Yoga For Beginners

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From the Editors of Body + Soul Magazine comes a new line of DVDs designed to excite, inform, inspire and encourage your quest toward a balanced and healthy whole life. YOGA FOR BEGINNERS is the perfect way to be introduced to Yoga and it helps you to explore and experience the numerous benefits of yoga. There are 8 routines to help build strength, increase flexibility, improve your health and vitality and transform how you look and feel. Routines are led by renowned instructor Barbara Benagh who expertly leads you through tailored workouts ranging from 10 to 60 minutes. YOGA FOR BEGINNERS was filmed on location at one of the most beautiful, tranquil beaches in the world, Half-Moon Bay, Antigua, which adds to the overall experience of tranquility. DVD HIGHLIGHTS: 8 customized, targeted routines, exclusive interview with the instructor, routines from 10 - 60 minutes, includes articles from Body + Soul magazine. description. Release Date: 10/24/2006.

Yoga instructor Barbara Benagh has practiced and taught yoga for nearly 35 years. She discovered yoga while living in England and began teaching there. She moved to Boston and opened The Yoga Studio on Beacon Hill in 1980.

In addition to her local classes Barbara teaches yoga seminars throughout the US and internationally. She is a regular contributor of articles to Yoga Journal magazine. She has several audio CDs of live classes available as well as DVDs, the latest being Yoga for Beginners released by Body + Soul magazine, and Yoga for Stress Relief that includes a discussion on meditation from the Dalai Lama.

Barbara was kind enough to answer some questions from about this unique line of yoga DVDs.

How are these DVDs different from other yoga DVDs?

I was drawn to working with Bodywisdommedia because they produce DVDs they are interactive. Rather than a "one size fits all" single routine that is typical of most products, these DVDs offer choice, allowing the user to customize and change their yoga practice to suit their needs. No two persons are the same so the ability to change your practice - easing shoulder tension one day and an invigorating morning wake up the next - come as close as possible to allowing you to address your individual needs at home. Not only do people have different physical needs, but they have different time constraints as well. If you have only 20 minutes, there is a practice for you but there are longer practices as well (some as long as 90 minutes) that address the total body/mind connection. The sheer number of yoga sequences offered on each of these DVDs is a first. They are incredibly comprehensive.

How were you able to get the Dalai Lama involved?

This project dovetailed perfectly with the Dalai Lama's message that modern stress is one of the greatest obstacles to our mental happiness and physical wellbeing. Because we are long-time sincere practitioners, having a 30-minute lecture of the Dalai Lama teaching how to meditate on the Yoga for Stress Relief DVD was a perfect fit. Bodywisdommedia also has a broader relationship with the Office of Tibet and are releasing historic lectures with "A Path to Happiness" being the first one.

How will potential buyers of these DVDs know which one is right for them?

The titles are very indicative of what appears on the DVD and therefore a good guide. I really enjoyed making Yoga for Stress Relief because it is incredibly relevant. We strove to make the sequences accessible to as many people as possible, whether they are a beginner or long time practitioner. Yoga for Beginners is a great, non-threatening place to get started and includes lots of sound technique developed over my 30 years as a yoga teacher. Power Yoga for Every Body is a bit more challenging taking you from the beginning level and gradually progressing to much more demanding routines.

Customer Reviews:

  • Loving Yoga
    I've been doing yoga at home for a few months. I started yoga with a 6 class package given to me as a birthday gift. The classes were good but I found that I wasn't always in the mood for yoga when the class was scheduled.

    This video has been a good choice for me. I can do my yoga at home whenever it suits me and I can pick a workout that I want to do. With this video I've started loving yoga and hate to go a day without it....more info
  • Good for this beginner
    I'm a beginner in yoga and I'm very happy with this DVD. The instruction is easy to understand and follow. The routines move at a comfortable speed for someone just learning. There's several routines to choose from, different lengths and different purposes, which is really helpful....more info
  • Not enough instruction, doesn't focus enough on explaining.
    I bought this video after years of not doing yoga, I used to do it religiously...I was VERY dissapointed in this video. It doesn't show you exactly what you should be doing, just vague wording to describe it while it focuses the camera at the wrong angles. THIS IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

    Wish I could get my money back for it.

