Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by writer and yogi Sophia Dembling. She is a widely published writer who has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and Web sites, including her own at SophiaDembling.com.
I’ve been working out for decades, and practicing yoga for about five years. Strictly speaking, I could probably wing it through my workouts and be OK. But exercising is the one time in my life that I actually like being told what to do. I don’t want to have to think, to make decisions, to rely on my own fluctuating motivation. Quite honestly, given the choice between challenging myself and coasting, I’m far too likely to coast. But I do as I’m told when someone is pushing me.
I started working out with videos back when Jane Fonda was wearing leg warmers, and started reviewing them (and then DVDs) for my local newspaper in the 1990s. Now I review them on my own blog, Suit Up and Show Up (my favorite motivational mantra).
I love the convenience of working out at home and the DVD workout has brought all sorts of swell new developments to the form—such as programmable workouts broken into ten- or 15-minute chapters that you can choose and arrange as you like, with the push of a button.
I also keep a library of DVDs, which allows me no excuse for skipping a workout. No matter what my mood, energy level or time limitations, I have a DVD to fit the bill. (Which is not to say I never skip workouts. I’m no saint. I’m just saying I have no excuse.) Workout DVDs are inexpensive, most under $15, so picking a new one up when you get bored is not a big hardship.
The shelves are full of yoga DVDs these days—some excellent some ridiculous—I review some on my blog. Even advanced practitioners should be able to find DVDs to suit them; your favorite celebrity yogi probably has a DVD or 10 for sale.
If you’re a true yoga neophyte, however, take some classes first. I didn’t enjoy video yoga workouts until I started practicing with a teacher–which I still do, it’s an important part of my week. But yoga is far too subtle a form to learn from a DVD and rank beginners even risk injury without some training in the basics. (Same with weight-lifting.)
But if you already know your way around a yoga mat, yoga DVDs can be a great way to keep a yogi at home.
About the Author: Sophia Dembling has been working out in Dallas, Texas since the 1980s. She is a widely published writer who has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and Web sites. She is author of The Yankee Chick’s Survival Guide to Texas and co-author of The Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone’s Favorite Therapist Sophia also blogs about traveling in America at the travel Web site, World Hum and about everything and anything at her own Website, SophiaDembling.com.