet since they were short videos,trying her dvd would be great. I’m a big Denise Austin fan too. I didn’t know she did yoga instructional dvds!?!

  11. Tara says

    Thanks for all the positive comments everyone. I appreciate it and any suggestions are always welcome! The DVDs and videos and books and blogs and everything else I make is for you so let me know! Lots of love and happiness and success for 2011!

  12. Buzybee says

    Looks like a lot of fun! I haven’t tried any of these yet! I didn’t know Denise Austin did Yoga!

  13. Amanda says

    they both look great! I’ve been slacking off and not making it to yoga class lately… maybe I need a dvd to keep on hand at home :)

  14. Jessica says

    Yoga is something I’ve attempted to do with a really standard beginner video but I’d like to put the moves into practice. People who are true yogis seem so into it and I really want to learn what it’s all about!

  15. Danna says

    I just heard about this site on the local news. Love it already!!!! I have never tried yoga but I’ve heard wonderful things about it. I would love to try either of these DVDs. This year I WILL stick to my weight loss goals. :)