So you’ve decided to try yoga. Starting with a yoga DVD for beginners is an excellent way to learn the basics of yoga at your own pace in safe, comfortable environment.
But there are so many DVD’s to choose from – how do you pick the one that is right for you? Here is a summary of some of the best DVD’s for beginning yogis.
As mentioned in an earlier article/post, an excellent place to start is with the Kripalu Yoga Gentle DVD.
This meditative practice is guided by senior Kripalu yoga teacher, Sudha Carolyn Lundeen.
She offers a non-judgmental opportunity to participate in every aspect of a yoga practice regardless of your experience level. The DVD includes warm-ups, floor postures, basic standing postures, a meditation-in-motion posture flow, and relaxation.
Yoga Journal has declared Yoga for Inflexible People
One of the most intelligent and useful presentations served up in a long time, … for all beginning students whether they are inflexible or flexible – rated as one of the Top Yoga DVDs ever produced.
This three-disc set, which is designed on the premise that yoga is truly for everyone, provides over 50 routines for beginning and intermediate students. The practice is founded in the Iyengar style, and offers a variety of modifications to a wide range of yoga poses.
The practice includes the use of yoga props, and talks about using items that you already have at home: a belt instead of a yoga tie, a thick book in place of a yoga block.
There are 10 flow routines that are presented in such a way that even inflexible people will enjoy the experience, and there are 12 customized gentle yoga routines so you can learn how to modify your practice based on your own personal needs.
As a beginner, this DVD will allow you to experience the benefits of yoga, such as reduced stress and increased strength & flexibility, right away. Perhaps the real gem of this series is the 30-minute discussion with the Dali Lama that has been included as a bonus feature.
One of my personal favorites is Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss with Suzanne Deason. This is a terrific option because the DVD offers the same practice at 4 different levels. You can start off as a beginner, and grow over time as you move to a more intermediate and advanced practice with one DVD.
There are examples on how to modify a pose base on your body time and capabilities, and practical advice on including a yoga block in your workout if that is right for you. This allows you to personalize your practice, and make adjustments over time.
If you would like to start with one of the best know yoga teachers in the United States, try Rodney Yee’s A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginner’s. Rodney Yee is joined by Colleen Saidman and Patricia Walden to guide you through this two-disc set.
The package offers two morning routines, two evening routines and two daily meditations. The morning routines will energize you and start your day off right. The evening routines are designed to calm you down and help you unwind before bed.
Finally, there are two 5-minute daily meditations. The morning meditation guides you through a full body scan so you can tune into how you are feeling and learn how to relax. The evening meditation allows you dissolve the day’s stressors and find your own inner peace.
If you would like some tools to augment you yoga practice, you may want to try Gaiam Yoga Beginner’s DVD Kit. In addition to three full length DVDs from, the kit also includes a 40-page beginner’s pose guide, eight pose cards and a 30-day free trial subscription to My Yoga Online.
The DVD’s offer nine different practices led by celebrated yoga instructors including: Patricia Walden, Rod Stryker, Suzanne Deason and Rodney Yee
Last, but certainly not least, is Yoga Journal’s Complete Beginners Guide with Pose Encyclopedia.
Yoga Journal is one of the most recognized yoga resources in America and their magazine and Web site provide information for yogis at every level. However, this 2009 two-disc set provides an excellent foundation for beginning practitioners.
Disc one is a true encyclopedia of postures where every pose is presented with an in-depth tutorial and 360 degree view.
The second disc offers routines that allow beginners to engage in a full yoga experience and build their practice over time with new challenges.
These are just a few recommended resources for starting a yoga practice. We will continue to explore the various types of yoga, the benefits of yoga and how to build and maintain an effective home practice. In the meantime, explore some of the resources listed above and try one that appeals to you.