Go Straight To Video For Yoga Training

Go Straight To Video For Yoga Training

Go Straight to​ ​ Video for Yoga Training

The various postures of ​ yoga have long been used as a ​ basis for the​ stretching moves that are prescribed for athletes or used in​ ​ other forms of ​ exercise. It's no surprise,​ then,​ that a ​ flood of ​ yoga tapes is​ ​ hitting the​ market.

There are tapes for Olympic-level athletes and tapes for rank beginners. There are tapes that will challenge your strength and endurance,​ and tapes that will lull you into blissful relaxation.

Here's a ​ look at four yoga tapes,​ from the​ most difficult to​ ​ the​ most basic. the​ only thing you need to​ ​ get started is​ ​ comfortable clothes and a ​ non-skid surface like a ​ sticky mat.

Embracing Power Yoga
This tape,​ led by Los Angeles instructor-to-the-stars Mark Blanchard,​ is​ ​ the​ yoga version of ​ boot camp. It's 85 challenging minutes of ​ constant movement designed to​ ​ build strength and endurance,​ with Blanchard leading a ​ class of ​ 13 men and women.

The tape is​ ​ billed as appropriate for all levels,​ and there's a ​ 5-minute segment at the​ beginning that offers a ​ quick summary of ​ how to​ ​ do many of ​ the​ basic yoga poses in​ ​ the​ tape.

But that's not enough for novices,​ and the​ rest of ​ the​ tape is​ ​ far too strenuous for those who aren't extremely fit. You can tell that Blanchard isn't very interested in​ ​ newcomers to​ ​ yoga because he ignores the​ poor,​ fumbling fellow in​ ​ the​ back row who has little flexibility.

Despite these deficiencies,​ this tape is​ ​ wonderfully challenging and effective workout,​ judging by the​ sweat that pours off the​ members of ​ the​ class. But unless you're already in​ ​ good shape -- and by the​ standards of ​ this tape,​ that means you can do push-ups,​ balance easily on​ one leg and have abs of ​ steel -- you'll be better off with an easier tape.

Yoga Zone: Power Yoga for Strength and Endurance
This routine provides a ​ great introduction to​ ​ the​ strength-building postures of ​ power yoga. It's taught by Lisa Bennett,​ who leads two exercisers through the​ 55-minute class.

One exerciser is​ ​ a ​ beginner; the​ other is​ ​ more advanced. Beginners will be heartened to​ ​ see that Bennett devotes plenty of ​ time to​ ​ helping Gina,​ the​ beginner,​ find modified versions of ​ the​ postures that allow her to​ ​ complete every segment of ​ the​ routine. And veterans can learn much from her work with Charles as she guides him into more challenging moves.

One of ​ Bennett's major strengths is​ ​ her ability to​ ​ provide clear,​ detailed descriptions of ​ proper form,​ from the​ angle of ​ a ​ bent knee to​ ​ the​ direction of ​ an extended arm.

Though there's hard work to​ ​ be done in​ ​ this routine,​ Bennett's comforting tone and understanding demeanor make it ​ pleasurable.

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