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CDANDERS05 Posts: 356
1/30/12 8:46 P

Another good one I enjoy is MTV's Power Yoga so once you are able to build up to intermediate to advance this is a great one to do! They do have beginner movements but I recommend waiting until you have built up your yoga repertoire. Good luck! emoticon

HEALER1 Posts: 1,145
1/30/12 7:18 P

I like Rodney Yee's AM/PM yoga. excellent instruction, calm voice, and beautiful scenery.

1/30/12 6:56 P

maybe check out ? i havent used it but I hear great things - they have lots of different yoga videos to choose from.

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1/30/12 5:50 P

CJ, that Jilliam Michaels sounds like a good match for me. I've wanted to try some of her stuff, and I do love Yoga.

If you have a park authority in your area, another idea is to see if they offer a yoga class. I took these ages and ages ago, and that's probably where I learned the basics really well. Then I was able to go on and follow the videos. And some cities have free yoga classes that move around from place to place. You could also ask if there is a studio near you, whether you could take just one class session, to see if you like it. I think most studio teachers would be happy to be able to welcome a newcomer. There IS, by the way, some debate in the Yoga community, about whether yoga is pricing itself out of popularity.

I admit that while I took classes at a private (and wonderful) studio several years ago, I haven't done that in a while, and really do not feel like I can afford it these days. So I can appreciate the pain of uncertainty about committing a chunk of cash and then hating it or hurting yourself!

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1/23/12 8:27 A

This is going to sounds extremely stupid, but a pregnancy yoga dvd might work. It's designed for the pregnant body, so it might work out pretty good if you're wanting low impact. If you're wanting something a little tougher, try the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown. It has 2 workouts, and both show you modifications for your fitness level. I didn't think I'd like it cause Jillian has a reputation for being a witch, but it's very good and you definitely know you're getting a workout. I got mine at Wal-Mart for ten bucks and it's been worth every penny.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/22/12 10:26 P

Thanks for raising the question. I, too, would love to find a good, basic intro to yoga - and will check the website mentioned below. It's always best to be able to preview workout videos but our library doesn't have much in the way of yoga.

I did one Rodney Yee DVD - I think it was power yoga - and it was not an appropriate choice for such a rank beginner as myself. It moved too quickly and I (slightly) injured myself trying to keep up (stupidly).

For me, a combo of yoga and Pilates would be utterly ideal.

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1/22/12 9:28 P

Yoga Journal magazine has a pretty awesome web site now and they have a store, I think that you can even download many of their yoga videos.

I'm a big fan of Veriawellness television, which is on DISH network. They air a program called Yoga for Life led by Kurt Johnsen, who I really think is a great, if under-appreciated, yoga teacher. He teaches American Power Yoga, which is Vinyasa style moves, and it's tough, but his cuing is just wonderful, and he always shows modifications. His tips and encouragement are great too. I've tried Rodney Yee DVDs and liked them a lot.

There are so many choices out there now, I know it is really hard to choose the best! I hope you find something you really enjoy! I am looking for something that is a fusion of Yoga and Pilates -- I took classes for some time doing that sort of routines and just adored it, but it was a pain having to leave home for the classes (yes, I AM spoilt! emoticon

1/22/12 10:57 A

I want to incorporate yoga into my routine at least once or twice a week. I can't afford going to a yoga studio and the classes at my gym don't meet at a time that I can go. Does anyone have a good, basic, beginner yoga DVD that I could use?

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