Some Of The Lesser Known Yoga Videos

Some of ​ the​ Lesser Known Yoga Videos

With more than 100 yoga videos on​ the​ market,​ you can imagine the​ diversity among them - everything from nude yoga to​ ​ postnatal yoga.

Healing Yoga for Common Conditions
This video promises to​ ​ improve circulation,​ promote weight loss and manage the​ symptoms of ​ diabetes and high cholesterol. Without a ​ medical study it's hard to​ ​ say if ​ it ​ can really deliver,​ but the​ hosts,​ Lisa and Charles Matkin,​ come with good credentials.

They have taught therapeutic yoga programs at Beth Israel Hospital in​ ​ New York and New York Presbyterian Medical Center,​ working with physicians in​ ​ using yoga to​ ​ help people with chronic injuries and illnesses.

The 35-minute video is​ ​ designed to​ ​ help you increase your metabolism,​ according to​ ​ the​ Matkins. the​ couple begin the​ workout with Lisa demonstrating the​ moves next to​ ​ a ​ pool with an ocean in​ ​ the​ background while Charles does the​ voice-over,​ then they switch,​ then switch again. Both have soothing voices and good form.

The workout is​ ​ divided into three sections. the​ first deals with learning to​ ​ control your breath. It's a ​ pretty basic segment,​ teaching you breathing techniques and stretching out the​ body.

The second is​ ​ for strength,​ and involves poses that are a ​ bit more difficult,​ such as the​ warrior and downward-facing dog poses.

In the​ third section,​ you work on​ releasing tension and relaxation.

This is​ ​ a ​ good video for all fitness levels. the​ moves are explained well,​ as are the​ benefits and purposes of ​ yoga. None of ​ the​ poses is​ ​ very difficult,​ and the​ instructors give you modifications to​ ​ make the​ moves easier.

Power Strength Yoga for Beginners
Though the​ title says for beginners,​ don't believe a ​ word of ​ it. This video takes you through a ​ vigorous set of ​ poses collectively called the​ Sun Salutation (which you learn in​ ​ another video,​ Power Yoga Stamina for Beginners).

Then,​ with the​ mountains of ​ Maui as a ​ backdrop,​ instructor Rodney Yee takes you through a ​ series of ​ very difficult poses including the​ pendulum,​ where you balance your entire body off the​ floor with the​ strength of ​ your arms,​ and others that require a ​ good deal of ​ upper-body strength.

The workout takes only 20 minutes,​ but you work hard in​ ​ those 20 minutes. It's the​ only yoga video of ​ those reviewed here in​ ​ which your heart rate gets close to​ ​ an aerobic rate.

Yee has a ​ great,​ soothing voice and perfect form,​ but he never really offers an explanation of ​ the​ poses or an easier way to​ ​ do them. Nor does he offer any help in​ ​ how to​ ​ build up to​ ​ them. That said,​ if ​ you have the​ upper-body strength,​ this is​ ​ an amazing - and fast - way to​ ​ get in​ ​ a ​ strength workout without having to​ ​ go to​ ​ the​ gym.

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