Interested in trying yoga, but not sure where to start?

Starting with a beginner yoga video (such as Level I Baron Baptiste orPatricia Walden) is definitely a cheaper alternative to private instruction.  Power yoga videos will teach you yoga basics and at the same time give you a workout (I like Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste).  Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden offer more slower paced instruction with great sequencing.  Check out Amazon for prices —they usually have the best selection & offers.

Eventually, you may want to join a group class (either at your gym or go to a studio).  The energy and instruction you’ll get in a group class will be a lot more invigorating & challenging. 

Another option is hiring a private yoga instructor to come to your home and teach you.  Though it’s the most expensive option, one-on-one instruction provides a deep learning experience, enables you to move at your own pace and ask as many questions as you’d like along the way.  Depending on your finances and if you have access to community space, private instructors (such as myself) are usually willing teach a class to a small group for a fee that could be split among the group.  For instance, if you could get 6 of your friends to come then the cost would be $17 per person and you could take the class for free.

If you live in the Washington DC, Arlington, Alexandria or Bethesda vicinity and are interested in private yoga instruction or hosting a group class within your community space or living room, please visit my website for more details.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by slowyogaclasses on November 19, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden offer superb instruction at a good pace, but I’m not sure that I’d call it slow. But then again, I’m not a normal person – when I see Amazon reviews complaining that a yoga DVD is too slow, I want to buy it! Even now after completing teacher training, I still keep hitting the pause button so that I can savor the pose and get benefit from it. But, yes, if you’re a 19 year old with years of dance or gymnastics training behind you, then you’ll probably consider them too slow.

    As for Baron and Bryan’s DVDs, they are also excellent. However, going at that pace without a proper understanding of pose alignment is just asking for trouble. I think a lot of a-type personalities overdo it. Some may even injure their knees or lower back because they don’t know how to properly do a pose without over-straining.


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