Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 55
Rated 5 out of 5 by Syndria Must for beginners
I have absolutely no experience with yoga and on suggestion from a friend came to Gaiam.
This kit has everything you need to begin your path to wellness.
The block and strap are almost essential for a first timer, they helped me understand the stability of each pose. One of the Dvd's shows you how to use them and WHY. Important for some. Very helpful for first timers.
Rodney Yee has a very calming and clear voice. His instruction is simple and concise.
For those beginning or those unable to find good beginner classes near by, this is an excellent start kit.
The price can NOT be beat.
December 29, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by theaftermark The Perfect Beginner's Kit
After much searching, I actually found this kit in a store. I've been doing yoga off/on for a couple years now, and lately have really started to try becoming healthier, stronger, more flexible, etc. and knew I wanted to get back into yoga. I've been using a towel for about a month, and after becoming reacquainted with the basic poses decided I needed a mat. I turned to Gaiam, of course, because I knew I could trust the quality (which is great in this kit). The mat itself is great, just sticky enough to keep me from slipping around (however, it doesn't match the mat that Rodney Yee uses in the DVD, which I found a little odd; I would have liked the one I saw him use as I think it would have helped with alignment a little more than the one that was included in the kit - the one he uses has more bars on it so you can remember where your feet and hands should be for your own comfort level). The foam block is great, taking all the weight I put on it without bending or warping at all. The strap is nice and long, and works well to keep my mat rolled up! The DVD is fantastic. The Daily Yoga routine is really perfect, and just the right amount of time (twenty minutes). The A.M. yoga routine is equally wonderful, and does a great job of energizing me for my day. To get the DVD, strap, block, and mat all for thirty dollars is a STEAL. Seriously. Especially considering how great a teacher Rodney Yee is. My only issue with the DVD is that he doesn't take the time to explain the basic postures presented in the routines, which I feel would be very helpful for somebody who is truly a beginner and knows very little about yoga. Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase. If you are thinking about getting this kit, BUY IT. The best thirty dollars you'll ever spend. : )
September 20, 2009
Rated 3 out of 5 by DNAgirl good and bad
I ordered two of these kits for Christmas presents, before they arrived I ordered one more kit for another Christmas present. The first two came and the items were loose inside plain cardboard boxes. I thought that was kind of sloppy, but didn't think too much about it until the third one arrived the other day and it is all packaged up nice and neat in a box that says "Gaiam Yoga beginner's kit" and has nice pictures, etc on it. I now feel kind of embarrassed to give the first two as presents.
December 3, 2008