When I first began doing yoga I attended classes several times a week at a few different yoga studios. I never practiced at home. Then during my yoga teacher training we were encouraged to develop a home practice. Completely dependent on classes, working out at home by myself was a huge challenge for me, until we moved to northern Wisconsin where practicing at home became my only option.
I purchased lots of DVDs to guide me and keep me company until my practice became more self directed.
These days my practice is mostly just me and my mat. But recently I’ve had the urge to give some of those old DVDs a spin. Maybe it’s because of the Weight Watchers Live Life Active Challenge which encourages mixing things up?
So, yesterday, I dug out my DVD case, dusted it off and pulled out this one, Yogafit Basics & Back Health , from Beth Shaw of YogaFit , the largest yoga school in the world whose mission it is to bring yoga to the masses.
It seemed like the perfect choice because my back was slightly achey.
A YogaFit fan, I have several DVDs and even attended a few workshops several years ago.
The DVD is designed for the beginner fitness level and has a total running time of 80 minutes. I would add that this DVD is best for beginners who are in reasonably good health.
In it you essentially receive two workouts for the price of one: A Basics routine (55 minutes) and a Back Health segment (22 minutes.)
I did the Basics routine yesterday and the Back Care program this morning and felt really good after each of them.
In the Basics routine, Beth leads you through safe and efficient yoga warm-ups, a fun flowing body-strengthening sequence, followed by a soothing cool-down using favorite YogaFit poses.
You also have two warm-up options: one that begins standing and another that begins lying on your back.
In the Back Health segment (22 minutes), Dr. Rowe (a YogaFit instructor and chiropractor) shows you how to prevent back pain by strengthening your core, hip and glute muscles AND by improving your posture.
Exercise modifications are offered for all fitness levels, throughout the routines. Beth expertly provides clear instructions, with an emphasis on tuning into your body and moving with your breath.
Standing lateral stretches
Modified side balance
Modified push ups (crocodile)
Warrior 1 & 2
Modified side angle
Seated forward folds
Reclining hamstring stretches
Brief final relaxation/breathing
I found the workouts reasonably challenging and just what my back wanted. If you would like a little taste, here’s a brief you-tube video of Beth leading you in a couple of poses:
Do you prefer to exercise at home or at a gym/studio?