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For absolute beginners
on 27 April 2007
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.