I have to say up front that I really enjoyed Tia Mowry's Calm Yoga with Tara Stiles (affiliate link). Well known yogi Tara Stiles leads the practice while Tia Mowry follows along beside her. This is probably my favourite gentle and relaxing DVD I’ve done so far. It has a nice slow but steady pace that left me feeling like my whole body had been stretched. Clocking in at 50 minutes, I found it to be an ideal length. Not too long that I got bored with it, but long enough that I felt great afterwards.
There are lots of stretching poses in this workout. It might seem obvious that all yoga postures stretch your muscles, but I find some are more gentle and refreshing than other. The two that really stuck out for me were pigeon and reverse warrior. I came out of both this poses feeling great – probably because I have tight hips and both poses stretch out the hips. By the time that the DVD was over I felt like every major body part had been stretched, from my hamstrings, to shoulders, to hips.
Tara and Tia continually came back to child’s pose for rests throughout the practice. I thought that creating a more yin type DVD was a great choice, as so many yoga DVD’s out there are more focussed on getting sweaty and moving through the practice rather than taking your time and really stretching deeply.
I think Tia Mowry’s Calm Yoga would be a great way to begin or end the day. If you do it in the morning it would be a great way to slowly wake up while dealing with any stiff body parts. If you do it before bed it would slow you down and help stop your mind from thinking about all the things that happened throughout the day so you can go to sleep.
If you’re just getting into yoga or want an idea of the great things yoga can do for tight muscles, I’d really recommend this DVD. While I think going to classes is the best idea for people brand new to yoga so they can get the correct form down, if you have a base but want an at home practice full of delicious stretching poses, this is the perfect DVD for you.
Have you tried Tia Mowry’s Calm Yoga DVD? Leave me a comment about what you thought of it.
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