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

Teacher: Jackie Casal MahrouBeginners-Yoga-Video-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).

The First Two Lessons – A Good Way To Get To Know YogaBeginners-Yoga-Video-Review

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).

Third Lesson – Gaining ConfidenceBeginners-Yoga-Video-Review

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. 🙂

The Two Last Lessons – Feeling StrongBeginners-Yoga-Video-Review

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.Beginners-Yoga-Video-Review

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.

Paulina

10 thoughts on “Beginners Yoga Video Review”

  1. Hey Paulina,
    Really good review and it sounds like a good class for beginners. I can’t help it, I will not even attempt 70 minutes. I literally don’t have 70 minutes a day. I do set aside 30 and do a yoga/pilates combo which is kicking my butt right now because I quit for like a year. Ouch! I have the blocks and the belt, some latex feeling resistance bands, light hand weights, and a resistance circle which I use for pilates. I like the yoga for calming and stretching and then the pilates for toning, long and lean. When you said some of the poses hurt that alarmed me. You should never feel pain when doing yoga, that’s why you have the modified poses, blocks, etc. Yes, sometimes you feel muscles stretching that you haven’t used in a while, because you are working out, but if any pose hurts, you should not make your body continue without modification or you can injure yourself. It sounds like a joke, I hurt myself doing yoga, but it is very easy to pull or even tear something, so be careful. I agree with you on working out at home, much easier! I’ll have to check in with you some more and pick up some tips 🙂

    1. Hey Keli, If you want to get back into doing some yoga you can check out these short 10-minute yoga routines that are great if you don’t have a lot of time to spare. The poses didn’t hurt me at all, and I totally agree with you about feeling a good stretch and not pain. The teacher always repeats in these lessons that we aren’t supposed to feel pain and if we do we must get out of it immediately and modify.
      Paulina
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  2. Great insight for beginners and the breakdown is pretty straight forward. Yoga is something that has been on my bucket list for quite some time. So it’s great to come across this website that explains this in a very simple way.

    Thanks for sharing your insight on this. Time to take action I guess.

  3. It feels so good when you get an advice on the product from someone who is actually making good use of the product. Everyone are not able to join yoga classes so having something like Yoga 101 can really prove out to be very beneficial, I understand how you got frustrated with the long lessons, it happens to me also while trying some product. But I guess we can break it into parts and do according to our convenience, can we?

    1. Hey Hari,
      It is very convenient indeed to do these yoga practices at home without needing to go to the studio. I am not sure if it will be a good idea to break this lessons into parts because they are built especially to go one after the other in the sequence, each lesson relays on the one before and this helps the body learn and grow and become better in each and every posture. I would suggest doing the yoga lessons as instructed by the teacher as she built this course for beginners and it worked great for me so I believe it will work great for others as well 😉
      Paulina

  4. Great review Paulina,
    These seem like great value and suit beginners like myself. There truly is no excuses to not give this a go since you can do in the luxury of your own home.
    Not sure if I can last the 70 min classes but I’ll try my best. Any tips for improving my mental game to last the distance?

    1. Hey Vince,
      I think that the best thing to do would be to start with the first few lessons that are about 50 minutes long and then see how you feel, if you enjoy the lessons then you probably won’t have a hard time doing the other longer lessons. If you feel that 50 minutes is also too much for you then you can always start with something with as little as 10 minutes.
      I hope this helped and that you will enjoy these yoga lessons.
      Paulina

  5. This is a helpful review for anyone looking to start yoga from scratch. Very cool that you got these classes for free with your membership, but even if I just buy the class, it’s honestly still cheaper than going out to a gym or a studio.

    It’s also good that the props are optional because I don’t think many beginners would have a yoga block or strap. but yeah, I guess you can get creative with substitutes! you used your dog leash, someone could easily use a belt or even a long scarf. Are there any particular places you recommend to get good yoga equipment?

    1. Hey Penny,
      It really is cheaper than going to a yoga class, and practicing alone at home has it’s benefits 🙂
      One of the things I loved in this yoga course was that the teacher had many tips on hoe to modify the poses with and without the yoga props.
      You can find here some yoga products and equipment that I wrote about. (I will be adding more in the future).
      Paulina

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