Product: Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Complete Set
Price: 58.65 AUD
Number of lessons: 7
The length of each lesson: Between 30 minutes to 65 minutes (depending on the lesson).
My rating: 9 out of 10
Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners, Online Yoga Course Review
As a beginner I really wanted to improve my understanding of yoga, I was looking for an online yoga course that would help me understand how to do the poses correctly and to learn new poses from scratch. I found this course from Live Yoga Life and decided to give it a try. On their website, I found some recommendation that seemed true but still, I was a bit skeptical as to how well can an audio course be, when the lesson is supposed to be about the body, am I not supposed to ‘copy’ the movement for the instructor?
I decided to give it a try and bought the online yoga course, within minutes I received an E-mail with a link to download all 7 lessons with PDF filled with photos of all the poses I was going to learn. There is an option to download the lessons from this link up to 10 times and after that, there is no access to the download. So I downloaded in once to my computer, saved it in one of my folders, that way I won’t have to worry that I will lose it.
I uploaded all the audio lessons to my iTunes and to my iPhone so I will be able to listen to the instructions with no problem. At a couple of first lessons, I used my computer to view the PDF but it wasn’t a good idea because I kept looking at the screen and I had to touch it most of the lesson so it won’t go into ‘sleep mode’.
Lesson number 4 was the one where I used a printed version of the PDF and that did a huge difference to my experience. I could finally concentrate on doing the poses and not touch the computer. But I did use the printed photos mainly for guidance during the lesson, just to make sure that I understood correctly what I was supposed to do.
During these lessons I learned how to listen to my body, I learned what yoga is really about. It’s about my individual experience and my connection with my body and soul. It might sound a bit weird to say that I have a better connection with my body but I really feel that way. At the beginning of this course, I constantly tried to make my poses look perfect, which was a big mistake because that only caused me to be tired and feel pain.
Once I started to pay closer attention to my body I felt amazing, every stretch was PERFECTLY PERFECT TO ME, and I started to really enjoy the yoga practices. After that, every lesson made me feel happy and ready for the day ahead of me.
Is This Course Really For Beginners?
As a beginner myself, I can definitely say that this is perfect for those of you who want to try out yoga and learn how to do simple yoga poses. The instructor’s name is Yuki Nakazawa and his explanations are very good, every time there is a new pose to be learned he explains it slowly with many small, but important, tips.
I feel that now after I finished all 7 lessons I understand better the different poses and the emphasis or rest I need to give to each muscle.
I think that this course is NOT for people who already have some experience with yoga because the explanations are very slow and might be a little bit boring for those who already know this information.
How Can I Do The Poses Without Seeing The Instructor? – This is an Audio Course
At the beginning, before I even purchased the course I wasn’t so sure how my experience would be since I can’t see a ‘live’ teacher showing the correct way to do the pose and I can only listen to the instructions and occasionally look at the printed photos.
Now after I’ve done all 7 lessons I can definitely say that this was actually pretty cool, when I only hear what I am supposed to do I don’t have any pressure or desire to try and do the poses like the instructor. Usually, the teacher always does the perfect most flexible pose that I could never do (maybe in the future I will), and sometimes it can get frustrating. But when I only listen to what I am supposed to do I can easily find my personal perfect pose and really experience the true meaning of yoga.
Pros and Cons
- Fast and easy download of the audio course.
- Can download the course up to 10 times, so there is not much worry of you losing the course.
- After you download this course you can save it for life and use it over and over again.
- Great for beginners that want to get an easy start and introduction to yoga.
- Easy to understand and follow the instruction of each pose.
- Calm and nice to listen to the instructor’s voice.
- An opportunity for beginners to learn the true meaning of yoga and how to listen to the body.
- No personal corrections (like you can get from a real yoga class).
- No option to see ‘live’ instructions during the lesson.
- When learning new poses you I had to look at the photos to check my posture and that made me get out of the position I was in.
- Sometimes the explanations are very slow and you have to stay in a certain position for a relatively long time (which gets tired and if you’re not patient it can also get boring).
Do I Recommend This Course?
After doing these lessons for the past seven days I feel an improvement in my motivation and confidence in approaching new yoga poses and trying new postures. The best thing that has happened to me thanks to this course was that I finally stopped trying to stretch myself to the limits, I will no longer try to copy the teacher’s poses and I will listen only to my own body.
I plan to continue and go over these lessons again as I think that 7 days isn’t enough and I would like to get more confident with my postures.
I would definitely recommend this course to those of you who are new to yoga and want to learn more about the basics. If you want to learn the basic Ashtanga yoga poses or if you simply want to learn yoga at home, I think this is a great place to start!
I hope that this summary of my experience will help some of you with your yoga journey, if you have any questions or thoughts I would love to reply, so please leave a comment below 🙂