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Posts: 1,600 2/19/10 8:09 A
Any suggestions for books that list all the poses, their benefits/purpose and tips on how best to get into the pose? I know yoga journal has that info, but I'd really like it in book form.
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Fitness Minutes: (11,058) Posts: 45 2/15/10 4:11 P
I like the yoga dvds on yogajournal.com. They are very informative and explain all the positions well for beginners
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Posts: 2,756 1/28/10 5:43 A
Free Torah-yoga??? Coolio!! I explored similar topics, chanting, etc. at the ALEPH kallah in Woodstock, NY back in 96. Loved it!! Wish we had a group here in Jacksonville!!
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Posts: 91 1/24/10 5:56 P
I discovered an AMAZING yoga site related to Judaism today!!!! I highly recommend it to everyone here (if you might like your yoga related to Jewish universal teachings, that is :-) ). The site is www.torahyoga.com it goes along with the wonderful book 'Torah Yoga' by Diane Bloomfield. Diane is a well-trained Iyengar yoga teacher. I bought the book maybe 6 years ago, really *loved* it (felt it was both one of the most helpful *Torah* study books, as well as one of the best Iyengar Yoga books...), BUT.... well... you know how it is sometimes. The book has basically been sitting on my shelf as 'Yoga decor' for the past few years.
Because a women's group I help lead at my synagogue was planning a meeting in mid-March on the possible connections between Jewish spirituality and yoga, I'd started looking back into my resources-- and looking online. This site of Diane's is just *marvelous*-- especially because it has FREE Torah yoga audio lessons you can listen to!! I just completed my first one (30 minutes), relating a 20th century rabbi's ideas on our 'inner spark' to ways that yoga can help us realize this in our own bodies and souls. Diane's an excellent teacher-- and it's SO much easier to 'listen and do' than to try to 'read the book and do' :-).
I'll be coming back to www.torahyoga.com regularly-- planning on 3x a week now (balancing out with my heavier cardio days when I'll be working on getting ready for my May 2nd half-marathon walk :-) ). Boy, does my spinal alignment feel more balanced-- and my soul too :-).
Anyone else ever tried any of the approaches to yoga that integrate Jewish teachings (or teachings related to your own religious path, which might be different from Eastern religions??)??
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Posts: 1 1/18/10 7:34 A
I am looking for a DVD for beginners. Do you have any to recommend?
Posts: 39 1/16/10 10:18 P
Thank you for your suggestion. I will check it out. Any idea what the title was?
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Posts: 6 1/16/10 10:06 P
I use cool yoga tricks allot when teaching and my home practice. I referee back to Light on Life allot. I am also a nurse and enjoy reading Yoga as Medicine.
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Posts: 1 1/14/10 1:18 P
Hi there! New to the group and somewhat new to yoga. The FITtv channel has a decent yoga series that I record on my DVR. Also- Reikihealer83- not sure about the Jillian Yoga DVD but the Bob weight loss version came out last year and I do like that. It has 3 different levels so as you get better you can advance to the next step. Wii Fit Plus also has a Yoga section that allows you to put together your own series of poses.
Posts: 24 1/10/10 9:49 P
Hey! I just discovered that you can get audio and video yoga podcasts on Itune for your Ipod!!! I think I may be late on this, but it's a really neat find! And most of them are free!!! So if you skipped yoga class one day, and you're like me, you like to have instructions for which pose to do next, then try it out!!!!
Posts: 39 1/10/10 4:07 P
Hi fellow Yoga lovers!
I just saw a new yoga DVD is coming out in March that is done by Jillian Michaels (The Biggest Loser trainer) and I am intersted to see if it is any good. I am going to rent it from NetFlix first. My concern is that the poses may not be done correctly as it is geared for weight loss too. It is called "Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown". I am also looking for some good DVDs and it seems like there are some great suggestions here. Giam usually has some great workouts. Anyone thinking about trying the new Jillian Michaels one? I am going to report on it once I give it a whirl.
