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Christoga: Faith in Fitness volume 1 (2007)

Janine Turner , Mary Cunningham , Faith in Fitness  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Janine Turner, Mary Cunningham
  • Directors: Faith in Fitness
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Westlake Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R9SK1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Christoga - Christian Yoga Christoga is a non-traditional hatha yoga practice at beginning and intermediate levels using scriptures from the Bible as the meditation focus. The positions strengthen and lengthen muscles as well as improve breathing, concentration and balance. The progressive guided relaxation phase is both comforting and restorative. Therefore, regular Christoga practice (at least 3 times a week) will improve your ability to perform activities of daily living. Strengthen both body and soul therefore improving your quality of life!

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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner DVD with scripture. January 8, 2008
As a Christian and exercise enthusiast, I'm very excited about yoga centered on scripture. I couldn't find reviews for Christian yoga specifically dealing with level. This DVD is a wonderful beginner DVD. Janine Turner recites scripture during each pose. Mary Cunningham leads and has a contageous sparkle in her eyes. The background is lovely and peaceful decorated with crosses & candles. Soft music plays in the background. I look forward to seeing more DVD's from this beautiful actress.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Build spiritual and physical strength with Christoga March 13, 2008
By Becca
It's about time Christians were exposed to the wonderful benefits of yoga! I bought this DVD and have done the workout twice, and already am experiencing the positive changes. The workout itself is about 70 minutes long, beginning with centering and stretching, advancing to strengthening and action, and finishing with an exercise of balance and guided relaxation, with a peaceful backdrop of candles and crosses. The positions have been renamed to fit a Christian theme - Prodigal Son, Noah's Arch, Lazarus, and Holy Rollers, which made me laugh and was thoroughly enjoyable. Throughout we have beautiful Janine Turner (Maggie from Northern Exposure) reciting some of my favorite and most inspirational Scripture verses. The DVD is completely Christ-centered, and teaches us to worship Him not just with our minds, but bodies as well. I bought this DVD because I was worried that my prayer life was lacking. This is an excellent way to incorporate Christ's Word into your soul.

I noticed that Janine's abdomen showed at times, but didn't really find it to be offensive. She's wearing workout clothes. The workout moves at a quick pace, so it may be a good idea to view the DVD before attempting it, as is advised by the instructor. I didn't, however, and made it through just fine. One thing that could have been done differently was that occasionally, when a position is being held, the video briefly cuts completely to Janine reciting a verse. I wish they wouldn't have done that because a couple of times I looked to make sure I was doing the position right, but they weren't showing that.

All in all, I totally recommend this workout. You will not regret adding this positive workout to your busy life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Silly March 4, 2013
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I bought this DVD because the one thing I don't like about yoga is hearing the "mantras' and "mudras," talking about my "energy being grounded to mother earth"...New Age stuff like that. But honestly, I'd rather put up with all of that than watch this silly "Christian" DVD. A woman dressed in a big, high collar robe, with candles and crosses and dim lighting, while she recites Scripture, all the while making cute, coy expressions to the camera! It was like watching someone taking the Lord's name in vain. And it wasn't just once in a while--it was constant...they show a yoga pose and then the camera switches to her--she was the star of the show more than the yoga poses. It was really creepy actually. I was embarrassed for Janine Turner. Even my kids were turned off--they wanted to exercise with me and they kept asking me, "Mommy, why is she showing off like that?" Each time the camera went back to her in her little spa area, my kids would look at me with an "isn't this creepy?" expression on their faces. I finally had to turn it off--could not get through it. The other lady with her should just make a video on her own--I liked what she did with the stretching.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Christoga travesty September 18, 2010
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Overacting, too much makeup, sleazy production trying to achieve a spiritual effect by whispering scripture in a haze was a real turnoff. The renaming of yoga positions was amateurish and results were silly rather than inspirational.
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36 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Workout! October 15, 2007
I am a mother of 2 young children. When I'm not running off to soccer practice, or a ballet recital I like to relieve some of my stress through exercise. I loved doing Yoga, but hated that I was bringing Eastern religions in to my home, and letting it infiltrate into my children. I found myself putting the videos on mute most of the time (which if you have ever done any kind of exercise tapes the fun is in the sound). When I caught wind that Janine Turner had just put out a Christoga exercise routine I had to have it. Being able to pop it into my DVD player, and do my workout with the sound on and the kids in the same room is the most rewarding time of my day. Its been like going to church, and the gym all in one!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my new favorite yoga dvd!! April 4, 2008
By j. g.
I absolutly LOVE this dvd!!! It is beautifully filmed!! janine's voice is very soothing as she reads scripture during the poses. I love being able to incorporate spirituallity in my fitness routine!!! Well done!!!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great workout from a beginner's point of view March 27, 2009
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I don't have much experience with yoga or poses, this was one of my first dvds. I feel great afterwards & I like doing it. I really like the workout, but I don't have anything else to compare it to. There are 2 instructors & the poses are explained very well, with options for a greater challenge. There are 7 different segments & you can do as many as you want or just play all of them. It's nice to have time where you are guided through focusing on Christ & scriptures.

My only concern is about modesty, especially since this is a Christian dvd. The red head's navel shows through the video & it just seems like she is trying to be sexy. Kind of weird!

All in all, it gets 4 stars & my recommendation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tape
I love doing Yoga to Christian worship. She has changed the names of the poses to biblical people and subjects.
Published 6 months ago by Danna Bolton
4.0 out of 5 stars Strain out the gnat
Okay, I admit I am no good at yoga. I'm as flexible as a potato chip! I am a Christian, and have some reservations about yoga as it is a Hindu practice, from what I... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sudebaker
4.0 out of 5 stars "Yoga Filled Body, Christ Filled Soul"
I got a great workout with Janine's version of "Christoga." I'm a devout Christian so I have no problem with yoga being presented from a Christian perspective. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Angela S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Body, Christ's Temple Needs This
As a Certified Pilates Instructor, health and fitness lover, Christian woman, I loved, loved, loved this DVD. I was so blessed by the workout. Read more
Published 24 months ago by N. E. Thyme
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video. Timely delivery!
Thank you so much for the DVD. It arrived in great shape ... and it is a lot of fun, too!
Published on October 11, 2012 by Love2Read
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! Great workout with Christ centered message!!
I just want to VERY strongly recommend Christoga to everyone who is looking for a superb yoga workout that also is centered around Christ. Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by Angie
3.0 out of 5 stars What Happened to Good Old Fashioned "Stretching?"
I actually REALLY enjoyed this..."workout" for lack of a better term. I love to stretch within a calm environment and this program provides that. Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by Colleen J. Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea - wish it was more challenging
I've been doing yoga on and off for years for fitness and to reduce stress. I wanted to find a practice that removed all the eastern stuff and replaced it with Christ (was... Read more
Published on January 23, 2010 by Trinity
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a joke!
DONT BUY IT! This woman loved herself so much that you cant focus on the workout itself. I was actually sick to my stomach having to watch her glorify her sexuality! Read more
Published on September 20, 2009 by Dana Reed
1.0 out of 5 stars Total abomination
Yoga is not about "fitness" and Christian BS has no place in it. This is a perversion and is not yoga. It doesn't seem to be particularly Christian either. Read more
Published on August 9, 2009 by Craig Schenk
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