Crunch - The Perfect Yoga Workout: The Joy of Yoga & Fat-Burning Yoga
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The Joy of Yoga is a well planned workout that is a great intro to yoga, or a nice cooldown after a longer cardio or weight workout. It is relaxing and energizing, so you can do it any time of day.
Fat Burning Yoga is tougher, more like a high beginner workout. It is not so tough that one should be wiped afterwards, but one will definitely feel worked out. The pace moves, but not too quickly. I don't know how much Fat-burning this really accomplishes, but it will definitly burn some calories, and work out kinks at the same time.
The DVD interface is well planned, and it is very easy to go through each ot the two programs as written. They are also broken into chapters, so mixing between the two is possible, as it putting together a long yoga workout.
Joy of Yoga begins with a focused breathing series involving forward bends and down dogs (there are many repetitions of this position) and then moves on to additional standing poses, including warrior, lunges, and twists. The floor portion of the workout consists mostly of relaxing stretches, but there is one tough segment which alternates arm/leg stretches with yogi pushups. This practice is about 35 minutes long. Fat-burning yoga is a more active practice, although not quite to the level of aerobic conditioning or power yoga. Again, the practice begins with breathing and then introduces the use of vinyasas: several poses are combined together in a flowing sequence and then the entire sequence is repeated several times. After a brief warm-up, there is a long, sun salutation-type vinyasa containing lunges, push-up pose, simple backbends, and many repetitions of downward dog. For each repetition, a slightly more difficult variation is introduced, and by the end of this series, your arms and shoulders have gotten an intense workout. Additional vinyasas include twisting lunges, proud warrior, triangle, and side angle pose. This practice ends with a short abs section containing a few boat poses, seated backbends, and two Pilates-like exercises. Finally, there are some brief seated stretches and an even briefer relaxation pose for about 45 total minutes.Read more ›
For beginners bump this up to 4 stars, for intermediate yogis this is just a 3. BTW, I still think starting out with a real yoga instructor is the best way, then supplement with the tapes/DVDs - you will get so much more out of it.
This is a beginning yoga video, although I think it's aimed at an audience that's already fairly physically fit. There are some poses which may be difficult for someone who is not particularly strong yet. Yet, I am about intermediate level, and while I don't find this as challenging as videos aimed at intermediate students, I find I get a workout that feels like I've "done something". At about 40 minutes each segment (the Fat Burning Yoga is longer), it's easier to fit into a busy schedule than a 60- or 90- minute workout.
One of the small pet peeves of this DVD is the instructor in the "Fat Burning Yoga" sequence...she's always saying, "OK?" in the sort of way some people do and are only half-aware they're doing. I find this verbal twitch annoying, although to be fair I can only imagine how nervous SHE must have been taping an exercise video.
In short, I find this a video good for beginners, but perhaps more so for those who are in fairly good shape already.
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Best yoga program ever. Thanks Sara!! I have done the programs 100s of times.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I especially love the fat-burning workout. It's not too easy, not too hard. Perfect.Published 2 months ago by G. Torres
I'm a beginner and although some of the people look freakishly double-jointed, it has great cuing, is not intimidating and is toning my muscles. Laid back, but clear focus.Published 2 months ago by Tamara K Rohrbaugh
I'm not a huge exercise enthusiast, but while I was pregnant I took a yoga class & loved it! I figured yoga would be the perfect way to get rid of some of the baby fat. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A Hendrickson
Like Sara's no nonsense style. My husband does not like yoga taps with too much "spirituality mumbo jumbo" as he calls it so he likes Sara's simple and clear instruction.Published 4 months ago by Moonkey