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Yoga - Yoga is more than an exercise program. While its practice is particularly good for your overall health, it targets not only your body, but your mind and spirit also.
Gaiam.com, Inc   Before you begin a yoga exercise program to get back in shape, it is best to get some professional instruction so that you understand the principles and understand the proper feel.

If you have a particular health condition, you may want to try Restorative Yoga so you will want to find a Yoga Instructor with this additional training. 

Yoga balances, strengthens, and stretches your body.  It improves your breathing. Its emphasis on postural muscle control, is particularly good for people who have special physical concerns, such as back pain, as they work on getting back in shape.  And it also emphasizes relaxation.

What Type of Yoga Should I Do?

There are many types or styles of Yoga.  If you are choosing yoga to get back in shape, begin with a more therapeutic or gentle type of yoga such as

  •  Iyengar Yoga especially their Restorative Yoga, named for B.K.S. Iyengar.  
  •  Viniyoga and 
  •  Integral Yoga are also forms of yoga well suited to those trying to get back in shape. 

Ashtanga Yoga is a more vigorous style of yoga and more difficult for a beginner or person with an special health or joint concern, but it is good for someone who wants a more difficult conditioning workout.

Find a Yoga Instructor - Ask a potential yoga instructor about their training, experience Gaiam.com, Inc   and whether or not the style of Yoga they teach is appropriate for your condition and what you want to achieve as far as getting back in shape.  Do they teach privately or in classes? Or consider expert online instruction in Rodney Yee's, Yoga Club   >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Find a Yoga Studio -  Iyengar

*Our personal bias is that in general, it is better to try to find yoga instruction in a yoga studio rather than at the gym, especially if you are looking for more experienced yoga instructors.

An excellent beginning Yoga DVD with Patricia Walden, a yoga instructor of Iyengar,  is available thru Gaiam.

One of our Back in Shape Buddies is raving about a course they recently attended called, Taoist Longevity Breathing Yoga.  It is a course put on by EnergyArts.com.  

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If you want to do Yoga at home,  either try Gaiam's Yoga Club or one of these DVDs: 

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Barbara Benagh's Yoga For Beginners  is a great way to start the practice of yoga in your own home.   The DVD includes 8 routines for strength,  flexibility,  and the overall benefits of a regular yoga practice.

The workouts range from 10 to 60 minutes giving you the flexibilityto arrange your workouts to meet your needs.  The instructor, Barbara Benagh has been teaching yoga for 35 yrs and has made this DVD specifically for those new to yoga.

   

Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners belongs in every beginner's DVD library.  Rodney Yee does an excellent job of providing you with pose instruction and mistakes to avoid. 

Rodney and Colleen Saidman (who together also teach online with the Gaiam Yoga Club) begin with a 40-minute Pose Training session to make sure you learn the proper alignments. Then you can choose to do either the morning energizing workout or the evening relaxing workout. 

     

Yoga for Beginners with Patricia Walden is another excellent DVD for beginners.  Watching Patricia go thru the poses is inspiring.  Her instructions are complete and comprehensive.  She includes a booklet to help you learn the proper form.

One of the joys of learning yoga from Patricia Walden is that she allows you to experience the wonders of yoga from the very first time as she takes you thru the workout and ends with a new level of relaxation.

Any one of the above DVD's will get your home yoga practice off to a good start.  However, their prices are so reasonable that you may want to get all three! 

You may also want to start with a yoga kit:  mat, blocks and strap and you are all set to turn your home into your yoga studio.   Namaste.



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