I like yoga. I like meditation. I like Tara Stiles. I like Deepak Chopra. And I like balance (balance is—for reals—the Holy Grail of life, I’ve decided). So already, from just a look at the cover of Deepak Chopra & Tara Stiles Yoga Transformation: Weight Loss and Balance, I had a good feeling and big expectations.
First, you should know (or remember) that I’m fond of the hippity-dippity, and some of this workout DVD is certainly hippity dippity. It takes place in the desert. There’s lots of talk about finding your center and following your breath. And there’s a 15-minute music-only meditation segment where, if you peek and open your eyes, you’ll see Deepak just wandering around said desert in his bright red Pumas and big square black-framed glasses. (I love Deepak.)
But there’s also a 50-minute yoga routine with Tara Stiles that is darn good. I’m not sure I’d call it yoga for “weight-loss” because it’s definitely not about the calorie burn nor do the poses or cuing really seem to target that as a goal (unlike this DVD, which isn’t a calorie-burner but does address the mental aspect of losing weight). But balance and feel-goodness? Well, Tara nails that and then some. Her cuing is impeccable—she pretty much talks the full time, but her voice is super relaxing and you just feel safe and loved during it. (See, told you I was hippity-dippity.)
By the end of the session, which is mostly flowing vinyasa yoga with the basic poses (tree, pigeon, down dog, up dog, Warrior sequences), you feel fabulous. Relaxed, centered, balanced, bendy and all of the other good things yoga does for the mind and body. The DVD also has a nice intro and tips on breathing during yoga and how to be more mindful when you eat, which are a nice accompaniment to the yoga and mediation session.
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★
Fit Bottomed Line: If you have a lot of weight to lose, you’ll need more than this DVD to do it, but if you’re looking to try a beginner or intermediate yoga DVD with a meditation component, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Who wants to try some yoga and meditation? We have a copy of Yoga Transformation: Weight Loss and Balance AND Deepak and Tara’s other DVD Yoga Transformation: Strength and Energy to give away to two random U.S. readers. Just leave us a comment with why you need a little more hippity-dippity in your life, and we’ll pick winners in about a week! —Jenn