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Posts: 159 1/5/10 7:26 P
There are so many great resources out there. Some DVDs I like: I like Kino MacGregor (Ashtanga style yoga) Sarah Powers for a Yin/Yang type of practice Jivamukti yoga is a lot of fun (Sharon Gannon and David Life)
Great Books! Yoga Body Buddha Mind- Cindy Lee Light on yoga- BKS Iyengar Yoga Handbook (is AMAZING) Stephanie Keach
Also some great online resources with videos and Podcasts: http://www.yogavibes.com/ http://www.kinoyoga.com/
Fitness Minutes: (24,796) Posts: 646 12/23/09 9:55 A
Has anyone ever tried Rodney Yee's Yoga Burn and Yoga for Strength dvd's? I just picked them up yesterday - Target has a deal where they were packaged together for $17! I can't wait to try one tonight!
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Fitness Minutes: (24,796) Posts: 646 11/20/09 9:27 A
Gaiam makes a yoga for kids dvd that is geared towards ages 3-6. I tried it with my 2 yr old and he did some of it. It's kind of fun because they relate the poses to animals or make them do silly things like wagging their tongues while they say "aaahhhhh". You could also try the Itsy Bitsy Yoga book that has a lot of poses and good instruction on how to do it with a toddler. I use this book with my son too. The last thing I would recommend that my son likes the best is the "Sleepy Little Yoga Book" by Rebecca Whitford. My son brings the book over to me every night - he love to try to do the poses based on animals.
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Posts: 28 11/15/09 1:03 P
I love my DVD's. I likely wouldn't go to a studio, just me... so my first love was called All Day Yoga with Rodney Yee, my newest love is called Energy Balance Yoga with Rodney Yee. I've had others, he's by far my favorite Yogi.
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Posts: 57 11/14/09 5:48 P
Does anyone know of any dvds that are geared towards yoga for toddlers? My daughter is 2 and I really want her to be able to do yoga with me.. I know there are classes but I really can't afford that right now. Thanks!
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Fitness Minutes: (11,726) Posts: 1,026 10/30/09 2:39 P
I have a ton of videos I haven't tried yet, but the ones I currently do are all by Meagan Townsend. You can find the videos on Exercisetv.tv and download them for less than $3. I use the AM Yoga, PM Yoga and Cardio Yoga. AM and PM yoga are definitely beginner level... and are great! I am still at a beginner level, but can do some of the more challenging poses. But, for AM and PM it is good to keep it simple. Her Cardio Yoga is tough! I sweat like a pig and my HR really gets going! She is great because she gives you different options. Like, this is great, but if you are feeling stronger or want a challenge, do it this way instead, or add a push up or whatever. So, even though the original pose is working you, she gives you the option to add on or do it a little differently that makes you work harder.
Edited by: AFSKINNER at: 10/30/2009 (14:40)
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My current favorite yoga DVD is Yoga Shakti by Shiva Rhea. I love that I can pick different parts of the routine and customize it. However I pick it is how the DVD runs.
I'm looking forward to reading some of the books that are mentioned on this forum.
Posts: 639 10/9/09 4:09 P
We have Comcast on Demand and they offer some highly edited samples of various exercise dvds available. I usually watch them before I do them because I have such a hard time with ashtanga/vinyasa forms of yoga.
Today I sampled Hemalayaa: Yoga for Everyone and I am thrilled with what I saw. She uses mudras and chanting and her flow practice was not too challenging for me. It was delightful to see her smiling through so much of the practice, truly showing the idea of play being a part of a yoga practice.
Fitness Minutes: (121,925) Posts: 7,259 10/9/09 3:40 P
My favorite beginner yoga dvd's are Peggy Cappy's series; Yoga for the Rest of Us More Yoga for the Rest of Us Yoga for the Rest of Us: Back Care Basics
I also have: Gaiam-Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss Gaiam-Stress Relief Yoga Edward Vilga-Yoga in Bed: 20 Asanas to do in pajamas
Almost forgot, I have Yoga On The Go from Sourcebooks, Inc. It's a set of 52 cards showing poses. Has written directions as well as a picture of the pose. I like to take it with me when I travel.
Edited by: PAMNANGEL at: 10/9/2009 (15:46)
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Posts: 639 10/3/09 9:44 A
I borrowed Step-by-Step Yoga Journal: Session 1 Foundation Poses for Strength & Stamina with Natasha Rizopoulos from my local library.
