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SHIVA REA: MORE DAILY ENERGY
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Customizable Yoga Matrix!
"A joyful teacher and an inspiring model" --Yoga Journal
"A powerhouse yoga teacher" --The New York Times
Restore your body and mind each day with celebrated yogini Shiva Rea. These seven 20-minute segments include three beginner and four intermediate practices, so you can tailor your workout to fit your mood, energy level, and schedule.
Doing yoga daily--even for 20 minutes--can help you achieve power and serenity, strength and composure. These practices are designed to fit seamlessly with the ebb and flow of your life: try a calming lunar segment on a hectic day, or opt for a stimulating solar workout when you need energy. No matter what you choose, you’ll be sculpting long, lean muscles as you revitalize your spirit.
With the customizable Yoga Matrix, you can select from more than two hours of yoga to create endless combinations of longer practices. Prepare to be energized, motivated, and restored with one of the world’s most inspirational teachers.
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Shiva's yoga instruction is excellent as always.
The DVD routines:
Opening Meditation (11 minutes)
--Foundation Sahaja (20 minutes)
--Foundation Heart Flow (20 minutes)
--Foundation Standing (20 minutes)
--Prayer Wheel (20 minutes)
--Evolution Flow (20 minutes)
--Evolution Heart Flow (20 minutes)
--Evolution Standing Balance (20 minutes)
Shavasana (7 minutes).
There are also six pre-set practices, ranging in time from 47 minutes to 58 minutes.
What I enjoyed about this DVD:
**The matrix option, so I can really customize my workout.
**The individual 20 minute practices can stand on their own, or be used together. I don't know what it is about these practices, but I tend to do at least two of them at one time. With Shiva's original Shiva Rea: Daily Energy - Vinyasa Flow Yoga, I tend to choose just one of the daily practices.
**The poses aren't particularly difficult so I didn't feel that a lot of form pointers were needed. Shiva gives some basic instruction on the poses, but doesn't go into a lot of detail. This is fine with me. I consider myself an intermediate yoga practitioner and I am very familiar with most poses, so as long as I hear the name of the pose, I can do it.
**The Evolution Standing Flow Solar practice. This was the most energizing of the daily practices. I surprised myself by being able to hold my balance throughout most of it!
**The clear labeling of lunar (relaxing) and solar (energizing) practices on the matrix.
**Shiva's calming voice and unobtrusive music. I enjoyed the music on this DVD since it fit the workout.
**The interesting props. I believe that one background figurine is Ganesha (the elephant diety), one of the key figures in the Hindu religion. There is a musical instrument, as well as some necklaces. I would love to learn the significance of these.
Some things I did not care for in this workout:
**The backdrop is very basic. It looks like a brownish-gold sheet draped over the floor and on the walls. I have been spoiled by Shiva's earlier DVDs, which were filmed in beautiful places like the Maldives Islands, White Sands National Park and Kauai.
**The opening meditation is very calming and it's a good way to get centered. However, I find it a bit too calming for my morning practice. I use this meditation as part of my evening practice. I much prefer the separate solar and lunar meditations in Shiva's Daily Energy Flow.
Even though most of the poses are pretty easy, this is not a DVD for beginners. Shiva doesn't give a lot of details about the poses and if you're not familiar with the poses, you'll be constantly straining to watch Shiva to see what you should be doing.
My typical workouts with this DVD would be:
Solar--Prayer Wheel plus one other Solar practice OR
Lunar-Opening Meditation plus one or two Lunar practices.
I recommend this DVD for anyone wanting to incorporate more yoga in their daily lives. With the 20 minute segments, it is easily doable with this DVD.
I own almost all of her DVD's and workout with her 6 days a week.
We used to go on vacation to exotic locations like a lush green waterfall in the mountains of India, or a white desert with several our dancing friends, or on a deserted beach along the ocean of California or India.......just me and Shiva would travel the world with our yoga mats --enjoying the view.
Now--we never go anywhere---we are stuck in the same studio ---all the time---we never go on location vacation.....anymore....those where the good times....
Other than that I love Shiva's teaching style. She only says what needs to be said. She guides you very well through the movement and the breath work.