Yoga At Home
Many of us want to try and practice yoga but have many excuses such as “I don’t have the time”, “I don’t want to go to the gym/studio”, or maybe some of us are still too shy to practice in front of other people. A great way to answer all these excuses is: you CAN practice at home! In this beginners yoga video review, I will tell you about my experience with the yoga 101 series from Yoga Download.
At the moment I consider myself to be a beginner at yoga and every time I see that there is a yoga lesson that is more than 30 minutes long I think to myself “Well, I hope I’ll be able to stick with it until the end of the lesson”. In this beginners yoga video review, I would really like to tell you about what I think about these lessons and how I’m able to get on the mat and do the practice without quitting. It really depends on who the teacher is, how they explain the poses and mostly on my motivation before I start the practice.
Access These Lessons
I tried out a beginners sequence with 5 different lessons from Yoga Download, each varying from 50 minutes to 70 minutes and each depending on the previous one so I had to do them in the right order. I have free access to these lessons as I am a member on their site (which is much more lucrative than buying each lesson separately).
This site has many different lessons, some are free and some are not. I signed up for the ‘unlimited membership with a 50% discount off the original price of 18$ (press here for the discount coupon), that gives me full access to ALL of the lessons on the site. I can download them whenever and use them later when I have the time. So this yoga for beginners 5 lesson sequence was FREE for me, with no additional cost. If you don’t want to signup to their site, there is also an option to purchase a specific lesson.
Yoga 101 – My Review
Course Name: The Yoga 101 series
Number of lessons: 5
Length: Between 50-70 minutes depending on the lesson.
Props: Yoga mat (Block, Strap and Folded Blanket – Optional)
My Ranking: 9 out of 10 – Great for beginners!
Price: 5.99$-8.99$ Depending on the lesson (or FREE if you’re a member).
This course has 5 lessons and it is very important to follow the order of the lessons, as the first lesson focuses on the very basics of yoga. Learning some simple yoga poses while also learning how to listen to the body and to our own limits.
It really doesn’t matter what’s your age, how fit you are or how flexible you think you are because the first two lessons are really all about getting to know yoga and learning to release stress and simply enjoying the postures while remembering to focus on the Pranayama (Yoga breath).
These first lessons are pretty easy going and I do believe that everyone can try them out even if you have never tried yoga before. They are both about 50 minutes long and you don’t have to do them day after day. I did the first lesson and only two days later I did the second one.
I really enjoined these classes mainly because of the teacher (Jackie), she is very kind and always repeats how important it is to listen to my body and encourages to take brakes whenever I feel like I’m over doing it during one of the poses. Her explanations are good and I love how she doesn’t give the feeling that I have to make the perfect pose every single time, and that I can moderate each posture until I feel good in it.
I felt a little bit impatient during these two classes and looked at the clock every 15 minutes or so, just to see how much more I have left to this lesson. I think that this is the effect you get when trying to calm the body and mind and concentrating on one thing at a time (not like my everyday activities that include family, work, phone, computer, friends and so on).
It is recommended to bring some props to these lessons but if you don’t have any it’s totally fine and Jackie has many modification tips that you can use instead of each prop. For example, I didn’t have a strap so I used my dog’s leash 😉 , but you can also use a belt instead.
In this lesson (and the two last ones) it’s not only the teacher that shows all the poses but also a student that is practicing at the same time. I love it because it gives me more confidence when I see that other people, just like me have their own modifications in each posture.
I really liked the fact that they added another student to the lesson because it really reminded me that I CAN do these postures, and so can everyone else! I tried not to compare myself to them but I couldn’t really do that and used their modifications to help me with mine. 🙂
In the last two lessons, I really felt that doing the lessons by order was important. I felt that I was getting stronger, physically and mentally. I felt that I could hold the pose longer and concentrate more on my breath. I felt that I didn’t have the urge to quit fast like I had in the first couple of lessons. I tried to stay in each pose longer, telling myself that the mind always gives in before the body and I CAN hold a few more seconds if I truly want.
These two lessons were a little bit more intense but I felt that the process of doing the first three lessons helped me gain confidence and enjoy the practice without thinking about quitting in the middle of the poses.
They were about 70 minutes each and when I saw that at the beginning of the lesson (even before I got on my mat), I wasn’t so excited because I thought to myself ‘that’s way too long!’. Happily, I got on my yoga mat and did the whole lesson without quitting and felt great afterward.
When I finished the last lesson (that was about 70 minutes long) I was so proud of myself that I didn’t quit and that I didn’t look at the clock to see how much time there was left. I was happy because the lesson wasn’t easy and I still managed to do it all and finish with a SMILE! 🙂
To Conclude My Beginners Yoga Video Review
I enjoyed these 5 lessons very much and I believe that it is mainly because of Jackie, the teacher, that built a great yoga sequence for beginners. I felt that each lesson was built towards the next and after the last lesson, I knew for sure that I made great progress along the way.
I didn’t give this course a 10 out of 10 ranking only because I felt frustrated that some of the lessons were 70 minutes long. I would prefer the longest lessons to be 60 minutes long like in the usual yoga class. I know it’s only a 10-minute difference but the number 70 just looks too much 🙂 .
Other than that I enjoyed practicing these classes and I loved the way the teacher explained every pose, making me feel that whatever I can do is perfect and that I should respect my body in every pose.
Have You Ever Tried A Beginners Yoga Course Before? If Not Would You Like To In The Future?
Let me know in the comments below, I would love to read your thoughts and answer your questions.