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The Best Yoga Workout DVDs for Men 2014

Updated on July 22, 2014
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

Yoga is awesome. You may have noticed that yoga has exploded in popularity over the last ten years or so. That's because it's such a versatile way to exercise? It can be done at any skill level, by almost anyone, and it can have physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. It began as a discipline in ancient India, and it's now a worldwide phenomenon. When it comes to modern yoga, most people practice it as a combination of breathing and stretching exercises. But you don't have to be super-flexible to do yoga! According to WebMD, even beginners can see an improvement in flexibility, strength, and posture after trying yoga just a few times.

Current research is showing that yoga might help people who suffer from all kinds of ailments?from lower back pain, to post-traumatic stress disorder, to asthma. Many studies have found that it can have an uplifting effect for people who suffer from depression and anxiety. According to Science Daily, yoga is more effective at improving mood than other similar forms of exercise, like walking. Part of what is so beneficial about yoga is that it can help with a person's relaxation and focus. Yoga also decreases stress hormones in your body, and it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure over time. So if you're looking for an easy way to de-stress and improve your health, I highly recommend giving yoga a try.

The easiest, most cost-effective way to try yoga for the first time is with a yoga DVD. You can practice in the privacy of your own home, without having to spend a lot of money on classes. Luckily, there are a lot of yoga DVDs out there that are just for beginners. If you're new to yoga, be sure to start slowly and pay attention to any cautions on your yoga DVD. I think you'll find that yoga is an enjoyable, relaxing way to improve your physical fitness and your stress level.

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Yoga for Every BodyOm Unplugged: A Step by Step Guided Meditation for Awakening and Self RealizationShiva Rea: Daily Energy - Vinyasa Flow YogaPower Yoga - Total Body WorkoutYoga for Beginners Boxed Set Yoga for BeginnersYoga for Depression and AnxietyBreath-Centered Yoga with Leslie KaminoffYoga for Weight Loss for BeginnersJillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Yoga for Every Body
Yoga for Every Body
Om Unplugged: A Step by Step Guided Meditation for Awakening and Self Realization
Om Unplugged: A Step by Step Guided Meditation for Awakening and Self Realization
Shiva Rea: Daily Energy - Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Shiva Rea: Daily Energy - Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Power Yoga - Total Body Workout
Power Yoga - Total Body Workout
Yoga for Beginners Boxed Set
Yoga for Beginners Boxed Set
Yoga for Beginners
Yoga for Beginners
Yoga for Depression and Anxiety
Yoga for Depression and Anxiety
Breath-Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff
Breath-Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff
Yoga for Weight Loss for Beginners
Yoga for Weight Loss for Beginners
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
5 stars for Yoga for Every Body

Best Beginning Yoga DVDs for Men & Women 2014

Yoga for Every Body

This yoga DVD truly has something for everyone-or for "every body," as the title says. With more than 30 yoga routines included, anyone can find a routine that fits their needs. And if your needs change, you won't have to buy another DVD; you can simply move on to another type of routine on this DVD.

Yoga for Every Body has routines for every skill level, from beginner to advance and everything in between; they also range from 15 to 75 minutes long, and so you can choose a routine based on how much time you've got. Likewise, you can pick a routine based on what you want to focus on: relaxation, strength building, back or neck pain, headaches, and flexibility in different parts of the body.

Om Unplugged: A Step by Step Guided Meditation for Awakening and Self Realization

Okay, so this one isn't a DVD. It's an audio CD. But if you're into yoga that emphasizes meditation, you can use this CD to enhance your meditation practice. The word "om" is made up of three basic sounds-"a," "u," and "m"-and this CD takes you through the best ways to make those sounds vibrate in different parts of your body.

The guide on this CD, Victor Demko, has studied with several well-known masters of meditation. He is highly experienced, having led meditation workshops on topics like breathing, chakras, and contemplation for more than ten years, so you're in good hands here.

Shiva Rea: Daily Energy - Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Did you know that doing yoga every day, even for just a few minutes, can be really beneficial for your health? Shiva Rea: Daily Energy-Vinyasa Flow Yoga has seven 20-minute segments, so you can do a different yoga workout every day of the week. It also includes a "customizable yoga matrix" option, so you can mix-and-match your own routine.

