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TrixieB

Beginner yoga DVD for the not-very-flexible person?

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I am looking for a beginner DVD aimed at the 40-something not-very-flexible person who doesn't yet have all the strength required for some of the moves. The DVDs I've sampled assume that the participant can start out doing the moves... which I can't.

 

Are there any such DVDs?

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I've purchased many beginning yoga dvds I don't like, either because they aren't "really" for beginners (despite their name), or they're just plain boring. I really like suzanne deason's yoga conditioning for weight loss. It shows three levels of modification as well as the full pose. It uses a yoga-blanket, block, and strap for full modification.

 

I'm now branching out, but that is still my main. I think it has more stretching than a couple other dvd's I'm starting to use in a rotation.

 

I developed a lot of balance, gained strength, and flexibility. I also breathe better, and my cortisol levels have plummeted.

 

eta: there are also yoga dvd's that are aimed at inflexible people. try including that in your search terms. I don't own any of those.

 

keep in mind with yoga - slow controlled movements require more muscle control than fast movements which rely upon momentum.

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Denise Austin

 

I've heard great things about this one also. I don't have it. I'd like to have it, but I can't justify spending any more $$ on DVDs at the moment.

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I started with Rodney Yee's A.M. Yoga. It is a very gentle 20 minute routine that is an excellent introduction to yoga.

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Does your library have a dvd section? Ours has quite an extensive home workout selection. Maybe you could try a few to see if you like a particular instructors style better?

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Suzanne Deason's "Yoga for Weightloss" is excellent. She herself does some pretty advanced moves, but she has *3* other women doing the moves with her, each of them demonstrating a modification for anywhere from "slightly less flexible than the instructor" to "very inflexible". They also show how to use the props in some of the modifications.

 

When I was just starting out in Yoga I liked that particular video because it allowed me to progress as my flexibility improved without having to go out and buy another video.

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This was the first yoga DVD I ever bought. And it's still my favorite. Mostly it's a demonstration of basic yoga postures, along with modifications using blocks and straps if needed. The emphasis is on doing the postures correctly. A lot of the reviews complain that it's slow, but that's actually what I like most about it. I've found a lot of beginner yoga DVDs move too fast and don't have enough focus on proper positioning.

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This was the first yoga DVD I ever bought. And it's still my favorite. Mostly it's a demonstration of basic yoga postures, along with modifications using blocks and straps if needed. The emphasis is on doing the postures correctly. A lot of the reviews complain that it's slow, but that's actually what I like most about it. I've found a lot of beginner yoga DVDs move too fast and don't have enough focus on proper positioning.

:iagree: and don't demonstrate modifications for people who aren't as flexible.

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The Rodney Yee DVD I recommended above doesn't move fast at all. Just FYI. :)

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Thank you for all the recommendations! Our library doesn't have many of the DVDs so I will add a couple to my upcoming Amazon order.

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