Yoga DVDs can be a good supplement to a fitness program if you can’t make it to a class or studio as frequently as you’d like to practice. A good yoga DVD can also be an alternative way to try out a different style of yoga than the one you’re familiar with. You can learn at your own pace and fit it into your schedule with ease. A top-rated yoga DVD can be a good tool no matter what your level of expertise.
Acclaimed instructor Shiva Rea leads you through a series of vigorous vinyasa yoga poses in this two-DVD set. There are four workouts with three different level adjustments included. This was the first instructional yoga DVD to make use of the “yoga matrix,” which allows you to customize your routine by choosing which order to do your poses in.
A.M. and P.M. Yoga for Beginners
This disc features a fifteen-minute gentle-but-enlivening morning routine led by popular instructor Rodney Yee and a more challenging, yet relaxing, twenty-minute evening routine led by Patricia Walden. The short duration of each workout helps if you’re trying to find the time to fit your practice in around a busy daily schedule.
Kundalini Yoga For Beginners
Instructors Ravi Singh and Ana Brett lead two 25-minute sessions focusing on the Kundalini style, which aims to integrate your mind and your body and lead not only to fitness and flexibility, but eventually to enlightenment. Thus, while the routines provide excellent exercise, this is no mere workout DVD. Singh and Brett are quite accessible and friendly in style.
Bryan Kest Power Yoga Complete Collection
The title makes this sound like a multi-DVD set, but in reality this is a single disc with three sessions, labeled “Energize,” “Tone” and “Sweat.” Santa Monica based instructor-to-the-stars Bryan Kest emphasizes strength and stamina in this intense program.
Yoga For Inflexible People
If you think you have to already be flexible in order to be successful at yoga, let Judi Rice dispel your illusions. Rice uses props you can find around your home to help modify poses for beginners. She provides over four hours of customizable instruction. In 2006, Yoga Journal named this one of the top DVDs ever produced.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa yoga focuses on uniting breath and movement in a flowing meditation. This DVD captures instructor Seane Corn’s intensity and passion as a teacher in an hour-long session, offered with and without verbal instruction.
Baron Baptiste Live!: Soul of Strength
The best feature of this DVD is that it features an actual live yoga class caught on disc. You can see Baron Baptiste interact with his students just as if you were in the studio with them. This is not a beginner’s disc, as the routines are a little challenging and definitely rigorous.
Yoga For Every Body
This disc provides a bargain package of thirty-five routines encompassing six hours worth of instruction. Instructor J.J. Gormley is relaxed and warm as she guides you through beginner, medium and advanced sessions.
Together: The Art of Partnered Yoga
Sometimes a discipline such as yoga is easier to practice consistently with a partner. This DVD provides the opportunity to take this principle one step further and learn to “dance” with your yoga–and life–partner. Four routines total just over an hour and a half.
Ashtanga Yoga Introductory Poses
Ashtana yoga is the basis for many of the “power yoga” disciplines–it’s athletic, fast-paced and rigorous. Instructor Nicki Doane provides a no-nonsense, solid introduction to the formal basics of this style.
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