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Barbara Currie - 7 Secrets of Yoga [DVD]
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2002
This video gives you a great feeling when you completed it. You can feel all your muscles have been used. I usually do the 10-minute miracle for beginners and the other segments which each concentrate on a different part of the body. The part with balance-movements I skip because I find it too difficult and no fun.
Barbara talks a lot and once you've done this video a few times you know what she is going to say at what momemt. In the beginning her instructions are usefull but when you practiced a while you don't need her sometimes quite long introductions to a new movement and just want to get on with it.
Apart from that, the movements are effective and Barabara's slogan 'yoga is very progressive' really kept me going when I could hardly bent forward, to mention one example.
Barbara is right, Yoga is very progressive. I was amazed by the results after only 2 weeks and I am still much more flexible than before I got this tape. Great video for beginners like me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2008
I am not very motivated when it comes to exercising but wanting to get rid of the extra weight since having my baby 8 months ago! i liked the idea that this was separated into 10 minute sessions as that would be quite easy to fit into a routine...(i did do a post pregnancy yoga DVD first until i thought i was ready)
Well i have done 10 mins at least every day for the last 2 months and on the days when baby is quiet and happy i manange to fit in 30 mins.
I have been eating a sensible diet along with the DVD for last 3 weeks and have been weighing and measuring myself to see results, i have lost 5 Lb but better still 7 1/2 inches!!! over stomach, and legs so i would definately recommend this to anyone who is not motivated and short for time, as even on those days you wake up thinking i wont do any Yoga today you still do!!
I have not done any regular exercise for about 6 years!!! as i hate the gym getting too hot and sweating and could never understand those who manage to exercise regularly, even though i wanted too, but now finding something fun to do i have been converted!
This has been fantastic losing the inches is motivation enough, and I CAN TOUCH MY TOES again after years of not being able too.
A must buy for any wanting to start yoga.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
I do like Barbara Currie - if for no other reason than the fact that she's not Geri Halliwell. Babs must be old as the hills by now, but she's about the most glamorous granny you've ever seen, and alarmingly bendy to boot. As others have noted, though, being bossed around by the uber-posh Ms Currie isn't everyone's cup of tea, and this is definitely yoga for toning and fitness rather than tranquillity. The `relaxation' that ends the programme is done at the same brisk trot as everything else.

As for the programme itself, the `ten minute miracles' are okay, but the sections targeting different areas of the body (arms and chest, etc) are over before you can say `and above all, don't strain'. I'm a former devotee of Barbara's Power of Yoga (on a knackered old VHS tape), so I'm not a complete beginner, but even so these just aren't taxing enough. As she's so fond of reminding us, yoga is very progressive, but there simply aren't enough postures here to progress with. The yoga balances are good, though, and my legs are in better nick already. I can't do the inverted postures (head and shoulder stands) due to high blood pressure, but this section promises to keep you looking like a dolly bird when you're as ancient as Barbara herself (well, sort of), although they're a little scary to watch!

