Good yoga DVD's/videos?

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    Apr 11, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    I was wondering if anyone had a good recommendation for any yoga DVD's or online videos so I can do them at home.

    I've never done yoga before but one of my clients was telling me yesterday about how awesome it is and how it's good for your mind and teaches you how to release stress in a good way. I've been pretty stressed out lately so I want to give it a try. I want something that is for a beginner but also challenging, and something that focuses pretty heavily on the mental aspect of it. Something specifically male-oriented would be nice too.
  • starboard5

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    Apr 11, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    There is nothing like yoga. There are great DVD's and online resources, but I would most strongly encourage a beginner to start with a live teacher at a dedicated yoga studio. Dedicated studios will have instructors who have, at a minimum, passed a 250 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program. Most will have more experience. They can give you hands on instruction in proper alignment, which is important for avoiding injury.

    Yoga as exercise comes in a lot of flavors now. You will need to experiment to find one that suits your needs.

    If you are interested in yoga as more than exercise, I would recommend reading, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, by T.K.V. Desikachar.

    Hope this helps. Single most important bit of advice I'd give for asana practice: it's all about your breathing. If you can develop a strong connection with your breath, everything else will flow from that.
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    Apr 13, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    I second going to a class first. Any hatha yoga course is great for beginners. I've tried yoga dvds and personally because of the postures find it very, very difficult to watch what's going on onscreen and it's a lot more nuanced than, say, PD90X. In a class if you can't watch the instructor you can watch the fellow students. In class also a good teacher will have a literal "hands on" approach and correct your form. Just like lifting weights, in yoga proper form is everything and the more you put into it the more you get out. If you must go with DVDs only I'd suggest you watch through the entire DVD first or, if that's too boring, freeze frame and rewind so that you get each posture down before attempting.
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    Apr 17, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    Bryan Kest's Power Yoga is actually a lot better than many of the classes I've experienced:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bryan-Kest-Power-Complete-Collection/dp/B0001WTWYC

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    Apr 19, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
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    http://www.shantilight.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=92
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    Apr 19, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    Now that I'm back in gym I'm going to also need this. Great topic posting! icon_biggrin.gif
  • akhileshneo

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    Apr 20, 2012 9:57 AM GMT
    Videos are really an effective way to learn simple yoga poses and sequences online. Every type of yoga is represented on videos. This would be the best way for those who are not able to attend a yoga classes due to the combination of schedule, time constraints, financial reasons and even a little intimidation. As a beginner, i would suggest you to start with online yoga classes. These online yoga courses allows you to study and train from the comfort of own home.

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  • Alexrichard

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    Jul 09, 2012 11:42 AM GMT
    You can find yoga online video according to your choice on Online Yoga Training.
  • arcimboldo

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    Jul 19, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    you can relax in other ways, but yoga stretches your spine, eplvis, psoas muscles, realigns your head...among many other things.

    I use books ...
  • DanOmatic

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    Jul 19, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
    Sometimes when I don't have time to get to my local yoga studio or the class schedule doesn't fit mine, I go to an online site called doyogawithme.com. You can pick from a wide variety of classes at different levels and durations.