Yoga Videos & Podcasts

Archived Q&A and Reviews


Good flow yoga video?

April 2015

I travel a lot and would *love* to find a good 1 hour yoga video to do in my hotel room - on my iPad or my computer. Any intermediate level ''flow'' class would be great - I am not that picky. Thanks in advance! Lissa

I love the Namaste series - it's beautiful to look at and relaxing and challenging at the same time. Here is it on Amazon: living room yogi

Online prenatal yoga resource

Nov 2014

Not enough time or money to attend a class in person. But I would love to do some prenatal yoga. I did it with my first and it was great. Have lapsed the past couple of years, but would like to use this pregnancy as an opportunity to get back into it. Can you recommend websites, youtube videos, etc. where I could do something between 20-45 minutes. Ideally, I would love to find a couple of routines that vary in intensity from super mellow/relaxing to a bit more vigorous exercise. Ideas? Thanks! anon

I used Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga DVD all through two pregnancies and really loved it. It is divided into sections so it's easy to do just 15-20 min if you want, and some parts are more energetic while others are more relaxing. It has three women in different stages of pregnancy, showing you modifications. It's definitely worth the $15-20. ...but don't buy her Postnatal Yoga DVD which is not very good. Anon

Yogaglo! You pay a monthly fee, and take as many classes as you want. They have a great selection of prenatal classes. Enjoy! Rachel

I liked this youtube video: Good luck with the yoga


Earlier Reviews

Oct 2004

When pregnant, I used to do the Shiva Rae's Yoga Workout daily. I loved it!!! But now that I have not done yoga in two years, I really miss it. I would love to get back into my old routine. Can anyone recommend a good tape for a beginner? I am looking for a light 30 (or so)-minute workout, but mostly I am interested in the relaxation aspect of yoga. tatiana

anything by Rodney Yee. I particularly like the ''power yoga''. it's been awhile since i've pulled them out myself, but his tapes are still kicking around here somewhere. maybe it's time i dusted them off myself! it's perfect for beginners like you and me. I particularly look forward to the ''cool down'' at the end of the workout. his voice almost puts me to sleep and I can actually get into the ''clearing of the mind'' segment. if you can get past him doing the video in what looks like a black cloth diaper (?). the other tapes of his i have are yoga for abs and back care yoga, but i always go back to the power yoga tape because it's a more comprehensive workout. namaste

Sept 2004

I am hoping that someone can recommend a great yoga video or video series for an absolute beginner. Thank you.

You will learn so much more by attending an introduction to yoga class rather than using a video. The teacher will be able to help you understand poses in a way that a video can not. There are so many good yoga studios and teachers in the bay area. Feel free to contact me if you want more information. Betsy

My absolute favorite video for beginners is an older one (1993). It is Jane Fonda's Yoga Exercise Workout. You might not be able to do it all at first but I feel she explains things really well. I found good reviews and availability on where you can get a used copy. Karen

March 2003

hi there, can any one recommend a yoga video for beginners? thanks, janet

I really like my Yoga For Weight Loss video. The teacher is Suzanne Deason, and there are 4 women doing 4 different levels. It's a great workout and the teacher gives lots of good instruction on how to do the poses carefully. Irene

I bought ''A.M and P.M. Yoga for Beginners'' by Rodney Yee & Patricia Walden for my first go at Yoga and I really like it lisa

Yoga Videos for Kids

March 2008

I'm looking for a yoga DVD I can do at home with my 2 yr-old. Any recommendations? Yoga Mom

I just bought a mom and toddler yoga/pilates DVD at Target, of all places. It's distributed by Parents magazine and is located at the end of an aisle near the paper supplies/crayons section. It's not the most challenging series of poses in the world, but it's fun and my son really seems to enjoy it. Every morning now he wakes up and says ''baby yoga?'' And I've been in a much better, more relaxed mood, I think in part because of this little DVD.

There's also a new toddler yoga class starting up in Piedmont. You might want to check it out: 'Itsy Bitsy Yoga' for Tykes, 22mos-5yrs 9-9:45am,4125 Piedmont Ave,Oak yoga4baby [at] anon

Jan 2008

Can anyone recommend a good Yoga DVD for children in the age range of 6-10? My children are interested, but we've only found some for younger kids. Thanks! Yoga Mom

My daughter (age 7) uses the DVD for adults that came free with her mat. She thinks it is cool that she is just as good as the adults. -- mom of yoga kid

Nov 2007

I'm looking for recommendations for a good yoga video for my 3 and 5 year old children. By ''good'' I mean something fun for this age which helps them focus on body awareness and provides some exercise. I don't do yoga myself so I'm clueless here. This is for my 5 year old in particular who has some mild sensory processing difficulties. He loves to stretch his body, which helps him to be calm, relaxed and more focused so I thought yoga would be good. Thanks. yogi kids' mommy

Check out Shana Banana Yoga from the Contra Costa or Alameda County libraries.Good Luck. Namaste. Rebecca

My kids love ''Yoga Kids: For Ages 3-6'' with Marsha Weinig. We also have ''Yoga Kids, Vol. 3: Silly to Calm''. Both are wonderful introductions to yoga. You can find them at yoga mom

May 2003

Re: Preschooler Yoga Class
My 3 year old neice has a great kid's yoga video, it's by a company called ''Gaiam'' (they produce a lot of yoga videos and have a line of yoga props). I've seen their stuff for sale at Blockbusters, Discovery Store and on the internet. She will sit there and watch the video sometimes as if she was watching cartoons, and other times she'll get up and do it along with the video. Sometimes my sister does it along with her. Or out of the blue she will show you the yoga poses she knows. The video is great as shows kids doing the poses and also compares the poses to animals etc. which make it easier to remember. For example, for tree pose, which they call flamingo pose, they show a flamingo. anon

Can anyone recommend a good yoga video? Also, I heard mention of a kid's yoga video - anyone have recommendations? Finally, do you know of a good yoga video I can do with my 3-year old? (I checked the website - no yoga video recommendations there.) Thanks - ~Rebecca

My daughter (now 4 and 1/2) has enjoyed a video called Yoga Kids. She usually just watches it, though. The Yoga Garden game and books have been more useful in motivating her to actually move. Of course I am interacting with her more, too. I find it hard to engage her at all if the TV is on. I've seen the video for sale at The Yoga Room on College (before or after a class). Sienna

Prenatal Yoga DVDs

Jan 2009

Looking for recommendations of prenatal yoga DVDs - preferably short routines and relaxing but good overall stretching, strengthening, etc. Thank you. anon

I loved the ''Zen Mama'' prenatal yoga DVD. You can do the entire practice (about an hour) or it is broken into chapters to just focus on areas that might be sore or need focused stretching. There are modifications for each trimester of your pregnancy. A yoga mom

Aug 2006

I could only find one mention of a prenatal yoga video on the BPN web site (Shiva Rae's), and was wondering if there are others that mothers have particularly liked. Thanks -Kara

I like Dr. Christine Anderson's Dynamic Prenatal Yoga. It's challenging (in good way I think) even for someone who had a yoga practice before becoming pregnant, and has some nice focus on the pregnancy as well. Here's the Amazon link:

I enjoyed Yoga Mama Prenatal Yoga. The instructor is Sue Elkind. It featured a short enough (about 40 minutes) workout that I would actually do it - didn't feel like it took too much of a time commitment, if you know what I mean. The level is pretty gentle, and I found her to be fairly non-annoying, which is apparently hard to find in prenatal yoga dvds! And the women doing the workout with her were at all different stages of pregnancy, which was nice too - and she shows options for how to do some of the poses differently for when you're more pregnant. - another yoga mama