3 Yoga DVDs I’ve Been Loving Lately (Plus a Giveaway!)

3 Yoga DVDs I've Been Loving LatelyAs 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

Sweat Yoga by Candace DVD

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!

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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

ZCUT Yoga DVD 2 Zuzka LightIf 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

The Skinny Rules Yoga DVD by Bob HarperYou had me at “Bob.” Love that man.

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.

Yoga DVDs to Try

Have you tried any of these yoga DVDs? Do you have another you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!



  1. opening up my hips!

  2. I just love the stretches!! I usually don’t make as much time for stretching as I should so yoga helps a lot with that!

  3. I need to try out Sweat Yoga. You can never have to many Yoga dvd’s!!

  4. Morgan Ward says:

    I love how yoga pushes the body 🙂

  5. I love the feeling of mental calmness after yoga!

  6. I’ve never tried Sweat Yoga, but it sounds like I need to!

  7. I do like Zuzana and watch her videos on youtube often, and I also like Bob, but haven’t purchased any of his workouts. I like the meditative/stretching side of yoga so I have Rodney Yee yoga dvd’s.


  8. I love how strong I feel almost instantly! There’s nothing like a peaceful workout to restore your confidence 🙂

  9. The calmness I eventually feel while doing it. I say eventually, because it is not instant!

  10. I recognized Zuzka’s yoga DVD on your tv right away! I have that one too and love it! 🙂

  11. I can totally relate to you as I am just starting to get into yoga! I love the stretching, and the relaxed feeling that I get after sweating it out at a yoga class!

  12. I’ll definitely be checking out Bob Harper’s DVD. I love the idea of having a 30 minute option to do before I head to the office!

  13. SkiingJens says:

    One of my New Year’s resolutions was to do yoga at least once a month. My hips, hammies, and calves are always so tight from running and my standard stretching doesn’t seem like it does enough. I did yoga a couple of times and was so bored, and then have been too nervous to go since – everyone has more experience than me now, and I am intimidated.

  14. I’m definitely still a newbie at the whole yoga thing. What I like most is the mindfulness I achieve

  15. Ive never tried a yoga DVD but I definitely should. I really want to do yoga more (my goal was once a week) but the only class I like at my gym is at 11 am on Saturdays and sometimes I cant make it.

  16. I love how yoga connects me to my body in a way that no other workout does. I’d recommend the YogaZone dvds. They’re how I first got started.

  17. Developing my strength, balance, flexibility, and focus!

  18. Wow all three sounds great! I should really look into them more, I had a groupon for hot yoga, and it was great! But after I used up all the classes I didn’t go back, these would be a great alternative!

  19. I love the focus that yoga takes! some other workouts I can find myself mindlessly doing the moves.

  20. lyndsey claire says:

    I’ve never tried it but I’d love to!

  21. Jessica Maples says:

    I am just starting to get into yoga but it is quickly becoming a favorite. I love the flexibility I’m gaining

  22. I love how even though my whole body feels relaxed after yoga, yoga still makes me feel like I could kick someone’s butt for hours afterwards!

  23. I love how I feel both energized and relaxed after a great session 🙂

  24. Janelle Hajjar says:

    There is nothing better than a good yoga session for those achy running and cross fit muscles… nothing! That’s what I love.

  25. Love Bob harper’s yoga!

  26. I love the focus it takes, and how stretched, relaxed and accomplished you feel afterwards!

  27. Claire Werthan says:

    My dad is a yoga therapist and does multiple hard classes a day. When I’m home visiting, I join him and every time it feels like the healthiest thing I’ve ever done. I want to incorporate more yoga into my life but I’m super picky about instructors and classes are so spendy. These DVDs look awesome. Thanks for the giveaway

  28. What I love about Yoga is that it forces me to slow down and really concentrate on each move. Typically, I find that I can get a challenging work out and be sore the next day because I am focusing so much on what it is I am doing.

  29. I love that with yoga, you stretch and strengthen at the same time!

  30. Yoga is amazing. I love everything about it! The challenges, the strength, the confidence, and the peace it brings!

  31. I’ve never done yoga but really feel I should add it to my weekly routine. I think it may help with some of my imbalances and make me a healthier runner.

  32. Mariah Johnston says:

    I’m just starting to get into yoga and have been doing the DVDs as to not completely lose face in a yoga class lol. Would love the sweat DVD to try!

  33. I love yoga because I feel strong, clear minded, and generally more at peace. Plus it feels good on the body.


  34. I just started getting into yoga too and I LOVE it! It is totally different and i am OK with not feeling as “pushed” as in a HIIT because I feel so refreshed – mind AND body – when I’m done it makes it so worth it. I LOVE Vinyasa and definitely the pigeon pose is my favorite.

  35. I love doing yoga as active recovery after a long run. Prepares me mentally and physically for my next run.

  36. I don’t know what I love about yoga yet. I tried going to a couple classes, and soon found out that my high school bully (my soph year gym teacher) attended EVERY class they offered. I tried to ignore her presence but I just couldn’t get comfortable. I need the yoga though…I’m a runner who can barely touch her toes. 🙁

  37. I love the focus it gives me!

  38. I love feeling stretched out and relaxed afterwards!

  39. I love how yoga challenges my body and clears my mind…typically (as long as I don’t have a million things running through my head!). My favorite poses are ones focusing on my hips.

