As an athlete, and skeptic, I had my doubts about the benefits of yoga. I couldn’t understand how stretching could be a workout? My only experience with yoga was p90x yoga and while I enjoyed the last ten minutes of stretching and relaxation, the DVD was 90 minutes and WAY too intense for a first time experience. My soon to be mother-in-law does yoga every morning and has always raved about it, then my mom read an article about a 90 year old woman who teaches yoga and is in perfect health, so I figured I better give it a try. I bought Yoga for Beginners by Rodney Yee and it is wonderful. I am an addict!! The DVD has two 20 minute sessions as well as a 45 minute tutorial where you can learn perfect form for each position. Plus you have the option to just learn each individual pose if you prefer. Another great thing about the DVD are the options for the audio tracks, you can choose full instruction, music plus instruction or just music.
After loving the first DVD, I have since purchased AM Yoga by Rodney Yee and 15 Minute Results by Rodney Yee and have been doing yoga daily. In addition to feeling a great sense of relaxation, I am getting much more flexible, my muscles are getting toned and a totally unexpected result, I have noticed my posture is getting way better. I have had a sizable chest my entire life and let’s just say my posture could use some work.
I feel yoga is a workout/lifestyle I could do for the rest of my life. if you have been waiting to give it a try, take my word for it, you won’t regret it!
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