    Her southern accent is VERY distracting as well.

    I do NOT recommend this video at all....more info
  • Excellent for Beginners who want to try Yoga
    I am truly an absolute beginner when it comes to Yoga but I am finding that "Yoga for Beginners" is just what I need. Although I haven't been at this for long, I am finding that Yoga is excellent way to relive stress. ...more info
  • Great form and breathing instruction...
    I'm not quite a beginner at yoga, but close. I was looking for a video that I could follow to continue to perfect my form and learn more poses. I have not enjoyed the videos that are more about meditation or do not give enough instruction on proper form. As others have said, she goes very slowly through the poses and I have wished for it to go faster sometimes, but the instruction is perfect. Also, many of the extended workouts are very challenging. I highly recommend this video for beginners and I will personally be looking for an intermediate video from her soon....more info
  • Perfect for beninners
    This DVD is perfect and helpful for people that have never practiced yoga before. It has good routines and you can improve with the more challenged ones. The only thing I don't like it is too slow sometimes and you do not exercise yourself in a complete way. ...more info
  • Great for beginners!
    I purchased this dvd after returning another I purchased that was just plain weird (Ana and Revi Ultimate Stretch workout). So far I have found it easy to follow her directions without staring at the tv, and the routines are easy enough to be a great beginning point for me. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to find a 30 minute unwind routine that focused mostly on breathing and meditation, I couldn't be happier with this purchase. ...more info
  • Wonderful for beginners!
    I wanted to start doing yoga. I chose this dvd, and I absolutely love it! It is easy to follow, and the instructions are clear. Many different workouts you can do. Would not hesitate to suggest it to a friend. If you're looking to start yoga, buy this dvd. You will not be disappointed....more info
  • Wonderful
    Love the video... very calming. Got my husband to try yoga with me...we find the instructions easy to follow and the visual is great. ...more info
  • Nice Beginner Program
    This is my first yoga DVD and so far I don't think I could have made a better choice.

    The length of the routines in the Getting Started section are all about 20-30 minutes. The instruction is really clear and the routines move at a comfortable pace. After about 3 weeks of using this DVD twice a week for about a half hour I started finding that that my body is able to do a little more each time and it's starting to really come together for me.

    Remember to not skip the interview. You'll get some great info about the instructors approach and about yoga in general....more info
  • Great for Beginners
    I have was trying to do yoga for about 3 days when I decided I needed something for people who were new to yoga. I found this dvd and it got pretty good reviews so I decided to pick it up. It has been a big help. I am getting a better hang of the moves and breathing. I had no idea there was so much breathing involved. I was doing a dvd before but it wasn't as good as this one is. I think this is a great dvd for anyone who is getting started in yoga. ...more info
  • What I Needed
    Good instruction on how to do the poses and her voice is calming and encouraging. The pace was good for me and this DVD was perfect for what I wanted as a beginner....more info
  • A great yoga instructional video.
    I really liked this DVD, I haven't even gotten through the entire thing yet. I took a 6 week yoga class so I did have some experience before I started this DVD but I don't think that an average person would have any problem following along. It's broken up into different sections, which is great. The first part works on getting you accustomed to the poses you'll be doing throughout, then you can get into targeted routines, and there's a last part that I haven't even made it to yet. This DVD targets your abs and stomach, legs, and breathing. But the nice thing is - you're never sore after working out but I can already see the difference in my tummy....more info
  • Happy With It
    I've had this DVD for almost a year and I'm still using it. It was excellent to start with getting into yoga and although I've since bought other DVDs I still enjoy the workouts on this one. I'd recommend it to anyone who is new to yoga and anyone who is not too experienced and wants a good DVD to follow to do yoga at home....more info
  • Good Part Of What I Am Doing
    I am getting back into shape and doing wlaking, jogging some carido and other things.

    Added Yoga to the mix becuase I tried it once awhile ago and never got back to a class.

