Yoga Videos: Ratings of Sources

Updated March 31, 2014
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Yoga Videos: Ratings of Sources

1. YogaDVDs.net Best Yoga DVD Roundups, Editors of YogaDVDs.net, 2011-2012
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YogaDVDs.net features several roundups: best new yoga DVDs, best DVDs for athletes, yoga DVDs for weight loss, yoga for kids DVDs and pregnancy yoga DVDs. Some of the roundups are getting a bit outdated, but they link to full reviews that are very thorough and note pros and cons for each title.
2. YogaUniverse.com Yoga DVD Reviews: Best Yoga Videos Overview, Tiffany Chion, Not Dated
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Yoga teacher Tiffany Chion picks her favorite yoga videos after trying "hundreds of yoga videos and DVDs." Her list includes 11 titles with reviews that range from brief to very thorough. Though the list notes a couple of cons for some of the titles, most of the information is positive.
3. A Charmed Yogi And My Favorite Online Yoga Class Site Is …, Lisa Agostoni, March 2, 2013
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Yoga blogger Agostoni tests six online yoga sites based on ease of use, load time, variety, navigation, teachers, video clarity, video quality and iPad compatibility. Though she does not thoroughly review each site, she notes where most excel or fall short, and picks YogaGlo as her favorite.
4. RobynHurst.com Yoga Video Recommendations, Robyn Hurst, Jan. 2, 2013
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Though she says it's by no means an all-inclusive list, yoga teacher Robyn Hurst picks her favorite titles in three categories: beginner/all levels, intermediate/advanced and specialty videos. The reviews range from thorough to very brief, and some of the picks are Christian-centered.
5. The Wall Street Journal Online Yoga Classes Aid Busy Schedules, Laura Moser, July 18, 2013
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Moser names several online yoga sites in this roundup after testing a dozen. She makes picks in three categories: best for exploring, best for consistency and best for variation. The reviews are thorough, comparative and note pros and cons.
6. Broke-Ass Yogi Review of YogaGlo, "Serena", June 14, 2013
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This yogi's blog features several reviews of yoga products and online yoga sites, including YogaGlo. The reviews are thorough and based on real-world testing. Some are comparative, and most note pros and cons for each program.
7. Amazon.com Yoga DVDs, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
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As one of the largest online retailers in the U.S. with a long-standing tradition of collecting user reviews, Amazon.com offers a wealth of user feedback on popular yoga videos, including nearly all of those covered in this report. Amazon.com reviews are useful for anecdotal information about DVDs and for gathering consensus about instructors, production and ease of use.
8. Gaiam.com Yoga Videos, Contributors to Gaiam.com, As of April 2014
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Gaiam is one of the biggest and most well-known producers of yoga videos in the country. It includes user reviews for each title on its website. Users rate DVDs on a five-star scale. Reviews vary from thorough to quite brief -- generally, they aren't as informative as reviews on Amazon.com.
9. About.com Best Yoga DVDs, Ann Pizer, Feb. 27, 2013
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Ann Pizer, About.com's yoga expert, picks nine yoga DVDs in several different categories: best for beginners, best hybrid workout, best power yoga, best east coast, best west coast, best old school, best Rodney Yee, best Ashtanga and best online. The blurbs are short, but some link to more thorough reviews that note pros and cons.
10. About.com Review: Yoga for Beginners by Barbara Benagh, Paige Waehner, March 23, 2012
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About.com's guides pen a wide range of product reviews in their areas of expertise, including this one on "Yoga for Beginners," which is reviewed by Paige Waehner, About.com's guide to exercise. Reviews rate products on a five-star scale and frequently note pros and cons. Some are more thorough than others, but they tend to be authoritative and well researched.
11. About.com Review - Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea, Ann Pizer, June 24, 2012
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Ann Pizer, About.com's guide to yoga, features a number of reviews of yoga products, including this one on "Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea." Reviews rate products on a five-star scale and frequently note pros and cons. Pizer's reviews tend to be very thorough and knowledgeable.
