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Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners (2009)

Rodney Yee , Colleen Saidman  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Gaiam - Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001F76OKC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Two full-length yoga workouts for beginners
On-screen pose training for perfect form
Secrets to overcoming the most common yoga mistakes
Audio Selection for each program full or pose only instruction

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Product Description

Two full-length yoga workouts for
On-screen pose training for perfect form
Secrets to overcoming the most common
yoga mistakes
Audio Selection for each program full or
pose only instruction
Get that long, lean yoga look while centering your
mind and improving posture and fl exibility. Yoga
masters Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman
demonstrate all the basic poses in a detailed
40-minute Pose Training session. Learn accurate
alignment, technique and how to avoid the
mistakes they see most often. Then, put those
lessons into practice with two full-length workouts. The 20-minute Morning Workout
will get your day off to a refreshing start, helping you awaken and energize. The
15-minute Evening Workout restores, relaxes and soothes. Choose full, in-depth
guidance as you get familiar with the routine or opt for minimal conversation so you can
take in the sights and sounds of beautiful Molokai, Hawaii.

About the Actor

Rodney Yee was a professional ballet dancer who later studied Iyengar yoga. He
travels nationally and internationally to teach workshops, teacher trainings and
retreats. Rodney has been designing and performing in Gaiam programs for over
10 years. He has been featured on Oprah and other national programs

Customer Reviews

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239 of 244 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for May 9, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I purchased 3 different "beginner" DVDs on Amazon to try. I am somewhat familiar with Yoga but haven't practiced it in years, and was never that advanced to begin with. I was worried that some of the DVD's would be too easy or too complicated for me. This was perfect. (Incidentally, the one I really didn't like was "Yoga for Every Body" which somehow managed to be both too easy (not challenging physically) and too complicated (using Hindu terminology and a lot of props) This DVD, on the other hand, was great becasue it was simple and straightforward, while being physically challenging at the same time (easy poses to customize to your level of fitness, too) I only wish it were longer. I will purchase more of the Gaiam DVDs with Rodney Yee
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369 of 385 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AM & PM yoga w/40 min instructional pose guide June 17, 2009
I love Rodney Yee as well as only a handful of other instructors such as Rainbeau Mars, Seane Corn, etc. who have a real passion for yoga to help balance the body and the mind.
This has 2 about 20 min workouts, Rodney doing the morning & Colleen doing the evening. They both use only basic beginner poses that have a relaxed, slow pace. The great thing about this dvd is the 3 different audio instruction. You can have basic overall instruction that Rodney uses in the past which gives you the pose name, basic instruction about posture, as well as some inspiration teaching such as not being hard on yourself that you aren't doing the best you've ever done, etc. You can choose "pose only" which is just the music & Rodney/Colleen only saying only the name of the next pose. Or you can have the "inspirational" mode which tells you the pose & how it helps your body & other inspirational ways the yoga pose helps you through life in a more positive way, by noticing the positive in your body, etc. This is a great idea to get larger target audience who might all have different taste in instruction, or different needs depending on the day. I think all workout dvds should do this, even offer even more varied choices, especially "instruction only" in case you don't like the music, but do want the instruction, etc.. Most dvds now only offer instruction w/music or just music which is too limiting considering the technological possibilities, dvd reviews will get much less complaints due to varied user's tastes & much more sales.
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169 of 180 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the title is accurate April 21, 2009
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This is one case in which the title does not mislead. If you don't have much background in yoga and need to have all the various postures explained in some detail, this is the DVD for you. Even if you do have some experience with yoga, they will take you back to the basics where you might need a little correction here and there. Also, on the disc Rodney Yee and his partner take you through the steps of two yoga workouts that will lead you in the end to a wonderful feeling of relaxation.
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246 of 290 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for true beginners June 20, 2009
I bought this DVD based on the rave reviews of how appropriate this DVD is for beginners. With the exception of one yoga class many years ago, I consider myself a true beginner and was looking for a DVD that would start with a thorough introduction to the basics. While the section on poses does a good job of focusing on common mistakes, the camera angle is awkward and sometimes cuts off when you are trying to follow along. With that said, the attempt at fancy camera work hinders the ability to follow along in true form, and this continues into the workout section. For instance, some shots only display Rodney's head and arms held up, but will omit the position he takes with his legs. I was not able to complete the first workout section; the pace was quite quick and unless you have the poses memorized by name and form, you would not be able to keep up with Rodney. This DVD is best for advanced beginners who are already versed in yoga poses and only need additional instruction to correct form. Discouraging DVD for the true beginner!
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Moves way too fast March 4, 2011
By Kate G
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I'm in my 20s, relative beginner to yoga, and I've been practicing almost every day for several months now. I've ordered several beginner yoga dvds, but I'm disappointed in this one. (especially considering all the good reviews)

I ordered it because I saw a glimpse of the pose guide, which appeared helpful. Aesthetically, the exercises on the beach looked peaceful, the music non-intrusive, and Rodney Yee seemed to have such a soothing voice (a big plus in a yoga instructor).

But the exercises move waaaaay too quickly. Doing the practices felt like I was being ushered along hurriedly--like I was late for a meeting or something. Kind of the antithesis of what yoga is all about, right? The instructor would even say, "Stay here for a cycle of two breaths," but s/he would only give enough time for a single quick one.
Aaaahh!! Cue aggravation, another thing you don't want to get out of a yoga session.

Given all the good reviews, I was really surprised. Granted, I'm only a beginner, but I feel like the whole point of yoga is to get into the poses...if only for a few nice breaths. I felt so short-changed with this DVD; there's no way I'm hitting the pause button after every pose. This is probably the last Gaiam or Rodney Yee dvd that I'll be ordering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good beginner video
Very good beginner video. Thorough explanation of various positions. There are two routines - energizing and rejuvenating - which are nicely done, twenty minutes.
Published 4 days ago by Andrew Lancioni
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD for yoga.
Enjoy this very much. Great for anyone who wants to have direction for yoga.
Published 5 days ago by Susan Dwyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
My daughter and I both like this video. It walks you through the positions very nicely as I am new to Yoga. I think it is a good one for beginners.
Published 15 days ago by Annette
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It only has 20 min and 15 min yoga exercises. I wish it would have been longer
Published 16 days ago by mrsglaser
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This is okay but definitely not for what I consider "beginner". If you've not done yoga before the pose instructions are lacking as is the dialogue for for each pose so you... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Lynne Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Almost all Yee yoga practices are good.
Published 1 month ago by Brendon Burris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just need more time
Published 1 month ago by Cupcake6238
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Murph
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced instruction.
No one beats Rodney Yee.
Published 1 month ago by ibnick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Only have used it once . Relaxing
Published 2 months ago by Sandra P. Fortini
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