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Hey guys! I'm Alli. :) I'm a 23 year old UCLA Alum who's looking to get healthy and fit. I know I've got a long road ahead of me, but I'm going to commit myself to making a big and permanent change now, so that I can reap the benefits and enjoy it for the rest of my life. Want to know more about the woman behind the blog? Swing by my About Me page or just Ask!

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    Alright guys!!! Here’s my Yoga Verdict!

    So, I have very mixed feelings about Gaiam’s Yoga for Beginners. I’m going to break it down into different focuses in order to talk about my thoughts a little bit more clearly.

    As far as the equipment goes, it seems pretty basic and standard. The mat is nice, it feels a little thin, but I think that if it were thicker I wouldn’t feel as rooted and would be even more wobbly than I am now. The block is nice, and the strap is thick and durable. 

    As far as the DVD and routine goes. I think that it’s misnamed. It doesn’t feel like it’s a proper introduction to Yoga. I couldn’t find anything that explained the different poses or how to properly transition. 

    There was a segment focusing on the equipment, but during the routines, there wasn’t really any indication to when or how to use them through the transitions between the poses. 

    Additionally, it felt like everything was moving too fast. There wasn’t time to adjust the poses or compare myself to what was on the television. My size is an issue, especially coming out of lunges and bringing my legs in across my body, so trying to move quickly makes it even harder to figure out how to do it correctly. It felt like I didn’t have any time to adjust or let myself feel the position before struggling to get into the next. I’m sure that the fluidity is very beneficial when performing yoga as a more experienced practitioner, but as a beginner with very little experience, it didn’t’ afford me the time or details that I needed.

    Overall, I think that the equipment will be helpful, and that the DVD would be a nice daily exercise. But don’t expect to be able to use it to learn yoga on your own. 

    I’m going to find a studio nearby that will hopefully offer a beginners class where I can learn more of the basics. I took a class once upon a time, but it’s been years. It felt amazing to just breathe and feel my body, even despite the fact that I got a bit confused and felt a little rushed. So I still think it was a positive experience, and am happy with it. 

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