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15th-Jan-2008 10:21 am
Brian and I would REALLY like to work with a good beginner's Yoga DVD. Our primary goal is stretching and flexibility.

Suggestions? For, against,...I'd love to hear it all. (we don't have the resources to go to class presently, so this has to be DVD based)

15th-Jan-2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
I like Matt Wall's "Yoga for the General Public", which is hatha yoga. The link is here...unfortunately it looks like it is only available on VHS.
15th-Jan-2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Argh, I just left a long reply, and Livejournal had a database error and ate it. I was just about to copy it too because I had a bad feeling about it. Let me try this again.

<http://www.amazon.com/all-day-yoga-workout-m-beginners/dp/b00002epx>This Gaiam dvd</a> was the first I purchased. I found it worthwhile for the "stress relief" work out alone - it's the one I always go back to. It's definitely aimed at beginners and is pretty gentle, but effective.

I also purchased this one. It's a longer workout (about an hour) and is a bit more challenging than the first dvd. It has four people doing the poses, with different levels of modification. This is great because it makes it accessible to people at different levels of flexibility and it's easy to see what changes you can make to challenge yourself.

Finally, if you want more challenge later on this Shiva Rea dvd is pretty cool. There are four programs, but you can also select which poses you want to do and create your own program .
15th-Jan-2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Bleh, sorry for the bad link on the first one. LJ hates me today! This should work.
15th-Jan-2008 05:28 pm (UTC) - I really love this one
I don't do the morning part just the night part and it's good even with my bad knees.

16th-Jan-2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I actually took "Beginner's Yoga for Dummies" out of the library and I liked it - I had done yoga before with both awesome classes and a Gaiam DVD, but the Yoga for Dummies taught me a 20-minute sequence that I can do anywhere, and usually do, most mornings.
16th-Jan-2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
I really hate most excercise/workout videos but i really enjoy anything by Rodney Yee. They come in a range from beginning to advanced.
19th-Jan-2008 12:58 am (UTC)
I know a lot of people who love Rodney Yee. I don't love him at all. I do love Sara Ivanhoe, and I find her "Candlelight Yoga" to be challenging without causing any stress or strain. She focuses very much on the stretching an flexibility aspect of her yoga, reminds you often not to overextend, has a very body-positive attitude and often says that anyone can be good at yoga, and keeps a focus on the breathing without allowing meditation or spirituality to really dilute the physicalness of her workouts. I love all her stuff, but candlelight is my favorite and sounds the most like what you're looking for.
19th-Jan-2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Candlelight yoga is a 45-minute routine for relaxing, but you can skip all the restorative poses and relaxation poses at the end to make it a 30-minute practice for centering and focusing. It also includes a bonus 15-minute "wake up" routine that I love.
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