12. About.com Review - Yogadownload.com, Ann Pizer, June 18, 2012
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The yoga website YogaDownload.com is reviewed by About.com's guide to yoga, Ann Pizer. She discusses the various styles at the site, as well as its variety and quality of instruction, ease of use and cost. It's a thorough and helpful review.
13. Alignyo.com Online Yoga: 10 Sites for Streaming Yoga Classes, Ally Garner, Oct. 29, 2013
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Yoga site Alignyo.com rounds up 10 sites that offer yoga classes online. The blurbs are short and uniformly positive, but they note what makes each site different and highlight any particularly well-known instructors. It's unclear whether the sites were tested.
14. Answers.com Reviewing Shiva Rea Daily Energy DVD, Bonny Pfiester, Not Dated
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Though content quality varies widely on Answers.com, fitness expert Bonny Pfiester is a 20-year fitness veteran with clear, authoritative articles. Her review on "Shiva Rea Daily Energy" is thorough, noting pros and cons.
15. FitBottomedGirls.com Review: Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno Workout DVD, Jennipher Walters, Nov. 7, 2013
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Fitness blog Fit Bottomed Girls features a large number of product reviews and roundups, including this review of "Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno." Reviews are thorough and rate each title on a five-star scale in the following categories: instruction, long-term likeability, music, fun factor and meets expectations.
16. MerelyMothers.com The Best (and Worst) Prenatal Exercise DVDs, "Evanthia", April 3, 2013
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This roundup includes nine titles and provides thorough, easy-to-read reviews for each one. The information is balanced, noting pros and cons, and the writer clearly personally tested each one, but the list is not yoga-specific.
17. More The Best Yoga DVDs, Editors of More, Not Dated
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More magazine's editors pick 11 yoga titles to appeal to a variety of audiences, classifying each DVD by skill level. The accompanying reviews are informative but do not note any cons. It's unclear whether the DVDs were systematically tested.
18. ReviewMonkey.net Yoga DVD Reviews: Top 5 Best Yoga DVDs, Editors of ReviewMonkey.net, Not Dated
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ReviewMonkey bases its picks on expert and owner reviews from around the web. Reviews are fairly thorough, including important specs, but they sometimes only have positive information. The yoga DVD picks are accompanied by a buying guide that has helpful information but is poorly written.
19. Shape Tara Stiles Makes Daily Yoga Feasible, Heidi Pashman, Sept. 12, 2012
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Shape includes a number of product reviews for fitness gear and workout DVDs, including this one on "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga." Reviews vary widely in scope and detail, but most appear to be based on real-world testing.
20. Ro-ren's Blog Review: YogaGlo vs. My Yoga Online, "Lauren", Oct. 19, 2012
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Though this is largely a personal blog, blogger Lauren provides a very thorough, comparative review of YogaGlo and My Yoga Online that discusses ease of use, instructors, quality of classes, production quality and price for both sites. She includes screenshots to illustrate her points.
21. ElephantJournal.com Yoga Classes Online: What Works, Stephanie Vessely, June 25, 2013
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Elephant Journal focuses on yoga, sustainability and other conscious-living topics. Its review of Yoga Download is very thorough, noting pros and cons of the website and the experience of online yoga in general.
22. About.com Best Sites for Online Yoga Videos, Ann Pizer, June 12, 2013
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This roundup of Ann Pizer's, the About.com guide to yoga, focuses on eight online yoga services. The blurbs are short, focusing on each site's most distinctive characteristics. Only YogaGlo and GaiamTV are reviewed in depth. It's unclear whether Pizer has tested all of the sites herself.
23. About.com Top 10 Pregnancy Workout Videos, Robin Elise Weiss, Not Dated
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Robin Elise Weiss, About.com's pregnancy and childbirth expert, picks 10 "top" workout videos for pregnancy. The blurbs are short, but some are accompanied by more thorough reviews. It's unclear whether Weiss has tested all of the titles and when the roundup was published, however.
