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Best Yoga DVDs

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Updated February 27, 2013

It's tough to name the best yoga videos because each person's needs and tastes are so different. What works best for you might be completely inappropriate, irritating, or boring to your co-worker, neighbor, or gym buddy. Therefore, I have tried to recommend videos where I feel like the teaching is very solid and trustworthy and, further, to identify the most likely audience for each of the following DVDs. I should also mention that there are many options for online yoga videos and if you like to vary your routine, these may offer the best experience and value for you.

1. Best for Beginners - Yoga Journal Complete Beginner's Guide

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Many yoga DVDs that claim to be for beginners or all levels actually assume quite a bit of familiarity with yoga poses, making them inappropriate for true beginners. If you have never done yoga, this DVD will help you build a safe practice from the ground up.

Complete Beginner's Guide Review

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2. Best Hybrid Workout - Yogalosophy

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Yoga hybrids are really popular when it comes to home workouts. Celebrity trainer (Jennifer Aniston is her best-known client) Mandy Ingber incorporates adds dynamic toning exercises to traditional yoga poses. Another popular hybrid is DDP Yoga, formerly known as Yoga for Regular Guys.

Yogalosophy Review

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3. Best Power Yoga - The Ultimate Yogi

The Ultimate Yogi
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Power yoga is an intense, flowing yoga workout. If you enjoy doing this kind of practice at home, The Ultimate Yogi offers a collection of 12 great practices. While I'm not necessarily a fan of the entire lifestyle makeover they are marketing, I do think the yoga is top notch.

Ultimate Yogi Review

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4. Best East Coast - Transform Yourself with Jivamukti Yoga

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Jivamukti yoga founders and perennial downtowners David Life and Sharon Gannon lead this introduction to their popular yoga style. Like a true Jivamukti class, it's a challenging, creative flow of poses that will take you right back to your days in the East Village.

Transform Yourself with Jivamukti Yoga Review

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5. Best West Coast - Shiva Rea - Flow Yoga for Beginners

Shiva Rea's beautiful dancey style seems right at home on the beach as this California girl leads a gentle introduction to flow yoga. If you like her style, Rea has numerous other DVDs for you to explore.
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6. Best Old School - Ali MacGraw's Yoga Mind and Body

Judging from our user submitted recommendations, Ali MacGraw's Yoga Mind and Body, with instruction from Erich Shiffmann is a popular option. It'll take you right back to the mid-nineties, and is even available on VHS. Many folks fondly remember this video as their first introduction to yoga.
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7. Best Rodney Yee - Power Yoga Strength and Flexibility

How can we pick just one from Rodney Yee's voluminous body of work? There really is something for everyone in Yee's canon, but I'm going to go with Power Yoga Strength and Flexibility, since it's a good introduction to his teaching style. If you are a real Yee fan, you can get access with all his videos with a subscription to Gaiam TV.
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8. Best Ashtanga

This is a contentious issue, since Ashtanga students tend to be very loyal to their individual teachers. In fact, most agree that you should only learn Ashtanga with a qualified teacher. If you already know the basics and are looking for a video to lead you in the Primary series at home, respected teachers David Swenson and Richard Freeman each offer DVDs in this vein.

9. Best Online - YogaGlo

This is a crowded marketplace that is changing all the time, but I have to go with YogaGlo.com for there excellent roster of teachers, variety of styles, and constant updates. I like the feeling of being in a real yoga class and the breadth of choices this website offers. YogaGlo Review
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