I am very impressed by the instructional session where Rizopoulos goes through each pose to ensure that the viewer gets the finer points of each asana. She explains where the lift should be to help deepen the pose, how to turn from the base, etc.
The practice session is a vinyasa flow practice with several variations of sun salutation. You can choose to follow along with a modified version, turn off the music, etc.
Over all, I like the dvd. I won't run out to add it to my collection but I can see where I might borrow it again, to work through the instructional portion to fine tune the asanas. I'm going to see if the library has the second and third sessions but, given that with the vertigo makes any flow yoga practice nearly impossible, I am not going to get too excited if I am able to find them just in case I can't actually do them.
I'm a big fan of Yoga Journal's "Intro to YOga" series. They have served me well as a yoga newbie.
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Fitness Minutes: (202,270) Posts: 11,103 9/26/09 12:55 A
A simple fin video is "You Can Do Yoga" by Leslie Sansone. Simple poses and very relaxing. great for beginners. If you are advanced it may be to easy for you, but i like it because it helps me keep the practice as part of my day.
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Posts: 48 9/23/09 11:50 A
I just recently finished reading Enlightened (How I lost 40 pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle-Pointer) by Jessica Berger Gross. It was easy to read because I found it to be humorous and interesting. It took me a handful of hours to read. Another book I like is by Sharon Gannon. It is called Yoga and Vegetarianism. I found it to be very informative, and Ii couldn't put it down.
I am a big fan of Seane Corn. She has 3 DVDs and I adore them all. When I am done doing them, I feel light and I feel connected to something larger than myself. When I feel the need to move, but I don't have much time I do number 1 or 2 of Yoga Journal's Step by Step series instructed by Natasha Rizopoulos. The workouts are about 20 minutes long, and when I am done my body feels looser and more relaxed.
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Posts: 950 9/13/09 10:04 A
Thank you! Hmm...don't think I get that channel though. :P
CJSINGS - Inhale yoga on the Oxygen channel has music.
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Posts: 184 9/13/09 1:22 A
I'm adding because I didn't see it mentioned, I know it's not a DVD, but yogatoday.com has different yoga videos you can watch every day. They used to do it as a free video podcast, like yogamazing, but switched it to an embedded youtube style video on their site. They do a variety of different styles, which I like because it seems like studios only offer a limited selection, you can try stuff and see what you like and then try to find those classes.
2 cents worth!
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Posts: 950 8/31/09 10:08 A
I love my Baron Baptiste Core Power DVD, because it has music in the background. Does anyone know of any other good DVDs that play music in the background? I am always disappointed if I buy a DVD only to discover it has no music or at least some nature sounds. Music just helps me get in the right mind set. It is so relaxing.
Did yoga for the first time today, other than the stretching segment that's part of Chalean Extreme (which I count as yoga but have no clue really)... anyway, loved it! I bought AM & PM Yoga for Beginners for $10 at Kmart, it's from Element. Did the PM and wow, I could have fallen right asleep. Fantastic.
Love this thread, I've added tons of new books to my goodreads list!
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Posts: 1,275 8/28/09 3:42 P
Has anyone read the book by Megan Garcia who is a successful plus size model and a certified yoga instructor. The title of the book is "Mega Yoga" which is written with clear step-by-step instructions that make it easy to practice and get fit at home. It is specially modified with routines for warming up and working out safely. Energizing and empowering moves that increase confidence, strength and inner calm and is illustrated with specialized poses, simple props, and is so encouraging to the plus sized yogi who wants to bring both the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga to every woman. It is an inspiring program designed for women with real curves. Based on the Kripalu yoga tradition, author Megan Garcia integrates the wisdom she was taught with the wisdom of her own experience to an under served plus sized Yoga community. I have really enjoyed this book which was found at my local library.
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Posts: 102 8/18/09 4:39 P
Yes!! Yoga Anatomy is such a cool book! It's so interesting.
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Posts: 1,726 8/15/09 1:15 A
I agree with Gritty2, I also love all the Yoga Zone dvd's. I have about 4 of them now. I can successfull do them and feel great when I do.
