- Directors: Dragonfly Productions
- Producers: Andrea Ambandos
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- VHS Release Date: October 28, 1997
- Run Time: 35 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- ASIN: 0764000969
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Crunch - The Joy of Yoga VHS
Anyone familiar with the take-no-prisoners approach to exercise of the Crunch gyms might think a Crunch yoga video was an oxymoron. But this half-hour tour into some basic stretching and breathing poses is actually gentle and well focused. The program is formatted to be accessible to all levels of fitness, though the advanced may not find as much challenge as other videos might offer. The presentation is serene and really does help calm the frazzled mind. The only real drawback is one common to any yoga tape: the difficulty of craning one's neck to see the TV screen while doing certain poses. But once you have the poses down and don't need to watch constantly, the effect will be more like being guided through a real, in-person class. --Anne Hurley
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I like the variety that comes with getting to try different styles, sequences and instructors which video/DVD/CD programs provide. I had this on VHS for Years and recently bought the DVD w/ this program plus "Fat Burning" (which I also had on VHS).
Before I go further in the review I definitely want to second the opinion that it's probably a good idea to start with something more basic if you are new to Yoga or haven't exercised in a while and feel out of shape. Yoga Zone "Yoga Basics For Beginners" and their "Introduction to Power Yoga For Beginners" (each has two twenty minute programs)are two programs I would work with before this one. They are excellent and enjoyable programs to get you started.
That being said :)
I find Sara Ivanhoe to be a sound instructor who has put together a solid, balanced program. She is unintimidating, gives clear instruction and demonstrates very well. The students in the video also do a fine job as well. It's always nice to have a variety of people in a video like this because you get to see how different people will do the poses rather than feeling that there is only "one way" they should look. There is also a student who is designated to modify the poses to make them doable for most anyone in reasonable health.
This program is a very reasonable length (under 40 minutes), yet long enough to be effective yet short enough to fit easily into one's schedule (especially since you can do it at home and don't need to spend time driving anywhere).
It starts with "Half Sun Salutes" to warm you up before moving into a Standing Pose section which uses Down Dog as the home base. It is primarily warrior and lunge based movements (including extended side angle w/ your upper arm wrapped around your back and grabbing onto the forward leg's inner quadricep) plus a nice standing twist (which is called "Straddle Fold Twist" by Tracy Rich on the Total Yoga programs), which is basically a simpler version of a twisting triangle pose.
There is a nice flow with Table/Balancing table (where you extend the right arm/left leg and visa versa) which eventually adds pushups into the flow so you get your whole body really involved in this.
Also included is a nice backbending section that is made up primarily of locust variations and a flow including cobra.
The program finishes off with some seated forward bends (including Janu Sirsasana-one leg forward bend w/ the other leg bent inward against the thigh) and lying twists before leading into a short relaxation segment.
I may have left some things out here but that is the basic idea of what is contained in "Joy Of Yoga".
I highly recommend getting the DVD version which contains this program plus the "Fat Burning" Yoga, which is an excellent program which has a flow that really creates heat in the body. The combined DVD is very inexpensive for the excellent programs contained in it.