    This DVD has helped me start on the yoga workouts. Good instruction and I like it....more info
  • A DVD For Beginners
    I purchased this and AM/PM earlier this year and it was a very worthwhile purchase. This DVD has alot of routines to start learning basic moves with good instructions on form and alignment, and then gives you longer routines and some more poses:


    Standing Poses
    Strength and Balance
    Sun Salutations
    Seated Hip Openers


    Breathing and Centering

    Barbara's voice and instruction, coupled with the beautiful beach setting, makes this a wonderful DVD to learn with....more info
  • Wish I Started Sooner
    Yoga has helped me so much that I wish I would have started it sooner. I can't believe how much better my back, shoulders and legs feel. This was the first yoga DVD I bought and I've been using it for almost 6 months now. It's nice that there is enough material on it that I haven't felt the need to move on to anything else yet....more info
  • Perfect for inflexible beginners
    As someone who had never done yoga before, and was very inflexible, I can say this video is a great investment. I've been doing a combination of the different getting started routines almost daily for about a month and a half, and I can already tell a huge difference. I am way more flexible, and have no more lower back pain. Its a great way to start or end your day. My one complaint is that while there are 2 sections getting started and extended routines,each with a number of routines, when I went to start on the extended routines, found out they are just different combinations of the getting started routines. I was looking forward to expanding poses. But still, the routines don't get old, and I will still be using this dvd for a while....more info
  • yoga for beginners
    Yoga For Beginners I Have two disk lower back that are bad. I have been three DR's no help and then went to a rheumatism and she send me to a real Back Dr and he stated if I do the surgery there is a 40% you will be worst. But, this DVD has helped my core back to be not in pain. I'm 5'7" and 135# and 53 years or age. If I can not have a surgery I'm better off. So, good for me and good for the DVD and Barbara Benagh for helping me thru the pain. And of course finding the the right Doctors to treat the pain and encourage me to do core back exercise to help my pain. Quess what it helped and do yourself the same....more info
  • New to Yoga
    I am new to Yoga and not in great shape. I think this is a great video. It has pointers to make the moves easier or harder depending on your flexibility. ...more info
  • Very Nice
    I borrowed a few videos from my sister. This was one I liked enough to get my own copy. I've enjoyed the variety of routines it offers. Different lengths and focusing on different things like hips, backbends, strength and others. This is a very nicely done video. Good, clear instruction, lots of variety and a lovely beach setting....more info
  • Enjoying yoga
    I'm enjoying learning yoga with this DVD. With any workout videos I usual skip any informational sections they may include and just go straight to the workouts. After reading the interview with Barbara Benagh that's on Amazon I was interested in seeing what she had to say on the DVD. DO watch the interview. She is an accomplished, experienced instructor. The tips and insight are things that I try and remember when doing my yoga. The best tips were to be patient and keep at it and not to expect to look like her in the poses right away. I'm new to yoga and I haven't found anything in the DVD so far that I can't do. The instruction includes suggestions to modify some poses so there is no reason to take anything beyond what's comfortable for you. ...more info
  • Yoga NOT for Beginners
    After working out 3 times a week for a year, I decided to add another routine to my daily fitness, so I remembered I used to love doing Yoga, years ago. I ordered this DVD since I wanted to recover muscle memory. Haha. What a joke---beginners? I don't remember ever doing some of these poses--and she holds some of the poses for so long, I come out of them, and am not in position to move to the next routine. I read some reviews from women who felt the same way, and ordered Yoga for Yourself, and love it. I'll hang on to Yoga Not for Beginners, and maybe 4 or 5 years from now try it again. It's not an atmosphere for success, such as Yoga for Yourself. I feel like she just had someone film her workouts, and she's been doing it for 30 years! I felt sick afterwards all 4 or 5 times I tried it, and that's not the purpose of Yoga. ...more info
  • This Beginner Using And Enjoying It
    I have been using this DVD for about 8 months now and have really been enjoying using it and how it is arranged and taught with routines that run 20-30 minutes to start you off and then extended and added to as you learn and improve.

