J.L. asks from Vine Grove, KY on August 16, 2009
I started doing prenatal yoga about a year and a half ago when I was pregnant with my daugther and found out I love it! Since she was born last sept I've been been working with a post-natal yoga video, but I think I'm ready to move on to a regular yoga video. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a good (not too hard) beginners yoga video?
B.M. answers from Wilmington on August 22, 2009
I have a yoga video that I really like... it's Jane Fonda's Beginner's Yoga (or some similar title). I've had it for years, and for me it's great. The whole thing takes about 45 minutes or so, but often I just do the "warm up" portion, which only takes about 15-20 minutes. Even on the busiest of days, I figure I can still work in 15-20 minutes for myself, and it makes a world of difference in how I feel!
Best wishes to you, and happy early birthday to your baby!
J.M. answers from Knoxville on August 17, 2009
Hi Jo Ann! I think it is great that you are enjoying yoga--though as a yoga instructor I might be biased LOL!! I have to say, though, that if you have the funds and/or time it is really a great idea to find a class in your area. Instructors are trained to make sure you are performing the asanas safely and are not in danger of injury. There are LOTS of places in Knoxville to find great, inexpensive classes--send me a message if you'd like help finding one.
That said, if you are looking for practices to do at home you might try yogajournal.co--they load free short sequences that rotate frequently so you don't get bored, and there are different teachers for many of them so you get all different perspectives.
E.B. answers from Louisville on August 17, 2009
My brother gave us the Wii Fit for Christmas and I LOVE their yoga. It really helps you do it correctly. So, if you have a Wii, you may consider purchasing the Wii Fit component. Lots of other cool stuff on there too of course.
M.H. answers from Raleigh on August 17, 2009
Gaiam just bought The Firm recently, but not all of the videos are available on Gaiam's site. I usually order everything from Amazon. TJ Maxx usually has a random assortment for cheap. It is hit or miss, but you can get your accessories for cheap there too.
I have about 20 routines total (I have bought one or two videos every year or two for over 10 years now). Here are some of my favorites:
Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss - Deluxe DVD Edition (2000)
$9.50. It has three levels and you can watch everyone together or select to watch just your level with the modified poses. I watch everyone and then pick what I can do depending upon the pose. My husband does this one with me and he's not a yoga guy. He just picks the pose he can do :) There is one of these for Pilates--Pilates Conditioning for Weight Loss. The link below is for the Yoga one though.
Gaiam: AM/PM Stretch for Health ($12) I use this one several times a week. It has three routines (AM, PM, and then another one under "Extras"). It is shorter than the full yoga one above and is good to stretch out and relax after the kids are in bed. http://www.amazon.com/AM-Stretch-Health-Madeleine-Lewis/d...
Denise Austin's Pilates has two 20-minute workouts on one DVD; One is yoga and one is pilates. Before kids, I would do them back-to-back, then go to volleyball for a few hours. Now, I do just one of the 20-miute workouts. $10.50
The Firm Sculpted Buns, Hips, and Thighs ($6)
This one is great to get your abs, butt and hips back in shape. I used this one a ton after I had knee surgery. It is completely done laying down on the matt, so there is no impact on your knee.
I also have the The Firm's Transfirmer, but that is quite the investment ($50 at Dick's sporting goods when I got it with a coupon). It comes with 6 workouts and two steps. 3 of the workouts are 35-50 minutes and then three of them are 8 minutes each (stretch, abs, and then something I don't use often). I like having the 8 minute ones for when I'm feeling really lazy-who can't make 8 minutes to work on your abs? It is nice to do the stretch one right after I go for a walk, run, bike or a more intense video.