Yoga Journal's Yoga for Beginners [Special Edition] [DVD]

This is a superb disc for anyone looking to begin a Yoga workout. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is as good as it needs to be. Supplemental materials include a forty-six page booklet to help explain the benefits of different poses. There are also various on-screen guides to help someone through the poses, as well as a guide on how to string the poses together into a full workout. In addition to a beginner workout, an intermediate workout is also included.
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Special Features

  • "Beginner's Pose Guide": begin your workout at any point or receive additional instruction on individual poses
  • "Putting It All Together": practice the poses in continual succession
  • "Yoga Practice Guide": 46-page companion booklet to learn about yoga with a complete description and benefit of each pose
  • Bonus 85-minute "Yoga for Flexibility" workout to take your practice to the next level


Yoga Journal: Yoga Practice for Flexibility
The second installment of Yoga Journal's Yoga Practice series focuses on yoga poses and exercises which lengthen and condition the muscles of the body to increase range of motion and flexibility. The video consists of two 30 minute routines: back stretches and front stretches. As this series was designed to be a continual yoga learning process, the poses and stretches in these workouts are more advanced and meant to be implemented gradually over time. Instructor Patricia Walden demonstrates the stretches carefully and stresses that the student should set goals and practice often. The workouts can be done individually or as an hour long exercise. The best results are achieved when these exercises are combined with other yoga workouts from the series. Yoga blocks are used in the workouts, but chairs, rolled blankets or phone books make good substitutions. ~ Heather M. Fierst, Rovi

Yoga Journal: Yoga Practice for Beginners
Created by Yoga Journal, one of America's most respected yoga magazines, this video is the most comprehensive step-by-step introduction to yoga practice. The first in the six-part Yoga Practice series, this workout teaches the basic poses and breathing techniques of this ancient Hindu practice. Instructor Patricia Walden demonstrates the flowing routine of 23 yoga poses, which includes standing poses for strength and flexibility, seated poses for spinal alignment, inverted poses to calm the body and spirit, and deep relaxation techniques. Walden teaches in a steady, well-paced manner, taking time to stress proper form and how to breathe during each movement. Walden has a soothing voice which -- combined with the subtle music -- enhances the tranquil setting in the desert of Death Valley. When practiced regularly, yoga improves balance and flexibility, reduces stress and muscle tension, raises emery levels, and promotes inner peace. ~ Heather M. Fierst, Rovi

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