    Extremely well done DVD that has helped me learn yoga. Being new to yoga I really appreciated the instruction which was clear and easy to follow....more info
  • Learned Alot
    I am new to yoga and really enjoy this DVD. Easy to understand and follow with instruction at a pace I could do, plus reassurances and details which helped alot as I got better at yoga. Extremely well done DVD....more info
  • So far so good...
    I have only done a few of the beginning routines, but so far I think I'm really going to like this video! It is not hard to follow the instructor and the voice over is very calm and relaxing. I have had some neck and back problems since having children (3 yrs and 10 mos) due to posture from breastfeeding and just plain lugging them around! I can actually do most of these poses or feel like I will be able to work myself up to them. Overall, I love it! ...more info
  • Like This
    Good beginner's yoga DVD that consists of various lessons to learn each movement and then also includes longer workouts. I have been doing pilates a bit and between the yoga and Pilates I am feeling stronger and gaining flexibility.

    The instructor is very good in describing each pose and how to perform it properly without being overbearing or too talkative. Very well paced and done in that also....more info
  • Phenomenal!!
    Bought this DVD though I had never heard of Barbara Benagh before; boy was I pleasantly delighted! There are several routines, all differing lengths. Not a lot of fuss on them, and best, not an endless litany of commercials like the Giam DVD's, which I've had ENOUGH of!
    I would highly recommend this DVD for anyone who has never tried yoga before or else has been away from regular practice for years......more info
  • Love It
    I was hooked on this one halfway through the interview with the instructor, before I even tried any of the exercise. I've been using it 2-3 days a week for a couple months and it's great. She's really easy to follow and encouraging provides many tip for adjusting poses based on your current skill level The routines aren't too fast or too slow, instruction is clear and easy to follow and the beach and ocean sounds are a nice escape. ...more info
  • too slow for college students
    The movements through the poses were too slow. We are college students who are always wound up and need to keep moving. This video is not for us. ...more info
  • I like it very much
    This is a really good yoga DVD. It's made doing yoga on my own something that's enjoyable and I look forward to it. The instructor explains things well and is easy to follow. The routines for backbends and hip openers are my favorites. Those are areas I've always had problems with and I'm already seeing improvements. That's encouraging. ...more info
  • Yoga For Me
    I had tried a couple of classes but this was easier for me to learn with since I was able to learn at my own pace at home and review sections easily to work with them.

    The instruction and the details that are provided realy helped me along in learning the poses and I am now feeling comfortable in doing the basic routines. I am starting to work through more of longer routines and making some progress. I am very satisfied in what I have learned so far.

    The interview is very worthwhile to watch. It helped answer questions for me in getting a basic understanding of what to expect over time in using the DVD and in yoga in general. Barbara was able to make me, as a beginner, feel comfortable with her words.

    Overall a very good DVD....more info
  • Men Do Yoga
    My wife has been trying to get me to do yoga. I'm not the yoga type I told her I'd try a couple of her DVDs and see what I thought. I'll admit it, I was wrong about yoga. Half an hour in and I was hooked by how it made me feel. I started slowly, twice a week and have been sticking to it now for 4 months or so. Wish I'd listened to her earlier because I can see the added flexibility and different kind of conditioning really started helping me in my golf game, softball and other things like that. ...more info
  • so so
    A little slow and basic. If you've never done yoga before, this may be OK for you; otherwise, I'd go for another DVD....more info
  • A fantastic introduction to Yoga
    This is a great choice for anyone who's new to yoga or has taken a few classes but wants to continue on their own. It's broken down into manageable sections that you focused kinds of poses - standing poses, seated hip openers, balance, and others. It also has the sun salutation. The instructor is calm and encouraging. In several poses she suggests (and shows) modifications you can use if need to. The second half of the program is routines you can do to energize, relax, work on strength and a couple others. I can see myself using this DVD for a long time....more info
    This DVD is great for me. I am a beginner to Yoga, and this DVD really relaxes me and gives me a sense of calm. I can't speak for advanced yoga people, but if you're a beginner, this is a great place to start. ...more info
  • New To Yoga
    I have been wanting to start yoga for quite awhile and just never seemed to find the time. I got the DVD as a Christmas gift and have used it every day since. I would really suggest that people watch the interview with the instructor before starting the exercise. It will give you good insight into yoga, her personal experience and philosophy and also suggestions on how to get the most out the DVD and yoga in general. Now I'm doing a couple of routines from the "Getting Started" section....more info
  • A slow beginner !
    I thought this was a good begining DVD , I did watch the intstructional part but I felt she could have had more direction with each section. I am one of those people that need to be lead by the hand and each section she kinda just started a pose ! Although I loved having the 10min and 20 min options for people on the go like me ! Overall it was a good purchase.....more info
  • Great for beginners!
    This is a great product for beginners. As someone who's never done yoga before and is slightly overweight, this was a great program for me. It lets me choose which type of program I'm in the mood for (relaxing, stress release, etc). I bought a second copy for a friend of mine. ...more info
  • solid beginner tape
    I recommend this to anyone new to yoga. This takes you thru the positions with ease and you understand what you should be doing. The positions get harder as you work thru the cd which I like. You can either continue in an easier pose or move thru to a more difficult level. I do the sun salutations in the am for a 30 min. wake up and stretch. The setting is just beautiful and relaxing.
    If you want to get familiar with yoga and don't know where to start this is a good cd....more info
  • review for DVD
    I really like the exercises and the theme of the DVD. THe only thing is, the instructor does some advanced positions in certain parts, which are pretty much impossible if you're a beginner. But overall, I think the DVD is a good way to start yoga....more info
  • Perfect Beginners DVD
    I have not done yoga, so I purchased this DVD. It is very well done with instruction that I can follow along with easily. Barbara's teaching has allowed me to really learn the poses and be able to do them. As she says in her interview, work throough the poses and take your time - do not expect to look like she does quite yet in doing the routines, it takes time.

