I often work privately with students to develop a written practice they can do at home that is specifically catered to their needs. But that's a subject for a future blog. ;-)
The next best thing is a well conceived and safe book or video. While there are thousands of yoga books and videos out there, until recently there were no videos I felt comfortable recommending. Viniyoga relies so heavily on adapting to the person before us, that teachers in the lineage have resisted creating videos that, by their very nature, are ”one size fits all."
In the past several years, several Viniyoga teachers have taken the challenge, and I’m happy to say that the resources below are quite good. All are available at Amazon and other online retailers. And while you're shopping, you can preorder my first yoga mystery, MURDER STRIKES A POSE!
Yoga for Your Life
This book was written by Martin and Margaret Pierce, with whom I studied prenatal yoga. It has always been my “go to” resource for people who want to practice at home, but don’t know which postures to do or the order in which to do them. With gorgeous photos and a series of practices that build over time, you just can’t beat it for finding or re-invigorating a yoga practice. The last half of the book has practices for different activities, including a yummy pajama-clad practice for bedtime. Unfortunately, Yoga for Your Life is out of print, but there are currently copies available at many online booksellers.
The YogaAway Video Series
This video series was developed by a friend of mine, Bija Bennet, with input from our teacher, Gary Kraftsow. The videos were originally designed for the Hyatt hotels as in-suite video practices for Hyatt guests. There are currently four videos available, with practices focusing on everything from working out to falling asleep. All four have gotten great reviews from my students.
The Viniyoga Therapy Series
These videos were developed by my teacher, Gary Kraftsow. They are a little different than the yoga videos you normally find. Each contains almost three hours of material, including several practices, lectures on back pain, and individual tutorials for specific postures.
Although there’s no substitute for taking a class at a studio, I hope you will use these resources to continue your practice.
Come visit Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, and check out my author page for information about the Downward Dog Mysteries series. MURDER STRIKES A POSE is available for preorder now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Whole Life Yoga, and other retailers!