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Vern M. my friend shawna l. ...

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My friend Shawna L. knows that I’ve tried a lot of Yoga Today video classes in the last 3 months, and today asked what I’d recommend most for download. I’m nearing the end of a 3-month gift full membership to Yoga Today that gave me the opportunity to try as many of their online classes as I wanted, in addition to the weekly free class that is available with free membership.

I sorted through my DM posts and picked my favorites. I started send this in a personal message, and then thought that other yoga-interested friends may like to see these also.

I tried 25 new classes from Yoga Today. I repeated several of the 25 two or more times. I found that the two I repeated most (5 times each) were:

“Realign” (Adi) http://www.yogatoday.com/videos/953126075, and
“Unwind” (Neesha) http://www.yogatoday.com/videos/953126074.

Both nice classes, but I think the reason I had so many repeats was that they are both about 30 minutes, good fits when I was short on time. Most other classes are 50 minutes to an hour plus. Both are restorative type, "Unwind" the gentler of the two. I probably like "Realign" a little better most of the time, it has deeper stretches and is probably better for post-run aches, but Unwind is nice for a gentle, pre-bedtime relaxer. Not sure if I’d put them at the top of my download wish list right now when I have so many great full length classes on my list that are the same price. However, yoga preferences are subjective and personal and it really depends on the class type and duration one is interested in. Here are the ones I put high on my personal download list:

“Power Postures” (Adi) http://www.yogatoday.com/videos/953125803
“Smile” (Neesha) http://yogatoday.com/videos/953126086
“Grounding with Hip Openers and Twists” (Neesha) http://www.yogatoday.com/videos/953125826
“Lunging into Freedom” (Adi) http://www.yogatoday.com/videos/953126041
“Powerful Standing Poses” - Couldn’t resist the title, or the note that it was the first class that Yoga Today ever produced with Neesha. http://www.yogatoday.com/videos/953125703

As of last night, I’ve done six out of Adi’s seven Chakra Series classes, really like them all, and will probably download all seven. My favorites of the six were both really kick-ass classes that were physically challenging:

“The First Chakra - Standing Poses & Seated Forward Bends” http://www.yogatoday.com/videos/953126027
"The Third Chakra - Core Strengtheners " http://yogatoday.com/videos/953126035

In the process of making this list, for the sake of comparison I copied my full reviews of all 25 classes out of my DM posts, some of them short and some of them detailed, and saved them in a separate document. I'd be glad to share it with anyone who requests it.

  • William R.
    William R.

    Great Vern. Any of those good for sore backs? Might need to try one.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Vern M.
    Vern M.

    None of those target the back, William. Seems like I've seen one or two listed, but haven't tried them. Here's a free one from Youtube I used a couple times when I strained my back a little: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0BLxSY2L3Y

    over 2 years ago Like

  • William R.
    William R.

    Thanks Vern saved it and will use it later.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Shawna L.
    Shawna L.

    Wow, that is amazing. Thanks Vern. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer so thoroughly. I am going to check out the links. I have a couple of good restoratives style downloads, and a couple that are high intensity and right now I am looking for something that is mid-intensity. I am even playing around with the idea of trying the monthly membership for a month or two to see how often I would use it.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Shawna L.
    Shawna L.

    I previewed them all. Awesome. I am leaning toward grounding with hip openers and twists and lunging into freedom. @William - not sure where your back is sore but the lunging into freedom episode says it is focused on a sore lower back.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Vern M.
    Vern M.

    Shawna, I also don't know if I'd use a year-around full time membership to it's best value. I've enjoyed the gift membership immensely, but between a decent DVD library, current and planned downloads, and the weekly free class, I'll have a lot of choices and variety. During the 3 months, I've made only limited use of my DVDs so I could try more of the Yoga Today videos. I may go with a one-month full membership every so often just to see what they've added that I haven't tried or downloaded.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Vern M.
    Vern M.

    The two you're leaning towards are *awesome* choices and neither would disappoint you, Shawna! :)

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Shawna L.
    Shawna L.

    Thanks again. Yeah, i am not sure I would use the year round membership enough to warrant it. A lot depends on whether or not I am able to pick up marathon training again in the summer. I have a lot less time for 'extras' when running takes up so much free time, so my yoga gets limited to 2-3x a week and often I prefer shorter sequences.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Elodie K.
    Elodie K.

    What an awesome resource! I've been dabbling in classes which I prefer to video, but I'll be referring to this when I can't get to studio. This is incredibly generous of your time, Vern!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Rose
    Rose

    This is so fabulous, Vern! Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together. Can you e-mail me the list? Because of your daily yoga practice, you really have a unique perspective, and we all benefit.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Marina
    Marina

    Wonderful recommendations - thanks for putting this together for Shawna and the rest of us! Thank you!!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Leah

    wow thank you Vern !! I wanna do some yoga with you :-)

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Vern M.
    Vern M.

    That would be awesome, Leah! :)

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Jenny W.
    Jenny W.

    Thank you so much for sharing your discoveries!

    over 2 years ago Like