My Yoga Confession



Good Morning everyone!

I need to be quick this morning because my mother in Law is taking me shopping to a wholesaler to buy some bakery packaging! So I will get right into something that has been on my mind.

My Yoga Confession

As you may know I have been trying the free yoga classes from Yoga I love the idea of the website- a ton of free 1 hour videos to choose from. It is like having your own personal yoga collection at the touch of your hand.

I have been trying these videos on and off before the injury, a tiny bit during the injury, and now after the injury.

And. I just. can’t. get. into. these. videos.

I started to think this week that maybe Yoga and I were not meant to click. Maybe I was one of those people who just couldn’t ‘get it’. I was starting to doubt my pursuits.

For whatever reason the Yoga Today videos are so slow to me. I have to skip through the first 10 mins. because it bores me to tears. The instructors also annoy me too. And I mean this in the nicest way possible of course. They say things like ‘far out’ and ‘groovy’.

Enter comment from the wonderful Maggie from Say Yes To Salad . Her comment last night changed my world. She referred me to her ‘Yoga’ page on her website where she has put together a wonderful wealth of yoga resources at the touch of your fingertips! How did I not see this before?

Anyways, she wrote some interesting things…

“The classes that I’ve found on Yoga Today have generally been a slower and calmer form of yoga. Even the Ashtanga classes (normally faster paced) have been slower than I’m used to.”

Bam! Now I am not saying that I am some yoga black belt or anything, because I am not. You would know this by simply looking at me. Or if you saw my downward dog. However, what I have realized is that I need a constant change in stimulation to stay content. Yoga Today doesn’t do this for me and I am glad to know I am not the only one! Maggie recommends the Yoga Downloads as well as the You Tube videos here. I must say I am a bit scared to do an audio yoga video, which is why I have never taken the leap and tried Yoga Downloads. I am going to give it a go though and take a leap of faith!



A few others recommended Yoga Downloads too, so thank you all for your advice!

Here I am last night in my office for some winding down. Lights out. Candles lit. Far Out.



I also tried Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga DVD last night. I have only tried the first section called Energize…but I couldn’t get into it. I think I was defeated after the 15 mins. of Yoga Today that I did just beforehand.

Has anyone else found certain Yoga videos/instructors to be too slow? Do you have a favourite instructor?

Well guys, I am off to make a Green Monster and then off to shop for bakery packaging this morning! See you this afternoon! :)


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1 TorontoGirloutWest March 11, 2009

In the past, when I tried getting into yoga I also found it to be too slow and frankly a little flaky. I think the instructor has a TON to do with the overall experience.

Thus far I’ve found that I love Rodney Yee’s style. Not flaky. Not to slow. Calming and focused. Beautiful scenery (instead of a cheesy ’80s style studio). And a great workout!


2 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 11, 2009

Girl, I don’t blame you. I don’t love those videos either. I LOVE Shiva Rea’s Dvd’s. Yoga Shakti is wonderful. Very dance like and fluid. You may enjoy that!! I hope to study with Shiva one day..she’s a goddess!


3 VeggieGirl March 11, 2009

No worries!! I recommend Sara Ivanhoe’s DVD series – LOVE THEM!!

Have fun shopping today!! :-)


4 brandi March 11, 2009

have fun shopping!


5 Rose March 11, 2009

This is a great post. I am just getting into yoga, so this will certainly help me in terms of where to go for slow and where not to go!


6 aron March 11, 2009

I am the SAME way, but with ALL yoga :( I just can’t get into any of it. I know its so good for you, and so good for runners, I just get so bored. Great job for keeping at it to find one you like!


7 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 11, 2009

I can’t get into yoga at all. It’s all just too slow for me! Maybe I just haven’t found the right class yet!


8 RunToFinish March 11, 2009

YogaToday doesn’t work too well for me either. SageRountree is also free and I love her’s they are much quicker and formatted for athletes


9 Danielle March 11, 2009

I have found that same problem far too often with online yoga routines. I really like the Gaiam videos and then there’s yoga classes which, if I’m able to go, basically rock my world :)


10 Jen March 11, 2009

Hi Angela,

I feel the same way about Yoga Today, I turn it on and turn it off within 5 minutes, it bores me silly!

I really love yogadownloads, their voices and the way they explain the poses are much better. If you download the 20 minutes ones they are free and give you a good feel for them.
Try the Core yoga… its challenging yet still a great stretch!


11 Sarah March 11, 2009

Hi Angelea!
Well, I think that as far as exercise goes, I am pretty different from you. For a long time the only type of exercise I liked was yoga. I actually really like Yogatoday, but I know what you mean. Have you tried that Kath, on KERF is always talking about? All the sessions are not free, but there are a number of free 20 min. classes that might be more your speed! Good luck finding one that works for you!


12 Sheri March 11, 2009

I would try they are great and offer some free 20 minute sessions to try out.


