- Actors: Jason Crandell
- Format: Color, Dolby, Multiple Formats, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Bayview Films
- Release Date: Oct. 26 2010
- Run Time: 60 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B003X3BYB0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,986 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Yoga Journal: Yoga Pose Encyclopedia
Yoga Journals Pose Encyclopedia is one-of-a-kind video tutorial from the most trusted name in yoga, Yoga Journal Magazine. Every pose is presented in a 360 degree view and is accompanied by an in-depth tutorial, so you can safely and effectively learn the basics of each posture. You dont just learn the poses correctly and safely - you gain a deeper understanding of each posture. A strong foundation means an effective practice as you study 35 essential yoga poses (standing poses, backbends, sun salutations, etc.) and prepare for wherever your practice takes you. The DVD is a constant reference tool for both beginners and experts; no matter how advanced you are in your practice, you can refer to the Yoga Pose Encyclopedia DVD to refine your alignment. The Yoga Pose Encyclopedia DVD is also a great tool to help students understand the details of these foundational postures, and it provides great ideas for creating lesson plans. Rating: NR
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The instructor gives directions such as ... bring the shoulders down, place the hands in line/under.... and a proper amount of time is given to adjust oneself.
The demonstrator is in a bright blue outfit set against a dark background.
Only the demonstrator is visible.
This is not "meditative" nor "peppy" video (in my opinion).
This Pose Encyclopedia is the latest DVD offering from Yoga Journal magazine; it is instructed by Yoga Journal contributing editor Jason Crandell. The aim of this DVD is to offer a reference tool of 35 essential yoga poses, presenting each posture individually and offering 360 views, thus allowing the student or teacher to gain a greater understanding of the pose. To facilitate this, Crandell cues the poses via voiceover while a single model, Cortney Cantrell, displays all of the postures.
After a brief disclaimer, the Main Menu appears. On the left-hand side, the Menu offers the options of Welcome (a brief introduction, also done in voiceover, by Crandell), Credits, and a complete pose list in either Sanskrit or English. On the right, the postures are broken down into the following submenus:
SUN SALUTATION ESSENTIALS
(includes Corpse Pose, Shoulder Opening Series, & Victorious Breath)
In general, each individual posture breakdown is approximately 2 1/2 to 3 minutes in length. For poses that are intended to be performed on both sides of the body, such as Extended Triangle, Crandell will state at the end "Now practice your second side," but the second side is not shown. The model's movements are well-timed to Crandell's instruction, and when Crandell mentions modifications, these are shown by the model as well--for example, using a block under the hand (other props include a blanket and a strap). What the model does NOT show is the WRONG way to do the posture--i.e., occasionally Crandell will make a statement such as "be sure that you are not doing ____," but in these cases, the model does not provide an example of the incorrect stance for comparison's sake.
Although the pose descriptions themselves are fairly well-done, I found the way in which the submenus were organized to be frustrating. First, when you select a particular submenu--for example, "Standing Poses"--there is no "Play All" option. Given this, you are required to select each of the poses individually and return to the menu EVERY time, which is quite cumbersome. Another problem I had was with how the postures are organized within the segments themselves. Again using "Standing Poses" as an example, this section begins with Chair Pose, while Mountain Pose (which I think most yoga instructors would agree is the foundational standing posture) does not appear until fourth on the list. Also, when he is instructing Warrior 1, Crandell refers to the previous work on Warrior 2--but this posture comes AFTER Warrior 1 on the menu.
Unfortunately, I believe that the difficulties in navigating the menus of this DVD significantly limit its usefulness. Although it may have some value as a reference tool for beginning yoga students, the layout of this "encyclopedia" prevents it from being utilized effectively as a follow-along practice. Finally, while I am generally a fan of video media, in this instance, I think more experienced students or teachers looking for a reference manual would be more likely to benefit from one in book form, such as Judith Lasater's excellent 30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers or even the more lighthearted Cool Yoga Tricks.