Tara Stiles: This is Yoga Review

Updated March 31, 2014
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Bottom Line

Yoga beginners who want an effective workout that skips meditation and "body meets mind" aspects of the practice should like "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga." More modern than most beginner videos, the program emphasizes the physical and health aspects of yoga rather than spirituality. A few reviewers find Stiles detached, however, while others say she talks too fast.

Instruction

A yoga rebel. In recent years, model-turned-yoga instructor Tara Stiles has received plenty of media attention for being a "yoga rebel." Throughout the four videos in the "This is Yoga" series, she focuses more on the physical and health benefits of yoga than the mind-meets-body spirituality on which many older videos are based. Reviewers appreciate her modern take and say Stiles leads interesting, effective routines. However, a few say there is little focus on breathing technique or the mental aspects of yoga. Indeed, traditionalists may not like Stiles, who one reviewer calls "cold, detached and not spiritual by any means."

ProsThorough instruction, Suitable for all levels, Beautiful, modern settings, Ample varietyConsInstructor may talk too fast, Little focus on breathing

Production

Unique backdrops may be distracting. "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga" includes striking settings; one routine is done on a balcony at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood, for example. While many reviewers say some of the backdrops are lovely, a few users call them distracting, and the unusual camera angles can affect viewing the movement and positioning of the poses. Still, users appreciate the program's variety, which balances an emphasis on strength and flexibility with relaxing flows. One of the DVDs offers four routines optimized for morning and evening practice, while another offers a 60-minute "anytime" daily routine. 

Ease of use

A good pick for students of all levels. Whatever your fitness level, you should be able to find the right fit in one of the four DVDs in "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga," reviewers say. One DVD is aimed specifically at beginners, while another offers a library of poses. Reviewers say each session feels decidedly "modern" and can be made easier or more challenging whether you're new to yoga or have practiced for a while. Workout times range from 5 to 60 minutes. No special equipment is required, but some complain that Stiles talks too fast and she can be hard to follow for those with absolutely no experience.

Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Tara Stiles This is Yoga: 4 DVD Set, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014

"Tara Stiles: This is Yoga" gets 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 180 reviews. Most reviewers say you get great value for the price and like the modern feel and excellent instruction. Several say Stiles speaks way too fast and lacks passion though.

2. YogaDVDs.net

Tara Stiles: This is Yoga 4 DVD Set, "Danny V.", Nov. 19, 2012

This review praises "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga" for her "hip, modern Yoga routines" that are accessible for a range of students. The scenery is great and the four-DVD set is a great value, the reviewer says. But, he notes, the length of routines may not be labeled accurately.

3. Shape

Tara Stiles Makes Daily Yoga Feasible , Heidi Pashman, Sept. 12, 2012

Heidi Pashman praises "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga" for its modern take on yoga, excellent instruction and jaw-dropping backgrounds. She also likes the multi-pronged focus on strength, balance, relaxation and flexibility, but does not note any cons.

4. PopSugar.com

DVD Review: Tara Stiles This is Yoga, Lizzie Fuhr, Nov. 1, 2012

Lizzie Fuhr provides a clear, robust review of "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga" and appreciates the slight departure from the traditional yoga video feel. She says there are plenty of options for beginners and loved the relaxing flow too but notes no cons.

5. ReviewMonkey.net

Yoga DVD Reviews: Top 5 Best Yoga DVDs, Editors of ReviewMonkey.net, Not Dated

This roundup praises "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga" for its detailed, thorough instructions and unpretentious lack of meditation or other rituals. But the pace can be a bit fast for beginners, editors note.

6. PopSugar.com

Best of 2012: The Fitness DVDs That Made Us Sweat, Lizzie Fuhr, Dec. 18, 2012

Lizzie Fuhr tests and selects the top workout DVDs of 2012. Only seven are chosen, and "Tara Stiles: This is Yoga" makes the list due to its great instruction. Fuhr provides only a short write-up that names a few high points.

7. O, The Oprah Magazine

Transform Your Workout: The 6 Best Exercise DVDs, Editors of O, The Oprah Magazine, September 2012

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.

8. FitBottomedGirls.com

10 Favorite Workout DVDs from a Guy Who Knows His Workouts (& Giveaway!), Jennipher Walters, April 9, 2012

Darren Capik, CEO of Watch it Now Entertainment, lists his top 10 workout DVDs that engage the "body and mind." 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.