Instructional yoga videos: A guide to getting your yoga on


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BY: NADIA ZAIDI 

Inhale. Hold that pose. Exhale. Now release. You might hear something like this when you attend a communal yoga session. But what if you don’t like the idea of clustered mats and steamy air-filled classes? More importantly, if yoga is not in your budget, does it mean that you’ll never reap its benefits? Yoga is a lifestyle choice that requires dedication and consistency, but you don’t necessarily have to stretch your wallet.

Thousands of people are taking to YouTube to share their yoga expertise with the world. Yes – you don’t have to leave your home to become a yogi or yogini.

One woman on YouTube has been using her technical prowess to upload yoga videos and share them with her millions of subscribers. Yoga with Adriene walks you through everything from the basics of yoga, to prenatal yoga, and yoga for various physical ailments.

Yoga has revolutionized the way that we think about health and fitness. Spiritual and self-awareness is often equated with physical vitality. It’s a culture of psychological and physical awareness that has taken the western world by its shoe-encased feet and liberated them.

Yoga is a practice rooted in spirituality and religion, but you don’t have to be either of those things. Perhaps that’s what makes it universally practiced and appreciated.

If you want to learn specific types of yoga, like Ashtanga yoga, instructional videos like the one below walk you through beginning and end:

Its complex history and practice can be deconstructed and taught in the easiest ways.

If you’re looking to learn more about the basics of yoga and its principles, there are many tutorials that explain its tenets. In the video below, the eight limbs of yoga are deconstructed.

Last year, a documentary on the science of yoga was presented at the International Yoga Festival. It’s useful for those of us who want more logical answers on yoga’s very elusive groundings.