In this 20 minute video, instructor Sara Ivanhoe leads a challenging yoga practice aimed at strengthening your core abdominal muscles. She begins with standing side bends, adding a twist with a knee lift. Next comes some additional seated stretches with forward bends, twists, and spine rolls. Sara then moves to an all-fours position and leads some particularly challenging work moving from down dog to plank pose with one leg pulled in towards your chest. This is followed by some additional seated twists, including a twisting boat pose. Lying on your back, you'll then perform Pilates-like abs moves such as criss-cross, bicycle, and stretches with both bent and straight legs. You'll also perform a half sit up with the legs both bent and stright as well as side knee drops with the legs both bent and straight.
Although the box for this video says that it is "designed for all abilities," this is a tough, challening practice which is likely to feel overwhelming for beginners. The practice is best suited to those with some level of prior yoga experience as well as some pre-existing core strength. Overall, if you like Sara, have done yoga before, and want to focus more on your core, this might be a good video for you.
Sara's personality is very similar to her Crunch and Dummies videos: she is very down-to-earth, although some might find her language to be somewhat patronizing.
Beth C (aka toaster)
November 28, 2004
I really love this workout as a
complement to traditional ab work.
While I wouldn't replace my Cathe ab
workouts with this, I think the slow
controlled movement in this workout is
a nice change of pace from the fast
paced ab work Cathe and others do.
The emphasis is on less reps with lots
The workout begins with a nice warm
up with side bends and twists along
with the levitation move found in Core
Max. As an added bonus, all the twists
and stretchs in the workout really got
the kinks out of my back and neck. It
also increased my range of motion
with my neck.
Following the warm up is a nice series
of planks with inverse crunches
(bringing the knee to the forehead.)
This requires quite a bit of upper body
strength as you hold yourself in plank
and 3-legged down dog for quite a
while. I found this challenging but also
Next is seated postures like boat pose
wtih twists. She starts out simple so
that beginners have their pose right
away but then goes into the more
advanced postures. In the future, I'll
probably go right into the advanced
She finishes with some upper body
work that includes slow bicycles with
bent and then straight legs. She also
does some crunches that she calls
mundra crunches. Basically, you do a
crunch and then hold it for a few
breaths. Very nice change of pace
from traditional crunches. She also
does some twists where you lie on
your back and take bent legs or
straight legs to one side and then the
The music is in this workout is all
instrumental. I really enjoyed it. There
are some driving piano melodies
along with some new age stuff that
sounds like Yanni. I really liked it a lot.
It wasn't intrusive but was upbeat and
added to the workout. I also liked how
she had stretches between each
exercise. The time flew by. I would
highly recommend this workout to
someone who is bored with traditional
ab work and wants to try something a
Very down to Earth and encouraging.
Some might find her patronizing. She
shows excellent form and clearly
knows her stuff.