Recommended by Me

YouTube Channels

  • Baxter Bell Yoga—vinyasa "mini" practices and other short tutorials with an emphasis on yoga for healthy aging

  • Bernie Clark—deep dive into yin yoga with expert instructional videos

  • Body Positive Yoga—videos and tips for practicing yoga for all bodies

  • DoYogaWithMe—practices and tutorials more from fundamental to more in-depth with a variety of instructors

  • Ekhart Yoga—everything from brief yoga stretches to in depth tutorials to guided meditations to full class routines

  • Jennifer Kreatsoulus, Yoga for Eating Disorders—mindful yoga practices focused on self-acceptance and self-empowerment

  • Kate Vantucci Yoga—a variety of fun routines from a local Rochester-area instructor

  • Melissa West Yoga—a mind-body approach from a yoga therapist, with many slower yin and restorative routines

  • SarahBeth Yoga—many routines in various lengths and styles, such as beginners, yin, and restorative

  • Yin Yoga with Matt—down-to-earth yin practices with an instructor who is also a veteran

  • YogaJP—playlists that include chair yoga, wheelchair yoga, chair yoga/chair dance, senior yoga, and yoga therapy

  • Yoga with Kassandra—beginners classes, a 30-day meditation challenge, and many yin yoga classes

  • Yoga with Olga—viniyoga-based practices designed to be therapeutic for the body and the mind

  • Yoga with Tim—likeable, goofy personality, great mobility work, and excellent alignment cues

  • The Yoga Ranger Studio—a great source for Yin yoga and other gentle practices

  • Yogea Yoga—fun and interesting variations on yoga asana, or what she calls "innovasana"

I also use YouTube for Pilates, stretch, cardio, kickboxing, and kettlebell routines, so if you want recommendations in those areas, just ask.

DVDs

Appropriate for Beginning/New Yogis

  • Barbara Benagh—AM-PM Yoga for Beginners; Yoga for Stress Relief

  • Elena Brower—Element AM & PM Yoga for Beginners

  • Hala Khouri—Yoga for Stress Reduction

  • Jillian Pransky—Calm Body Clear Mind

  • Mimi Solaire—Deep Stretch Yin Yoga

  • Rodney Yee—Yoga Conditioning for Athletes

More Experienced Levels

  • Eoin Finn—Blissology

  • Tilak Pyle—Yoga: Altar of the Heart

  • Rodney Yee—AM Yoga for Your Week; Yoga Conditioning for Athletes

I have tried many, MANY other yoga DVDs, so if you have questions, just ask. You can also follow me as Reviewer Dr. Beth on Amazon.com.

Books

Adele, D. (2009). The Yamas and the Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice. An excellent book for anyone wanting to explore these two essential components of yoga's 8-limb philosophy in greater depth.

Austin, M. (2003). Cool Yoga Tricks. A wealth of strategies for modifying yoga postures.

Bell, B. & Zolotow, N. (2017). Yoga for Health Aging. An excellent, accessible guide that focuses on yoga as a tool for lifelong well-being.

Blair, N. (2017). Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga. Wonderful book on Yin yoga that offers excellent posture breakdowns and modifications applicable to other practices as well.

Boorstein, N. (1997) It's Easier Than You Think. A classic, simple, accessible introduction to Buddhist teachings.

Bondy, D. (2019). Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body. Yoga postures accessible to all; accompanied by amazing full-color photo illustrations.

Harris, D (2019, Revised Edition). Ten Percent Happier. A TV anchor and self-proclaimed skeptic reviews how his discovery of meditation made his life 10% better.

Kaminoff, L. (2011, 2nd Ed.). Yoga Anatomy. One of the most comprehensive, readable guides detailing the actions of the body in yoga asana.

Hanh, T.N. (2015). How to Relax. A simple (but not simplistic) little guide by the Zen master on how to be more mindful through practices such as resting and breathing.

Hanson, R. (2011). Just One Thing. Everyday practices founded in both positive psychology and Buddhism to improve overall well-being and move towards a happier life.

Krucoff, C. (2013). Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less. Nice little book of short yoga and meditation practices to incorporate throughout your day, whether at home, at work, or elsewhere.

Lasater, J. H. (2015, 2nd Ed.). Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life. Provides guidelines for taking the practice beyond the mat by incorporating yogic principles into daily life.

Lasater, J.H. (2003). 30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers. Another excellent book by Lasaster, this one guiding teachers and students alike in exploring yoga's most foundational postures.

McCall, T. (2007). Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing. Details the use of yoga as part of a holistic approach to health, addressing twenty specific conditions.

McGonigal, K. (2009). Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain. Describes gentle yoga techniques appropriate for anyone, not just those with chronic pain.

Mesko, S. (1997, 2000, 2013). Healing Mudras: Yoga for Your Hands. A guide to using hand gestures, or mudras, as part of a wellness practice.

NurrieSterns, M., & NurrieSterns, R. (2010). Yoga for Anxiety: Meditations and Practices for Calming Body and Mind. Offers various exercises for enhancing general well-being; also provides specific instruction on breathing practices, yoga poses for calming, and meditation.

Rasheta, N. (2018). No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners. This question and answer guide provides a non-secular guide to the main tenets of Buddhism.

I love to read! Join me on goodreads to see my reading list. For additional recommendations, follow me as Reviewer Dr. Beth on Amazon.com; I also review yoga, meditation, psychology, and similar media for the website Metapsychology Online Reviews.

Other Media

Playlists

Products

Yoga Mats - Remember that yoga mat preference is a VERY personal choice; different people like different things. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Manduka eko Lite - Manduka no longer makes my original eko Lite mat; mine was only 3mm, which some will find too thin but which I loved. After about 12 years of very regular use, it has started to break down, but prior to that, it was completely non-slip.

  • Gaiam Premium Print Mat - This is a pretty mat (love the mandala design!) that is a bit thicker than I would prefer at 6mm. However, it is affordable and a very good general mat that is light enough to transport to the yoga studio (which is how I use mine).

  • Kharma Khare Recycled Tire Mat - I love that this mat is made from recycled tires! It's heavy, thick, and doesn't slip under my feet or my hands.

  • Emerging Green Cork Mat - This is a large, thick, heavy mat that might be a nice option for home use; the guidelines also make it a good mat for beginners.

Yoga Socks - I have various pairs of these, but I like these toeless ones from Gaiam, as they allow my toes to touch the floor, giving me more direct contact. I wear them for teaching, as I am moving around the room and not on my mat, but they would work for personal practice as well.

Yoga Toes - These are an excellent product not only for treating a variety of foot conditions (like bunions), but also for helping to make your toes more "spready" for your yoga practice.

Meditation Bench - This little meditation bench makes sitting in meditation so much more comfortable! I love the smooth, high quality wood and the foldable legs for storage.

Essential Oil Diffuser - I recently to this new diffuser and I love it! It has various settings, including an automatic off feature.

Essential Oil Set - This is a great set of quality oils at an affordable price. I love the wonderful scents, about half of which are more uplifting, half more relaxing.

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