Tara Stiles: This Is Yoga
DVD 2 – Beginners Yoga for Everyone
Reviewed by Karen Bleakley
I’ve always wanted to try yoga – both for fitness and for mental relaxation – but as I’ve got three kids, a dog, a husband and a business to run I can’t seem to find the time to attend classes. This DVD seemed perfect for me as it was aimed at beginners and would let me give it a try in my own time.
I was really interested to see if this DVD offered something I could comfortably tackle in my living room.
The DVD is broken down into three sections: Beginners Flow (30mins), Relaxed Easygoing Flow (15mins) and Calming Night Time Flow (50mins). The Beginners Flow has Tara doing yoga on a beautiful beach while her voiceover explains the positions. The Easygoing Flow feels more relaxed as Tara leads the session from the balcony of a hotel while talking to you. The final session is on a city rooftop with Tara talking you through the session.
Even though it’s aimed at beginners, I didn’t find it as easy as I expected. I definitely need to work on my balance! I thought I’d be able to work my way through full sessions easily, but so far I’ve just done ten minute chunks which I aim to build up the more I do it. Lots of the moves were quite tricky for a complete beginner like me and even five minutes in I knew my muscles would ache the next day. Because it’s quite challenging it makes you want to try it again to see if you can do better, or do more of it, next time.
I found it difficult to keep up the moves while trying to watch the TV, although I know this will get easier the more I get to know the routine. I also found the limited space in my living room made certain moves tricky as I can’t extend a leg and an arm without hitting a sofa or a coffee table, but at least it takes up less space than an aerobic exercise DVD session.
I have reflective glass doors on my TV cabinet which I was able to use to keep an eye on my positions to make sure I was copying Tara as closely as I could. I’d definitely recommend putting a mirror next to you while doing it, otherwise it’s difficult to know if you’re in the right position.
I don’t know how this compares with other yoga DVDs as it’s the first one I’ve tried, but I would recommend it. There is a lot to learn in it, and it will keep challenging you even after you’ve done the DVD many times which I think makes it value for money.
Available to buy from Amazon here.