As I’ve mentioned before, one of my goals this year is to regularly practice yoga. I’m definitely going to start checking out classes around Boston (a bunch of you recommended SASY), but before I embarrass myself in front of a class of people, I figured I’d work out some of the newbie awkwardness at home. 🙂
The following three yoga DVDs have been so perfect for achieving this goal. They’re all challenging, but easy to follow along at home—which is crucial. I’ve tried yoga DVDs in the past where I am twisted in some pose trying to crank my next in an impossible direction to see what the heck the instructor is talking about, and it totally ruins the workout.
There are portions of all three DVDs that I had to modify, so I’d say these are great for beginners, as well as more advanced yogis looking for the option of working out at home. I was given all three for free (blogging perk!), but would honestly buy them anyway—I’ve gotten a ton of use out of them these past couple months. If you’re in the market for a new yoga DVD, I’d definitely recommend these three and—lucky you!—I’m even giving away a copy of Sweat below!
Sweat from Yoga by Candace
This 60-minute yoga routine includes a power Vinyasa flow, balancing series, some core work, and a relaxing cool down. For someone like me, who is generally athletic but new to yoga, it strikes a perfect balance—I felt challenged, but not discouraged. I like the pace, and Candace includes modifications throughout the workout so that you can choose to stay in a certain pose or advance it. I can’t advance most of the moves just yet, but like knowing what I can work towards (Dancer’s Pose, I’m coming for you!).
The first time I tried Sweat, I felt sore the next day in totally unexpected places, which was so motivating in keeping me on track with this whole yoga goal. It proves the importance of varying your workout routines—different practices challenge your body in new ways. For me, even if a yoga routine isn’t rigorous by yogi standards, it’s something my body hasn’t been used to doing, and therefore its effects will really be felt. Love it!
Candace has offered to give one of you luckies a copy of the Sweat DVD as well as an accompanying poster that illustrates some of the core yoga poses (helpful for newbies like me!). To enter, use the widget below to ‘like’ Yoga by Candace on Facebook. After you do so, you’ll unlock some additional entries (totally optional). Good luck!
I’ll draw a winner on Friday and notify her/him by email. Open to everyone worldwide!
ZCUT Power Yoga Series 2 from Zuzka Light
If you’re familiar with Zuzana Light, you know she’s the queen of super short, but insanely intense workouts. Her yoga DVD follows suit, broken up into a warm up, several mini yoga workouts, and a cool down. You can play all of them in a row for a 60(ish)-minute workout, or you can warm up, pick and choose a couple workouts, and then cool down. It’s a great option if you don’t have an hour and just want to get in a quick yoga session.
I’ve been doing the whole DVD each time, and love the way it blends yoga with elements of a trademark Zuzka workout (burpees, jump lunges, spider pushups, etc.). It’s a break from traditional yoga, and a good option if you want to spice up your yoga routine.
The Skinny Rules: Yoga from Bob Harper
This DVD is broken up into two 30-minute yoga routines. On days when I know I’m going to do another workout later on, I like starting my morning with one of these. They’re challenging, but quick, and include tons of variations and modifications so that you can follow along regardless of your level. Throughout the whole DVD, you really feel like you have a trainer in the room with you. Bob constantly is telling you what to focus on and pointing out proper form, and I love how he refers to the people doing the workout as his “athletes.” I’m not into the relaxing, meditative side of yoga, so this really resonates with me.
I personally think Workout 2 is a little harder than Workout 1, but really enjoy the entire DVD.
Have you tried any of these yoga DVDs? Do you have another you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!