24. FitBottomedGirls.com 10 Favorite Workout DVDs from a Guy Who Knows His Workouts (& Giveaway!), Jennipher Walters, April 9, 2012
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Fitness blog Fit Bottomed Girls features a large number of product reviews and roundups, including this roundup by Darren Capik, CEO of Watch it Now Entertainment. Each title gets a brief description, but there's no indication how the videos are tested and reviewed. "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga" is one of his selections."
25. Fitness Magazine The Best Yoga DVDs of 2014, Samantha Shelton, Not Dated
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This roundup dubs five yoga DVDs "the best of 2014," including "Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno." The reviews are very brief and positive, and it's unclear how they were made or whether the DVDs were systematically tested.
26. PopSugar.com Our 5 Favorite Fitness DVDs from 2013, Lizzie Fuhr, Dec. 6, 2013
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This roundup is based on Lizzie Fuhr's experiences "testing the hottest DVDs on the market" for 2013 and includes "Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno." The brief blurbs are informative but uniformly positive, and the picks seem to focus heavily on celebrity-instructor releases.
27. PopSugar.com Best of 2012: The Fitness DVDs That Made Us Sweat, Lizzie Fuhr, Dec. 18, 2012
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This roundup again features Lizzie Fuhr's picks, but for 2012, and includes "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga." The brief blurbs are informative but uniformly positive, and the picks seem to focus heavily on celebrity-instructor releases.
28. PopSugar.com Websites That Offer Free (or Dirt-Cheap) Yoga Classes, Jenny Sugar, May 17, 2013
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This roundup highlights seven online yoga sites, with short blurbs that discuss what makes each one distinct. No cons are noted, and it's unclear whether any testing was performed.
29. PopSugar.com DVD Review: Tara Stiles This is Yoga, Lizzie Fuhr, Nov. 1, 2012
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PopSugar's fitness section FitSugar features several workout DVD reviews, including this one of "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga." Reviews are thorough, but vary in scrutiny: Some offer pros and cons, others are uniformly positive. All are based on real-world testing.
30. FitPregnancy.com Prenatal Exercise DVD, Editors of Fit Pregnancy magazine, Not Dated
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This roundup features eight prenatal and four postnatal DVDs. It rates each title according to fitness level and includes a short blurb, but the information is uniformly positive. It's also unclear whether the programs were tested in any way.
31. Self Magazine Prenatal Workout DVDs for Every Fitness Style!, Dana Meltzer Zepeda, June
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This roundup highlights three workout DVDs for pregnant mothers, including Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett. The accompanying blurbs give only cursory information about each title, however, and it's unclear whether the reviewer actually tested the programs.
32. LisaLiving.Well.com Gaiam TV Review, "Lisa", April 25, 2013
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This blogger chronicles her attempts at maintaining a healthy lifestyle and includes several thorough fitness-related reviews, including one of GaiamTV. Though many products were provided by the companies for review purposes, most reviews are thorough and even-handed.
33. TippyToeDiet.com Review: GaiamTV, Cammy Chapel, May 29, 2012
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This blogger chronicles her attempts at maintaining a healthy lifestyle and includes several thorough fitness-related reviews, including one of GaiamTV. Though many products were provided by the companies for review purposes, most reviews are thorough and even-handed.
34. TheRuniverse.com Yoga Download: Yoga on Your Schedule, Emilie Littlehales, May 15, 2013
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Runiverse covers a blend of running-related topics including gear, nutrition and training. It has an extensive review section filled with a wide variety of fitness-related products, including one of Yoga Download. Though many products were provided by the companies for review purposes, most reviews are thorough and even-handed.
35. O, The Oprah Magazine Transform Your Workout: The 6 Best Exercise DVDs, Editors of O, The Oprah Magazine, September 2012
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Editors select six workout DVDs that have a unique take on at-home fitness. However, it's unclear how the videos are tested and by what criteria they're judged. "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga" is the top yoga pick, but little information is given.