Yoga with Dave

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Last night, I was very disappointed to realize that the Husband had scheduled an early-morning golf date (ah, the joys of being a one-car family), so I wouldn’t be able to go to my beloved studio studio.  I was about to throw in the Yogitoes towel when I remembered Dave Farmer!


Dave teaches a Baptiste Power style of Vinyasa Yoga, which is basically heavy on the flow – just the way I like it!


Did I mention his podcasts are FREE?  I downloaded #4, a 60-minute class.


Now, I’ve never actually tried a yoga podcast, although I’ve done yoga DVDs.  I was pleasantly surprised!  I only did half of the class (first thirty minutes and then skipped to the last five to close), but I really liked it.


My only compliant?  You have to know the ‘real’ names of the poses, not the English names, because he doesn’t say “Chair pose,” but “Utkatasana.”  Kind of confusing even though I’ve been practicing for a while.  But otherwise, Dave is great.


Post-yoga breakfast:


I made scrambled eggs the proper way and added in basil for a little flavor kick.  With some toast and orange:


Have you tried yoga podcasts?  Do you like Dave Farmer?  Any other recommendations?



  • Baking 'n' Books April 5, 2011, 8:38 am

    I tried one 20 min. with Dave Farmer a long time ago now. It was okay but I found he held the poses really long…I pretty much just speeded it up and did it in half the time 😉 And he can be a little too ‘jokey’?

    Enjoy your day!

  • Liz April 5, 2011, 8:38 am

    Do you know if Dave has options not on iTunes? I don’t have iTunes but want more of his classes. 🙂

    • Caitlin April 5, 2011, 8:27 pm

      I’m not sure – I’ve only downloaded his iTunes version!

  • Kristina April 5, 2011, 8:42 am

    i’ve tried the and it was ok-I have a hard time doing yoga at home and not in a studio-podcasts are great for a crunch though!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething April 5, 2011, 8:45 am

    I love podcasts because they are so convenient! Also so love Dave Farmer-he is the best when it comes to yoga 🙂

  • Amy April 5, 2011, 8:47 am

    I’ve done podcasts from, which is nice because you can print out a pose guide. That way I always know what’s coming next!

    • Larissa April 5, 2011, 9:22 am

      yea i like this option with the poses in a PDF that i just keep up on the screen.

  • lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner April 5, 2011, 8:50 am

    I’ve only done yoga at home with DVDs, so I would be totally lost with a podcast because I only know the english names, and since I’ve only used one DVD, I don’t know many poses. I wish I could, though!

  • Melissa April 5, 2011, 8:51 am

    Thank you, thank you for the egg tutorial. My daughter now thinks I am the BEST!

  • Gubbi of Arabia (Expat Life in Dubai) April 5, 2011, 8:54 am

    I’m curious if you (or anyone else out there!) have recommendations for yoga DVDs you’ve liked? I don’t feel like I’m experienced enough to do a podcast without visuals (I’m basically your average “runner who knows she should be doing more yoga but rarely does”) – would love any recs!

    • Freya April 5, 2011, 9:03 am

      Try MTV Power Yoga dvd with Kristin McGee (or the other one..she has 2!) – she’s really good 🙂

    • Megan (Running Foodie) April 5, 2011, 9:19 am

      Sadie Nardini has a few DVDs out and TONS of free videos on youtube ( I like her a lot. I am also a runner who is just trying to get more yoga in and although a few of her poses are hard for me to get into/hold, I still feel like I’m getting a great stretch and a serious work out!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 5, 2011, 8:59 am

    Caitlin, I love Dave’s podcasts and think it’s so great that he offers them free. As you are a yogi I would love to see what you think of the yoga for strength workout I just posted! 🙂

  • Freya April 5, 2011, 9:02 am

    I heard about him from Kath’s blog and downloaded some, but haven’t done them yet – do you not get any images, like is it all voice!? If that is the case – I won’t be doing them anytime soon, I’ve no idea of names 😛

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 5, 2011, 9:02 am

    I’ve never tried a yoga podcast — mostly because I don’t know the names of the poses so I figured I’d be lost the whole time!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 5, 2011, 9:03 am

    Bryan Kest. Although he says some ridiculous things and sounds a lot like Adam Sandler his classes are pretty tough and energizing.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 5, 2011, 9:04 am

