Yoga has seen a massive rise in popularity. I know whenever I try and book on a class in my local gym it is always a real struggle. More and more people are starting to understand all the benefits it can offer to your daily routine and therefore there has been a boom in people doing yoga at home as its something that can be fitted into everyone’s day at some point. In this article, we take a look at 10 of the best yoga DVD’s that are available today to suit your needs.
Best Yoga DVDs 2020
1. Barbara Currie – 7 secrets of Yoga
Barbara Currie is an absolute legend when it comes to Yoga and she has been producing high-quality DVDs for a long time. If you are a beginner you are going to live this as she goes through everything nice and slowly and in a reassuring way. There is nothing fancy about the set that it takes place on and its all basic but that lets you focus on the yoga that bit more. There is a woman on one side of the screen who does the easier poses which means its really nice to follow along for beginners and you don’t feel intimidated.
When we researched what users had to say about this DVD they all said very positive things about it and it helped a few people get back into yoga who had not done it for a few years.
2. Power yoga Total Body by Rodney Yee
This DVD is from 2005 but still gets great feedback even in 2019 but I guess yoga does not change that much and the core principals are still the same today.
This DVD is perhaps not recommended for the absolute beginner and some users did mention that you need to be relatively fit to do some of the poses and some of them are not explained very well for newbies. The workout is 60 minutes long which is a long time but just right that most people can fit it into their day. People do like the instructor as he gives helpful reminders about what you should be feeling when doing the stretches.
A lot of people don’t get past the first 30 minutes for the first few weeks as it can take time to build-up to the full 60 minutes.
3. Jillian Michaels – Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michael’s isn’t just a yoga teacher but she’s a well known global fitness icon. Just from the name “Yoga Inferno” you know this one is going to be intense.
It contains 2 x 30-minute workouts which provide you with a very focused and intense yoga session that will help you burn calories and get rid of that body fat.
The first workout is more focus on bodyweight with some rests in between while the second workout uses some small weights combined with yoga to mix it up.
What’s nice about this workout is that there is a beginner pose you can do and the more advanced ones. Don’t get the name yoga inferno put you off and give it a go.
4. Jillian Michaels – Yoga Meltdown
Jillian is back with this one that’s entitled “Yoga Meltdown” which, being honest, can sound slightly off-putting and put off some newbies, but honestly we think this one looks really fun. Just like the format in her other DVD, it has 2 x 30-minute workouts that have different poses for whatever level you are at.
It is not quite your traditional yoga or relaxing and slow breathing, this is more about adding to your physical fitness, flexibility and stamina.
Reviews of this are good, with people expecting it to be tough and they were not disappointed. One person said that they felt like every muscle in their body had been used and they ached for days but loved the sensation it gave them and could not wait for the next workout.
5. Kundalini Yoga to detox and de-stress
This one sounds totally the opposite of Jillian Michaels yoga DVDs. Nice and chilled and perfect to do in the morning with a coffee to start the day. Kundalini Yoga is all about detoxing and de-stressing.
A few people said that they enjoyed this DVD after suffering some particularly stressful times as it helped them relax and get some energy back. Recommended for if you really want to chill out.
6. Element: Hatha and Flow Yoga for beginners
Yoga is the perfect way to relax, tone your muscles, destress, improve flexibility and increase strength.
This DVD if filmed in a lovely tranquil location that overlooks the pacific ocean which sounds so relaxing when you listen to it.
On the DVD there are 2 x 30-minute workouts which are broken down into Hatha and Flow.
The first workout is Hatha that helps with circulation, flexibility and reduces stress.
The second workout is called flow and this is what helps build up your stamina and strength by doing some incredible poses that you would never think are possible.
Do both workouts on alternate days, or if you are feeling in the mood do them both on the same day to help you realise your optimal potential.
7. Pregnancy Health Yoga with Tara Lee
This yoga DVD is aimed at pregnant women to help prepare them for the birth of their baby helping them relax, strengthen muscles and feel energised. It is suitable for beginners and has over 190 minutes of yoga which is split across 8 different videos.
Reviews are good but some do state that a lot of the exercises are hard for pregnant women and they say you should have a tiny bit of experience to be able to do some of the exercises.
What people did like is that there is a 3rd CD that’s for baby yoga which will save you money on having to attend expensive baby yoga classes.
