Reviews of the Best Yoga DVDs

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Mar 13
Best Yoga DVDs Reviews

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. 

The Best 3 Yoga DVDs

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. 

2nd

Rodney Yees Yoga for Beginners

Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners

( 4.3 out of 5.0 )

  • 2 full length yoga workouts for beginners
  • All basic poses are demonstrated
  • Instruction on how to identify and recognise the most common mistakes
  • Recommended for beginners and those wanting to perfect poses. Not a strenuous workout for others. 

1st

Yoga for Stress Relief

Yoga for Stress Relief

( 4.4 out of 5.0 )

  • Over 20 routines to address mental, emotional and physical stress
  • 30 minutes of instruction on meditation from the Dalai Lama
  • Led by world renowned yoga instructor Barbara Benagh
  • Set on a beautiful beach in Antigua to aid the experience of tranquillity
  • Uses a lot of props - folded blankets, pillows etc.

3rd

Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown

Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

( 4.2 out of 5.0 )

  • Combines hard-core yoga power poses with dynamic training techniques for weight loss
  • Two complete 30-minutes workouts that include warm up and cool down
  • Start at level one, and progress up to level two
  • Jillian doesn't actually do all of the poses, making it hard for a beginner to know that they need to do

Why Buy a Yoga DVD?

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: 

  • Workout WHEN you want: You don't need to worry about when the yoga class is, and fitting it into your schedule. You can do yoga whenever fits for you
  • Workout WHERE you want: A DVD travels. You can do it in your own home, take it with you if you're travelling with work or visiting family. 
  • Build confidence before going public: If the thought of a yoga class full of lycra-clad yoga goddesses fills you with dread, a yoga DVD is definitely for you. You can learn at your own pace, without worrying about what you look like. Perfect. 

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. 

  1. Relieve Stress: There are many reasons why people get stressed. And we all have different ways of dealing with it. For some of us, going to a gym and punching a punch bag may relieve stress. For others it will just make us more aggressive and tired. Yoga uses a number of relaxation techniques, which when practised regularly can you calmer overall. That's because yoga trains our bodies as well as our minds. Allowing us to see the bigger picture.
  2. Get Flexible:  Most series of yoga postures (or asana) include one or more spinal twists to loosen the many joints in your spine. This will benefit you by improving your golf swing, tennis game and even your detoxification and digestion. 
  3. Sculpt those Muscles: Yoga doesn't use weights, but it uses your own body to build mass and strength. Yoga allows you to, by using long, extended push ups, squats and leg lifts using your own body weight, to lift weights without the weights!  
  4. Prevent Workout Injuries: A yoga DVD will always say to listen to your body. Work within its limits and needs on any given day. This means you will get into the habit of listening to your body, assessing yourself and therefore reducing injury. Flexible, well stretched muscles that result from yoga are also in themselves less likely to get damaged and quicker to heal. 
  5. Push Yourself: There are so many different types of yoga. So while you may want to start with yoga for beginners, don't just stick to that. Once you've mastered that skill move on. Power yoga, Cardio Yoga. It can grow with you. 

What to Look Out for When Buying a Yoga DVD

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: 

  • Match the level on the DVD to your own skills. Don't aim too high. This will be discouraging and could result in injury if you push yourself too hard.  
  • Check out the DVD yoga instructor's credibility: Go for a qualified instructor. 
  • See what props are needed: You'll need to buy a mat, but if a DVD calls for many other props you don't have or don't want to buy, then maybe keep looking! 

[ Youtube video explaining what to look out for when buying product ]

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. 

What are the Different Types of Yoga DVD?

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! 

  1. Yoga for ?beginners
  2. Yoga for weight loss
  3. Gently Yoga for the older practitioner
  4. Yoga for stress relief
  5. Flow Yoga
  6. Namaste Yoga
  7. Power Yoga
  8. Vinyasa Yoga for strength
  9. Yoga for strong core and back
  10. Yoga for osteoporosis
  11. Detox Yoga
  12. Yoga for Kids
  13. Antenatal Yoga
  14. Post Natal Yoga
  15. Yoga for babies

Detailed Reviews of the Best Yoga DVDs

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 for Stress Relief

Yoga for Stress Relief

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.  

Features

  • 30 minutes of instruction in meditation from the Dalai Lama!
  • Choose from 20 routines that range in time from 15 minutes to 60 minutes and target specific stress related issues
  • Extremely comprehensive addressing all causes of stress

What's Good About It?

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. 

What Could Be Improved?

There is a lot of use of props - so be prepared with a folded towel and a towel for stretches. 

Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners

Rodney Yees Yoga for Beginners

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. 

Features

  • Two full length yoga workouts for beginners
  • On-screen pose training for perfect form
  • Secrets to overcoming the most common yoga mistakes addressed
  • Audio selection for each programme full or pose only instruction

What's Good About It?

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. 

What Could Be Improved?

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. 

Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown

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. 

Features

  • Features Jillian Michaels from NBC's "The Biggest Loser". 
  • Combines hard-core yoga power poses with dynamic training techniques (the interval training)
  • Two complete 30 minute workouts including warm up and cool down

What's Good About It?

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. 

What Could Be Improved?

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. 

Final Verdict on Best Yoga DVD

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?!