Best Men's Women's Beginners Yoga Workout DVDs 2013
Best Home Yoga DVD Workouts 2013
There are many forms of exercise out there which can be great if you are looking to add some variation to your workout routine. However, there are not many exercise programs that will give you the kind of inner peace that you can attain from yoga. Of course you get the physical benefits of yoga with long, lean muscles and low impact workouts. However, the mental benefits of yoga take your workout to the next level. Even the American Psychological Association touts that it is very useful in helping patients cope with stress outside of the office, with a host of other benefits.
Yoga consists of three things for a firm foundation within the exercise:
- First, you work on holding positions. Some of you might be familiar with the terms Warrior I & II, Downward Dog, and the Tree Pose. These are classic positions in which to put your body in for strength and balance training.
- The second pillar of yoga consists of breathing. When you focus on your breath, you not only relax more, but you get extra oxygen to the muscles you are stretching. Breathing in and out while timing it with the poses will assist the body in many ways.
- The third and final step to yoga is the meditation. While you move through your yoga asanas (poses), you will already be meditating in a way, but each workout finishes with a meditation cool down where you can go deeper within yourself to feel the good energy yoga has brought to your body. This is usually a time when traditional yoga instructors will guide you through some visual imagery or whatnot. It can also just be a time to lie still and calm your mind. Sure, you can do yoga without the meditation at the end, but I promise you, you'll be missing out.
Benefits and Origin of Yoga
Yoga is as easy a practice, or as challenging of one as you choose it to be. There are many different sequences and positions that cater to each skill level. The premise of yoga is embracing the knowledge that your body and mind, along with your spirit, are all connected intimately. I use the word spirit here in reference to that elusive energy which animates your body while alive, and leaves your body when it dies. To bring them all together the three building blocks are Postures, Yoga Breathing, and Meditation. The benefits of yoga are many and the list is long, but a few include better balance, reduced anxiety, and healthy posture. It has also been shown to reduce sodium, glucose, and cholesterol levels.
Some people just want the fitness from yoga poses, and don't follow the inward self-reflection that yoga can teach them with breath control, letting go, finding balance, and then peace with the final meditation/cool down. However, the spiritual practice confuses people. You can still reap many physical benefits of this exercise, and as a default, your mental well-being will benefit as well; as it does with any exercise. The origin of yoga dates back to 3300-1700 BC, Indus Valley civilizations and has been highly used in the Hindu culture. The inner peace you can attain from practicing all of yoga has nothing to do with a God, or Gods, nor anything to do with religious practices. It can be a personal time where you work out your fears, and let feelings of balance calm your weary soul while strengthening your body inside and out.
Best and Top Rated DVDs for Yoga Workouts at Home 2013
Yoga DVD's for Beginners
Below you'll find some of the most popular yoga workout videos on the market right now. Some people might like traditional Zen type yoga, while others want a more gym inspired workout. Either one is great because you will benefit from them both. Below, I've separated the latest Yoga DVD's into 3 categories; at home, workouts for men, and workouts for women.
Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners
Here's a great video from Element: Hatha & Flow. The instructor of this video is actually very well versed in yoga and travels the world to teach it. With this video, you get two 30 minute programs that have quite a bit of variety in each of them. The Hatha session will help you relax immensely and give your circulation a boost using straps to aid in stretching.
The Flow session builds strength and stamina in your muscles with a sequence that combines poses for help in weight loss, balance, and muscle tone. Even though this was made for beginners, it might be a bit challenging at first. However, after you do it a few times, you will get the hang of it and it will be well worth it, I promise.
Best Beginners Yoga Workout DVD
Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond
Kundalini Yoga gives you the option with the Matrix Menu, to customize your own workout. You can pick and choose the segments you want and then play them in the order you choose. It features two 25 minutes sessions which can be done together, or separately. Beginners will find that this workout is challenging enough, but very educational.