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Posts: 4 8/5/09 9:21 A
If you are looking for a free place to get sessions, try yogamazing.com. You can download free podcasts of 25-30 minute sessions. Chad Rough, the instructor is great about explaining the asanas. It's my fav!
Posts: 154 7/28/09 1:46 P
I am currently Loving Sadie Nardini's Core Strength Vinyasa: For Total Body Transformation and Weight Loss. http://web.mac.com/sadienardini/Site/DVD2.html You can also buy it on amazon.
This video has 5 different sequences ranging from 60 minutes to 90 minutes, with a few in between. You can also play the shorter segments (ranging from 6-20 minutes) in any order, although there is no matrix option. While a total beginner could not do everything on the Dvd, she does give modificiations, making it a great dvd to grow with. I'm an intermediate practitioner and it challenges me, which I love! I always work up a sweat and my abs are sore.
She also has another DVD with just one hour long practice called "Core Power Hour." I haven't tried it, but I think it's more geared towards beginners, while still burning lots of calories and getting you sweating. She has a great voice and personality and includes mind-body-spiritual elements as well.
I've been looking for a good book or video on mother/baby yoga, so I can practice with my nearly 5 month old daughter. Any suggestions?
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Posts: 396 6/24/09 1:20 P
If you like anatomy and would like to see what asanas look like from the inside out then you need to get this terrific book, Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff. This was a gift for my birthday since my family knows how much I enjoy yoga and anatomy.
The author explains the "dynamics of breathing" and talks about yoga from a cellular level. Honestly, I haven't read the book cover to cover because the detailed anatomical drawings of the asanas are fascinating. Each pose is explained and illustrated with details about classification and level, joint actions, muscles engaged or lengthened, and variations of the pose.
Thank you Yoga Lovers!
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Posts: 1,600 6/2/09 12:01 P
I just got Comcast and I did the Yoga Fitness Plus on OnDemand. Whew - it was challenging! I've been doing yoga for about 10 months, some on my own (following the Power Yoga book by Beryl Bender Birch) and some in a class (my instructor does yoga therapy, so he's all about going slow and deep into poses and not about creating a lot of heat). Anyways - this yoga show was 47 minutes of constant movement. I knew most of the poses, but I'm not used to doing them so quickly. It was a real challenge - I was pouring sweat and breathing hard. While she offered instructions for what she termed level 1 and level 2, definitely not a show I would recommend for beginners.
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Posts: 1,520 5/30/09 8:51 P
I have been using Yoga Zone Beginner's Series starring a number of people such as Charles and Lisa Matkin and Yoga Zone for Beginners Only starring Alan Finger. I love them because I can do the poses successfully. Other videos I have tried in the past have made me feel so weak and inflexible that I gave up after a week.
I have noticed many people that use Rodney Yee videos. I have seen them in the stores, but I have hesitated buying one. I am afraid that they will make me feel unsuccessful. I have had such success with Yoga Zone.
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Fitness Minutes: (34,578) Posts: 2,399 5/13/09 1:38 A
I have been using the Total Yoga dvd's featuring Tracey Rich. Level 1-Earth Level 2-Water Level 3-Fire
Although I bought all three, the Earth Flow Series is plenty at this stage.
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Posts: 639 5/8/09 10:01 A
There are several dvds available with a "menu matrix" which allows you to pick and choose your workout. Shiva Rea has several. There is also a Kundalini Yoga dvd from Ana and Ravi that uses the technology.
Another way to go is to look at yoga cds. You can easily create a yoga playlist that flows from one section of the cd to another or even mix and match different cds to design your own routine.
Another thought is to give free form yoga a try. If you prefer to do your yoga with music, put on a cd, sit in whatever position is easiest for you (hero pose is my choice but lotus/half lotus/easy pose are all good ones as well). Allow your breath to slow down and then listen to your body as it tells you what it wants and needs to do. You'll find that initially your body will "go to" the familiar, even mimicking practices from yoga classes or dvds. However, as you continue, your body will tell you to try something new. The first time I did this practice, I wanted to do pigeon and garland, both asanas were not on any of my dvds.