With its mood lighting and numerous costume changes (including a natty off-the-shoulder number), this is indeed a classy workout DVD. But once you've got the hang of the postures, it's more style than substance. Annoyingly, Barbara starts out using the sensible `mirror image' technique, whereby she lifts her left leg but tells you to lift your right, so `we can work together'. Good idea, you might think, but for some reason she abandons this partway through the disc. Oh well, it's a minor quibble. Another five minutes of toners for the arms, tum and bum and this would have been a winner. A good starting place, though, if you're an absolute beginner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2010
Im getting married at the end of the year, and after some severe arthritic problems ive been unable to get to the gym. I decided to give this DVD a go, as I already have her Power Packed DVD and thought this would add some variety by mixing up the 2, and try and keep my shape for the wedding dress to still fit..! Well quite frankly Im amazed how by mixing the two DVD's up they have changed my shape. I have always been a Gym person, dabbled in a bit of yoga now and then but always believed the gym was better. I am currently doing this DVD 5 days a week and have been now for about 6 weeks and Ive lost a staggering 3 inches from my hips, my stomach is much flatter and 1.5 inches smaller and my legs are more toned than the gym could ever do. (I only know how many inches because when i went for my dress fitting it needed to be taken in and they re-measured). So GREAT DVD, if you stick with it - im now a convert and when I do eventually get better and am able to go back to the gym, I think that I will still do yoga most days and just use the gym as a cardio workout rather than for toning. I thoroughly recomend this DVD.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2005
I recently purchased this DVD and really love it. By virtue of the fact that yoga doesn't really have a warm up and cool down period I find the exercise segments are perfect for dipping into when I have some free time. If I've only got 10 minutes free I just do one section - at least it's something! After just one session you feel a difference, and it's fantastic for posture - just try going back to your shoulder slumping after a few sessions of this tape!!
I personally don't find Barbara irritating, and as I hadn't done yoga in a while I found her comments useful. This DVD is suitable for most people as she shows 2 or 3 different levels for most exercises, although if you're an experienced yoga person you may prefer something more continuously challenging. For the average person this DVD works to deliver a more streamlined body, and some of the difficult level exercises are certainly something to keep aspiring to.
One negative comment is that I don't think Barbara makes the breathing part of the exercises clear enough. Often she doesn't mention that you should have breathed in or out, which can be confusing.
One other word of caution - I would not recommend this DVD if you suffer from back or neck problems. The exercises cause quite a pull on these muscles, which could be difficult if you already have pains in this area.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2003
This yoga dvd is brilliant - not only does it cater for complete beginners up to much more advanced but the format means that you can do just a little a day - I really cannot spare more than 20 minutes to exercise a day and find it easier to do a little a day than find a large slot of time a couple of times a week.
There are a few negative points - the talking before the start of an exercise is a little annoying after the first few times but I've got to the stage now where I can tune out of it. My other minor complaint is that I feel that postures are often held for longer on the first side of the body to be stretched which is usually the right. However, this can be remedied by every few weeks exercising the opposite side to that instructed by the dvd.
In general though I would recommend this dvd to anyone who wants to do yoga but doesn't have huge amounts of time to dedicate. The format definately requires the dvd version - I would imagine all the fast fowarding and rewinding of VHS that is required to pick and choose sections would get very annoying!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2002
Barbra Curries seven secrets of Yoga is a must for those out there who are not happy with their fitness or body shape.
You can use the dvd for a long or short workout,
without feeling breathless.
I'm not the perfect shape or weight, but that is changing just by doing 10 to 20 minutes a day.
I feel more energised and fit after just a couple of weeks.
A gem!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2002
I was given Barbara Currie's Seven Secrets of Yoga as a present and I am very grateful to my friend that bought it for me. I never considered Yoga as my kind of thing, and I did think it would be too complicated to follow from a book or video. As I am no expert, or tried any of the other videos on the market, I can not comment on whether similar videos are any good, but this is truly fantastic, and very easy to follow.
It is so easy to find 10-20 mins a day to do a 10min miracle plus one of the others. I'm a lot more relaxed and I'm beginning to see a positive change in my shape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2010
I love this dvd of 7 secrets of yoga by Barbara Currie. I came across this dvd by google and decided to buy it based on the customer reviews and I have not been disappointed. I am in my fourth week now and I thoroughly enjoy the workouts. I can now do the full 80 minutes of yoga and have done in the past 3 days of my third week. I have done many different exercise dvds over the years and I so badly wanted to get that flat stomach and streamlined figure, I had even considered surgery after having tried so many different dvds to no avail. I have seen my stomach get flatter, my posture has improved and my body is much more firmer and toned. My ultimate goal is that flat stomach and I am very confident I will get it with doing this dvd daily. I feel I want to do this dvd regularly whereas with other dvds I would get bored very quickly. I would highly recommend this dvd because Barbara encourages you every step of the way and you see results quickly. Be persistent and you will see the results. I never thought I would find something that I could enjoy so much and stick to. Thank God for He is so good and helped me to find something that really works for me.

Breanna UK
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2006
After having my daughter I put on some weight and what was left of my stomach well that had truly gone!.. down south!. Action was needed as holidays was looming, so out shopping I came across Barbara Currie. I started practising her seven secrets that very day.... I haven't stopped since. I found it easy to follow as you can go at your own pace, and I don't find her voice irritating as some have commented. Within two weeks my flexability had improved and I was even managing some of the more advanced stretches. Atfer a month my stomach was looking flatter, my arms and thighs trimmer. Now after nearly 5 years I am still with barbara and my daughter also enjoys doing yoga with me. So I truly believe this Video deserves it's full credit.
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