Yoga As Fitness: “Beautiful Belly” with Hemalayaa

(From WashingtonPost.com)

Looking for ab training tools to use at home? There are lots of DVDs and books on the market. Here are a few:

· “Beautiful Belly,” with Hemalayaa This Acacia release features giggly yoga princess Hemalayaa in three workouts that run about 12 minutes each (which can be combined into one long session). This is a basic yoga workout with a few abdominal exercises added for good measure. Her presentation makes it fun, though it must be itchy working out on that oriental carpet.

· “Creative Core & Lower Body,” with Shiva Rea Also from Acacia, this is a tough workout that uses the “yogic squat” position (feet pointed out, hips lowered parallel to the ground) as the basis for a core-focused routine. A “challenging for all levels” type of presenter, Rea is one of those contortionist yogis who leave you feeling as flexible as a slab of concrete. The trick is to do what you can without shredding any ligaments.

 

Howard Schneider

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