What every best Yoga Videos has:
- A knowledgeable instructor with excellent form.
- Voice-over/cuing options.
- Modifications for different skill levels.
Tranquil scenery and music. Filmed on a beach in the Caribbean, "Yoga for Beginners" aims for a serene setting that doesn't distract from the workout. Reviewers agree the setting is beautiful and relaxing, although at least one calls the sound of the waves annoying. Music is kept to a minimum and "is not intrusive or repetitive," one user says. A few say the DVD could be more smoothly edited for better flow instead of transitioning in and out of each pose with shots of the scenery. Reviewers say the program provides ample variety by focusing on strength, flexibility and relaxation. There is an energizing workout suited for the morning and a "quieting" workout best practiced in the evening.
Best for true beginners. Several reviewers agree that "Yoga for Beginners" is ideal for those who have no prior experience. One expert praises the DVD for its gentle pace, tips on proper alignment and ample range of modifications. Most also agree Benagh's cues are easy to follow. On the flipside, holding poses for so long might be tough for some. Also, students with an athletic background or those who have practiced yoga may get bored quickly, and several reviewers complain the program was simply too slow. The DVD has eight routines and four tutorials on poses ranging from 10 to 70 minutes. They are divided into a "getting started" section that focuses on proper form and an "as you progress" section with longer workouts. No special equipment is required.
"Yoga for Beginners" gets 4.2 out of 5 stars in more than 570 reviews. Reviewers praise the slow pace, easy-to-follow instructions and variety of routines. But some complain it's boring, too slow and poorly edited.
Baldwin says "Yoga for Beginners" lives up to its name, with a slow pace, modifications and alignment tips. She also likes the large number of routines that can be mixed up, but says some students with experience may want more of a challenge.
Waehner's thorough review praises "Yoga for Beginners" for its variety, slow pace, "meticulous instruction" and lovely scenery. But some beginners may struggle to hold movements, and the pace and instructions could be too slow after awhile, she says.