I love yoga. I mostly practice at home with DVDs, although through the years I’ve taken classes, too, which I really enjoy — but remember my number one complaint about running? Yeah, it’s less time consuming for me to practice at home.
It’s favorites Friday from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run and the Friday Five Linkup and I’m sharing my favorite yoga DVDs — the ones I use over and over and over again (disclaimer: the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I get a very small amount of money if you click on the title of the DVD to purchase your own DVD).
Christine Felstead’s Yoga Essentials
This is a DVD that will work well if you’re a beginner, and certainly is fine for more advanced yogis too.
I like it because it’s broken down into mostly short segments:
- Foundation (10 minutes)
- Lower Back (10 minutes)
- Hamstrings (10 minutes)
- Hips (20 minutes)
I love doing the foundation poses at the end of a day or after a run or race, as it ends with legs up the wall (which Mr. Judy finds entertaining). I don’t have lower back problems, but every once in a while it will bother me, and I’ve used that segment and it definitely helps.
I also like to use the hamstrings and hips segments regularly. It’s very rare that I do the whole DVD, I usually just pick one or two segments to do in one practice.
Yoga Tune Up Quickfix RX: Lower Body
I found this DVD when my ankle started to bother me recently, and have been doing the Feet & Ankle segments almost daily. This DVD also includes segments for: low back, hips, and stress relief.
I’ve tried, and liked, them all, but the ones I use the most are the hips and feet & ankles, since those are my weak points.
Each segment has a 5 minute and 10 minute quickfix. You can choose to play all the quickfixes, just one, or both quickfixes for a particular segment. An option to create your own program would have been nice. The navigation is a bit clunky, but I think this DVD has helped me a lot.
It’s more stretching and rehab than yoga, but I’ve found it very helpful and have been using it almost daily since I bought it.
Yogaworks Beginner AM/PM
This DVD is not aimed specifically at runners. but it’s a great introduction to yoga — and one of my favorite DVDs.
There is a 10 minute AM & a 10 minute PM routine, as well as a 45 minute beginner’s class.
I’ve done them all, and I’m particularly fond of the AM routine — I’m always amazed at how much they manage to get into 10 minutes without seeming rushed. They’re good about showing modifications, too.
It’s a great introduction to yoga for the non-yogi.
The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga
I have several of Sage Rountree’s books, and really enjoy them, but it took me a while to warm up to her DVD. I don’t use it as often as the ones above, but I do enjoy it when I have a bit more time to devote to yoga.
There are preprogrammed routines for many things, including: IT band, Balance Flow, Core Work, and much more. You can also program your own routine.
Power Yoga for Sports Runner’s Edition
This is a more advanced yoga DVD, although I still think it’s accessible to beginners. I don’t do it as often as I’d like to, as it’s longer at about 30 minutes and not broken down into different segments.
I love doing this DVD as cooldown after a run or on a recovery day.
Do you have a favorite yoga DVD? Favorite fitness DVD?