I noticed that this video seems to focus a lot of energy development and mindfulness, rather than on the poses being powerful and perfect. That is fine really; it was just a unique experience. This workout is challenging enough but not stressful, which is something beginners can often feel when beginning a new workout. The poses and sequences are very user friendly and easy to follow.
Best Yoga DVD for Home Workouts
Yoga for Every Body
As a great workout video for everyone, Yoga for Every Body combines poses and sequences for beginners and advanced people. You could do a routine every day for a month and not do the same one twice! This video combines up to 35 different routines. If you don't have time to do a full workout, just pick one the 15 minute sessions.
If you want to put yourself to the test, pick a session that lasts 75 minutes. I love that there are different practices for morning and evening so you get the energy you need for the day, or the calming rest for at night. This video offers a lot of poses but often they do not flow together smoothly. I think the thing I like best is that the instructor will tell you what you should be feeling in a pose, and how to get into, or come out of them.
Top Workout DVD for Yoga 2013
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown is a renowned trainer who received her fame from the TV show The Biggest Loser. This Yoga video is for anyone looking to sculpt their body, and shed pounds. You will lose weight as quickly as possible with the power poses used and Jillians power training techniques.
You get two 30 minute workouts that include a warmup and cooldown. When you're ready to take it to the next level, there is a Level 2 that you can do which will incorporate more twists and balance poses for a more intense workout. This video, while teaching yoga poses, is a more gym inspired routine and Jillian does not seem to have a lot of yoga training, but it will do the job on your body.
New Yoga DVD for Beginners
Element: Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners
Pilates is similar to yoga, but different enough that many prefer it over yoga. Check out Element: Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners. This video was also filmed in a beautiful location and gives you a good pilates education while burning calories effectively. You will use principles of control, concentration, precision, breathing, and fluidity to sculpt your body.
These exercises are very low impact and allow you to get sleek and sexy muscles. The instructor speaks very quickly and the routine is quite fast paced, but beginners should catch on pretty quickly. Even if you have experienced pilates before and don't consider yourself a beginner, this video will still give you a good workout; you won't be disappointed.
Beginner Yoga DVDs for Women 2013
Women's Fat Burning Yoga DVD
If you want a more gym inspired workout with perky instructors, give The Joy of Yoga & Fat Burning Yoga a try. This is a good paced workout that is meant to reshape your body while allowing you to become more limber.
There are a lot of standing postures incorporated that will work on muscle strength and balance, plus there is a bonus yoga abdominal routine to focus on your stomach and core muscles. Don't worry, there is also plenty of floor work to tone you up as well. This is a slower paced routine but if you do each one right, you will find that your body will change for the good.
Best Energy Yoga DVD for Women
This next video is a personal favorite of mine because it offers 7 different, 20 minute practices that can be easily mixed and matched. Vinyasa Flow Yoga definitely keeps things from getting boring. This video might be best used by intermediate and experienced people; the instructor does not offer modifications for some poses, so you should know what you are doing at least a little.
One thing that is very important to a workout video is the voice of the instructor. Nothing is worse than listening to someone with a grating tone; Shiva Rea has a very soothing voice to listen to. I love that this video offers some really good backbend sequences which can be hard to find in other videos on the market.
Best Women Beginner Yoga Kit
The Complete Physique 57 Workout Kit
If you desire a complete workout, that gives you enough variety, then consider The Complete Physique 57 Workout Kit. This 3 disc set includes a Full Body Workout, a 30 Minute Express Workout, and an Arm & Ab Booster 30 Minute Workout. As if that wasn't enough, you get an exercise ball too. I like that this program is easy to follow for all skill levels, but it is challenging enough to make sure you can use it for a long time to come. This is a great workout that uses traditional yoga movements for their exercise routines, but does not include traditional yoga practices. As a system for all over sculpting, this makes a great choice.
Weight Loss Yoga DVD for Women
Fat Free Yoga - Lose Weight & Feel Great
Now check out Fat Free Yoga. This video features the Matrix menu option so you can design your own workout. You get four 20 minute exercises that are chaptered for a total of 90 minutes.
