Of all my guilty pleasures, reality TV is my favorite. And of all the Real Housewives, Bethenny is by far my favorite. Surprisingly, perhaps, her book Naturally Thin was one among a series of what Caitlin would call my “healthy tipping points” that pushed me over the edge of my yo-yo dieting, compulsive exercise and disordered eating habits I’d adopted throughout high school and college and into this far more sane life I lead today.
The point of this post, however, is to let you know that I’ve done my fair share of yoga DVDs as a fitness reviewer for DVD Talk (you can see all of them here), and I’ve never done any of them more than once or twice. When Stew bought me Body by Bethenny just because I’m obsessed, I didn’t expect to like it either.
I don’t know if it’s that I love her or that I actually like the series, but this is my go-to DVD whenever I can’t make it to the studio. It’s a bit slower than I’d prefer but I’ve found that this speed allows me to push deeper into poses I usually just flow through in my faster-paced vinyasa classes.
The yoga section is 40 minutes long and there are also short (like 10-minute) weight lifting and butt toning sections that I’ve only watched once. Even Bethenny says in the yoga section (in reference to chaturangas–yoga pushups), “Everybody thinks I lift weights but I don’t. This is all I do.” You can almost hear her catch herself as she says it, like she’s realizing, “Oh shit, in the next section I say I’m sharing my personal weight lifting workout.”
I believe her that she doesn’t lift weights and, therefore, don’t believe her when she says she does in the next section. I’d bet some video producer felt it necessary to add something else in. Not that there’s anything wrong with lifting weights. Lifting weights is great. It’s just a funny little thing to catch Bethenny slip up on that.
So if you’re in the market for a yoga DVD, this is the only one I recommend after trying it. You can read my reviews of others, but I don’t love any of them. Does anybody else know of some good ones?