After a while of doing 40 Days (see previous review!) I realized that I was ready for something more challenging with a few more postures that would get me moving in different ways.
So I emailed Laurette, and asked her if I could review Power PraiseMoves. She said yes, and today I'm here to share my thoughts on it, along with something I've been thinking about.
So Power PraiseMoves follows a similar layout to 40 Days. The music is still piano music, and Laurette's calming voice is still walking you through each posture. The menu is easy to navigate, which I always find helpful when you're groggily crawling out of bed and trying to hit "play" on your workout. (I'm a firm believer in the idea that technology shouldn't be a workout to figure out.)
The Power PraiseMoves DVD includes: 35 minute power workout, two 25 minute workouts (which you can combine to get a 50 minute workout), a warm up workout, an abs strengthening workout, and a really helpful booklet with pictures and descriptions of all the PraiseMove postures.
So as you can see, you're getting more than just a single workout in this set! I just got done doing the 35 minute power workout, and yeah, it stretches you. Since this is a power workout, it's not as slow and relaxing as you might picture PraiseMoves generally being. This workout was designed to get your body moving, to strengthen you, and get your blood pumping. If you wanted a slower workout, you can do one of the 25 minute workouts, or else search out a different PraiseMoves DVD that is specially designed to a slow, peaceful workout. (I'd recommend the p.m. workout in 40 Days! I love that one for right before bedtime.)
I'm looking forward to getting better at the power workout. I've noticed that it takes me about 3 times of watching/doing/listening/experimenting to finally be able to just do the workout along with the video. So be sure to give yourself grace as you're learning a new workout (this goes for any workout!) and withing a few days of consistently practicing, you'll be able to follow along without frustration. I really enjoyed getting to experience some postures that I hadn't heard of before, and I'm excited to help my muscles relax and grow!
As with 40 Days, I'd highly recommend this Power PraiseMoves workout. I LOVE the fact that no matter what shape you're in or how old you are, PraiseMoves WILL work for you! My two year old son loves doing PraiseMoves with me, and it is just the most adorable thing ever when he does the rainbow posture, or the reed posture. I'm happy that he finds exercising fun!
A word about "normal" yoga...I've wondered for years about yoga, and the effects it has on people. I think that yoga is a great exercise technique, and that it is a wonderful way to relax, let go, build muscle, concentration, strengthen your body, and give yourself self-care. I know that yoga is sometimes used in worship to other gods, and that some yoga postures are actual offerings to gods. However, I'm not sure that this is enough reason to avoid yoga. You can make that argument about almost anything...Christmas trees, Easter bunnies, sexual intercourse, using herbs as medicine, crystals, prayer beads, tattoos, meditation, mantras, etc. The list could go on and on.
So with that out of the way, someone might say that yoga is bad because you are trained to "empty yourself" so that something else (other than God) can fill you. I do believe this is quite dangerous, and I don't think it is a safe thing to do. BUT! I do think we should empty ourselves OF ourselves and ask God to come fill us! So I just kind of took the coin and flipped it around. As Christians we need to redeem pagan practices for the glory of God, and I don't think we should shy away from doing this.
Think of Joseph in the Bible. What people intended for evil, God turned into good. There are numerous examples like this throughout the Bible.
We all have different ways of redeeming things and Laurette Willis' way is by creating PraiseMoves. And if you're looking for an actual alternative to yoga that ISN'T yoga, then you will really find PraiseMoves helpful. If you don't have an issue with yoga itself, then that's fine too! Keep exercising! I'd just encourage you to make sure that you are indeed redeeming it for the Lord, and letting him fill you.
So what are your thoughts on all of this? Have you used PraiseMoves? Do you like it? Do you think Christians should practice yoga? I've shared my thoughts with you, now I'd love to hear yours!