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Yoga Booty Ballet: Light & Easy / Latin Flavor

I’ve wanted to try Yoga Booty Ballet ever since I first heard the name on television. It just sort of rolls off the tongue: Yoga Booty Ballet.

I can’t believe it took me this long to give it a shot, but I finally put it on my Netflix queue. The two-disc set took up two of my movie slots—and for no good reason. I’m fairly certain they’re counting the Power 90 infomercials at the end as part of the total run time, meaning the actual workouts aren’t quite 45 minutes each—and therefore shouldn’t have to take up two discs.

Broken up as “Latin Flavor” and “Light & Easy,” each disc survives as its own complete workout segment, and both have a similar format.

Latin Flavor
After introducing the drummer, (yes, there is a live percussionist), Latin Flavor started with a new-age style meditative session, where you visualize that the intention for your workout is sitting in your cupped hands, or “lotus flower.” Maybe it’s that I like to get my workouts to get a move on or maybe it’s that I can’t meditatively visualize my intentions while my dog is licking my knee, but it was a little new-agey for my taste. It wasn’t bad per se, but it was different.

Once the stretching started, I was really “in like” with YBB. As proven by my results in the fitness challenge, I need more stretching in my life, and this was a great warm-up stretch session. The Latin flava kicked in with the dance-cardio portion and was really fun. It wasn’t your standard aerobics, but had more of a dance feel, complete with traditional Latin moves like the samba, merengue, Miss Chi Chi and Mr. Eddy (I think they invented the latter two). Like the names, the moves aren’t always intuitive, and I found myself getting turned around. But the point of YBB is to really move, wiggle, and have fun. After the cardio dance, you move onto the floor for ab and leg toning. More affirmation and meditation follows, and your enlightened self is finished.

Light & Easy
You start out here by strengthening your magnetic field—draw in the positivity; deflect the negativity. Maybe if I drew in the positivity a little better I wouldn’t make fun of this portion? I’ll try harder next time. In a surprisingly difficult twist, as you’re sitting and getting all centered and affirmed and mantra-fied, you start flapping your arms like a bird for what feels like an eternity. I’m more impressed with birds now, as that definitely burned.

After more feel-good stretching, you start the dance segment, which is more traditional and easier to follow than the Latin counterpart. Shimmies and grapevines get your heart rate up, and the ballet portion is represented with thigh-toning plies and squats. A squishy ball was called upon for some of the floor exercises, but alas, I have no squishy balls laying around (I’m way too mature to make a joke here). I did the moves without the ball, but the use of resistance would have surely made them more effective. A cool down follows, with yoga poses including downward dog and my favorite, child’s pose, and the DVD ends in meditation.

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

Fit Bottom line: Not the greatest challenge ofyour workout career, but it’s definitely fun and totally different from the many workout DVDs I’ve tried. I would gladly repeat, even if I laugh at myself trying to embrace the new-age mindset. —Erin

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10 Comments
  1. every gym's nightmare says:

    id probably end up saying “screw this” and just dance around to my own music. Im one of those people that if i cant do it just like them, i hate it. im not very gifted in the dance department, so if i just dance around by myself atleast i could claim it was supposed to look like that.

    to my dog i guess. cause no one else would be around.

    http://www.groundedfitness.com

  2. tfh says:

    Hmm. It sounds like these might have just a little too much “booty” in them for me. I’ve tried exactly one Latin dance DVD and it ended up being more like a “laughter yoga” workout. But I am a big fan of Netflixing yoga DVDs!

  3. ~c~ says:

    Thanks for the review, I am always in the market for DVD’s.

  4. Kaci says:

    Cool beans…I’ll have to check that out!

  5. Alexander Morentin says:

    Love the latin flavor.
    There used to be a studio in L.A. called Yoga Booty Ballet. I wonder if it’s the same people.
    I admire any fitness pro that takes their career to the next level.
    I’m glad you liked the DVD.
    May not be a home run, but at least it gets the job done.
    Peace.:D

  6. Tish says:

    hey fbg’s!

    i have a friend who swears by those dvds. is there a part that deals with the ballet? where does the booty action come in? sounds more zumba and less zen. is this friend just pullin my chain?!

  7. Live Well says:

    Thanks for the review! BTW — I really enjoy reading all of your reviews. I’m not one to try out something new just to try it — I’d rather know I’m going to really like it first!

  8. MizFit says:

    I WANT THIS.
    Im an awkward gazelle when it comes to the dance moves but this? at home? with the curtains drawn? Id be all in!

    Miz.

  9. Weight Loss Kate says:

    I am not sure I can get my head around it being yoga (which is slow and held positions) booty (which suggests dancing) and ballet (which is light flowing movement). I might be able to see how yoga and ballet go together but the booty just confuses me. Might have to buy it to completely understand.

  10. Erin says:

    Alexander: Yep, the instructors are the women who own the L.A. studio where they teach YBB. Pretty cool!

    Tish and Weight Loss Kate: A lot of people swear by these videos. They do combine the zen-y experience with yoga-inspired moves, booty shaking and ballet strength moves. They pack it all in and you just have to see it to believe it! (and let me know if you try it!)