Yoga as we know it in the West is a standard system of physical exercises with the goal of physical and mental well-being. The beauty of yoga is how the exercises look way simpler than they really are, not unlike a highly skilled professional athlete making a great play that looks so simple as if anyone can do it.
Yoga focuses on the breathing and then you’ll be able to work on the flexibility, and finally strength. Even if you’re young and flexible, when you’re new to yoga attempting the beginner’s poses will make you feel palpitations in all sorts of muscles, some of which you don’t even know exist. If you’re not flexible, practice of yoga over time will grant you this age-defying ability.
There are several ways for a beginner to learn yoga. You could go to a class at a yoga studio or join a gym and go to one of their yoga classes. You could even hire a personal trainer at the gym. And finally, (if you’re really classy) you could hire a personal trainer to come to your home.
But how about hiring a personal trainer that comes in a DVD? Think about it. Wouldn’t it be like having a personal trainer at home?
We’ve done the legwork to find you the best beginner yoga DVDs.
The personal trainer that you’ll be hiring in this DVD is Jillian Michaels. Her call to fame is appearing as a trainer in NBC’s The Biggest Losers, so you’ll be getting a celebrity personal trainer to boot.
Yoga usually consists of traditional yoga poses that have been established for decades and centuries, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own. For Yoga Meltdown Jillian Michaels created new sets of yoga workout based on traditional yoga power poses.
As the clever title suggests, this DVD is a yoga workout for weight loss. It’s still yoga all the same and it’s for both beginners and experts.
Yoga Meltdowns contains two 30-minute workouts called Level 1 and Level 2. There’s a warm-up and cooldown with each workout. There are more repetitive activities in Level 1 which makes it more like a workout video except you’ll end up in yoga poses. Level 2 slows things down as you’ll find yourself in twisting and balancing yoga poses.
Jillian Michaels has two assistants in the video. One of them works on beginner’s poses so pay attention to her if you’re just starting out, and then you can follow the trainer and the other assistant as you gain experience.
This DVD is an insane value. At less than ten bucks you get two fat-burning yoga workouts that you can repeat over and over again. However, these workouts are not easy and would require a certain level of fitness to attempt.
Yoga for Beginners & Beyond
Bodywisdom’s Yoga for Beginners and Beyond is as rich as Yoga Meltdown is slim. This DVD set comes in 3 discs containing 40 sets of yoga routine.
Each routine is tailored to different aspects of yoga, both physical and mental. The backdrop is beautiful Half Moon Bay of Antigua known for its crystal pink sand. The workouts alternately focus on strength, flexibility, balance, stress reduction, wellbeing, and more.
You can pick and choose out of the 40 routines which ones to work on for any given day and hour. The routines are grouped in 3 DVDs titled Yoga for Stress Relief, AM/PM Yoga for Beginners, and Essential Yoga for Inflexible People.
Each DVD features a different instructor. The routines vary in duration from 15 minutes to an hour, so you can even make your choice based on how much time you have available.
The price reflects the fact that this title comes in a set of 3 DVDs. It’s a yoga DVD set that you can easily step into as a beginner and build up your proficiency as you go along.
Yoga For Beginners
Bodywisdom’s Yoga for Beginners is a very popular DVD for those new to yoga. The personal trainer cum yoga instructor that you’ll get with this DVD is Barbara Benagh.
Barbara is an awesome teacher. She instructs, inspires, encourages, exhorts and excites at uncannily apt moments to help you discover, explore and experience yoga. The scene is Antigua’s Half Moon Bay like the other Bodywisdom DVD and the music is soothing and inspirational.
This top-selling Yoga for Beginners DVD is packed to the rim at 240 minutes. There are 8 workouts in total varying in lengths from 10 to 60 minutes. Some ofthe workouts are highly instructional and easy enough for older folks and some of them are challenging enough to keep young people hooked and coming back for more.
If you’re new to yoga and want to make sure that you’ll be able to learn yoga properly and follow every instruction, Yoga for Beginners with Barbara Benagh is the perfect DVD for you. The instructions are detailed and crystal clear on both the rudimentary and fine points of yoga.
In addition to fitness and weight loss, performing yoga everyday promotes mental wellbeing by reducing stress and worries. You only have to get started, which is easier said than done. Your best bet would be a DVD on beginner’s yoga tailored to keep a beginner interested, encouraged and kept in the right state of mind. After graduating from the DVD, you can decide to continue performing yoga on your own or attend classes. Everybody feels better in a class if they have some sort of foundation.
If you’re looking to try yoga and lose quite a bit of weight at the same time, go with Yoga Meltdown. It’s a bit hard so you must not be easily discouraged.
Yoga for Beginners and Beyond covers every aspect of yoga that you’ll want to know as a beginner. It’s a DVD set for you to start out as a novice and progress. However, some of the 40 routines are likely to be uninteresting or useless to any given person.
At 60% of the cost of the 3-disc set, Yoga for Beginners is truly the best yoga DVD for beginners. Everything about the routines from the instructor down to the production has been designed to make sure you succeed in your endeavor to learn yoga.