Use this guide to help identify which ones will help you integrate the practice of yoga, instead of leaving you scratching your head at some esoteric, pretzel-like position.
Finding the best yoga videos is not as easy to walking down to your local video store and wandering over to the exercise aisle.
Not all such videos on the market are ideal for effective home practice. In order to make sure you get the best yoga videos for your home, consider a few things you should really look for.
Easy To Understand
First of all, a quality yoga video will be easy for you to follow. You should be able to understand what is being done, how the positions are achieved, how long you should hold each one, and how often you should do it.
It should also be easy to follow into each subsequent move. If you cannot understand the video, then it has failed on its most basic level.
Secondly, videos should provide not only easy to follow instructions, but also easy to understand demonstrations.
You should be able to, by watching, understand the basics of achieving each pose and each transition. You should also understand, from watching, the breathing patterns and focus.
If you can understand the verbal instructions, but the demonstrations are unclear then your video is no better than a book on yoga.
Next, there should be easy modifications offered in the best yoga videos.
Yoga can be difficult, so beginners to it may frequently need modifications to their practice so that they can understand even that which they cannot complete.
No matter what your ability level may be, you want your video to be able to apply to you. Once you buy a video, it should be of use to you at every stage as you progress further into yoga. Choose a video that will grow with you.
In a quality video, the yoga should be taught in a student centered manner. Though that seems like it should go without saying, you will see a number of yoga videos that are just a fancy way of showing off the instructor’s ability in yoga.
Such videos do little if any good and in many cases may even be counterproductive for you. The idea of having the yoga video is to help your development, not to put you in awe of someone elses level of flexibility or fitness.
Finally, high quality yoga videos should feature prominent and well qualified instructors.
They should not only be practicing instructors, but should probably have achieved great success in their yoga education. You always want to learn from someone at as high a level as possible.
By simply reading the back of the box, you will often get an overview of the teacher’s qualifications so that you can make an intelligent decision as to whether or not you want this person to help you practice yoga in your home.
Finding the best yoga videos really isn’t easy. However, when armed with the tools above, you can more accurately assess a video’s value.
Look for something you understand visually and orally, that you can use at any level, and that features a successful teacher while staying student centered.
When you find that you will have found the best of the best yoga videos for use at home and between private sessions or classes.
One of my favorite yoga video teachers is Shiva Rea. I love all of her yoga videos.