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Best Yoga DVDs For Beginners?

FitSugar reader LittleBehr posted this question in the Yoga Stretch and Tell community group, and could use your advice.

Hey!
So I'm just starting into the yoga scene. I've had a private lesson from one of my friends who is a yoga instructor and I loved it. I was wondering if you guys could suggest a good yoga DVD that I can start practicing with. I'm sort of intimidated by the thought of going to a class until I feel I have some clue as to what I am doing.

I figured this was the best place to get some feedback. Thank you!!!

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DivaDivine DivaDivine 6 years
You truly can't go wrong with Sara Ivanhoe. She is so descriptive about her poses giving you great instruction on how to maximize them--great for a beginner. For example, in a tree pose she'll tell you to square your hips and spread your toes for balance. Love her!
longhornlass04 longhornlass04 6 years
If your cable provider has FitTV, check out their Namaste series. It's only 30 mins but i like to record a couple and do them back to back. It's a great way to learn b/c they teach you a "phrase of movement" meaning, a series of positions, much like you would learn choreographed dance. A little at a time till you do the whole phrase all the way through by the end. Makes each move easier.
LaurenRBear LaurenRBear 6 years
Thank you all so much!
2muchtv 2muchtv 6 years
I've been using this: http://www.amazon.com/Shilpas-Yoga-Introduction-Dynamic-Practice/dp/B001CE0DW8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1259858846&sr=8-1
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I'd try finding one that says "beginner" so that you can learn the fundamental poses. I like Am/Pm for Beginners with Barbara Benagh. It's not flow yoga (more Iyengar based) but covers the basic poses.
kayepants kayepants 6 years
There are some really great ones, believe it or not, on Netflix Watch It Now - under the Watch Instantly tab, click on Genres > Sports and Fitness, then find the Workouts section. I've really enjoyed most of the Crunch series, and I used to find yoga really boring. In any case, it's a good way to "test drive" different types if you'd like to make a purchase later.
goatimpact goatimpact 6 years
I would suggest finding out what kind of yoga your friend showed you. Some people love certain kinds and not others so you could pick a video that is similar to what you already know you enjoyed. I started out with David Swenson's Short Forms. It has a 15, 30, and 45 min routine so it helped me build up my strength to handle a 90 minute class.
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