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on September 1, 2011
I documented the scenes to this DVD, but as I completed the practice I realized that listing the poses could not do it justice. I loved this sequence, a combination of strength, balance, core work, but also grace and balance. I did have some problems with my knee during one of the sequences but think it could be easily altered. I might have liked it if the side plank balances were held just a little longer since I have the strength but usually enter into them a bit wobbly before balancing. But all in all, this is an excellent practice. I love Janet's voice, her guidance through the practice. I highly recommend this DVD to those at an intermediate+ level.
Here are the scenes:
Invocation (3:32): A standing meditation
Igniting the Fire (2:20): A pranayama between mountain and forward bend, and then warming up, moving several times between downward dog to plank.
Slow and Low (10:17): The first movement is downward dog, low lunge, half splits, plank (one leg raised with toes against opposite heel), and Chaturanga. Transition poses are forward bend, chair pose variations, and gentle stretches. Returning to the first movement again, this time tucking one leg to chest during plank and adding upward facing dog. Ends repeating the transition poses again including several more variations of chair pose.
Lubrication (10:11): This sequence builds on the main movement in Slow and Low, replacing the half splits with pyramid pose, and the plank variations with side plank/Vasisthasana variations. There is a brief forward bend transition, and then standing poses are added into the sequence - side angle, warrior II, reverse warrior, and triangle. Ends in child pose.
Expanding around the heart (4:44): Dolphin, forearm plank moving hips from side to side, sphinx, cobra. Rest in crocodile, a variation on locust pose, and ends in downward dog.
Balancing Acts (6:51): Continues to build on the previous sequences. Includes downward dog to plank variations, side plank balance variations increasing in challenge, and then building to optional Eka Pada Koundiyanasana. There is also a nice crescent pose sequence that includes stepping out of crescent into a single leg balance with one knee raised and twisted side angle pose. Ends in child's pose.
Metta (loving-kindness) (2:29): Sit in a wide leg kneeling position, spiraling the sacrum/lower back. Ends with a nice wrist/hand stretch.
Dance of Shiva (13:14): Builds on `Balancing Acts', including a variation of Visvamitrasana if you are able and more standing balances. There is a sequence that includes standing splits, moving to a kneeling position with one leg folded under, and then table pose with that same leg angled under. I may have to modify this sequence as it gave a slight tweak to my knee (that hasn't been bothered by yoga for about 2 years). Also includes some seated twists. There are quite a few poses from this sequence that I did not list.
Shoulder expansion (6:50): Mostly shoulder stretches, but also includes a few backbends.
Taking a seat (7:16): Seated twists and stretches. Ends with reverse plank or table pose, and then more seated stretches.
Setting it down (3:30): Supine stretches, plow pose, shoulder stand with leg variations, seated forward bend.
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