I love doing Yoga. It has been a couple of years since I have done Yoga. I have a few Yoga DVD's and I have always enjoyed it when I have done it, but like many things I got out of the habit. I have one Yoga DVD that is geared towards weight loss. There are certain poses that you do to aid in digestion and also to burn maximum calories. I did this hour long work out on Wednesday and it felt so good to stretch my muscles. I am not super flexible but that will come with time. I am always amazed at how much of a work out I get doing Yoga. You really have to focus on the poses, and yet at the same time it is extremely relaxing. On Thursday I was so sore from my workout Wednesday. I did Yoga again this morning and once again I was amazed at the workout. I did break a sweat, but boy do I feel great! What a way to start out my day. If you haven't tried Yoga before, I highly recommend it. There are all kinds of DVD's that you can buy and you can do it in the privacy of your home. It is a great way to relieve tension and stress. If you go to http://www.gaiam.com/ you can see all types of products for Yoga. I prefer the Gaiam DVD's over others I have tried. You can purchase blocks, ropes, and Yoga mats at Target or any sporting goods store. In fact I purchased my first Gaiam DVD at Target. All I use is a mat. I don't have any other "tools" but I get a great workout regardless.
One of these days I am going to try Pilates. I tried it several years ago, but I just had too much abdominal fat to do a lot of the poses. Now I think I am about ready to give it a shot. If anyone has tried it let me know what you think.