Hi. I am new to this forum and this is my first post. I have been doing yoga almost daily at home (from DVDs) for about 6 months and am looking for a little guidance on moving my yoga practice forward.
As far as my physical health goes, it is pretty good, but not excellent. I am 47 and a few pounds overweight (just in the first catagory of overweight on the bmi chart). The only health issues that I have are osteopenia (for which I am hoping that the yoga will help with), overuse arthritis in my hands and wrists (computer usage), and some general joint inflammation. Other that that, everything else is fine. Also, I have been vegan since 1990 and also do not consume much sugar at all.
For my yoga practice, I have several DVDs that I am using on a daily basis. I am using different a different DVD each day of the week. Most of these are 20 to 30 minute sessions, and each DVD focusses on something a little different, which I like. Since starting, I have progressed quite a bit and I often have those sessions of being able to accomplish something that I have never been able to do before. I still cannot do all of the poses that are in the DVDs that I have (such as Warrior III and Upward Bow), but I am working on those (and enjoy the challenge).
At this point, the 20 to 30 minute sessions are starting to feel like they are too short. I have one hour long DVD that I just started and like it a lot, and have integrated it into my practise on one day during the week. I would like to increase the total time for my daily sessions. So, my question is: does it make sense to simply do two shorter sessions back to back, or would it make more sense to try to find a variety of longer sessions? What brings up this question with back-to-back shorter sessions is that each one goes through the entire process of the warming up, main part of the sessions, stretches, and then relaxation. So, doing two of these entire processes seems quite different than one longer session of this process. However, I am certainly not opposed to doing two shorter sessions if it is reasonable and beneficial.
I don’t feel like I am to the point of putting together my own sessions, and I love the DVDs that I have. If doing two shorter sessions back to back is not optimal, are there some beginner level DVD’s that are good and longer in length (somewhere in the 45 min to 90 min range)? I live in a very rural area and don’t have a yoga teacher (but plan to look into it this fall).