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by Jennifer Langheld and Garvey Rich (Directors)
Yoga Craze, 2004
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Apr 4th 2006

Better Sex Through Yoga

Yoga instructor Jacquie Noelle leads viewers through all three of these DVDs promising Better Sex Through Yoga.  As you would expect, they are labeled "Beginner," "Intermediate," and "Advanced."  Each DVD has a workout session: on the first and second DVDs these last about 48 minutes and 45 minutes respectively, while on the third one it is about an hour.  Each DVD has the same extras.  The "Special Features," include a short piece on how yoga can improve your sex life, and a collection of out-takes and bloopers.  There's also a trailer for the DVD and a written biography of Jacquie Noelle.  The "Additional Instruction" section has a short piece by Jacquie again explaining the sexual benefits of yoga, and a more useful selection of yoga poses which gives hints about how best to do them, with writing on the screen accompanying the poses. 

The yoga workouts feature Jacquie along with two other people.  They are all youthful, attractive and very fit.  They do the yoga in a gym of some kind with curtains draped around them and some potted palm trees standing in the corner and lit candles placed around the space.  Jacquie speaks out loud explaining what to do, and there are occasional instructions in writing on the screen or added in voice over in post-production.  There is some rather cheesy and extremely repetitive electronic music in the background.

Readers may be relieved or disappointed to learn that there's nothing particularly sexual about the yoga workouts.  The Jacquie and her co-presenters are clothed at all times, although occasionally the man takes off his top to reveal a glistening sweaty chest.  Jacquie wears clinging tops and tight short shorts.  Once or twice the camera seemed to linger unnecessarily long on Jacquie's crotch as she leans back.  The background music occasionally has some sort of groaning sound that is somewhat sexual.  The voice-over gives frequent instructions to tighten and relax your sexual core, which seems to involve a clenching of the pelvic muscles.  But apart from that, the yoga workout is rather similar to most other DVD yoga workouts.  Maybe there is a little more emphasis on hip movements and pelvic flexibility, but not much more.  The sequence of poses, starting with a warm up, then going through standing poses and abdominals, and ending with relaxation is similar to most yoga flows.

The production feels rather home-made: while the yoga instruction seems proficient, the sound quality is not great, and occasionally it is hard to hear exactly what Jacquie is saying.  The voice-over is wooden and not particularly helpful, especially since the whole idea of breathing into or tightening your sexual core is not well explained.  There's not enough difference between the three DVDs to really justify having three of them, and although the third one has some challenging poses, it is not really advanced compared to other yoga DVDs.   

Nevertheless, these DVDs provide a good yoga workout.  I don't see that they will be any better at improving your sex life than any other yoga DVD, and some people may prefer a workout made with higher production values and a more Eastern approach.  However, I expect that some people will welcome a yoga workout with an attractive instructor using simple language without any foreign language.  The promise of better sex may well be fulfilled if the yoga exercises improve flexibility, strength and bodily self-confidence.

 

© 2006 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

 

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island, and editor of Metapsychology Online Review.  His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.