13 Rachel March 11, 2009

I would try I’ve done videos and can’t get into them either. I think because you’re focusing on following the people and not concentrating on yourself. I had to use the pose guides the first couple times I did the classes but now I know what they are and just follow what she says. It’s SO much better that way to me. You can get into your own thoughts that way and don’t have concentrate on anything else. I would try the free 20 minute class if I were you. It completely changed my outlook on yoga. Have fun shopping!!!


14 Amy March 11, 2009

Angela – Hey! I don’t have anything informative to add about yoga but I just wanted to say I stumbled on your blog several days ago & have really enjoyed it. I have wanted to try green smoothies for a while but didn’t have the courage or know what to put in them. Thanks to you I’ve had them the past 2 mornings & really enjoyed them!!! I haven’t tried Kale yet – just baby spinach. They really do make you feel so good & healthy. I’m also amazed at how they do keep me full for about 2.5 hrs. SWEET! I’m a morning exerciser too so its nice to have a delicious healthy portable breakfast to whip up after my workouts.

Also, regarding your post yesterday about HRMs – I’ve noticed the same thing about my HR…it takes so much more effort to get it up there. Today on the ellip I felt like I was really going but it stayed in the high 160s the entire time (my HR is naturally higher than most ppl). It used to be 170-180s. Guess that’s the benefit of getting in shape! :)


15 Leila March 11, 2009

At one time I could only do yoga at a studio because I found videos too boring at home, they wouldn’t hold my attention. I’ve recently bought a bunch of the Rodney Yee videos and am loving them. He has one of 5 20minute yoga sessions I think called AM yoga, definitely try them out. Check out Wal-Mart too for videos, they have a great selection and really good prices. Make sure you look though for the fitness video stand by the fitness equipment in the store.

Good luck and good on ya for continuing to give Yoga a try.


16 Diana March 11, 2009

I like Rodney Yee! He’s not too annoying!


17 Sally March 11, 2009

I love love love Yoga Downloads. My husband and I started doing yoga at home and we tried a few different DVDs (Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Brian Krest) but at this point we mostly do Yoga Downloads. The pace is just right (and we’re both beginners, too) and there are so many different classes to choose from. We do yoga together 4-5 times a week now!


18 Hallie March 11, 2009

I hear ya on being afraid to try an audio yoga DVD…I am the same way! So I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about it. I guess I could give the free 20-minute ones a try, right?

I’ve been going to a yoga studio once a week and if you can afford it (which uh…I really can’t whoops) it’s a good way to get into yoga, IMO. You may have to try a few different studios/teachers before you find the ones you like. I also like Fit TV’s Namaste (I think that’s what it’s called) Yoga shows…only 20 minutes (fast-forward through commercials) and it’s a good mix of relaxation and strenth/balance poses.


19 Kristine March 11, 2009

Hi! Honestly, I have done yoga twice in my life. I am a runner and can’t seem to get in “yoga mode” although I hear such great things about it. I am VERY inflexible and am kind of intimidated by yoga, if you know what I mean. Anyways, I recently bought The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga video and it is pretty good! There are 3 different levels, but Bob moves at a pretty decent pace. Granted, it is still hard for me to put the DVD on and practice yoga after I just got in from a 5 mile run, but it is something that I do want to start doing more often! :)


20 Nicole (the other one) March 11, 2009

Kath introduced me to and I really like it! I’ve had the same issue with videos, even the fast ones, because I’m always craning my neck trying to see what they are doing. The audio helps you to focus on YOUR movements. I did one last night before bed and one first thing this morning. They have different instructors, and you can quickly figure out your favorite.

It looks like a few people commenting have used this sight as well. Does the instructor “Dawnelle” sound like a drill sergent to anyone else? “IIIINNNN -HALE….EEEEXX-HALE”. I’m like, Okay lady – I’m breathing!


21 skinnyrunner March 11, 2009

i know this is awful, but i tried yoga once and wont do it again. its so boring to me! if im in workout clothes, i want to sweat and burn some calories. thats just my mindset, i know its bad.


22 Jess March 11, 2009

Man maybe I should start filming myself teaching my yoga classes. Sounds like I could make a killing lol. Or maybe I’d just be nice and offer them for free on my blog…hmmmm, something to think about.


23 Maddi March 11, 2009

i am with you! Most yoga bored me to tears and I wanted a workout for spending that much time at something. You may want to try Bikrams yoga. It is expensive but so worth it. It is practiced in a hot room and is intense. your heart rate will go up and you will SWEAT! you will also get an awesome stretch. They have Bikram studios throughout Canada and the world. I looked up on the website and they have two in Toronto.


24 Kareen March 11, 2009

You must try Moksha Yoga! There several in Ontario (maybe one is close to you?!).
I know you are trying to make to budget cut backs but this is really worth it.
I can walk to Moksha Yoga here in Montreal and I would sacrifice A LOT from my already tight budget to go to Moksha. I just did a 8 Day Challenge to prepare for their official 30 Day Moksha Yoga Challenge.
Of course it all depends on if you really want to do this at home or if you are willing to go so a studio.

