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Kundalini Yoga to Detox and Destress with Maya Fiennes

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""To be in her presence, and to feel her spirit, her energy, and her teaching is an extraordinary experience"" Deepak Chopra. Musician and yoga teacher Maya Fiennes combines her talents to create a stunningly beautiful Kundalini practice focused on fortifying the bodys stress defenses. Maya uses movement, breath, mantra, and chantsall set to her own exhilarating musicto awaken the spirit, energize the body, and relax the mind. These movement sequences are designed to detoxify and strengthen kidneys and adrenals, the bodys first line of defense against stress-induced illness. Among the easiest styles of yoga to learn, Kundalini can produce dramatic results quickly. Youll feel more awake and aware, healthier, and better able to face everyday challenges. description

You may have years of yoga experience, but if it's limited primarily to the hatha style that's practiced most commonly in the West, musician-instructor Maya Fiennes' Kundalini Yoga to Detox and Destress may prove very surprising--and in very a good way. The London-based Fiennes describes kundalini as both "the mother of all yoga" and "among the easiest styles of yoga to learn" (not to mention a good way to "prepare for the Aquarian Age" that's coming in 2012, for those watching their calendars), a combination of movement, breath, and chanting designed to awaken, energize, and relax. That may all be true, but the contrast to the more familiar hatha style is striking. Where the latter usually concentrates on holding poses, gradually but subtly deepening them over the course of several long breaths, kundalini features almost constant movement; rapid side arm extensions and seated lifts and drops (a bit like jumping up and down on a trampoline from a seated position) are but two examples of the intense but highly enjoyable routines demonstrated here, and although the entire 60-minute program is done seated, on the back, or an all fours--there are no standing poses whatsoever--it's plenty strenuous enough to provide a good workout. Indeed, even pranayama work like the "breath of fire," featuring short, sharp, powerful inhalations and exhalations, is brisk and intense. Fiennes, who also supplied the rhythmic, pulsing music, offers explicit instructions and encouragement without being either frivolous or overly serious--a good balance, just like the practice itself. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Maya Fiennes
  • Directors: Mike Connelly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Acacia
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVKZW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,376 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Initial Warning: New Age Cheese Factor is present in this DVD. My boyfriend walked in on me right as Maya was encouraging me to "become the New Aquarian Person!" and he burst out laughing. I don't mind it, being something of a low-key hippy person who talks to her plants and worries about her chakras, but although Boyfriend was interested in joining me for this work out (it does a lot of back stretching and flexing, which since he has a very tense, stiff back, looked appealing to him) he didn't think he could make it through and keep a straight face.

His loss. Still, if being told to become "the new Aquarian Person!" or "We will now chant to strengthen the kidneys" will utterly ruin your enjoyment of a practice, you might, ah, wanna rent this one first. Just in case.

Now, on to the review proper:

This routine can be fairly intense if you're not in shape. It's fun, I like it very much, but it can be quite the work out considering you don't actually *stand up* at any time. That being said, I'm not in the most phenomenal shape of my life at the moment and I can finish this practice. And I enjoy it very much indeed! It is currently part of my regular yoga rotation and I often do the warm up portion of the DVD even on days when I am not doing the full practice. It's very dynamic: you will not hold anything but corpse pose and easy pose. And it's all done sitting or kneeling. Props are not necessary even for We the Inflexible Yogis and Yoginis of the World, which I think would make it great for travel, although I do tend to sit on my yoga mat when I do this practice.

Kundalini yoga is very different from the other hatha yoga styles I've been exposed to. But it's fun, it made my back feel FANTASTIC, the music is great, and I felt reinvigorated and centered after it was done.
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I have been doing Kundalini yoga for about 5 years now and I am always on the lookout for new dvd's. I own everything by Ravi Singh. I already have this yoga set on another dvd which is more complete than Maya Fiennes' The only thing I do like about her dvd is the music. The other reviewer said that the chants were African. No they are gurmukhi mantra chants. The music is tribal. That said here is what you can expect.

Setting: Totally white. Teacher is dressed in white on a sheepskin rug.
Music: tribal with vocals. I really liked the music
Instruction: In voice over. She tells you a lot about kundalini yoga during the poses.
Kriya: This is the set for the adrenals. It consists of hands in lotus and moving them out to the side; wrist press; body drops, active cat/cow; pelvis lifts holding ankles and a couple of other poses.
The class ends with deep relaxation.
What I didn't like: No meditation at the end of the class. I think teachers do a dis-service to students when they only teach the physical part of kundalini yoga. I'm a traditionalist in that respect; to me kundalini yoga is much much more than stretching. Without the meditation, you might as well do pilates! There are 1000's of meditations to choose from and she couldn't include one of them on this dvd. That is what I love about Ravi Singh's dvds, he includes meditations on EVERY SINGLE DVD he puts out.

If you are interested in this set on dvd. Get the dvd by Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa at the spiritvoyage website. It includes 4 meditations and a delightful GONG relaxation. You haven't lived until you've relaxed to the sound of the GONG.
I rented this dvd from netflix and after previewing it I sent it right back.

Overall: If you are new to kundalini yoga, you may like this. Old timers may be a bit bored. But she has good energy and is nice to watch.
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Maya is a fantastic teacher -- I love it that she tells you exactly what the movements are doing for you: ie: this is draining your lymph nodes, this is massaging your kidneys, this is working your waistline, this will open up the flow of blood to your head to prevent headaches. Some Kundalini programs I've tried (ie: Gurmukh) are just TOO MUCH for me right now -- maybe someday I'll be able to do them, but for now, this is the perfect pace, leaving me energized and making me feel great, not defeated.

Also, the music is just WONDERFUL and that's what really matters in a practice you do with your eyes closed. Really inspiring!
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I absolutely love this video. I've been practicing with it almost everyday since I got it. Maya has this beautiful voice and the music is awesome. This CD starts with a warm-up set that I just do on it's own when I don't have much time. Then, it has a set for kidneys and adrenals. I know one of the negative comments was that it's missing a meditation, but I don't feel that it's a big deal since one of the exercises in the set includes a meditation. All the exercises are easy to follow and make me feel great. I usually feel energized and relaxed every time I practice. I shared it with my friends and everyone loved it. Maya does a very good job explaining the benefits of all the exercises.
I also own every Ana and Ravi CD. I love them and I never thought I would find something to compare to the sets they do, but Maya certainly did a great job with this set. I think if you're a beginner, her set is certainly easier to follow and she adheres more to Kundalini wisdom like doing the root locks. I think it makes a big difference to include breathing exercises and root locks.
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