8. Barbara Currie – The power of Yoga
People do really like the Barbara Currie Yoga DVDs. This one is called power yoga and it allows you to enjoy it no matter what your shape or size is.
What she does on this video just like her others is she has someone on screen who is doing the beginner versions of each pose so that you never feel left out no matter what your ability is.
Reviews of this are good and one lady mentioned that she had a really bad fall and cracked her pelvis but after doing this DVD for a while she now feels supple again. Another lady had not realised how stiff she had become after not exercising for some time but after doing this workout she now feels like a new person.
9. Gentle Yoga – 7 practices for your day
This DVD is aimed at people aged 40 to 70 who are in the middle of their life. This will help them improve their balance, posture and flexibility.
The workout is split into 3 – A morning routine to help you wake up and get going. A mid day workout which is perfect for getting you away from the computer or TV and an evening workout which will help you unwind and hopefully sleep better.
As well as this there is an extra workout taht can be done entirely on your back which means you don’t have to move around as much as some other yoga workouts. Perfect for when your knees are feeling a little creeky.
Reviews of this product are some of the best I have ever seen. People love how easy it is to follow and how relaxing her voice. Some people that had trouble getting moving and motivated have said how this DVD has really changed their life.
10. Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
Before you order this you must know that it does not work on UK DVD players and is an import. It will however work on a PC or laptop that has a DVD drive.
If you are fans of the show biggest loser then this could be a good choice for you. You know how intense they are on the show and you can expect this DVD to be the same. The aim of this is to get you losing weigh fast.
Its American, its a bit cheesy but you either love that or hate it.
The only bad comments we saw about this product was about it not playing for them.
11. Chair Yoga by Nadia Narain
We included this one just because its so different. The strapline reads “Increase mobility and flexibility for office workers, seniors and everybody”. This could be something you do in your home office at the desk while you are on a really boring 2 hour conference call that is a total waste of time. Everyone will think you are working but instead you are sat there doing yoga.
Unlike most of the DVD’s on here, Nadia is from the UK which some of you might prefer over the USA instructors.
There are 3 sessions on dvd, routine 1 is on the chair, routine 2 is chair and standing and number 3 is to done on the floor.
Reviews of this are fairly good but a few people found it hard to follow along the first time so it might take you a few attempts. We love how different it is though.
The Benefits of Yoga
You probably already know about the benefits of yoga which is why you want to buy a DVD. There are 2 main benefits and we will talk about those in detail.
Mental Benefits of Yoga
A lot of people are sceptical and don’t believe that yoga can really be that good for you. This is not true, while doing our research we read an article that Oxford University published. They found that people who regularly attended yoga sessions at home or the gym were overall less stressed than those who did not do yoga.
We decided to look into some more studies and found one by Harvard Univeristy who said that yoga can have a positive effect in reducing levels on anxiety and depression. It helps reduce stress which then helps make you feel less anxious about certain situations.
If you are having a stressful time during your exams then maybe have a look at doing some yoga on the build up to your exams and revision. In this case study by Science Daily it was found that yoga helps improve brain function and energy levels which should help you power through those exams.
If all the positive reviews of yoga and booked up classes didn’t sell you on the phyiscal benefits then we have a few more sources you can take a look at.
A harvard article talks about how yoga helps give you an inner awareness that makes you realise how strong you really can be. It also reminds people to be more mindful of their diet and help change their mindset on food. This in turn may stop you eating that extra slice of cake, or having 5 tapas dishes instead of 3 (sometimes I just can’t help myself and order way too much).
It has also been shown to help improve your cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure. So if you are currently training for your first 5k or marathon doing some yoga on your chill out days may help you become that bit faster.
Why a DVD is perfect to try yoga
A lot of people want to give yoga a try but might be nervous about attending a class because the people who are there have been doing it for years and will be experts. Thats why buying a DVD is a great idea to give it a go in the comfort of your own home and ease yourself into yoga. There are so many different types of yoga that we simply don’t have time to cover them all as that would be an article on its own. There is yoga for weight loss, strength, older people, pregnant people, you name it and there is a type that suits you.
Yoga has been around forever and it is here to stay. With all the science backing up the positive implications it can have on your life we think you should spend £20 on a DVD and give it a go!