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The Best Beginner Yoga DVD

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Henry Halse is a Philadelphia-based personal trainer, speaker, and writer. He's trained a wide variety of people, from couch potatoes to professional athletes, and helped them realize their own strength, determination and self-confidence. Henry has also written for various fitness and lifestyle publications, including Women’s Health, AskMen and Prevention.
The Best Beginner Yoga DVD
Learn the basics of yoga in the comfort of your own home. Photo Credit Yuri Arcurs/Hemera/Getty Images

Taking your first yoga class is a step into a whole new world of exercise, unlike anything you'll do at a traditional gym. It's normal to be a little intimidated by the thought of walking into a brand-new class without knowing anyone or any of the customs. Thankfully, there are a host of DVDs out there that will help you bridge the gap from complete novice to competent yogi in the comfort of your own home.

Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners

Rodney Yee helped bring yoga into the mainstream in the United States after a television appearance on Oprah in 1999, according to Yee's website. He has also been featured on CNN and PBS, shedding light on the practice of yoga.

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The DVD leads you through three different yoga workouts. There is a pose session, where the instructors guide you through different poses, and you learn proper alignment for each pose that they go over. This session lasts 40 minutes and is crucial to your yoga foundation as a beginner.

There is a morning workout that lasts 20 minutes, designed to wake you up and get you moving to start the day. To complement the morning workout, they also include an evening workout that lasts for 15 minutes.

Gaiam's Yoga For Beginners

The online yoga company Gaiam has an entire Yoga for Beginners kit that includes equipment and a yoga DVD. The kit has a mat, yoga strap and block. The DVD is an instructional video for beginners that has two 20-minute Hatha yoga practice sessions and a segment on how to use the props included in the kit.

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Element: Beginner Level Yoga

Element offers a host of DVDs to suit your yoga needs. This beginner DVD, taught by veteran yoga instructor Alanna Zebel, has two parts. The first part is called the Foundations Program, which is a traditional Hatha yoga lesson. The second part is the Slow Flow Program that links the postures together, reminiscent of a vinyasa flow. The DVD also includes a bonus guided meditation section.

Simply watching someone do yoga on a beach is relaxing.
Simply watching someone do yoga on a beach is relaxing. Photo Credit Hvoenok/iStock/Getty Images

Yoga Stretch for Beginners and Beyond

This DVD gets down into the nuts and bolts of yoga without any Sanskrit language and intermittent chanting. There is an AM flow section, which lasts 30 minutes and is designed to energize you for the coming down. There is also a PM section, which is designed to help you wind down at the end of the day. The AM section is more physically challenging than the PM section, which is more flexibility-based. By mixing the two, you'll get a muscular workout and stretch to balance it out.

Yoga for Beginners: Poses for Strength, Flexibility and Relaxation

This yoga DVD is on the Canary Islands — hopefully your jealousy of the instructor doesn't throw off your focus during this four-part yoga video. You'll start the session with a warm-up sequence, and then they break down the poses by position. Standing poses come first, then sitting and finally restorative poses. The restorative section uses props to help take pressure off of your muscles and allows you to get into a deeper stretch.

AM/PM YOGA – For Beginners & Beyond

Unlike the other DVDs, which are based around the Hatha yoga poses that you find in most yoga classes, this DVD includes Kundalini Yoga. This style of yoga uses similar poses to Hatha, but it focuses more on breathing techniques and stretching. The DVD has two 30-minute morning sessions and one evening session, with a total length of 90 minutes. If you're bored with Hatha yoga and want to try something new, give this DVD a shot.

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