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If you’re interested in trying yoga for the first time, it can be tough to know where to start.
Yoga has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years and there are a ton of great web sites, videos and resources. At the same time, all the choices and information can be a little overwhelming.
After being asked for some recommendations for good beginners videos, I did some digging and wanting to share a few that may be helpful.
You may have different preferences when it comes to yoga or any exercise program so first, here is the criteria I used for my research (especially since I think most of the people I’ve connected to on this blog are busy moms and already struggle to make time for ourselves):
- Around 20 – 30 minutes long.
- Good, clear instruction.
- Basic moves but still challenging.
- And upbeat, positive and calm teacher (no drill sergeants or super egos).
1. Urban Mystic Yoga 20 Minute Flow #2
I’m starting with my first find on YouTube which I’m calling “Happy Yoga”
I watched this one all the way through and instantly loved it.
The next morning, I did this instead of my usual dvd and loved it all over again.
The instructors are like the Bob Ross duo of yoga. They get a little silly but that’s what I liked, they have fun with the practice (check out the awesome tree pose). I wish they would have gone a little slower and taken more breaths in the sun salutations but I’m sure they were trying to stick to the 20 minutes. Overall – a great, basic but still challenging yoga flow.
2. Yoga For Beginners Flow: 30 min workout with Sadie Nardini
As a mom, sometimes I wish there was more core/ab work in the yoga routines I do. No more wishing, here you go.
Honestly, I can’t get in to Sadie’s videos. I’ve tried before and she’s just not for me but she has a ton of free videos on YouTube and several short routines for beginners so I wanted to mention her here. Give it a watch, see what you think. I don’t think she’s bad, just not my flavor. I will say, I thought this video was a little too challenging for beginner and lacked a lot of the basics I love but again, it’s personal preference.
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This was the first video I ever did years ago before I really knew what yoga was. Suzanne is really lovely. Very soft, gentle tone and good instruction. From what I remember, she introduces some powerful and challenging poses but this is still a good one for beginners, for both learning poses and challenging yourself.
4. Body By Bethany (This one you have to buy but it is my go-to yoga most days.)
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Kristin McGee is probably my favorite instructor and has been for a while. I love Kristin’s tone, personality, gentle instruction and lack of ego. This dvd may be on the challenging side for new yogis (it’s also at about 40 minutes) but I cant help but give it a mention as well.
Other Great Resources
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I have become a big fan of Tara Stiles and was disappointed I couldn’t find any free 20 or 30 minute YouTube videos to share with you here. Search her name and you’ll find videos alright but most are more advanced and are not a complete workout.
However – I am reading her book right now, Calm Slim Sexy Yoga and I would highly recommend it for information and instruction – tons of pictures and how-tos.
She does include several 15 minute routines in the book also. I have a much easier time with a video when learning but the book is an awesome resource.
This is another great resource for information, articles and insight. The site also provides short, instructional videos online (for free – yay!) at www.yogajournal.com/livemag as well.
Kristin McGee has a really cool web site with a “pose gallery” of photo demonstrations for poses, a great blog and some short videos.
Do Yoga With Me
This is a site I found with free yoga videos of different length and experience levels. I didn’t try these but a web site with all free yoga videos? I at least wanted to pass along the url.
Whatever you decide, where ever you choose to begin:
- Go slowly
- Listen to your body
- Know and respect your own limits
Yoga is referred to as a practice for a reason. It is a routine of constantly learning, growing and expanding.
There are so many great benefits of yoga, I hope a few of my finds will help get you started.
Here’s to great beginnings – hope you enjoy the journey!