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Fitness DVD Review: Yoga for Beginners with Patricia Walden by GAIAM

When I work out, it's pretty much guaranteed that I'm going to sweat. I've tried Bikram Yoga in the past with a friend. I'm not sure it's for me because I could never stop focusing on the fact that I was in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.6 degrees Celsius), with sweat dripping off me so much that my leg would slip out of the positions. I bought Yoga for Beginners with Patricia Walden by GAIAM on DVD and I believe I paid less than US $15. I saw it sitting in the fitness DVDs section at Target when purchasing a gym bag. I saw the DVD and it was cheap, so I figured, why not? My mom had been telling me to practice some yoga to relax from the stress I had from school.
Beginner Yoga
When I purchased the DVD I had no expectations for it to get me in great shape or turn me into a yoga master. I originally bought it as a technique for relaxing and beating stress through yoga.
The DVD sat in my case for about a year until I decided to try it out. I tried it out one time after buying it, and was annoyed with how long it took to get to the actual poses. However, I gave it another shot and decided to review the DVD for WalkJogRun.
I would give this DVD 3/5 stars for the degree of fitness it provides. However, if I was reviewing this for its ability to relax me and to increase general flexibility, it deserves 5/5 stars.
The overall look of the DVD is very old fashioned. The instructor, Patricia Walden, is located on a beach doing the poses and speaks about how yoga can do such great things for your life and body.
When I turned on the DVD, it was a bit slow to start. It didn't help that I lost my DVD remote and couldn't fast forward to get to the poses. Then the instructor started doing crazy front and back bends that I couldn't believe were for beginners. I realized then this was not the actual Yoga for Beginners portion of the DVD. I'm not sure what it was or why it was included. The total run time for the actual workout is about an hour. However, the poses are done very slowly and in no way fast enough to get your heart rate up.
Even though the DVD was not enough to give me a good cardio workout, it helped me relax. I am sure I will throw it in again sometime if I feel stressed out out or need to get some efficient stretching in. I usually like to have some noise playing before I go to bed, and I may just throw this DVD in for that as well. The music that plays during the workout is very relaxing, and Patricia has a very calm voice.
I also discovered this DVD is available for rent on YouTube for $2.99 If you've never been to a workout class, this video will offer some humorous enlightenment about why you may want to avoid the standard group yoga class. Try Yoga for Beginners and let me know what you think! What are some of your favorite fitness DVDs?

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