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How Do I Choose the Best Yoga Video?

Yoga videos that feature ashtanga yoga offer a challenging, intense workout.
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Exercising along with a yoga video at home can be a great way to save money on classes and get in shape in the privacy of your own living room. Of course, not all yoga videos are created equal, and it is important to do a bit of research before you purchase one, to ensure you are making the best choice for your money. First, consider the type of yoga you want to do, as well as your existing physical ability. Someone who simply wants to stretch and unwind at the end of the day, for example, will want to purchase a different yoga video than someone who wants a more vigorous workout. Also consider additional options, such as the ability to do different workouts with one video, or to turn off the voiceover once you've gotten it down.

When doing any type of exercise at home, it is important that you understand the principles and know how to perform different moves in a safe way. For this reason, it is important to select a yoga video with clear demonstrations and verbal descriptions of each posture and movement, as well as a video that provides modifications for beginners or people with specific concerns, such as bad knees or a bad back. Often, it is possible to view clips of yoga videos online before making a purchase.

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In addition, there are many different styles of yoga, and consequently, many different styles of yoga videos. Ashtanga or power yoga videos typically offer the most intense, vigorous workout, while vinyasa or flow yoga offers a moderate workout. Yoga videos for beginners, or for people with specific needs -- pregnant women, for example -- exist as well, and offer a gentler stretching workout. Ensuring you select a video that matches your goals and physical abilities will help to ensure you get the most out of your workout and do not injure yourself.

There are some additional considerations to keep in mind when choosing a yoga video. Some offer a mix of short and long workouts, or even the ability to craft your own workout, which can be very helpful to prevent boredom with the same workout over and over again. Other videos offer the option to turn off the voiceover and simply watch the instructor and listen to the music, which can be good once you've mastered the moves. Finally, if you think the setting of the yoga video will be an issue for you, check it out ahead of time; some of them are done in relaxing locations, such as on the beach, while others are just filmed in a yoga studio.

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