    The first level consists of routines that run 20-30 minutes or so and each one has a series of poses that move from one to the next in a flowing routine which leads you from one pose into the next. The next level adds some more poses and extends the routines. I am feeling better doing this DVD and the breathing exercises are nice and calming. Nothing too difficult on the DVD and it teaches the basics poses of yoga well.

    Barbara has a very good understanding of the needs of beginners and it comes through here.

    Highly recommended....more info
  • Great workout, 8+ workouts and wonderful scenery
    This is a must have for the anyone trying to start practicing yoga. Barbara Benagh does a great job explaining the poses and there are shorter workouts that help you prepare for the longer 40 to 70 minute combined workouts.
    The scenery is beautiful and if you find the sound of waves relaxing/inspiring you will truly love this DVD....more info
  • Good choice. Glad I got it
    Based on the reviews I expected that it would be a good beginner tape and so far it's exceeded my expectations. If I had been able to find an instructor like this where I live then I wouldn't be buying dvds. The instruction is easy to follow along with and she makes doing yoga something that I want to stick with....more info
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    I was very please with how easy it was to follow. I eager to advance to the next level of Yoga.
    Anita...more info
  • Very Good
    I am in pretty good shape, do running with my club and other cardio/weights, but decided to try yoga when I found myself being too tight even with the stretching I would do after having a pretty good muscle pull.

    Picked up this DVD and have been using it for about six months and it has been very helpful in increasing my flexibility.