    I have not done yoga podcasts because I’m not overly familiar with the poses. But I would love to get some DVD’s. I keep saying I need to get those.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 5, 2011, 9:05 am

    I like podcasts, but I don’t have enough of the lingo to be good at them!!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) April 5, 2011, 9:07 am

    glad you got your yoga in! i could’ve picked you up this morning! let me know if you’re ever car-less and craving yoga in the wee hours of the morning… i’m probably headed the same direction. 🙂

  • Julie @ Shining From Within April 5, 2011, 9:08 am

    I have never tried a podcast but I did try and do yoga from a website once (I think it was yoga journal??) and it was a little confusing, too! I couldn’t figure the website out at all. Better off I stick to DVD’s or classes 😉

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 5, 2011, 9:09 am

    I tried a few from that I enjoyed, but I haven’t downloaded any Dave yet! I’m not great at remembering the non-English names of the poses though, so I think I might have a bit of learning to do first. Sounds great though!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 5, 2011, 9:10 am

    i really enjoy yoga today. They have a free weekly video class and it has never disappointed me!

  • Jenn April 5, 2011, 9:11 am

    ITunes has some Podcasts from Karen and Sean Conley at Amazing Yoga. They are great teachers/classes. Based on Baron Baptiste, challenging with lots of flow.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 5, 2011, 9:12 am

    I’ve never done a yoga podcast. I know I couldn’t do that one since I don’t know the traditional names of the poses. Breakfast looks perfect for the day! Oh and we are a one car family too and the one car had to go in the shop yesterday…no fun when you have to wait for the repairs to be done. UGH, I wish we didn’t need any cars. Have a great day home Caitlin!

  • JenATX April 5, 2011, 9:18 am

    I love Tara Stiles yoga videos on dvd. Its kind of annoying because they are only short clips so you have to piece together a few to get a full work out, but I’d rather do that than no yoga at all!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal April 5, 2011, 9:25 am

    I’ve done a few podcasts through yogadownload which are pretty good because if you’re like me and don’t know any of the names of poses they provide a pdf with the sequence!

  • Caitlyn (The Spoonful of Life) April 5, 2011, 9:28 am

    I have never done a Dave Farmer yoga podcast. I hear about them all the time, though, so I should try them.

    Basil with eggs rocks! When I am craving a comforting egg recipe, I add pesto to my eggs. It never fails to be oh-so-good!

  • Michelle April 5, 2011, 9:29 am

    I’ve been afraid of downloads because i’m not good with the pose names. It was super helpful to read the comments here and see yogadownload provides PDFs! 🙂 It’s hard for me to do at home sometimes though because my dog always thinks i’m on the floor because I want to play with her!

    • Caitlin April 5, 2011, 8:28 pm

      Maggie gave me many kisses through the process.

  • LIz April 5, 2011, 9:31 am

    I love Dave Farmar’s podcasts..partially just because I love Dave. But his classes are a good workout and really relaxing. Yoga Today also has a free class (video) that you can get if you sign up that’s usually pretty good.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews April 5, 2011, 9:32 am

    I’ve never tried yoga but am interested! What is a good video for beginners?

  • Emily April 5, 2011, 9:35 am

    I’m way too visual (and inexperienced at yoga) to handle podcasts. I would look like a silly mess if I tried to follow along. My old roommate and I would play this game with our fitness magazines where one of us would read the instructions on cue cards while the other tried to do the fitness move without looking at the visual. Always resulted in hilarious piles of bodies on the floor looking like fools. That’s how I envision me + yoga podcast.

  • Errign April 5, 2011, 9:36 am

    I’ve never done a yoga podcast, because I don’t do a regular in person practice and don’t know the names of the poses. I’d like to get into a yoga practice when I live in Asheville, NC in the fall.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) April 5, 2011, 9:39 am

    I’ve never done a yoga podcast before…or yoga for that matter. I really should! 🙂

  • Maren April 5, 2011, 9:42 am

    I downloaded Chris Freytag’s 10 pound slimdown yoga. I LOVE it and I love her. All her slimdown videos are short but amazing! The lower body one literally makes me want to puke sometimes haha! I’m definitely going to check out dave, thanks!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged April 5, 2011, 9:46 am

    I love yoga podcasts. SO much cheaper than a studio too!

