Imagine you could do yoga anytime and anywhere without having to rely on the volatile Internet connection or the long commute to the studio. You could try a new yoga style every day or choose a different instructor. And the best part is that it would cost you less than studio yoga classes.
No, I’m not describing the magical world of Yogatopia. Merely the endless opportunities of Yoga DVDs.
Yoga DVDs bring the best of two worlds – professional guidance and clear instructions from world-renowned yoga trainers and the comfort of your home. Or the breeze of the ocean, if you like, as long you bring your laptop or tablet with you.
Advance in your yoga practice, no matter whether you’re just starting out or have solid experience under the belt, reduce stress and improve your physical fitness with our round-up of the best yoga DVDs for all levels.
Best For Absolute Beginners
- Release Date - 1/6/2009
- By - Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman (Instructor)
- Source - Gaiam
Perfect for: those looking for a solid foundation to their yoga practice; yogis returning after a long break and in need of alignment cues
Fitness level: absolute beginners with a sedentary lifestyle and no yoga experience
What is it about: Rodney Yee’s Yoga For Beginners is your perfect start towards movement, a healthy body, and a peaceful mind.
The DVD starts with a 40-minute training on 19 yoga poses with detailed instructions on alignment and technique. This offers a great introduction to yoga for absolute beginners who have never done yoga before. Yogis returning to practice after a break will also appreciate this excellent refresher of proper form and common mistakes.
You’ll get a chance to perfect the poses you’ve learned in two full-length workouts – an excellent addition to your morning and evening routines that easily fits into the schedule.
The workouts are suitable for yogis of any age, and people with back issues or previous injuries.
Best For All-Around Practice
- Udaya Entertainment / Millennium Media / Inner Domain (05/29/2012)
- DVD, Unrated (Not Rated)
- Running time: 792 minutes
Perfect for: those looking for an all-around practice that focuses on strength, cardio, flexibility, balance, stamina, and stress release; runners and other athletes searching for cross-training programs
Fitness level: intermediate to advanced yogis who are familiar with basic yoga postures and alignment
What is it about: The Ultimate Yogi is not your usual 30-day yoga challenge. This 108-day program consists of a set of 7 routines combined with hardcore abs exercises, meditation and breathing techniques that will work all your body and challenge your mind.
Don’t worry, though. It’s not all hard and sweaty Power Yoga. The DVD includes classes of Gentle and Yin Yoga that will allow your body to heal and regenerate after a strenuous routine.
The classes are taught by the renowned yoga instructor Travis Eliot. The instructions from Travis are so clear that you probably won’t even have to check the screen. And great visuals and matching soundtrack will keep you motivated even when you feel you can’t go any longer.
Best For Stress and Anxiety Relief & Pain Management
- Simple yoga sequences appropriate for beginners and experienced students
- Focus on how to reduce stress in the body and mind
- 5 sections: warm up, standing poses, free movement, cool down, and 2 meditations
Perfect for: those looking for stress and anxiety relief; people with arthritis, fibromyalgia or any other aches and pains
Fitness level: any age and abilities
What is it about: Bring your body and mind in harmony with the Yoga for Stress Reduction with Hala Khouri – a yogini and somatic counselor known for her work with trauma and stress.
This 84 minute DVD features four yoga sessions to release emotional tension, clear the mind and promote calming breathing that will help you handle life stressors more efficiently. Hala mixes traditional yoga poses with gentle stretching and guides you into meditation with her soothing voice.
The poses are safe and simple, yet effective, for people of any age and fitness level including those with arthritis or fibromyalgia. After the session with Hala, you will undoubtedly feel more invigorated, less anxious and more in control of your life.
Best For Weight Loss
Perfect for: experienced yogis and athletes looking for fun and challenging aerobic workout to add to the routine; those trying to lose weight with yoga
Fitness level: some yoga experience needed; not suitable for people with/recovering from injuries
What is it about: If you’ve ever exercised with Jillian Michaels, you know it’s not gonna be the easy bit. Even if the workout is based on yoga moves.
