Yoga for Beginners
with trainer Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman
You will love it if:
As with all of Rodney Yee’s programs, Yee (or his colleague Saidman) demonstrates the routine then creates a voiceover commentary to explain when and how to perform the poses. The instructions are easy to follow, and the postures are filmed from angles that make the workout easy to follow. Both workouts focus on simple postures that are easy for those who have little experience with yoga. As a bonus feature, the “Pose Guide” allows beginners to learn the proper form for a variety of moves. In the Pose Guide, Yee or Saidman demonstrates each move while the other describes how the proper form for the move, how the move should feel, and common mistakes to avoid.
Each of the workouts allows you to choose between “full instruction,” “pose-only instruction,” and “inspirational instruction.” The pose-only instruction is pretty similar to the full instruction but without some of the additional commentary. The inspirational instruction includes tips on what to think about and how the postures should feel. The commentary helps to keep your focus on the yoga practice, thus keeping your mind from wandering, improving your mindfulness, and reducing stress.
Enough space to lie down and stretch your arms out in both directions (overhead and out to your sides).
What NOT to Expect
Though these workouts are great for beginners and very relaxing, intermediate to advanced athletes will not be challenged by these workouts. Yoga is good for increasing core strength and flexibility—both of which are very important for improving overall health and athletic performance—but will not provide a good cardiovascular workout or build much muscle in your arms and legs.
How does Yoga for Beginners compare to other similar programs?
If you are looking for a beginners’ yoga video, this is pretty much the best workout available. If you want a workout that is a bit more challenging but still relaxing, try Rodney Yee’s Ultimate Power Yoga. Rodney Yee’s Back Care Yoga is another good choice for those who want to focus on increasing core strength (or ease their back problems).
Athletes who want to incorporate Yoga into their workout regimen in order to improve their athletic performance by increasing core strength and flexibility will likely find Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior to the be best fit. The Yoga video in the P90X series is another amazing Yoga video for the serious athlete. Both workouts are more challenging than relaxing, and probably a better fit for serious athletes than yoga enthusiasts.
Weight Loss Yoga is another good choice for people who are serious about getting a good workout—it includes three separate, shorter workouts that each target different parts of the body. It is accessible to individuals at any fitness level because each workout includes instructions for numerous different modifications for both beginning and advanced variations.
For more of a cardio workout, you might try one of Shiva Rea’s vinyasa flow workouts like XXX.