  • chelsea April 5, 2011, 9:48 am

    I love Dave, so much easier and cheaper than a studio. I always feel like half way through I catch onto the real names…or maybe I just remember the flow!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit April 5, 2011, 9:49 am

    I like Dave’s podcasts too, although I can’t do them too often bc I just get bored if I’m not in an actual class! I’ve done some from which are nice too, bc they have free 20-minute classes. Not a big commitment 🙂

  • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment April 5, 2011, 9:55 am

    Thank you for mentioning the issue with the pose names, Caitlin! I don’t have internet at home anymore, so I’ve had to rely on DVDs and Yoga Apps/Podcasts on my Droid when I can’t make it to class, and that was a huge problem for me. My favorite IRL instructor is French, and she mixes the “real” names with the English ones, but I still don’t know all of them!

    Plus, I feel as though I get way more out of yoga when I go to a class than I do even when following along with a DVD – something about having an instructor’s eye on my all the time, as well as classmates, forces me to keep my form correct and hold poses longer, whereas at home, I’m way more likely to start subbing downward dog for the pushup during my sun salutations 🙂

  • Sophia @ Raven Waves April 5, 2011, 9:59 am

    I’ve never tried a yoga podcast, but recently, I tried Chris Freitag’s yoga. So amazing!

  • lauren April 5, 2011, 10:05 am

    LOVE dave farmar!! i’m always sore for days after! although I agree with you, i’m not up to speed on all the technical yoga names so i spend a decent amount of time just guessing or making up something else to do 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 5, 2011, 10:05 am

    I’ve tried a yoga podcast, but it wasn’t with him. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Clarissa April 5, 2011, 10:22 am

    Never tried podcast exercise – great find Caitlin!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs April 5, 2011, 10:22 am

    I have wanted to do a yoga podcast for a while not, but I haven’t done very much yoga in a studio so I’m afraid I would be totally lost.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 5, 2011, 10:47 am

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE DAVE FARMAR!!! I credit his podcasts for my love of yoga. I’m actually a yoga teacher now and teach a Baptiste-style class. He gives such a great work-out and he’s hilarious!

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine April 5, 2011, 11:00 am

    Oh how I miss yoga! I went to a yoga studio when I was in college (about 6 years ago) and I fell in looove! I love the ambiance of a studio and I like when someone is there to correct my positions. Hopefully one day I’ll be confident enough to do it with videos or podcasts! Do you know any for beginners or long lost followers of yoga?

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin April 5, 2011, 11:02 am

    I’ve never done a yoga podcast, but I’ve been meaning to try them! I’d be in trouble without the English names, though!!

    Perhaps I better get my booty to a studio first for a “refresher” course. 😉

  • Amber K April 5, 2011, 11:05 am

    I don’t know the “real” names of yoga poses. I much prefer knowing what I’m doing 🙂 I have never listened to any type of podcast though. Well…actually that’s not true. I downloaded a church sermon I missed once. But thankfully they now put video online so I can watch the whole thing if I have to miss it.

  • Kacy April 5, 2011, 11:07 am

    I’ve dabbled a bit with podcasts and yogadownload but I really need the full hippie dippie studio experience to really enjoy my yoga.

  • Kristen April 5, 2011, 11:07 am

    I am new at yoga, so I think this would be really hard for me to do. But great job getting in yoga when you couldnt get to your class!

  • Caitlin @ TPL April 5, 2011, 11:10 am

    I love using the Dave Farmar, some of the classes are the hardest I’ve ever done! I also have used yogadownload but it costs money =/. Have a great day!

  • Michelle April 5, 2011, 11:13 am

    I have a hard enough time following yoga in a class, let alone a podcast!

  • Elizabeth April 5, 2011, 11:17 am

    I attend class with Dave in Denver! He will tell us ahead of time if he’s recording for a podcast; it’s interesting. I take his classes and bikram classes at the studio I go to, and since I’m a pretty new yogi I tend to like the bikram better because I am less good at the flowy parts of the vinyasa flow. Anyway – my mind is officially blown as my worlds meld together! Have a happy Tuesday!

