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Subject: Yoga Videos?
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 9:52 PM ET
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I see some of you are familiar with different yoga instructors, so I'm hoping you can give me some specific titles to try.

 I received a yoga kit for my birthday (mat, 2 blocks and an adjustable strap), and I want to finally start using it.  I did some yoga in college, and really enjoyed it, but it was more of a stretch yoga class.

I'm looking for beginner level videos, and if possible, different length videos.  I want to start doing yoga every morning before work so I want something short, but I'd also like to do it on the weekends when I have some more time to devote to it.

Thank you!

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 8:27 AM ET
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Beth - Yoga is wonderful!  I think it's awesome that you want to give it a try.  The first thing I will say is that it is best, of course, to learn yoga in person from a qualified instructor as form is very important.  It's just as easy to get injured doing yoga as it is to get injured in any other form of exercise if you are not using correct form.  I would suggest taking some classes first and then if you prefer to practice from the comfort and privacy of your own home, getting some videos.  There are many wonderful ones out there.  If taking a class isn't possible or something you want to do, then there are several good instructional beginner yoga videos.  What kind of yoga are you interested in?  There are many different forms.  The thing to consider is what you want to use yoga for. Do you want to use yoga to increase your body awareness and maintain or increase flexibility?  Do you want something more active to also work on strength and stamina?  Are you interested in something with a spiritual element (we often call this the "woo woo" factor) or would you prefer something more straight up that focuses solely on the physical aspect? 

I've been doing yoga for years, and I practice solely from home using video and audio practices. I have tons of videos.  If you let me know what you're interested in, I'll try to recall some that are more beginner in nature.  A good resource is videofitness.com.  It's an awesome website which has reviews of exercise videos as well as a discussion forum.  If you post your request for recommendations there, you'd draw on the wisdom of lots of in-home exercisers.  If you don't want to join VF (it's free), PM me, and I'll post your question there for you. 

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 12:00 PM ET
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Baron Baptiste is one of my absolutly favorites!  Yoga Booty Ballet is alot of fun too!

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 7:56 PM ET
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Shelley-  I've investigated classes in my area and they are all during my workday, so that's not really an option for me.  I want to mainly do body awareness and stretching at first, slowly moving into more intense workouts.  I haven't been working out much the past few years, and it's catching up with me.  I dislike sweaty exercise, and remembered yoga as a less sweaty workout.  Eventually I'll have to get more intense but wanted to start with something more relaxing. 

I'm not very spiritual but I really enjoyed the last few minutes of 'quiet time' at the end of the yoga sessions in college just as a way to sit with my own thoughts for a minute.

 

Amber-  I remember seeing the infomercials for yoga booty ballet and was always curious if it really was as good as it says.  I might give that a try in a couple of months.

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 8:31 PM ET
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Beth - If you're not into sweaty, then you may want to avoid power yoga or ashtanga.  I happen to love both when I'm in the mood for something more strenuous.  As far as simple, beginner vids, Barbara Benagh is fabulous for form pointers.  The man I consider a master at "talking you into a pose," is Alan Finger of Yoga Zone.  YZ has a lot of videos out there and many are very beginner oriented.  My favorite is Yoga Zone's Yoga for Flexibility and Stress Release.  It's one of the few Yoga Zone videos that Alan himself actually leads.  Collage Video's website has several yoga videos with great descriptions and reviews.  Also, if you search for yoga videos on Amazon, you'll get tons of listings.  Amazon also has good descriptions and often very good reviews.  Another tip might be to check out what your library system has.  That's a great way to try videos and find out what you like before investing in them. Everyone has different likes and dislikes.  I'm not sure if they have yoga videos, but Netflix might be another place to start.  Good luck!  Let me know what you try and what you like!  Getting a regular yoga practice going would be a wonderful resolution for 2009! 

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 4:27 PM ET
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I second everything Shelly said.

The first yoga dvd I "clicked" with was Sara Ivanhoe's Candlelight Yoga.

 

Take care,

Sherry

Subject: Podcasts!
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 10:55 AM ET
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The iTunes store offers various yoga podcasts as well, some video (which unfortunately often don't work well unless you have an INSANELY fast computer), some audio, and one rather useful one that is audio with a printout of the poses as well.  And they're free!  Gotta love the free.

