Top 5 Yoga DVDs Comparison Review
Although YouTube has made it relatively easy to get a hold of instructional Yoga videos, there is still a very big market for professionally made yoga DVDs.
These yoga DVDs are often more in-depth and professional than freely available videos, and will show a wider array of poses and exercises; this is especially helpful for those who familiar with yoga and who want move past introductory poses.
So, if you are interested in finding a good yoga DVD, then we are here to help, here is our review of 5 of the top yoga DVDs out there right now.
1) Gentle Yoga: 7 Beginning Yoga Practices for Mid-Life
This DVD is chock full of good poses and all together has well over 150 minutes of content. And it is not confusing to navigate all that content either.
The various poses are broken up into 7 unique categories based on what they help you do.
For example, there is a category dedicated to poses that are best done in the morning to help invigorate your body and get the blood flowing.
Likewise, there is a category dedicated to poses that are helpful for office workers who have spent quite a few hours sitting at a desk. The categories make the DVD very user-friendly.
The actual visual aspect is also nice, the directions are clear and the backdrop is a nice, soothing view of nature.
The biggest issue with this DVD is that many of the poses are very basic, this makes it good for people who lack the physical capabilities to do more strenuous yoga poses (like the elderly) and for beginners.
But, those experienced in yoga will not be getting the full value of this DVD.
2) Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
This yoga DVD features noted media personality Jillian Michaels (she was on NBC’s The Biggest Loser), who introduces and demonstrates many of the poses.
If you are the kind of person who needs a good instructor, then you will be happy with the choice, as Michaels does a great job on the DVD.
In terms of actual content, then DVD features a clear progression system, you start at level 1 poses, and then slowly work your way up.
There are 2, half-hour long workouts, so you get a decent amount of content.
The exercises in this DVD are probably going to be a bit too difficult for those newer to yoga.
Very experienced and in shape yoga enthusiasts will find these workouts challenging, but doable. Non-experienced people or those who are not as in shape as they should be will struggle to finish these workouts.
Thus, this DVD should really only be purchased by those who are looking for a really challenging workout to push themselves to the limit.
3) Yoga Boost: Beginner’s Yoga System
This is a sort of “no nonsense” yoga system. Compared with more traditional yoga systems, there is little focus on elements like relaxation and creating a nice atmosphere.
This is a yoga system strictly for those who are new to yoga and who want to shed pounds. This is a nice change of pace. Also, the yoga system has a clearly delineated progression system.
You start at workout 1, which is best done in the mornings, and then move onto the other 3 yoga workouts. Workouts 2 and 3 are devoted to building muscle and improving cardio, while workout 4 is intended to help the muscles decompress after other, more strenuous workouts.
Because this yoga system is tailored to beginners and those seeking to lose weight, it really is not a good option for those seeking a more traditional yoga experience.
Furthermore, because of the radical nature of this yoga system, some yoga enthusiasts may be turned off by it.
The DVD could also use a bit more content, each of the workouts is 20 minutes long, but when you consider that the first two workouts are meant to just help get the body going and decompress, you are only left with 40 minutes of actual, weight burning exercise.
4) Yoga for Beginners & Beyond
This DVD has a relatively good amount of content, with over 40 routines, you are definitely going to be getting a lot of use of the DVD
Not all the routines are even, with some lasting as little as 15 minutes, and some lasting close to an hour. One of the best things about this yoga system is that it recognizes that not everyone starts off the same.
It includes ways to modify certain poses for those who may have issues doing the regular ones. This makes this a great DVD to get for overweight people and older people.
The actual DVD itself is pretty poorly filmed, there is a serious lack of flow to the DVD.
One minute the instructor will be doing a yoga pose, then it will just suddenly cut to footage of an ocean, then just abruptly jump to the next pose.
Also, despite being labeled as a beginner’s DVD, some of the poses are a bit too advanced for beginners. Some people may have to skip certain poses until they are experienced enough to do them properly.
5) Easy Yoga: The Secret to Strength and Balance with Peggy Cappy
This DVD has over an hour’s worth of content.
The poses are broken up into 7 different routines. Because of the way the routines are structured, you can choose to do them 2 different ways.
You can do the routines one after the other or you can do one routine, then some other exercises, then move on to another routine.
This level of flexibility is one of the bigger strengths of the DVD.
The poses in this video are very basic, and most people will quickly outgrow this video.
You will probably end up moving on to a more advanced video very soon after buying it.
Even those new to yoga will advance past the content in this video very quickly. So, in that sense, you are not going to get much out of the DVD.