  • Kelly April 5, 2011, 11:18 am

    What a cool idea! I love listening to podcasts during my commute! (Although I would refrain from listening to this one for fear of doing yoga poses on the metro 😉 )

  • Amanda April 5, 2011, 11:22 am

    I have done portions of Dave Farmar podcasts, but I have a lot of trouble maintaining my concentration since he breathes so loud/talks so much!! I like a bunch of the free classes from because they are onlt 25 minutes. Anything longer, I need to be in a studio!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete April 5, 2011, 11:25 am

    I love Dave’s personality in the classes, but like you said, I’m not too found of the names of the poses that he uses. It makes for a really confusing yoga session where I’m constantly looking at a chart to see if I’m doing the right pose. I wish he did an “english” version of his classes.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 5, 2011, 11:36 am

    I’ve taken so many yoga classes and have even trained, so I can handle the COMMON yoga pose names in their Sanscript..but not all of them. So definitely for podcasts, they need to stick with the English names.

  • monicanelsonfitness April 5, 2011, 11:45 am

    Dave is good and Bryan Kest too. I know what you mean, if you are new, good luck right!

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) April 5, 2011, 11:49 am

    I had the same issue with the Dave Farmer podcast. Although the one I listened to was a recording of a free class at Lululemon, so he was a little descriptive. If I couldn’t figure it out, I just did a pose that I knew that seemed to “flow”.

  • Val April 5, 2011, 11:58 am

    I just got Sage Rountree’s DVD called The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga and it’s really good. She also has 18 free podcasts with images of her doing the poses. You really should check it out! She made me LOVE yoga when I used to HATE it before!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 5, 2011, 11:58 am

    I’m a beginner when it comes to yoga, so I prefer to take classes to stay motivated. It’s nice to know about that option when I can’t make it to a class though!

  • Sonia April 5, 2011, 12:40 pm is pretty good as well. #4 is my fave. Most of the workouts are great and I’m sweating at the end!

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini April 5, 2011, 12:46 pm

    Awesome that his podcasts are free! I’ll have to check it out!

  • Stace April 5, 2011, 1:16 pm

    This is awesome and I love your concept for the new book! I will be submitting a story.

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 5, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Love the idea of yoga podcasts! Thanks for the tip!

  • Lauren April 5, 2011, 3:43 pm

    His are my favorite because they’re challenging and keep me motivated for the whole time!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 5, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Haaaa Ryan and i tried a podcast a few weeks ago… it was really funny! We’re both super inflexible and it was both pretty much our first times trying out yoga, so we were a site to see! I think i even toppled over once and knocked him down. Oops?

  • Katie @ Up Fit Creek April 5, 2011, 4:15 pm

    I did a Dave Farmer podcast once. It kicked my hiney! I’m pretty novice so the name thing threw me off a bit. I had to pause and look things up which made it less flowey.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 5, 2011, 5:36 pm

    oooooh I want to try that out- thanks!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 5, 2011, 6:37 pm

    I like to use since it comes with pose guides! I don’t think I’d be able to follow along otherwise. 😛

  • Alexandra April 5, 2011, 7:53 pm

    Yogamazing on iTunes is great as well – Chaz does roughly 20 min sessions, so it’s really easy to fit into a busy day and is also a video so it’s a great alternative to buying yoga DVDs… I’ve been doing his tonning workout lately and it’s really effective!

  • M April 5, 2011, 8:29 pm

    (on ITunes-free)
    She does a Baptiste Power Vinyasa flow class-
    there are a few on iTunes…

  • A April 5, 2011, 10:40 pm

    I have a subscription to, which has TONS of variety as far as classes, teachers, styles, and lengths. Anusara is my favorite! It isn’t free, but for $18/month it’s way cheaper than a studio, and you get a visual. Plus, they have a free 15 day trial period!

  • Jolene ( April 6, 2011, 12:12 am

    I have never listened to/watched a podcast … do you listen or watch?!!?? I don’t even really know what podcasts are – LOL!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 7:56 am

      You listen – its just like a song playing on itunes!

  • Jolene ( April 6, 2011, 10:04 am

    What is itunes?

  • Shannon April 6, 2011, 1:52 pm

    Stupid question: is Dave’s podcast (and other yoga podcasts people do) video or just audio??

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 1:56 pm

      Just audio!

  • Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland April 7, 2011, 5:33 pm

    I’m a huge Dave Farmar podcast fan. I also like the YOGAmazing podcasts on iTunes. They are a video podcast, and the instructor (Chaz) dedicates classes to requests (like yoga for biking) and also has regular classes.

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