Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners Review

Updated March 31, 2014
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Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Bottom Line

Reviewers say "Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners" is a thorough but relaxing introduction to yoga. They give Yee high marks for his grounded style, praising his focus on proper posing and helping students avoid common mistakes. The beautiful beach setting doesn't hurt either. But some reviewers complain they're deluged with advertisements before their workout, while others say it moves too quickly for true beginners.

Instruction

Instructor keeps students calm and focused. Longtime yogi Rodney Yee has starred in dozens of yoga videos for prominent fitness company Gaiam. "Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners" also features Colleen Saidman, Yee's wife and co-founder of a yoga studio in New York. Reviewers give Yee's grounding presence high praise, with one reviewer saying his voice "is so hypnotic, it imparts calmness to even the most scattered mind." They also appreciate the emphasis he puts on breathing and mental clarity while maintaining a "motivating and empowering" presence that encourages beginners. Most reviewers also like Saidman, though a couple say they prefer Yee and were disappointed he had a co-teacher in the video.

ProsClear, detailed instruction, Voice-overs can be turned off, Music, set are high quality, Includes separate posing training sessionConsLots of advertisements, Pace may be too fast

Production

Beach setting meshes well with emphasis on basics. "Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners" is set on the beach in Molokai, Hawaii. Reviewers say the setting is beautiful but peaceful enough not to distract from their workout. Several also say the DVD was thoughtfully edited with high-quality production, though a few complain there are too many advertisements for other Gaiam products. Reviewers say they find the music calming and unintrusive. The program focuses on improving students' flexibility while ensuring proper form and posture. The two workouts are aimed at specific times of day, with a more energizing session meant for mornings and a relaxing session meant for evenings.

Ease of use

May be best for advanced beginners. With a few exceptions, reviewers agree "Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners" is suitable for novices with little yoga training. Most particularly like the DVD's detailed instructions, emphasis on proper poses and discussion of how to avoid common mistakes. However, several say that the pace may be too quick for those with zero yoga experience, recommending it for students with at least a rudimentary foundation and a solid fitness level. Though the program includes modifications, a few reviewers wish it utilized yoga blocks and straps for those who are just starting to build flexibility. Yee's cues are solid, and users can also opt for workouts with music or pose names only. The DVD includes a 20-minute morning workout, 15-minute evening workout and 40-minute pose training session. No special equipment is required.

Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014

"Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners" gets 4.3 out of 5 stars in more than 250 reviews. Reviewers like the emphasis on proper poses, discussion about common mistakes and Yee's calming demeanor. But some say the pace was too fast, and others wish the workouts were longer.

2. Gaiam.com

Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners, Contributors to Gaiam.com, As of April 2014

"Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners" gets 4.6 out of 5 stars in about 35 reviews. Reviewers like the focus on posture, breathing and form, as well as the discussion of common mistakes. A few wish for more variety and options to make moves more challenging.

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The Best Yoga DVDs, Editors of More, Not Dated

This roundup praises "Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners" for its "back-to-basics" approach, clear pose instruction and balance between energizing and rejuvenating moves. Optional voice-overs are a bonus, it says, but the review does not note any cons.