Starting with a beginner yoga video (such as Level I Baron Baptiste orPatricia Walden) is definitely a cheaper alternative to private instruction. Power yoga videos will teach you yoga basics and at the same time give you a workout (I like Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste). Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden offer more slower paced instruction with great sequencing. Check out Amazon for prices —they usually have the best selection & offers.
Eventually, you may want to join a group class (either at your gym or go to a studio). The energy and instruction you’ll get in a group class will be a lot more invigorating & challenging.
Another option is hiring a private yoga instructor to come to your home and teach you. Though it’s the most expensive option, one-on-one instruction provides a deep learning experience, enables you to move at your own pace and ask as many questions as you’d like along the way. Depending on your finances and if you have access to community space, private instructors (such as myself) are usually willing teach a class to a small group for a fee that could be split among the group. For instance, if you could get 6 of your friends to come then the cost would be $17 per person and you could take the class for free.
If you live in the Washington DC, Arlington, Alexandria or Bethesda vicinity and are interested in private yoga instruction or hosting a group class within your community space or living room, please visit my website for more details. www.abellayoga.com