Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I've been really getting into yoga. It's kind of becoming an obsession. So I was thinking of doing a few blog posts and/or vblogs on my current obsession. I'm always obsessed about something. Whether its blush, bronzer, lashes, nail polish...
So here is the beginning of my OBSESSION series:
There are many forms of yoga, but I have drawn a big liking to the Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Vinyasa is yoga with the flow of breath. Fluid, graceful and beautiful. And definitely a work out!
If your not as open to finding a studio or doing it in front of other people, there are options. DVDs are a great at home workout. I myself don't like working out, so something like yoga, doesn't to me feel like working out. It goes really fast, it feels good, relaxing, energizes and gives strength & flexibility to the areas that need it most.
THINGS YOU NEED TO GET STARTED:
1. Yoga Mat
2. Instructor/Class & or DVD, Youtube Yoga vidoes, Hulu... etc.
I've ordered a few mats, and depending on the mat on the type of yoga you practice it will influence the type of mat you use. Purchased a cheap mat at target, but have found that it is a bit slippy when the palms get a bit persperated. Now if you're just a beginner this is all you may need. If you want to start faithfully doing yoga, something a bit more expensive will make all the difference.
I ordered from an online custom yoga mat company (yogamatic). It was just a bad experience. The custom yoga mat was WAY too dark and no good. The quality was good, but I found myself slipping a lot on it.
So I've have been in search for the best yoga mat. And according to consumer report and several other sites Manduke Black Pro, is supposedly the best mat. Pricy, but it's suppose to last a lifetime.
My husband, Alex, has been getting into yoga with me as well. And the cool thing bout the Manduka Black Pro, is that you can get a 85" in mat (my husband is 6'4"). I myself have ordered two, the Manduka Black Pro 85" & the Manduka Pro – Black Sapphire.
Here is what I hauled:
Manduka Black Pro:
Manduka Pro – Black Sapphire: (LIMITED EDITION)
I highly recommend you at least take one yoga class with an instructor. It just gives you the basic tools so that you can continue it easily at home. If you don't have the chance you can always get some yoga dvds, or find yoga gurus on youtube. For something that is more daily, I'd recommend a DVD.
Now I have been in the market for Yoga DVDs to do at home, and I've found first off what kind of yoga I want to do. My choice is Vinyasa Yoga, researching I've found a couple options that I will be exploring and see how I like them. Here are a few I've purchased:
Shiva Rea: Daily Energy Flow
Shiva Rea: Fluid Power - Vinyasa Flow Yoga
A.M. Yoga for Your Week
Rodney Yee's Ultimate Power Yoga
I find that Barns & Noble online have some of the best prices in my research, of course prices always change so shop around and see what kind of deal you can get.
Now do keep in mind I've been doing yoga once a week, and am now going to do it daily. So I have been to a few classes, so it's becoming a lot easier for me. Starting fresh out, you might get confused or not sure if you're doing it right. Just have fun, stretch, move, and have fun. That's what it's all about.
PS. Oh if people are actually interested in a review on the products mentioned I may do a review for you. Either way, I wanted to share my current obsession. :) Hope you enjoyed the post! n_n