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Favorite Workout DVDs for Yoga + Stretching:
I shared my complete list of home workout DVDs back here, and since I've been working out at home for eleven years now, my collection has grown to a point that's probably a little overwhelming for someone just getting started with home workouts. For the past few weeks I've tried to narrow it down a few favorites in different categories:
My Favorite Weight Training DVDs: Here
My Favorite Cardio DVDs (Step, Kickboxing and Floor Cardio): Here
This week I'm finishing with the last category of DVDs I use, Yoga and Stretching. (Click the name of the DVD underneath the photo for link to purchase, or use the Shop the Workouts widget below.)
Eoin Finn: Power Yoga for Happiness
When I first tried this workout Eoin's quirky (but zen) commentary was a little surprising and had me thinking, "What did he just say?" but now it's something I've grown to enjoy and it kind of makes me laugh. Now that I've done a few of his workouts I get that he loves yoga but doesn't take himself to seriously. I just love the balance between "effort and surrender" (his words) in this workout. I'm working hard but getting such a great, deep stretch, particularly in the hip flexors, glutes and IT band in a way that no other workout I've tried has done. If I have time, the Magically Hips workout is my favorite option, but The Quickie and Daily Dose of Bliss are great too if I'm shorter on time.
MTV Power Yoga with Kristin McGee
If you want your yoga workout to be a good workout, this is a great DVD. The music is more contemporary and not at all what you typically hear in a yoga workout, which is exactly why I like it. Sometimes it just suits my mood better. The same goes for the instructor. Her style is less namaste and more direct. She speaks like she's having a regular conversation with a friend rather than like she's trying to touch you on a deep, spiritual level.
Get Bent with Kristina Nekyia
If you are specifically trying to improve your splits or backbend, this is an excellent DVD for that as those are the two main areas of focus for the stretches. This is all about warming up, strengthening, and opening the muscles used for splits and back bends. If you are a long way from achieving the splits, I recommend starting with Kristina's DVD Bendy Body instead.
This is a very thorough, advanced, full body stretch DVD. The run time is one hour, seventeen minutes, and I rarely have time to do the whole thing in its entirety in one sitting, but it's probably the best, most complete stretching DVD I own. It has a Chapter Menu so I can customize the workout and select specific sections to fit my needs, but my peeve is that each time I go back to the Chapter Menu I have to re-watch the FBI Warning. But it was still a great purchase and worth the money! If you don't consider your flexibility to be advanced, I would start with Lastics (by the same instructor) instead.
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What's New August: #NSale Purchases
Another reason I'm posting a day early this week is so I can join Gretchen and Kristen for "What's New" August. This year I must confess I gave in to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and purchased two Kendra Scott pieces, so those are my "what's new" items for the month! The Rae pendant in Outfit Three above is completely sold out in every color, everywhere. I also purchased an Elisa necklace that I haven't received yet (in Pyrite/Rose Gold), and there are a few options left in that style at the Anniversary Sale pricing, which ends on Monday!
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That's all for this week friends! I'm "taking off" tomorrow in a very non-literal sense for a reunion with my sisters who are all coming to San Diego for a few days. I hope you have a great time with your friends and family and I'll see you back on Tuesday for the next round of the Summer Survival Series!