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August 15, 2013

Review: The Complete Guide to Yoga by Tara Stiles and Michael Taylor on MindBodyGreen

Review of The Complete Guide to Yoga by Tara Stiles

When I started My Happiness Project I knew immediately yoga would be part of the process. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed (practicing on and off for a few years) but I simply haven’t had the time to attend classes since leaving school and starting work.

In comes Tara Stiles, my favorite yoga instructor (I’ve mentioned her several times). I’ve been doing her 5-10 minute routines on her YouTube channel and on LivestrongWoman whenever I can and have really enjoyed them. When Tara announced that she was doing a course on MindBodyGreen called The Complete Guide to Yoga I had no hesitation in buying it, despite the $99 price tag (I just love her that much).

A summary of the course by MindBodyGreen:

This course is lead by Tara Stiles, founder of Strala – the widest-reaching style of yoga in the world – and named “Coolest Yoga Instructor Ever” by Vanity Fair. Strala co-founder Mike Taylor joins Tara in giving you everything you need for yoga at home right here. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or a long-time practitioner, this course will get you learning, moving, and having fun!

 

What is included in the course:

For $99 you get over five hours of video from Tara and Mike and access to private discussion boards where you can ask them questions. The videos are separated into different modules: introduction to yoga, siting poses, standing poses, arm balances, back bends, inversions, restorative, sequences, relax class, and strong class. The introduction includes topics like safety, breathing, meditation, practicing at home, and more. The sequences section includes several 3 – 11 minute routines (yoga for sleep, yoga for back pain, etc). The last two modules called relax class and strong class are a full one hour yoga class that you would normally only be able to see if you were in her Strala studio in New York. All of the modules in between are pose libraries with tiny bite sized videos explaining different poses. All of these videos can be viewed on smart phones and tablets as well but they can’t be downloaded. You have access to this course forever, it does not expire.

My quick-to-the-point review:

I don’t think a long-time practitioner would necessarily benefit from this course (as the description states) but I would highly recommend it for newbies. I honestly skipped over most of the pose library since I’ve been practicing for awhile. Doing all of the sequences was great and I loved having access to the two longer classes (I did the relax class yesterday and feel amazing now). I plan on using these sequences daily. My favorites are the routines for weight loss (even though I don’t want to loose weight) and the detox one.

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The best part about the course:

The real benefit about the course was the new sequences and the longer classes. If you are a big fan of Tara’s YouTube channel then this is for you. Some routines start out similarly to other videos she has on YouTube but they incorporate different poses that I’ve never seen Tara do before so it felt brand new. I also feel like the introduction to the course helped me realize how I was being to stiff in my practice and worrying too much about whether my posing was perfect rather than if I was feeling the benefits and moving with ease. It was also really cool getting to know Tara’s husband Mike, he is a very cool yogi and moves into poses like a cat (it’s really amazing to watch).

Where it could be improved:

My only wish is that Tara and Mike would have had a video talking about things that people do wrong in yoga (other than when they mentioned people focusing too much on poses rather than how their body feels). It would have been great in the pose breakdowns to know what are common mistakes. For example, moving your head too much in shoulder stand. There are certain things that can be dangerous. I also would have loved a gentle sequence for when I’m menstruating. Those are all minor complaints though.

I’m really happy to have purchased this class. The fact that I had to purchase it also made it easier for me to keep up with my resolution to do yoga daily. I might not have been as motivated if I wasn’t trying to make sure I enjoyed every last drop of the money I spent on it.

If you love Tara as much as I do, the class is worth the price. If you aren’t sure if you’ll like it or if you aren’t familiar with Tara, check out a few of her YouTube videos first. They are free to watch and are very enjoyable. Now, all I need is someone to buy me her reebok collection for my birthday. I’m dying to have it!

Do you do yoga at home or only in classes? What’s your routine? 

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10 Comments

  • Lyndsay

    I love Yoga, this looks awesome. I’m going to check out her YouTube channel, thanks for sharing!

    August 15, 2013 at 9:02 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I hope you love her videos! They are such a great resource!

      Kindness is the best accessory,
      Rebecca

      August 16, 2013 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Emily

    Love this! Just getting into yoga- but I enjoy going places to take them so that I can get in the “mindset” but this might be my savior come winter when I can’t make my yoga classes (I can’t drive at night). Thanks!

    August 15, 2013 at 9:02 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I totally know what you mean, going to a class physically helps clear your mind since there isn’t as many distractions.

      Kindness is the best accessory,
      Rebecca

      August 16, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply
  • Bebe Pies

    Great review! Sounds like a great newbie course. I like that you pointed out what could be improved ( i kinda wish more workout videos in general pointed out what we can do wrong as practitioners. It’s hard to tell sometimes).

    August 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I totally agree! It’s hard to know when I’m doing things incorrectly.

      Kindness is the best accessory,
      Rebecca

      August 16, 2013 at 11:00 am Reply
  • nivika

    Great review rebecca ! You have inspired me to start yoga, I’ve been trying to do 5 mins every day. My aunt went to India to train as an instructor so I’m lucky to have her to teach me when I do things wrong. I hope everything works out with your condo. I can wait to see videos of you decorating.

    August 17, 2013 at 1:19 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      That’s so great to have an instructor with you when you need it. I’m really happy you’ve started yoga! It is so beneficial. Thank you, things are looking really positive with the condo so we’ll see soon.

      Kindness is the best accessory,
      Rebecca

      August 18, 2013 at 10:13 am Reply
  • bp

    I like Tara Stiles too, but am not programmed to do at home videos. No matter how much I try I need a live teacher, but I know I could have a deeper practice if I did yoga @ home as well. Gotta say I did used to do Wai Lana videos pretty successfully years ago, but mostly it was because I found her so amusing!!! Thanks for posting this info though!

    August 17, 2013 at 11:28 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I’ll check out Wai Lana, I’ve never heard of her. I know what you mean though, it isn’t always easy to get into doing exercise at home. It’s definitely a more relaxing environment when you are in a studio.

      Kindness is the best accessory,
      Rebecca

      August 18, 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

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