Yoga Meltdown includes two 30-minute workouts that are adapted to two fitness levels. Jillian combines challenging yoga poses with bits of cardio to create a continuous movement and promote metabolism. Providing your diet is in check, the Yoga Meltdown program is guaranteed to get you fast weight-loss results.
Mind that if you’re searching for in-depth explanations for yoga postures and techniques or took up yoga to recover from injury, this DVD might not be for you. But it will be a great aerobic addition to the routine of experienced yogis and athletes to spice up their workouts.
Best For Flexibility
Perfect for: those looking to improve flexibility, tone the muscles and reduce stress
Fitness level: beginners with little yoga experience
What is it about: Hatha & Flow Yoga runs the perfect balance between static and dynamic yoga practice. You’ll increase strength as well as promote mobility and flexibility under the guidance of Tamal Dodge.
Tamal has been practicing and teaching yoga for the most part of his life. He’s excellent at breaking down the poses and explaining the correct alignment. The reviewers also praise Tamal’s ability to give the right cues at the right time.
The pacing is just right if you’re just starting your yoga journey. Nonetheless, it might be helpful to have a little experience for the Flow section, which is faster and more challenging.
Best For Athletes
- Complete Customizable Yoga Fitness Program For Beginners
- Created With Modifications For The Inflexible
- 4 Anatomy Based Routines For Specific Goals: Strength, Weight Loss, Muscle Recovery, and Stress Relief
Perfect for: men and women who want to avoid the spiritual aspect of yoga and practice it for physical fitness; athletes looking for a light workout on the rest day
Fitness level: beginners with no prior yoga experience; a certain amount of mobility and overall fitness might be necessary
What is it about: Dean Pohlman is best known for its Man Flow Yoga – a project that adapted the ancient practice to the needs of modern men and women. Yoga Boost leaves all the namastes and chants behind and focuses on improving your fitness above all else. The DVD includes 4 classes: the energizing morning boost, a strong midday workout for building strength, a sweaty cardio-induced yoga session, and a calming restorative routine to de-stress and cool down.
Dean is really thorough in his explanations on the alignment for each pose, why you’re doing it, what you should feel as well as how to modify the posture. If you’ve never done yoga before and need professional guidance without diving into the spiritual side of the practice, then Yoga Boost might be exactly what you need.
Best For Challenge And Strength
Perfect for: open-minded men and women who practice (or want to try) naked yoga
Fitness level: from beginners with little yoga experience to advanced practitioners
What is it about: Naked yoga is a thing. It’s empowering, confidence-boosting and just feels great – this interview with a naked yogi Liz proves it. The Goddess Series Collection is not only an instructional DVD, but it is also a work of art.
The practice combining Vinyasa, Kundalini and Hatha Yoga is beautifully presented by skilled yoginis and accompanied by soothing music. Don’t be intimidated though. There are 3 levels available: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced so you can start out easy and grow your strength and flexibility with time.
Each yoga pose is clearly explained. Moreover, you’ll be able to see the proper position of every muscle and bone of the yoginis. If you’re an experienced yogi_ni though, there’s an option to switch off the instructions and let the music and flow guide you instead.
Best For Mid Life And Senior Years
- Learn to practice over 100 yoga poses safely and effectively
- 7 completely different yoga sequences, each 18 - 34 minutes long
- Filmed in beautiful Glacier National Park
Perfect for: middle-aged people and seniors with a sedentary lifestyle; those recovering from injury
Fitness level: absolute beginners with no prior yoga experience
What is it about: Gentle Yoga DVD comprises 7 routines for different times of the day. Developed and taught by a registered yoga teacher Jane Adams, this DVD has it all.