  40. Nothing is better than the relaxing feeling you get after yoga. Unfortunately my gym only has yoga twice a week and one of the times coincides with the spin class I like. This DVD would be a great way for me to get more yoga in each week!

  41. Yoga makes me feel centered and more in line with myself and priorities

  42. I love the energy I feel!

  43. I love balance poses but don’t do yoga as much as I should. I need to make it a goal as well, great idea!

  44. I love yoga…I used to get neck problems from running (falling of a horse going over a jump didn’t help) and once I started doing yoga twice a week it never bothered me again!

  45. I’ve been wanting to try yoga, but live in a small town that doesn’t have classes. This would be perfect!

  46. What I love about yoga is that it’s gentle but challenging as the same time. I tried pilates and fitness before but it was too tough for me and I get discouraged. Yoga suits more my personality and as a global approach of the body and the mind. Love it! ♥

  47. I would very much love to try out Candace’s dvd! I have recently been doing her 15min youtube videos as a way to change up my at-home practice. My old favourites/defaults are Tara Stiles and Seane Corn.

  48. I love the way it helps you stretch our your muscles and feel strong.

  49. I am an avid runner and I lift weights twice a week so I fancy myself to be in pretty decent shape…now, if I could cut down on the beer consumption I could really kick it up a notch but who am I kidding? The thing I love most about yoga is that despite the fact that my body is in decent physical shape, the morning after an hour of yoga I feel muscles I forgot I had! It reminds me to vary my routine, to work every part of my body, and to tune in to calmness and to remain more centered. It is difficult to remember these things in our daily busy lives!

  50. Love that yoga forces/allows you to breathe and release. It feels like a cleanse on the soul.

  51. I love yoga because it makes me feel alive and centered

  52. tiffany gallehugh says:

    I love how I feel afterwards.Serenity and flexible.

  53. I love how whenever I’ve done it, it gives me lots of energy and the feeling I can do anything. If only I’d actually do it more often….

  54. Jenner Keith says:

    Would LOVE to win the Yoga by Candace DVD! I have been following her for a while now and I really enjoy her posts.

    • Jenner Keith says:

      I should have also said that I am a beginner – and what I love most about yoga is that it centers me. I let go of anything that is weighing me down, even if just for a few minutes.

  55. I love that yoga really tones my arms and legs!

  56. These all sound great! Would be awesome to be able to get a great yoga session in without having to pay studio prices

  57. I like Bob Harpers Power Yoga DVD!

  58. I love how strong, tall, stretched and relaxed I feel after I’m finished 🙂

  59. What I love the most about yoga, is its stretches!
    The meditation/stress relief stuff is good too because I can’t focus on the day’s stressors and my form at the same time without falling over LOL!

  60. Kerri Hassan says:

    I’m already a fan of Yoga By Candace on facebook and I love the relaxation and stretching that yoga offers!

  61. I’ve loved Neesha Zollinger’s videos on Yoga Today. They’ve recently changed to subscription only (no free videos at all), which kinda sucks for my budget. But I think it’ll be worth it. There’s an itunes podcast where you can check out old videos too. Candace’s stuff is really nice as well. I’ve been doing some of her 15 minute videos on youtube!

  62. I have zuzka light yoga volume 1… insane as usual

  63. I love how energized I feel after yoga – it’s like it resets my batteries!

  64. megstermeter says:

    I love the variety you post! Great ideas for days when the gym just isn’t an option.

  65. One of my goals this year is to do more yoga/stretching also! I love yoga for the flexibility and strength it offers.

  66. Dorte Mose says:

    Hi.. I love the stretches.. The flexibility… To fell how my body gets stronger.. The silence…

  67. I love yoga because it’s so peaceful and calming. As a runner & pseudo-crossfitter, I need a chance to stretch and relax.

  68. What I love most about yoga is that if I get this DVD I might actually have a chance of being able to do Yoga (because I do love it but can’t get to participate in group sessions)! I live on a farm a way out of town and have kids, and can never get to classes, so this would be absolutely perfect!! *PLEASE PICK ME!!!* (love your blog!)

  69. Rhonda Rose says:

    I love how yoga is a way to calm myself. It’s the perfect balance to my gym workout!

  70. I love the stretches and the calming effect is has on my mind.

  71. Am new to your blog today 🙂 and love love love it. As for yogas… the best DVD EVER… has to be Bryan Kest – he does a power yoga dvd with three levels and man… its intense and you feel AMAZING aftterwards…thanks for your recommendations, i am goign to check them out

  72. I’m new to yoga and have only done work outs at home after running. I like how it stretches me out but makes me stronger at the same time.

  73. Rachel Brackett says:

    Yoga is a stress reliever for me and I love gaining flexibility. As an ex collegiate athlete it is easier on the joints and overall helps me feel better.

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