This DVD is for all skill levels and uses many of the poses, breathing techniques and meditations that are traditional to yoga. The instructors are quite upbeat; this is not a quiet and soothing yoga DVD. But if you are looking for something to keep you motivated, then this is it!
Best Daily Yoga DVD
Marisa Tomei: Core & Curves
You might have seen her in movies, and now you can see her while you get your daily workout in. Marisa Tomei: Core & Curves developed this video to create long and lean muscles. Ms. Tomei knows all too well that many women desire a sexy toned body, instead of a rock hard one. The circuits included in this video are easy to follow and actually quite fun. You get three workouts on one DVD and a toning band as well. There is kind of a meld between traditional toning, yoga and pilates. The cardio bursts are short, but effective enough to keep the body where it needs to be for peak exercise.
Top Rated Yoga DVD for Women
A great exercise option for older bodies, and beginners, includes the Keeping Fit 3 Pack. This also includes yoga inspired moves that help strengthen muscles, protect joints, and exercise the heart. You get Keeping Fit Strength for muscle building, strengthening bones and increasing metabolism, Keeping Fit Cardio for calorie burning, and Keeping Fit Pilates to strengthen your core. The video was developed with the option to customize your workout with the 5 minute workout blasts.
Best Yoga DVDs for Men Beginners
Top Yoga DVDs for Men
Yoga Shakti also features Shiva Rea as instructor. I love her sequences because the poses are smoothly transitioned into, and since she has experience in dance, the movements are graceful. She gives optional poses for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students; this is a great DVD to grow into.
Be advised that the pace of this workout is a bit fast, not overly so, but enough that you might find yourself struggling to keep up. There is always a learning curve with workout videos and if you give this a chance for a few days, you'll probably end liking it as much as I do.
New Yoga DVD for Men 2013
For mid-level, or more experienced people, Bob Harper: Yoga for the Warrior has been a popular video. It is a rigorous routine that will reshape your body as only a personal trainer likes to see. Known for being a trainer on The Biggest Loser television show, his video here will give you a great all over workout. I did notice that his routine does not feel as intense as others I've tried, but after doing it for a week or two, I noticed some muscle changes I hadn't seen before while doing yoga. This is a great video that does not have an instructor who is overly earthy, or too rigid; he is very easy to listen to, and follow.
Top Rated Yoga DVD for Men 2013
Exhale: Core Fusion Body Sculpt uses yoga inspired poses with the added benefit of light weights. This is another gym inspired yoga workout that will incorporate many movements you might be accustomed to for fitness. I love that this system uses five 10 minute workouts so you can choose to do them all together, or separately. Working out the core of your body will support your entire skeletal frame for better overall health. These workouts were designed specifically for that area of the body. To get the most out of this video, make sure you have light hand weights available.
Best Men's Yoga DVD for Weight Loss
Also with Bob Harper, the Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga. If you are a fan of the show, you will love this new workout video. There are five segments to the video that include a 5 minute warm up, a 20 minute Level 1 yoga session, a 15 minute Level 2 yoga session, a 10 minute Level 3 yoga session, and a 5 minute cool down. Bob helps the others modify their workouts to fit their skill levels so you can follow along easily. I like that this video uses clear terms instead of complicated Sanskrit words. Bob is a personal trainer who is used to working in gyms, while his yoga is effective, it is a modernized version.
Mens Yoga Work DVD
Intensati: Intention and Power - A High Energy Workout for Body, Mind, & Soul
More experienced bodies should check out Intensati: Intention and Power - A High Energy Workout for Body, Mind, & Soul. This one is great for those looking to move a lot of energy with their yoga workout. With a routine that teaches you to practice your thought patterns with the power of words, and affirmations, you get an intense workout for your whole being. Even after practicing yoga for 15 years, this was a pleasant challenge for me. I love that it is broken up into shorter clips for time saving workouts or as one continuous workout from start to finish. The cardio could be a bit more intense, but overall this is one of my favorites to use when my life needs a little more power in it.
Top Rated yoga DVDs for Men and Women 2013 Review
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