Anyways, I love your blog. I read you everyday and I am always looking forward to your next post. Thanks for sharing.


25 Susan March 11, 2009

Ah! I know what you are talking about! I’ve only done the yoga today videos, and a few yoga/pilates classes on campus and I found they were soooo slow and boring. Yoga just never clicked with me. I have a hard time getting into it and taking it seriously. Plus, some of the poses hurt because I’m not used to them! I would like to stretch more, so it’s something I should give another shot. I’ll check out those yoga resources, thanks!! :)


26 Maggie March 11, 2009

I like Dawnelle on yogadownload and I love Sadie Nardini (the one with the youtube videos). And Tom Morley (he has a free video with Comcast On Demand Exercise TV).


27 Casey March 11, 2009

I absolutely LOVE your blog!! Just discovered a new fitness video website. Most videos are free, but you can pay for larger resolution and no ads. Check it out:


28 amy (veganissexy) March 11, 2009

I totally agree. I have been trying and trying to calm myself down enough to enjoy yoga, but my mind just does not sit still! I so prefer an intense cardio workout, but I too am trying to expand my workouts. I am still “auditioning” videos, and have not found any I like yet except my very first MTV power yoga video from years ago. It has fast paced music, and moves very quickly. I actually enjoy that one. Let us know if you discover a dvd worth getting!


29 Kath March 11, 2009


You must try Yogadownload. I find their sessions SO serene and inward focused compared to watching someone on the screen. And they are very specific and descriptive about the movement and poses so you will not get lose. Try Power Yoga #3 (Jackie) first and then get Power Vinyasa #2 (Dawnelle) when you’re ready. That one is my favorite!



30 Valerie March 11, 2009

I know a lot of people love yoga but I get way too bored! I’m also the type of person that gets bored with a lot of different ways to work out, so it could just be me. Put me on an elliptical for 15 minutes and I’m bored, even while watching TV. I love exercising outdoors though – I can easily go for hour long walks and love every minute of it!

I do wish I could get into yoga since I know it’s great for posture, flexibility and toning. Good luck finding some more interesting vids!


31 Shelby March 11, 2009

I didn’t like those either! It was wayyy to slow!

I recommend Sarah Ivanhoe’s Yoga Makeover series. VeggieGirl told me about them and I’m hooked!


32 haya March 11, 2009

i always hated yoga because it seemed slow and boring and the classes that i went to made me uncomfortable. now i’m hooked on the audio classes from yogadownloads. i love the runners and cyclists classes best, but some of the power vinyasa sessions are good too. i also enjoy the gentle hatha and lunar flow for more of a meditation type relaxation/stretch.
jackie is my favorite instructor.


33 emlod10 March 11, 2009

Im a lurker…but Tom Morley. I’m the same way as you and even yogadownloads bother me because there isn’t a video rather a pose sheet which – reading, listening, and trying to manipulate my body – NO WAY! (talk about injury…) anyways, i found this one on TV and just found it online – i really like it. Let me know what you think!


34 Katie March 11, 2009

I love Denise Austin’s Yoga Body Burn!! Its pretty quick paced (for yoga) and has 20 minutes of total body, 10 minutes of abs, 10 mins of legs and 10 mins of slower relaxation. I love that I can mix and match what I feel like doing!


35 Sarah March 11, 2009

This may sound like a silly comment but if you don’t enjoy yoga….then don’t do yoga. And don’t feel guilty about it!

It is possible that you just haven’t found an instructor or type of yoga that you click with. Keep trying and definitely go to a studio, it’s the best way to get into it. But if after all this trial and error, it’s ok to say “this is not for me.” I know so many people whose healthy lifestyles motivate them to want to do all things healthy, but it’s ok to pick and choose. You don’t have to do something just because it’s good for you. You should do activities that you enjoy!


36 Kate from New Zealand March 11, 2009

Hi Angela,

LOVE YOUR SITE! Recently become way addicted!
I’m like you a little with yoga too, when it’s slow I get sooooo bored and want movement etc. One excellent DVD I have come across is by MTV called MTV Power Yoga. It’s fast and great, and you build up more of a cardio sweat etc. It began my love with power yoga (but still not slow, regular yoga, boring!). Definitely give that a go or more of the Ashtanga styles of yoga.

Keep up the amazing work!



37 girlrunningaround March 11, 2009

I’m a yoga beginner and only do it on occassion, but I love Yoga Downloads. The audio isn’t annoying and the pdf of poses is enough guidance if you don’t know the positions (which really helps me). Give it a try!


38 Jaclyn March 11, 2009

Hey Ang! Try yoga to the people–and let me know what you think! You can find audio recordings to follow on their website or on youtube. Good luck! I know good yoga classes are hard to come by! ;)


39 Daljit March 15, 2009

This post has created a lot of interest. Doing yoga may not look attractive in the young days, but its effectiveness can be felt after say age beyond 40 years when you may like to be fit without doing much effort by the way of sweating and strenuous workout. Any yoga which can do good to you all is good!


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