Yoga boasts a whole host of benefits. Not only is it a great way to get fit it will also make you more flexible, stronger, with better posture and prevents cartilage and joint breakdown. But it doesn't stop there. Many of the benefits of yoga are not actually physical. Yoga helps you focus, makes you happier, reduces stress and tension and helps you to sleep deeper! So what's stopping you? Is it the thought of donning your lycra in public? Is it finding the time to make the yoga class amongst work, kids and other pressures? Well that's what yoga DVDs are for. Yoga in the comfort of your own home, as and when it's convenient for you. So read on to discover the best yoga DVDs available.
Our top three are actually all quite different (more on this later). But what they do have in common, is that they will all do what they say they will. And do it really very well. Each one is a great buy and you won't be disappointed.
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
( 4.3 out of 5.0 )
Yoga for Stress Relief
( 4.4 out of 5.0 )
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
( 4.2 out of 5.0 )
Well, there are certainly an awful lot of reasons to try yoga. First let's talk about why buy a yoga DVD instead of going to a yoga class:
But that is only half the story. There's also the whole question of why do yoga at all. We spoke earlier about a few benefits of yoga, but let's give a little more detail on this here.
Firstly, you really need to consider the reason you are wanting to do yoga. If it is for better back posture, make sure you buy a yoga DVD for back health. If it's for weight loss go for a cardio yoga DVD. Once you're looking in the right place, there are a few other things to consider:
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It's always a good idea to find the balance. Try to get a DVD that is a stretch for you. But an achievable stretch. That way the DVD will allow you to grow and push yourself for a while but won't be so difficult that there are too many barriers for you before you even get going.
At this stage it's useful to consider all of the different types of Yoga DVD you could buy. Actually, that would be a really long list. So here's a list of the most commonly available yoga DVDs. So you have an idea of the choice out there!
In our top three we have chosen three different types of yoga DVD. Yoga for Stress Relief, Yoga for Beginners and Yoga Meltdown (a weight loss yoga programme). If you're looking for antenatal yoga, or yoga for kids, then definitely don't choose one of our top three. These are the best yoga DVDs for their genre. And we recommend each of them in their own category.
Yoga instructor Barbara Benagh takes you through an extremely comprehensive yoga DVD for stress relief - mental, emotional and physical. A brilliant DVD for anyone wanting to cope with stress in their lives.
An absolutely brilliant yoga DVD for any and all causes of stress. Goes even further and helps those suffering from anxiety, insomnia and depression. Excellent combination of yoga and meditation. All causes of stress are included, physical, emotional and mental.
There is a lot of use of props - so be prepared with a folded towel and a towel for stretches.
Brilliant Yoga DVD for beginners. Rodney Yee is a retired professional ballet dancer. He has subsequently qualified as an Iyengar yoga instructor and travels the world to teach workshops, teacher training sessions and retreats. You are getting an excellent instructor and he is a big selling point to this Yoga DVD.
A brilliant introduction to yoga. It will take you from absolute beginner to beyond. The time and attention paid to posture means that this DVD will definitely last you a long time as getting yoga poses exactly right is a real art. Definitely value for money.
As a yoga for beginners DVD it is brilliant. If you're looking for a weight loss yoga DVD this isn't targeted at you. This Yoga DVD is about getting a start in yoga so you can move on to more strenuous yoga DVDs once you have fully mastered the poses and postures in this DVD.
We've included this DVD under the "weight-loss yoga" category. It is great for this as it is in effect interval training using yoga. So you get all the benefits of yoga and stretching with the weight loss power of interval training. A great combination.
It is great as it is an interval training cardio workout based on yoga. There are two levels, so start with level one and once you've mastered this you can move on to level two.
Jillian Michaels doesn't actually do all of the positions. So if you don't know the positions already, it can be a little tricky to follow. Definitely not recommended for anyone who is a yoga-beginner.
It is really difficult to say that one of these is better than the other. They are all quite different and fulfil different needs. Having said that, we could all do with a little less stress in our lives, so the Yoga for Stress pips the other two. Who doesn't want to undertake a half hour meditation led by the Dalai Lama?!
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