    Highly recommended if you are interested in yoga and would like to learn from someone who makes it easy to learn....more info
  • Yoga
    Having never practiced yoga before, I find this DVD easy to follow. the scenery is spectacular. I never realized how inflexible I really am. The instructor sets a good pace and has a very calming voice which puts the student in a very deep relaxed state by the end of the indivdual lessons....more info
  • I'm hooked on yoga now!
    I wanted to give yoga a try for help in flexibility,so I purchased this DVD, and it has far exceeded my expectations. I think it will help me with flexibility( I've only had it a week),but it has helped me, surprisingly enough, in relaxing. I think the mental health benefits will outweigh the physical benefits for me. One routine in particular, "a gentle unwind" has been just wonderful. In fact, I've just ordered Barbara's "Yoga for Stress Relief" because this routine came from that DVD. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants physical activity that is truly relaxing and calming....more info
  • no longer intimidated by yoga
    I rented this DVD from my library about a week ago. I'd always wanted to try yoga and although I'm in pretty good shape, I'm not that flexible so yoga intimidated me. Within 2 days of working with the DVD I knew that I had to buy my own copy off of Amazon! (BTW I just paid for regular shipping, but the DVD arrived in a day and a half. Nice!)
    I loved the sheer variety of routines on this DVD. They are split up into two levels, "as you get started" and "as you progress". Only a week into it, I'm still finding the "as you get started" routines very challenging but not impossible. I think that there's enough on this DVD to keep me interested and learning new things for at least a year or two! If you're like me and you've never tried yoga, let me tell you that during the excercise you will work hard (like any good excercise) but after completing one of Barbara Benagh's yoga routines I find that my breathing is deep and slow, and feel like I've just had a full-body massage (QUITE unlike any excercise I've ever done!!!)
    Her instructions are so clear that it's easy to follow along. She's challenging but very encouraging, making sure that you don't feel bad if you can't get into a particular pose, and offering you other easier options if you need them. She somehow offers lots of information while using very few words, this helps to keep her instrucions understandable to the novice.
    I also want to add that I wanted to learn yoga without all of the "emptying your mind" new-agey type of stuff, and this DVD definately lets me accomplish that. I believe in freedom of religion and I don't look down on yogis who practice the way that they wish, and likewise as a Christian I felt that my beliefs were respected in this DVD. I just want to excercise, not change religions, and Yoga for Beginners allows me to do that. ...more info
  • not good
    This dvd should not be titled yoga for beginners, but yoga for old people. I do NOT recommend it!...more info
  • Good for Yoga beginners
    My only previous yoga experience was a couple classes at the gym a few years ago. I haven't gotten out of the "Getting Started" section yet so with the amount of routines on this program I think I will have it for a long time. The instruction is really good. I'd don't feel like I have to always try and be in view of the TV, I can just follow what's being said. The pace is pretty good. I do notice my flexibility getting better....more info
  • Starting the day with Barbara Benagh
    I rotate among several beginning yoga classes and several DVDs/tapes, and I like Benagh's Yoga for Beginners best. I especially recommend this DVD if you intend to exercise before work. She has a soothing voice, the ocean views are lovely, and the degree of difficulty is appropriate. She also is the most articulate of the instructors I've experienced--she explains details of body position that others overlook, yet she seems to speak relatively little -- you really can get absorbed in the practice....more info
  • my favorite by far
    I had taken some yoga classes at the gym before but sometimes it was too challenging. Barbara takes you through a good pace with room for progression, so this DVD can last you a long time before moving on to something more advanced. The poses are challenging but not impossible, making me feel motivated to keep using this DVD. I like how you can choose the workouts to last from 20-70 minutes, so I can choose which one to do depending on how much time I have. You can target your exercises for specific parts of your body, like hamstrings, or choose a type of workout like the energizing one or quiet evening one. This was a well designed beginners program. No excessive distracting comments, no embarassing looking poses that you wouldn't want to do in front of other people, tips on checking your posture, etc. I would highly recommend this -- no wonder it's the best selling yoga DVD on Amazon. ...more info
  • Pretty Good
    I have never tried Yoga before, so given the title of this DVD, I thought it would be the way to go. The woman's voice is ultra-calming...and she is a great narrorator. The first two routines I got bored with fairly easily, but the next routine, Sun Salutations, is a bit advanced. She could spend a bit more time telling you exactly HOW to do the pose, instead of just showing it. I am struggling through this 3rd routine, and I am a fairly flexible person. If you are not in shape and easily discouraged, I would try another DVD. ...more info
  • Super calming
    The lady that does this DVD has a really relaxing voice. It is easy to follow. She explains everything really well. I felt taller after just the first session! I have tried other DVD's where the breathing was so hard to follow I felt lightheaded. Not with this one, the breathing in this DVD is really nice and relaxing....more info
  • Excellent DVD for the Beginner
    This is an excellent DVD for the beginner. And, just because it says beginner doesn't mean it should be TOO easy! Yoga SHOULD be about challenge. Challenge of the mind, body and spirit. If there was no challenge, how could you learn anything. I would recommend this dvd to any new student. We always have choices of what postures we can and seriously cannot do. TAMARA'S YOGA FUSION...more info
  • Excellent for beginners
    Barbara Benagh's Yoga For Beginners is a wonderful way to start. Her voice is easy to understand, listen to, and relaxing. The exercises are geared for beginners, but can be adjusted for those more experienced. There is a beginner section as well as an advanced section. When my husband did these with me, he noticed his back did not hurt for the next 2 days. I highly recommend this DVD....more info


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