Start your morning with sweet and short energizing practice, stretch and relieve stiffness from desk work during lunch break, unwind after a hard day with relaxing lying poses. The length of each segment ranges from 18 to 34 minutes so you could easily squeeze it into your daily schedule. The routines can also be combined if you crave for a longer workout.
The reviewers found the pacing of the DVD to be just right. Even if you’ve never done yoga before. Jane offers a lot of clear instructions with no extra chatter. And her soothing voice along with the gorgeous views of the Glacier National Park will make this DVD your go-to help for daily stress relief.
- Has 9 active yoga practices and 2 guided relaxations
- Filmed in Glacier National Park on the shore of Lake McDonald
- Improves Flexibility, Strength, Balance, Posture and Overall Health
Perfect for: people in their 40s-50s and above looking for full body yoga practice with beginner’s instructions and cues
Fitness level: moderately active beginners with no yoga experience
What is it about: Jane Adams specializes in healthy aging. And ‘healthy’ is exactly how you’d feel after her routines. The Yoga for Beginners includes 9 active and 2 relaxing yoga sessions. Each lasts up to 36 minutes long, but they are easily combined if you feel like having a longer workout.
There won’t be any annoying jumping up and down the mat. You can choose the segment according to your mood and energy level and enjoy a full standing practice when you’re ready for some challenge or do poses lying on the mat to de-stress and unwind.
The results from the Yoga for Beginners won’t keep you waiting long. Expect to gain flexibility, body, strength, balance, and stamina with fun and well thought-out flows accompanied by clear instructions and stunning scenery of Glacier National Park.
Best For Plus-Sized Women
- Megan Garcia Inc. (11/15/2011)
- Running time: 90 minutes
- Megan Garcia, Michelle Nodiff, Traci Schanke, Tanya Bannister, Chris Walsh
Perfect for: full-bodied and plus-sized women
Fitness level: absolute beginners with a sedentary lifestyle and no prior yoga experience
What is it about: Start loving the body you have right now and treat it to some yoga. Megan Garcia, a registered yoga instructor, will help you get rid of the back pain, increase mobility and flexibility, and bring an overall positive change into your life.
Her 80-minute MegaYoga DVD was designed primarily for plus-sized women to show that yoga is for any body and for any abilities.
Megan shows useful modifications to every pose, including for those students with larger breasts or belly. There is also a variety of yoga equipment used – a nice visual demonstration if you have a set of yoga blocks or a strap at hand.
The poses are simple and the pacing is suitable for absolute beginners. If in any case you got distracted and missed the instructions or modifications, there are four different people to watch on screen.
Best For Prenatal Yoga Practice
Perfect for: pregnant women in their 1st and 2nd trimesters
Fitness level: from beginners to advanced yoginis
What is it about: The body goes through many changes during pregnancy. And yoga is one of the best ways to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the important day.
With Pregnant & Powerful, you’ll be safely guided through a series of yoga routines by a renowned yoga instructor Brett Larkin. Combining Hatha, Vinyasa, and Kundalini, Brett offers 6 prenatal classes that will increase your stamina, flexibility, and energy.
But it’s not all about physical movements. The practice with Brett will also require a serious mindset work. The DVD features a guided relaxation, meditation, and mantras that will help you prepare yourself mentally and spiritually for labor and motherhood.
Bonus: Best For Kids And Family Fun
Perfect for: kids and their moms and dads
Fitness level: any age and abilities
What is it about: Imagine you have an extra minute of alone time while your kiddo is getting some quality screen time with yoga. What, yoga for kids? If you wonder how yoga can keep your 5-year-old engaged during the whole 20 minutes, then you should give these Yoga Adventures a try.
The instructor Jaime acts out popular stories through yoga moves and sounds and, believe me, the kids are destined to have some fun. Jaime’s voice is relaxing, yet entertaining, while the bright screen and yoga poses will keep the kids on their toes during the whole time.
By the way, Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventures are not only for kids. You can join too and make it a fun family activity.
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