What the best yoga videos have
- Knowledgeable instructor with superb
form: Whichever style you prefer -- traditional or modern -- the best
yoga instructors will provide effective cuing or voiceovers, display a solid
knowledge of placement and breathing patterns, and clearly demonstrate or
suggest pose modifications.
- Engaging workouts: No matter the style or focus, the best yoga videos should offer
enough variety in movement and routines to ensure the program is still
entertaining and effective after several uses. Top-rated DVDs often feature
multiple shorter routines that can be mixed and matched for a custom session depending
on the level of difficulty and length of workout you seek.
- Non-distracting setting: While the background for the video should be serene and pleasant
to look at, it shouldn't be so incredible that it detracts from the instructor.
- Voiceover/cuing options: Some yoga DVDs have voiceovers; in others,
the instructor talks directly to the camera. Reviewers appreciate the ability
to turn off a voiceover and just listen to background music, which is
especially nice when you're familiar with a video and have the instruction
- Difficulty modifications: In yoga videos designed for beginners, the instructor should
thoroughly explain pose modifications, and ideally have another student
demonstrate those variations on camera.
- Clear, professional production: The best yoga DVDs should contain a high video production quality,
and feel modern and professional.
Know before you go
What type of video do you want? If you're looking to yoga to reduce stress or to recover from your
normal workout routine, consider a restorative yoga program. If you want an
intense session, power yoga may be for you. If increasing strength and
flexibility is your goal, many of the yoga DVDs reviewed here can help.
What's your current fitness
level? If you're already very fit, consider intermediate- to
advanced-level videos so you get the most from your practice and don't get bored.
Those who are just starting yoga will want a DVD that leads you through poses
in more detail.
How much time do you have and
how quickly do you bore? If you're often
short on time, look for a yoga video with a variety of short sessions. These titles
also keep you interested longer because you can mix and match them to create a
customized routine. If you bore easily or are looking for lots of variety,
consider a program with several different routines.
Buying tips and strategies
You can find short clips of most yoga
videos on publisher websites or at online retailers. These can give you a sense
of the setting, instructor and routine. Some users may find an instructor
annoying for one reason or another, so previewing a DVD can help you determine
if an instructor's style matches your own.