This was my first purchase of a workout/fitness video ever. I had never done yoga, but I was interested in trying it out. This turned out to be the perfect beginners guide from the get go.
The instructor, Elena, has a very calming voice and she moves fluidly and slowly so you can easily learn the routine. She gives you options on how to intensify your stretches all the while reminding you not to push yourself for fear of injury. The setting is beautiful and the music has a calming effect.
After a week of yoga every morning, I noticed a CONSIDERABLE difference in my flexibility, and I was no longer having lower back pain by the end of the day. During that time, I lost approximately 5 lbs (whether yoga had anything to do with it I have no idea), and even with that small amount, my clothes seemed to fit looser just due to elongating my muscles. Now that I'm doing a more rigourous home workout, I use this yoga DVD as a back up when my muscles are sore from boxing, or I just don't feel like cardio for the day.
The only downside would be Elena's verbal cues. Starting out, knowing nothing of a downward-facing-dog, I noticed when I listened to her verbal movements, once I got in sight of the TV she was way ahead of me. Now that I could do the routine with my eyes closed (which doesn't feel boring or repetitious at all), I feel like we're moving at the same speed and it makes for a much more enjoyable experience. I suggest watching the video first, to get an idea of the terminology and the pace, then try it for yourself.
I plan on purchasing the next DVD in this line because yoga have become so much fun.