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Yoga Journal: Shiva Rea - Free Flow Best Live Vinyasa Workout (2007)

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  • Actors: Shiva Rea
  • Directors: -
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VI70UY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Unleash your creative spirit in this improvisational, open practice. Shiva Rea's Free Flow Yoga will tune and tone you while showing you how to navigate life's challenges with grace, power, and confidence. Filmed live at the Annual Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference, this unrehearsed 90-minute program captures the dynamism and creativity of one of the great instructors of Yoga in America today. A leading teacher of vinyasa flow yoga, Shiva Rea is best known for her creation of Yoga Trance Dance. Her approach to yoga integrates her knowledge of Krishnamacharya lineage, tantra, ayurveda, bhakti, kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement. She has lead over 70 retreats nationally and internationally, and actions for the environment, yoga and the arts. DVD features include a bonus chanting & meditation session as well as an in-depth interview with Shiva.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very non-traditional take on vinyasa flow yoga December 6, 2007
"Free Flow Yoga" is part of Yoga Journal's Great Instructors series, a series of DVDs filmed at the annual Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco. It features Shiva Rea, a internationally known yoga instructor who incorporates more creative, dynamic movement into her vinyasa flow practice. Here she presents a 90-minute class which is quite non-traditional in nature; there are certainly some classic yoga postures included, but Shiva focuses more on fluid movement rather than static holds of the poses. Many sequences take the form of mandalas and involve a flow of poses which revolve in a circle, sometimes causing you to face the back of the room; Shiva maintains that this is a positive thing for moving out of your comfort zone. Throughout the practice, Shiva also emphasizes the bandhas, namely mula bandha and uddiyana bandha.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I am highly disappointed with this DVD by Shiva Rea. I have several of her other yoga DVDs (prenatal yoga being my first and favorite), but this is my least favorite by far. It takes place at a yoga connference, and (I should have known) it is taught as if you were a yoga instructor looking for pointers for your own class. It's just not at all relaxing, and a bit difficult to follow at times. Most importantly, it goes way too slow! She has us doing the same exact motion over and over for about 5-10 minutes while she explains some yoga concept and it's just plain boring! I wish I hadn't bought this as I don't plan on using it again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration to join Shiva for a yoga workshop! November 10, 2007
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This DVD captures the qualities that make Shiva Rea one of the best yoga teachers on planet Earth.

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.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essence of Shiva November 14, 2007
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I'll never forget my reaction the first time I viewed Yoga Shakti, the first DVD produced by Shiva Rea and company. I had just returned from a 5 day teacher training intensive with Shiva and I just wanted to continue to feel the incredible electricity that she creates through her teachings.

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.
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