~Carole

 

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 10:55 AM ET
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I have been practicing yoga for 10 years and teaching for 5. During the holidays, many of my classes are cancelled, so I've made a list of videos for my students that I personally recommend. That way, they can continue doing yoga and I don't hear as many complaints when we meet back up! Here is my list, all available from Netflix: Cyndi Lee: Om Yoga: Beginner/Intermediate; Max Strom Yoga; Ali MacGraw: Yoga, Mind & Body; Kripalu Yoga: Gentle/ Dynamic/ Partner; Shiva Rea: Lunar Flow Yoga; Shiva Rea: Solar Flow Yoga; Chakra Yoga: Strengthen Your Immune System; Total Yoga: Earth; Total Yoga: Water; Total Yoga: Fire; Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss; Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers. Most of the above are dynamic yoga, meaning you flow between the poses; don't be intimidated by this, though! All these teachers are fantastic at breaking down the poses into their most meaningful actions. Of course, a live teacher is best, but videos are a nice substitute. In health, Lorien

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Date Posted: 1/6/2009 11:19 AM ET
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I absolutely love the new Rodney Yee's A.M. Yoga for Your Week DVD!  It has become my most-used yoga DVD.  Each practice is 23-25 minutes long and there are five - Standing Poses, Twists, Forward Bends, Backbends and Hip Openers.  Each one is wonderful and I sometimes two or three of them at the same time -  I feel so great afterward.  But I also feel great just doing one of them after I've done some other workout.  I highly recommend this DVD.

Hi Shelley and Sherry!

Karen Walsh

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 2:07 PM ET
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Karen - Dude, I didn't know you were here too!  Yea!!!  So nice to see another VF-er around here.  Notice how I nicely plug VF in my sig line?  LOL!   (Am sending you and Sherry buddy invitations so I can keep track of you, LOL!) 

Lorien had some great suggestions.  I have the Total Yoga series, and they are definitely some of the most-used vids in my yoga collection.  My future SIL was visiting from out of state recently and wanted to look at some of my videos as she wants to get into yoga but doesn't know where to start.  She liked the simplicity of the Total Yogas and she thought the instruction would be clear enough for her to get started. 

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 9:09 PM ET
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Hey Shelley - yea, I was so excited when I saw in the PaperbackSwap newsletter this morning that they had a Health and Fitness Forum and then to see two of my VF buddies here was so cool!  And, yes, you are doing an excellent job of plugging VF - maybe we'll get some new members.

Do I also have to invite you to be a buddy?  I accepted your invitation but don't see that you are buddy, yet anyway.  I thought it would be reciprocal but maybe not.

I agree on the Total Yoga Series.  The original one was one of my first favorite yoga workouts.  I even did it the morning I got married cause I was so nervous and it calmed me right down.  :-D

See you at VF.

Karen

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 9:38 PM ET
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Karen -  Thanks for accepting me!  You're showing up on my list.  I'm not sure why I don't show up on yours? 

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 11:56 PM ET
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I second the Rodney Yee recommendation! Love his videos

 

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 11:12 PM ET
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Shelley - you did show up eventually.  I'm so impatient!  :-D

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 7:20 AM ET
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Good, Karen!  I'm glad we are officially PBS buddies! 

Date Posted: 1/10/2009 6:35 AM ET
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I picked up yoga from several different videos/dvds..first off I wish I hadn't started with living arts/gaim(patricia walden the pretzel, deason, yee) because it said 'beginners' and I was so frustrated. I like them ok now but not to learn from. I got a lot out of Yoga for Dummies - didn't care to hold the pose whle she explained everything but she did some good explanations about alignment. I also like her candlelight yoga someone mentioned. yoga zone is my hands-down favorite esp the longer ones for instruction..very relaxing and detailed. some of the ones from the tv show are good as well.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 11:11 AM ET
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I just posted the below on another thread! Hope this helps as I've never done a class or had a buddy to help me out or share the practice with.  I've tried so many since joining SwapADVD and also gotten rid of so many there that didn't work for me.  They have a lot of good ones in the club.

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I learned on Yoga for Dummies 1 & 2, and they were very adequate.  Went to the Yoga Zones after seeing them on the Wisdom Channel years ago.  When SwapADVD started up I put them all on my WL.  Some I traded back, some I kept.  A great way to get these and others, and try them out.  Then I got a bunch of the Tracy And Ganga's, Rainbeau Mars, and Wai Lani DVD's.  You know, of the many many I tried, there are one or two from each of those mentioned that I kept, but there is one that I go back to again and again.  Have since I graduated from the Yoga Zones. 

Yoga, Mind, Body, with Ali McGraw and Erich Schiffman.  I love the program, the music, how I feel when finished.  I had it in VHS and wore the tape out and then bought the DVD.  I highly recommend it.

(Whoa!  When getting that link, I saw that amazon has it for 4.99!  A great price.)