I've noticed that a lot of people seem intimidated by yoga. I always tell everyone that if I can do it, anyone can. I don't look anything like the instructors but I still get something out of it. Because I'm not at all flexible, I prefer to stay home instead of taking a class. I have one yoga DVD that I've been using for years (Yoga for Inflexible People - I knew it was for me when I saw the name!). I also sometimes record a couple yoga shows on TV or get them from YouTube but those are usually way too hard for me so I only make it part way through before I collapse. Still I always enjoy yoga so I try to fit it into my regular routine. Over the past few weeks, I've been doing yoga first thing in the morning or right before bed a few times a week. I've really seen a difference in how I feel both physically and mentally.
I'm usually pretty good about avoiding impulse buys. A few weeks ago, though, I found myself buying a new yoga DVD from the grocery store. It was the weirdest thing. We were walking from the shampoo/makeup area of the store to the grocery section and before I new it, I had detoured to the exercise area and thrown a general yoga DVD in the cart! Luckily, and much to my surprise, I really like this one.
It's called AM & PM Yoga for Beginners. It is a little pathetic that I've been doing yoga on and off for about 15 years and yet I'm still at the beginner stage but I still enjoy it. I've been asked more than once how I can do these poses so many times and yet not become any more flexible. I seriously have no idea but if I ever manage to actually touch the floor without bending my legs, I'll probably die of shock!
Anyway, I like both the morning and evening routines. They do exactly what they promise. The morning routine gets me energized and ready for the day and the evening routine relaxes me and stops me from thinking too much. I also like that they are short enough that I can squeeze them in first thing in the morning or right before bed. Another benefit for me is that they don't require a lot of space so I can do the routine anywhere, instead of needing to kick everyone out of the family room.
Some of the poses are challenging for me (does that mean I'm pre-beginner?) but I've been doing them long enough that I know how to modify them on my own. She provides some modifications but not for some of the more difficult (at least for me) poses.
One of the main benefits for me is that I don't have to think about what routine to do. I just put the disk in and pick the time of day. The less decisions I have to make, the more likely I am to exercise so this is a big plus for me. Especially at 5:15 in the morning!