A yoga DVD that doesn’t make you want to poke your eyes out.
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Because really, you just want some yoga.
Interestingly enough, the most frequently asked question in my business doesn’t really have to do with the stuff I teach.
But people know I’m serious about yoga and they come to me for advice on what yoga materials would be the best to work with. Specifically they want yoga DVDs that aren’t annoyng.
Here’s the thing. Most yoga DVDs are pretty awful.
Sunsets, Hawaiian beaches, bikinis and people saying things like “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Now work those abs!”
Gross. Also: you could sprain something rolling your eyes like that.
So if you’re new to yoga or trying to get back to it, I definitely would point you to Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga DVD.
Why it doesn’t suck:
You don’t need to be in great shape or have ever done yoga before.
Paul’s attitude is easy-going, non-preachy and very practical.
Paul is also an anatomy genius, so he’s always offering useful variations, or explaining why it’s okay to do the poses the way your body can actually do them.
The focus is biomechanical rather than spiritual, so no creepy “will they make me join their cult” vibe.
(Though there’s definitely room to take the practice deeper on a personal level if you’re so inclined.)
Paul is what I would call a real yogi. Not a fakerooney. He walks the talk.
And having studied with a ton of yoga people (both as a yoga professional and in my own life), I can tell you that this is actually relatively rare. *sigh*
At the same time, he’s also pretty atypical in that he’s very down to earth. Very. In fact, he looks and sounds like a guy you’d hang out with at the gym … if the guy at the gym was also super smart.
My gentleman friend, who had a ton of resistance to yoga, really appreciates Paul’s “ordinary guy”-ness, the easy-going nature of the practice, and the way it can be personalized for different bodies and abilities.
And … I’ve personally recommended this DVD to an insane number of friends, clients and students who bought it and love it and still use it. Yay non-sucky yoga!
Stuff you might want to know about using the DVD …
So: the practice DVD has three sessions that are each about an hour in length.
I often just do the first half of a session either in the morning before work or to wind down at the end of the day. Best thing to do is just leave it on top of your computer or television before going to bed as a reminder to use it.
Also, if looking at the gorgeous, bendy yogis who are modeling the poses is too depressing (it is!), it totally works to just listen and not watch. That’s what I do. And once you get used to the commentary there’s also a “just music and pose-changing cues” version too.
Although, to be honest, I love listening to Paul talk. I love his “no, seriously, it’s okay that you are the way you are” thing that he manages to do in a completely non-cheesy way. So …
What you get:
|Paul Grilley’s amazing Yin Yoga DVD (2-disc set with over 5 1/2 hours of material). Normally $36.95||
|Free shipping anywhere in the world.||
|“The 11 Things I think You Really Really Should Know About Yoga” (mini-ebook-guide thing-ey that I wrote to help you get into this)||
|“The 11 Things I Think You Really, Really Should Know About Using Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga DVD” (that’s mine too.)||
|A short and to-the-point super-calming audio (mp3) recording produced by me to get you in the mood to do some yoga even when you’re so not in the mood to do yoga.||
package price: $66
That’s pretty much it.
I will not bore you with a mile-long list of benefits, because I assume you already know that the more yoga you do, the better life is, but just in case:
Every time you work with this DVD (even just a section of a practice), your whole body will thank you. Especially your spine.
I definitely can say I’m hotter and more relaxed and more generally joyful because of it. My gentleman friend gives Paul credit for taking care of his back pain stuff. I haven’t had any similar health miracles, but hey, I’m pretty okay with hot, relaxed and joyful.
This is not something that I “push” or spend effort trying to get people to do. If you’re here it’s probably because you asked me about yoga-ey stuff. I put this together because I love Paul’s work and because I’m overjoyed that you want to have a more deep and personal relationship with your body.
SHIPPING INCLUDED. Enjoy!