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At home yoga tapes

Hello. I've seen suggestions for Pilates tapes on here. Does anybody have suggestions for a good yoga tape?

Fri. Dec 30, 5:48pm

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If you like power yoga

I love Bryan Kest's Power Yoga tapes/dvd's.

Saturday, December 31, 2005, 12:17 AM

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at home yoga tapes

i started doing yoga tapes in the 90s w/ Lilias. i guess she had her own show on PBS in the 70s... anyway, these tapes are not flashy and the workout isn't "intense" but she really teaches you how to do the postures properly. she also peppers the lessons w/ comments about being "mindful" through the day. it's a holistic approach... don't know if this is what you are looking for - power yoga, it's not. good luck! :)

Saturday, December 31, 2005, 3:19 PM

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Review of my favorite 4 yoga tapes

Total Yoga - Tracey Rich and Ganga White. It's created by White Lotus Foundation. There is another tape by Tracey Rich and Gange White which is terrible, so make sure you get the one called "Total Yoga". This is the bible of Yoga people. It's probably the best yoga tape ever created. When everything hurts, this is the tape I run to.

Yoga Mind & Body - Ali Macgraw. Advanced tape, but don't hesitate to buy this as a beginner. It was my first tape and I used it as a beginner and still enjoy it 10 years later. Again, ultimate music to motivate you. Beautiful White Sands desert scenery. Great CA guru instructor.

Power Yoga - Bryan Kest. This is an advanced tape, but you can do it as a beginner and when you get better you'll grow into more and more of it. It's a little fast for a beginner so don't push yourself to keep up. Just lag behind and as you improve you'll be able to keep up. The music is the best you can imagine. Totally motivating. You will get a real education from this tape. Beautiful, beautiful tape.

Yoga Practice for Energy - with Rodney Yee. All Yoga Journal tapea are extremely good for you, and teach you a lot about your body. You can make great strides in your Yoga practice using Yoga Journal tapes, but they are not all motivating. Some are extremely boring. This one is my favorite of the Yoga Journal tapes. Pretty scenery and Rodney Yee is a great, very precise instructor. You will enjoy this one for years.

These four tapes will give you the basis to become obsessed with Yoga and that is a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say. Yoga will fix your back, your mind, your carpel tunnel (if you have it), open up your personality, etc., etc., etc.

A word of caution....take it very slow at first. You can hurt yourself if you go too fast. If you get too excited and try to do too much too soon, you will defeat your goal. Give the body a chance to adapt. You don't have to keep up with the tapes. Just do what you can and enjoy.


Saturday, December 31, 2005, 4:13 PM

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David Swenson's Ashtanga Yoga Tapes

I have been working with David Swenson's Ashtanga Yoga First Series tape/DVD, and his Short Forms tape/DVD for a couple of years now. I started with the tapes, then upgraded to DVD for ease of use.

Ashtanga Yoga will give you a good workout, particularly if you do the whole 1-1/2 hours of the First Series. The Short Form workouts are 15, 30, and 45 minutes long, and are also based on the Ashtanga First Series---just not the whole First Series in one chunk.

If you have a DVD player, Shiva Rea's "Yoga Shakti" is excellent. It has several set workouts on it, plus you have the option of building your own custom workout. This DVD is also based on Ashtanga Yoga, but Shiva Rea uses a lot of variations she has developed in her teaching.

You can review all of these tapes/DVD's at to get more information and user feedback.

Good luck with this.


Saturday, December 31, 2005, 4:20 PM

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If you want to try something gentle - Rodney Yee is good. I use the a.m. routine as my warm up activity.

Sunday, January 01, 2006, 2:09 AM

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Great Yoga Show

I also love yoga, and there is a fantastic yoga show called Yoga Zone. I watch it on the ONE channel (if you have it). If not, you can find their tapes and dvd's at your local Zeller's or Walmart. It always shows modifications, for beginner's, and it's very easy to follow! I also have a couple of the Rodney Yee dvd's, but find he moves a bit too fast for me...Yoga Zone is awesome! Good luck!

Sunday, January 01, 2006, 9:13 PM

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I bought Shiva Rea's "Yoga Shakti" and it is wonderful. Love the music! Thanks so much for the suggestion.


Monday, January 23, 2006, 8:22 PM

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I love Shiva's Yoga Shakti DVD, of all my DVDs , this one is still my favorite :)

Monday, January 23, 2006, 9:21 PM

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Ana -
Thank you so much for your reviews! I have requested 3 of the 4 from my library and am looking very forward to trying them out.


Monday, January 23, 2006, 10:20 PM

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Loricbme -
You're very welcome!


Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 10:08 AM

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Just bringing this thread back to the top due to another question on the same topic.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006, 2:47 PM

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yoga fusion power.
it's a combo of pilates and yoga.
sonic heat yoga work out tape, but you can only get those
if you live in nyc.
they sell it at the sonic yoga studio.

Thursday, January 26, 2006, 11:24 AM

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Ana -
I got the Total Yoga dvd with Tracey Rich and Ganga White and it is incredible! It is similar to the classes I take but it moves faster (I imagine that's because there's not an instructor watching the class while giving directions) and there are more moves. I like how it showed modifications for the more advanced student (not me!) but it's nice to know that you can progress and aspire to some of those moves. I have also got the Ali MacGraw but not watched it and two of the Bryan Kest (have not arrived). About the Bryan Kest, which one in particular do you like the best? I got 2 from a 3 part series. I think I got 2 & 3.


Saturday, February 04, 2006, 5:10 AM

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Yoga for Dummies

Yoga for Dummies was the first Yoga dvd I tried. It was challenging but became easier very quickly.

Sunday, February 05, 2006, 12:35 AM

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I'm so glad you like the Total Yoga dvd. I have to say the 1st Bryan Kest is his best, but 2 & 3 are really good too. I guess I should have specified number 1, but I think you'll love them. He is so gorgeous and such an unbelievable teacher, and the music is heaven.


Sunday, February 05, 2006, 1:22 AM

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I have Denise Austin's Yoga DVD. Does anyone think this workout is good? Does anyone like Denise Austin workouts? I started working out with her on TV in the mornings and then I got her yoga and pilates DVDs. Does these work very well?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006, 9:22 AM

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Yoga tapes/dvds

Bringing this to the top regarding the yoga conversations.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 10:17 AM

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Namaste Yoga by Kate Potter

I highly recommend Kate Potter's Namaste Yoga series! It was originally broadcast on Fit TV. They may still be broadcasting it, you could check their listings. Episodes are also periodically available on the Comcast cable On Demand service. Either place is a good way to try it out to see if you like her style. You can also purcahse a set of DVDs of the entire first season (see link). I chose to purchase the DVDs because I hated it when the calm and peaceful yoga was interrupted by the guy yelling about Oxyclean - LOL!

Her routines all open with a warmup, and then there is a 12 minute "dynamic flow". During that time you move through a series of yoga poses, always returning to a basic motion that recenters you on your breath. Each time you move through the yoga poses, you build on and add to them. The workout closes with stretches and relaxation.

I enjoy the series because I like the focus on the breath, and the choreography and smooth transitions between the movements. You may need to watch the moves in advance or give yourself time to learn the poses before you can follow them smoothly. They are also beautifully filmed and have lovely, soothing music. I find Kate's voice to be gentle and quiet, with just enough direction to cue you to move through the poses but no annoying chatter.


Thursday, March 01, 2007, 11:02 AM

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If any of you have on demand cable, there are some great yoga programs on usually and they rotate and change up so that you always get new programs.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007, 10:37 AM

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