Also, although I have not watched the yoga dvd so I cannot recommend it from experience, the 10-Minute Solutions Pilates dvd allows the viewer to do only 1 or all five or any combination thereof of the sections. So if you want to do only abs, you can do 10 mins of abs and be done. If you want to do upper body and abs and a stretch then you can choose the three, even the order in which they would appear. They have a yoga dvd in the series. Again, I haven't tried it so I don't know if it's any good. I can't even honestly say that I love the pilates dvd but I use it occasionally to mix things up.
For my birthday I received Rodney Yee's new AM Yoga dvd, the one that has five different morning practices. I mention this because I already have and adore the AM/PM Yoga dvd and was eager to see how this five day practice would differ.
There are five 20 minute practices, each with a different focus: standing poses, backbends, forward bends, hip openers, and twists. Personally, I find all five of these practices a bit more challenging than the one practice included on the AM/PM dvd. The audio instruction is excellent and props are used to modify as needed.
Because I have vertigo, I especially find the standing and twist practices difficult but that means I have to be more mindful on the days I choose to use those practices.
I absolutely prefer this dvd to Jason Candrell's Morning practice (on the Morning, Noon, and Night dvd from yogajournal) which I found didn't explain the use of props properly or talk the student through the practice as smoothly as Rodney Yee does. (Candrell tends to mention modifications when the asana is done on the left side so after you've already done it on the right and are now moving to the left it's almost an afterthought. For that reason, I haven't recommended this dvd to any beginners. If you don't already know how and when to modify, this is not the dvd to use.)
I also received Shiva Rea's Trance Dance Yoga which I was constantly borrowing from my local library. Not everyone's cup of tea, I'm sure, but I love this dvd. I also received a couple of her yoga cds to which I have not yet listened.
Due to health and family issues through March and early April, I was unable to do much, if any, yoga. I am finally now getting back into a routine and loving it.
I have done my first four yoga lessons using the Yoga for Dummies DVD. I am going to add the intermediate lessons after about one week. Do you think that may be too soon?
I like doing my yoga first thing in the morning, because it gets me energized and reduces my aches and pains from laying in bed all night long.
How long should I stay with the same workout? I plan to try Beyond Basic Yoga for Dummies next month from Netflix. Do you think that is too fast? Should I stick with beginner lessons? Any recommendations?
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Fitness Minutes: (14,554) Posts: 2,532 4/16/09 10:08 P
If your interested in books and videos,DVD's--One Spirit.com --Is a good place to start you can usually get 5 for 99Cents to join and then you have to buy two over a two or three year period. I have bought from them overthe years and recommend them. I also get yoga journal magazine and have bought from them. Amazon.com is also a good place to buy used DVD's really cheap I have bought from them a well. I have to many videos, DVD's and books to mention. So I thought I would recommend some places I collect from. I hope it helps if you want to start a collection.
Posts: 8 4/9/09 8:43 A
so far i am really enjoying Bija Bennett's book entitled, Emotional Yoga: How the Body Can Heal The Mind. using "your body, mind, and breath to clear the rubbish..."
Exactly what I need as I change my life.
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Posts: 37 4/6/09 2:54 P
Yogadownload.com has many free 20 minute yoga sessions. I download them on my iPod (search for yogadownload on iTunes) and they are great. They also have cheat sheets of printable poses to go along with every yoga session. Since I take yoga classes at the gym and know the names of the poses, I can just listen to my iPod and follow along.
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Fitness Minutes: (2,081) Posts: 421 4/6/09 1:01 P
Genesia- yogatoday.com offers videos.
Also, http://www.exercisetv.tv/browsevideos.aspx (select 'free full length' then select 'yoga'... there's a handful of free vids.
Posts: 252 4/2/09 6:34 P
My standby DVD is "Yoga for Inflexible People" from Body Wisdom. I started with this DVD and as I have progressed I refer to it if I have ? about a pose. It has 35 workouts targeting specific areas such as back, shoulders, and includes standing or seated sequences.
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Posts: 56 3/29/09 4:49 P
I am very new to this myself but love one DVD I use all the time. Time Zone Power Yoga for Beginners. It has two 20 minute workouts. For now that's all I can handle.
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