I live in a riptide of contradictions, on a world famous beach with turquoise crystal clear water, white sands and pretty calm surf, but it’s unfortunately not the most relaxing place in the world. There’s the natural elements of the area– the elements I adore, like the beach, the sand dunes, the running paths, the seaside parks. And there’s the urban elements– the constant waves of belligerent tourists, misogynist music, the littering, the overpriced everything, the sexual harassment. While gathering the gifts of a sea breeze, you will most likely also be greeted by a waft of sewage scent. It’s Manhattan on a beach.
When I first moved to South Beach, I was stoked to find that there was just enough surf to keep my fins wet (although it’s mostly wind chop we ride, it helps keep you in surf life mode). I was also looking forward to doing some yoga on the beach. I remember seeing women do solitary yoga at sunset in Costa Rica on the beach, so I hoped practicing seaside like this would become routine. Unfortunately, unlike with surfing where you escape all the blaring music by paddling out away from shore, with yoga you are placed right in it. Needless to say, the idea of practicing yoga in the mass of tourists looking to get wasted or laid is unappealing.
Then my husband bought us a giant TV. At first, I worried it would take over our petite living room. It completely blocks one of our windows. But then, our apartment got tented, and all the lovely foliage outside was either yanked out or killed. The view from this window currently is the white wall of our neighboring apartment. Suddenly, the TV became kind of a blessing. I play wind chimes and natural scenery on it. Sometimes even a fireplace or a bubbling aquarium. So now, instead of a wall, I can display whatever scenery I like.
Its enormous presence sucked me into the Amazon Prime jungle. I grew particularly interested in the workout videos. I think the biggest gift this TV has given me, is that relaxing yoga vibe I wanted when I first settled here. Though I don’t feel comfortable downward dogging by Ocean Drive, I don’t mind practicing virtually in a rose garden, or a yoga sanctuary in Sweden. Now, after swimming through tourists, I can come home to free and private yoga classes, right in my living room. Based on setting, teacher, music and sequence, I have compiled a list of my favorite yoga videos on Amazon Prime. If you already have Prime, then you’re good to go. If you don’t, aside from the shipping perks as well as all the television and movie entertainment, you might consider getting the service simply for the fitness and yoga videos.
The 4 Best Yoga Videos on Amazon Prime
1. Wellness Through Yoga. Starring: Kanta Barrios. This yoga video series is one of my favorites not only for its sequence and its teacher, but also its setting which takes place in an abundant colorful rose garden that encourages a meditative mindset as you burn your calories and improve your figure. Synopsis: Use the power of yoga to firm your body, calm your mind and bring your body to its ideal weight. 3 different sequences, which can be practiced singly or sequentially, safely and powerfully tone your muscles, strengthen your core, and breathe life into every cell, shedding unwanted pounds.
2. Venice Beach Yoga: Wake Up Morning Flow- All Levels. Synopsis: Join Kyle Miller on this quick, yet highly effective 30 minute yoga class. From beginner to expert, this all level class is tailored to get you feeling balanced and energized, and ready to start your day. Incorporating Hatha and Vinyasa styles, Venice Beach Yoga is proud to present Morning Wake Up Flow.
3. Personal Trainer: Intensive Yoga For Beginners. Synopsis: Intense Yoga with Franziska Beckmann is a dynamic, powerful exercise unit in which the basics of yoga are taught and completed Basic flowing sequences of asanas (yoga postures), and explain conscious breathing. The program is suitable for beginners and shows the interplay of movement and breathing in the ancient Indian tradition movement to bring the body, mind and soul as does exercise goal.
4. Total Body Yoga for Weight Loss and Strength. Synopsis: A series of 10 Yoga for beginners workouts specifically designed to help you lose weight, strengthen your body and improve flexibility. Yoga is a prime way to increase your total body fitness. Sanela Osmanovic is certified yoga and fitness instructor in Austin, Texas. This series includes workouts to help you lose weight, eliminate belly fat, shape your butt, increase flexibility & detox your body.
Btw, these are just a few of the many, many yoga and fitness videos you can access on Amazon Prime. You might discover some that fit your style and fitness goals even better. Let us know! Hope these videos help you manage your stress and maintain your fitness as much as they help me 🙂
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