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For the most part, Shiva practices along with the class, but she sometimes moves around the room along with her assistants. Shiva uses mainly Sanskrit names for the postures, but there is also a "yoga demonstrator" on a dais at the head of the class for easy reference. This DVD is well-chaptered, and the introduction suggests that each chapter can stand alone as a shorter practice if necessary. The chapters are as listed below; I have added in approximate times as well as brief descriptive information.
Movement Meditation (14m)--Much of the warm-up here consists of standing in mountain pose while raising and lowering the arms in a flow. Shiva encourages the class to step off their mats to "get out of the box" and then continues with arm flows in a warrior stance as well as some more free form movements. Shiva also incorporates lion's breath and chanting OM.Read more ›
She is a true yogini. Shiva is knowledgeable and enthusiastic in regards to vinyasa, She is dedicated to helping her students find their own yogic path, and she is a skilled innovator while still being true to the roots of the yogic practice. She encourages and inspires the students to take their practice "off the mat" and into the world. It also takes an extraordinary quality to convey a sense of fun and be serious at the same time.
What more can you ask for from a teacher?
Watch other DVDs and you may find that there is not as much fun going on.
On the technical aspects of the DVD - the lighting is even and natural and the sound is clear and consistent. Considering the less then ideal conditions of the location, a hotel conference room, the quality is amazingly good. As with all of Shiva's DVDs the quality of the instruction is the highest and the video/audio quality is also top notch.
If you are a long time fan of Shiva's DVDs, then this one will be somewhat different, not as polished or orchestrated from the video standpoint, but certainly just as inspiring.
If you have taken a class with her, then you will feel like you never left.
If you are new to her style of yoga, then you have found a beautiful fountain to drink the essence of existence. Namaste.
So naturally, watching the DVD I felt extremely empty and disappointed. That electricity that is Shiva's essence was just not there! That is why the Yoga Journal Free Flow Vinyasa DVD is so extraordinarily satisfying. It captures the essence of Shiva in a way that is not possible on the other DVDs.
But don't get me wrong. Over time I grew to LOVE the Yoga Shakti DVD. It's like the gift that just keeps on giving, it's so deep and rich and a must have for any serious student of yoga. I am a yoga teacher and have studied with Shiva Rea for the past 4.5 years by taking her workshops and retreats whenever possible. I am a complete convert, totally hooked on Shiva. I have not hesitated to purchase every single DVD that she has produced to date. And I have not been at all disappointed with any of her DVDs. As a matter of fact they are all awesome, incredible tools for learning yoga and she is the most inspirational yoga teacher on planet earth.
But the Yoga Journal: Shiva Rea - Free Flow Vinyasa DVD is now on top of the heap! In some ways the other DVDs can't compare for the simple reason that what draws people to Shiva is her incredible rock star magnetism, her electricity and the generosity of her spirit. This all comes through loud and clear on this live teaching video. It's the next best thing to being there! The other videos, though well crafted are not taught in front of a live audience.
Shiva Rea has made an art form of teaching yoga.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm glad I borrowed this from Netflix before buying it. This is an interesting variation on standard vinyasa practice, but not something I'd do often--slow in places as others... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Teresa Noelle Roberts
Was a bit disappointed in this DVD. I m a big fan of Shiva. But I felt like she fell short on this DVD.Published 23 months ago by belladonna
This DVD is great -- it is a 1.5 hour flow that features Shiva's innovative mandala namaskars, which flow in a circle around the yoga mat. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Todd
It was a little too new age for me. It was not what I expected from her. Will not recommend for purchasePublished on June 17, 2013 by Katie Barrett