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(Free) Tara Stiles Workout – Yoga Weight Loss and Balance

The more I’ve been reading and learning about Tara Stiles, the more I like her.

I’d mentioned before, to me the ideal teacher is laid back, accessible, positive and kind. Tara embodies all those qualities and more.

I’ve been looking for videos from her on Youtube for a while now and while there are plenty of shorter clips out there, I was super excited to finally find a full length yoga practice, lead by Tara Stiles, online – for FREE (woohoo)!


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A woman, teen and younger man doing yoga

Yoga For Beginners – Reviews and Recommendations

Image source – yogadivinity.com

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).

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Yoga instructor Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles – Heartland Yogi

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After hearing about Tara Stiles yoga documentary, I finally got a change to watch the video on YouTube.

For those unfamiliar, Tara Stiles is a well known yoga teacher as well the author of books, Yoga Cures and Slim Calm Sexy Yoga.

Heartland Yogi is about Tara visiting her small, mid western home town of Newton Illinois, to share the experience of yoga by hosting a free outdoor “Yoga Day” for the local residents.

Tara herself admits, she was not sure how yoga day would be received or if many would show up. Newton is an area that admits to being slow to change and the film begins with some entertaining answers from locals to the question, what is yoga.

It’s a great, short film and I especially loved the message Tara shares throughout: Yoga is for everyone! We are all connected and all can benefit from the peace and happiness that yoga brings.

She even briefly touches on what she calls the “nonsense” that sometimes goes on within the yoga community of elitist attitudes and inflated egos and how that can turn people away from the practice. But as she also states, that’s not yoga’s fault and that is not what yoga is really about.

Overall, I thought the video, the message and Tara herself was great to watch.

To learn more about Tara Stiles and her film, MindBodyGreen posted a great interview with her – Q & A With Tara Stiles: Heartland Yogi

You can also learn more about Tara at her website – TaraStiles.com

Celebrating Yoga Month – Favorites and Finds

Continuing with my posts to celebrate September as National Yoga Month, I’m sharing a few of my “yoga favorites” – videos, resources and poses.

It may sound a little usual to some but I’ve never been to a yoga class outside of my living room. I don’t belong to a gym, don’t have the extra income to take outside classes right now and don’t have extra child care but that has never stopped me. Exercise is too important to let money dictate and with so many options available now, online and with DVDs, a home practice can be just as satisfying, enjoyable and beneficial.

Below are a few videos I’ve found over time and really enjoy as well as a few other favorites!

First I have to say, you know how on some of those t.v. weight loss shows, they feature trainers that yell and scream, insulting and talking down to the people working out? Yea, I really, REALLY hate that. That kind of behavior does not motivate, inspire or make me feel good about working out at all. So along with these being some of my favorite yoga practices, they also feature teachers and an overall tone that is positive, calm, supportive and inspiring.

Favorite Free (Youtube) Yoga Videos

Detox Flow with Clara Roberts-Oss is a great, short but challenging routine. I try to rotate my videos and this is always worked in at least once a week if not more. It’s so beautiful and relaxing, I really fell in love with this one.

Tara Stiles 10 minute crazy core video is amazing. I will sometimes do this routine first before whatever practice I’m doing that morning. For such a short video, this will rock your abs – you will be feeling this one.

Great Online Resource

The Yoga Journal magazine website 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.

Not Free But Awesome

Body By Bethany DVD cover
Image source Amazon.com

This is probably my favorite video, the foundation of my practice right now and I really love Kristin McGee who leads this practice for Bethenny Frankel. She’s easy to follow and good at explaining the asanas as she takes you through this routine. Her tone is also really positive and wonderful as well.

Favorite Poses to Practice

Side Triangle

Woman demonstrating side triangle pose in yoga
Image source yogainsights

Not only is triangle a great stretch for the waist, it works your hamstrings, arms and shoulders. Taking a few breaths in this pose always leaves me feeling stronger and more stable.

Pigeon

woman demonstrating Pigeon pose in yoga
Image source – YogaJournal.com

Pigeon is a great hip opener. It’s a deep stretch and can be a challenging pose but feels incredibly good, releasing tension and stress. This is a great way to begin winding down toward the end of your practice.

In Conclusion
These are just a few of the expansive videos and resources now available to anyone interested in studying, beginning a practice or even expanding on existing knowledge and experience. Taking some time to find what feels and works right for you can be extremely rewarding and definitely beneficial for overall health and wellness.

Hope you enjoyed my favorites! I’d love to hear about yours – share with me in comments if you’d like. Do you have a home practice at the moment? What are a few of your favorite poses?

Happy Yoga Month!