I just recently started doing Pilates on a daily basis (I have a beginner’s DVD from Giaim, hosted by Ana Caban), and I also just got two yoga DVDs in the mail from Amazon.com yesterday. The yoga videos are Beginning Yoga for Dummies and Yoga for Inflexible People.
My initial thoughts on the Pilates routine were rather ambivalent. I was having difficulty with the balancing moves, as they really hurt my tailbone. That went away after the first few days, though…I think I just needed to get used to it, the same way that I’m always saddle-sore after the first few times I ride my bike in the spring. The first time I did the routine, I didn’t feel like I was doing anything at all…but dang, did I hobble around the next day!
Now that I’ve done Pilates every day for the better part of two weeks, I almost feel as if I’m ready to move on to the intermediate routine. I know that I still have room for improvement in the beginner’s routine, but the only move I’m still doing in the modified position is the Teaser.
I decided yesterday to try the Yoga for Dummies DVD, which covers a series of poses that the host calls the Daily Dozen. The hardest one for me is the Downward Facing Dog. I don’t seem to have any trouble with any of the others, and I generally liked the routine except for one thing. I can’t concentrate on the moves because the lady won’t SHUT UP!! Not only that, but the whole Blahblahblah for Dummies format has these “tips and tricks” things that pop up occasionally to remind you of things to focus on or tips to help you out, and I find them terribly distracting. I’m thinking that this DVD is a good instruction for how to do the poses, but if I’m going to continue to do the Daily Dozen as a regular regimen, I’m going to have to do it with the sound off.
So, anyone out there have experience with Pilates and/or yoga? Have any recommendations for me, things you found useful while you were learning? I’m really not all that fit, so I know that I’m going to be working up slowly (hence the choices of yoga DVD’s), but I think that so far, I’m happy with the concepts of both methods.
What do y’all think?