Like the title suggests, this DVD is based on flow yoga-a combination of rhythmic breathing and flowing movement. The instructor, Shiva Rea, includes both beginner and advanced pose variations during each segment, so you can work at your own pace.

Power Yoga - Total Body Workout

Rodney Yee, the yoga instructor on this DVD, has produced several bestselling yoga DVDs. On this DVD, he leads you through a full-body yoga workout. You'll be sure to get a stimulating, challenging workout from this one.

Power Yoga - Total Body Workout is on the more difficult end of the spectrum, as far as yoga DVDs go, so I'd recommend it for beginners who have done a little bit of yoga before. The advantage to this kind of yoga workout is that it really builds stamina and concentration. If you find that this DVD is too much to do all at once, you can always do a little bit at a time, building up to a longer workout each day.

Yoga for Beginners Boxed Set

I love this boxed set. It's packed with yoga routines for anyone, in any situation. It includes three discs: Yoga for Beginners Boxed Set (Yoga for Stress Relief/AM-PM Yoga for Beginners/Essential Yoga for Inflexible People. With more than 40 separate routines, ranging from 15-60 minutes in length, you're likely to find routines in this set to fit several areas of your life.

Here's a quick overview of what's on each disc. Yoga for Stress Relief includes routines for all kinds of stress-related issues, like lower back tension; stomach and digestion; tension headaches; and many more. AM-PM Yoga for Beginners starts with a wake-up segment and a morning sun salutation, progresses through other morning-style routines, and moves on to segments on relaxation and sleep. Essential Yoga for Inflexible People is full of routines for the most inflexible, inexperienced of us-many of the routines use a chair for stability. No matter whom you are or what your strengths may be, you'll find something for you in this DVD set.

Yoga for Beginners

Yoga for Beginners is a great DVD for getting started with yoga. It uses a lot of easy, beginning poses to lead you along in your yoga practice. The instructor, Barbara Brenagh, moves slowly through each movement, ensuring that you'll understand how each pose should be carried out. The DVD begins with several shorter, targeted routines, then moves on to longer routines. Be sure to watch the first section of the DVD, which explains how to practice safe yoga as a beginner.

Yoga for Depression and Anxiety

You may have heard that yoga can help with symptoms of depression and anxiety. Current research is, indeed, finding this to be true. Many of the elements of a good yoga practice can alleviate stress and calm your spirit.

This Yoga for Depression and Anxiety DVD, produced by a certified yoga instructor who is also a licensed professional clinical counselor, was created for that specific purpose. It consists of one 75-minute yoga class, plus information on how the mind works and how yoga can benefit your emotions. Again, if you feel like you won't be able to finish the full 75 minutes, do just a few minutes and work up from there.

Breath-Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff

Breath-Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff focuses on one of the most important elements of yoga-moving with your breath. It includes four sequences: the Flowing Sequence, which is a complete body workout; the Standing Sequence, which can be used as a warm up; the Warrior Sequence, which emphasizes standing poses, and the Floor Sequence, which is a relaxing cool-down sequence.

If you'd like, this DVD lets you put together your own longer workout. It also includes several audio commentaries, with information on how to adapt your yoga practice in various ways.

Yoga for Weight Loss for Beginners

Yoga for Weight Loss for Beginners is great for increasing flexibility and stamina, but what about weight loss? Well, this DVD's got that covered. It includes a special section about using yoga with weights and resistance bands, to increase your weight loss potential while practicing yoga.

This is definitely a good fit for beginners. In the first section of the DVD, the instructor, Maggie Rhoades, uses gentle poses to introduce you to routines that will help tone your body. The next section moves on to routines that will get your heart pumping, and the third section is about the weights and resistance bands. And, as icing on the cake, this DVD was shot in Antigua, so the setting is absolutely gorgeous.

Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

"Yoga" and "meltdown" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but that's certainly a good way to describe this DVD. This DVD will make you sweat. And that's not a bad thing-it all depends on what you want out of your yoga practice.Jillian Michaels is known for her intense workout DVDs, and this one definitely fits; it's best for beginners who have some yoga experience already. I like that some of the poses are modified to include a beginner version and an advanced version-that way, you can notice improvement in your yoga practice as you work consistently.

© 2013 Bob Miller

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