Sura Flow Yoga: Complete Beginners Program ''Energy Healing, Yoga & Meditation''
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Sura Flow - Self-Discovery Yoga - presents ''The Complete Integrative Program for Beginners'', containing the ''Yoga, Energy Healing, and Life Skills'' and ''Deep Relaxation & Guided Meditation'' programs on one DVD, along with an exclusive bonus 20 minute ''Life Coaching'' audio program. Energize and restore your body-mind-soul with Sura Flow, a gentle yet powerful practice for every body. Sura Flow is an integrative blend of movement, healing and meditation. Circular, wave-like movements support the natural structure of the body, allowing for greater flow throughout the body and spinal column. Deeply healing and restorative, Sura Flow cultivates inner peace, health and intuition. This practice is designed for every level, from beginner to advanced practitioners.
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First, however, an important note:
There are three Sura Flow DVDs on Amazon at the time of this writing (the other two of which are currently out of stock). Note that this "Complete Beginners Program" DVD INCLUDES the full contents of the other two DVDs.
I couldn't find anything at all useful online before buying this: no video clips, nothing. Even on her website, the descriptions are exceptionally vague, there are no screenshots... no indication of what differentiates one DVD from the other. I hope they fix their marketing and presentation because Sura (from the interview on one of the DVDs) seems charming, grounded, focused, and honest.
AND I really, really enjoy both the meditations and the yoga on this DVD.
Back to it, then.
See my pic of the back cover, and you'll understand even further that this includes everything from her other two DVDs.
I've already reviewed Sura's meditations -- Grounding & Centering, 5 Elements Healing, and Guided Meditation -- so I won't rehash those. Please see that review here: https://www.amazon.com/review/R32MDQBP5YD8PZ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B006SKP9B6 (That's the DVD I bought first -- and returned, because it was NOT YOGA.)
For this one, I'll speak only about the yoga... which, again, has several very unique poses and movements. For instance:
- In one, she has you move in a continuous wave, from a very extended child's pose, through hands and knees, through to upward facing dog, through to Bhujangasana, then down to fully prone, resting on your forehead, sort of "cobra'd." Then, again in one continuous wave, you move all the way back through the poses smoothly, to child's pose. I *love* this one. Very meditative movement for me, but still using a good amount of strength, and still focusing on your breath.
- In another, she has you sit in a sort of hero's pose, but with your toes pressed into the ground -- because we have a lot of acupressure points in our feet, she says. Then you raise your arms parallel to the floor, with elbows at 90-degree angle, out to the side (like you'd do lateral raises in weight training). Then you lean backward a good amount, and twist your body from side to side, incorporating the breath as you move from side to side. After that, you get on hands and knees and gently beat the tops of your feet on the ground to "get the energy flowing back into your feet."
There are many movements like that that I've not seen before, but that aren't TOO off-the-wall or unusual. This provided a moderately good stretch for me, though with such tight hips, I must do another 20-minute segment on another tape later in the day if I want not to feel clinched up at all, and feel completely relaxed.
The music is soothing and appropriate, so much so that I honestly can't remember it. It's not super notable, apparently, which is fine with me. I'm supposed to be focusing on my body, not on annoying, sappy, too "new age," or crazy music.
Her voice is relaxing, and the voiceovers are pretty fairly timed to her movements. She leaves herself behind a few times, but nothing super glaring. In "voiceover yoga tapes," I find that I use either one or the other -- the visuals, or the music -- so I'm not bothered or distracted by synchronicity issues.
The scenery is BEAUTIFUL. I have no idea how they got her wooden block floating out in that like like that, but it's utterly incredible. Visually striking, sunny, and fantastic, I wish I was out there to do yoga with her. (Well, maybe not, due to all the bugs there'd be over the water. ;/)
Finally, I should note that I've done every part of this DVD except the seated yoga. I may update after I explore if there's anything notable that needs to be shared. For now, I've watched it, and it's more than just "seated." It also has lying down poses. I can't remember if there are hand/knee poses, but you're certainly on the floor the whole time.
I gave it 4 stars (Amazon's "I like it") because I do really, really "like" it.
I don't "love" it, meaning it's not one of my absolute favorites of all time; however, it IS one of my most frequent choices in my small, but growing # of 20-minute yoga DVDs. I do definitely recommend it. I like that you can get both yoga and meditation on one DVD, AND that they're both enjoyable and effective.
Enjoy your yoga-tations. (And for heaven's sake, remember to only buy this one DVD -- NOT either of the other two here on Amazon!)
This is a meditative, mostly gentle yoga practice which focuses on the mind/body connection and movement of the spine. There are no standing poses. All poses are done seated, on hands and knees or lying on the floor. Sura is an excellent instructor with a quiet, calm voice. The production quality is very high. The dvd was filmed at a mountain lake in Boulder, CO and the background scenery is gorgeous.
While billed as a yoga dvd, there are elements of tai chi/qi gong. Many of the poses incorporate circular or wave like movements of the spine and limbs. I use Lee Holden's Qi Gong dvds frequently and feel that this dvd has a kinship with his practices. People who prefer more active vinyasa style yoga might find this too slow.
Most of the poses would be accessible to someone who is new to yoga, but several require some upper body and core strength. For example, one pose takes you from down dog in a circular motion to the side and down through up dog, and around the other side back to down dog. There are several poses that will help you develop core strength.
Sura uses a great deal of guided imagery and visualization, particularly in segments 1, 5 and 6 listed below. In the 5 Elements of Healing, she has you visualize yourself connected to various elements of nature ( a stream flowing through you, the sun warming you, etc.). In the guided meditation, the focus is on the breath, observing stillness, observing yourself without judgment and peace.
I really appreciate the versatility of this dvd as you can use one of the premixed practices or design your own. There are 6 different segments and you can mix and match from the following:
1. Centering and grounding (6 min) (seated)
2. Sura Flow seated (30 min)
3. Sura Flow full practice (53 min)
4. Sura Flow active practice (20 min)
5. 5 Elements Healing (11 min) (lying down)
6. Guided meditation (10 min) (seated)
The premixes are:
Full practice (1, 3, 5 and 6 for a total of 80 minutes)
Seated practice (1, 2, 5 and 6 for a total of 58 minutes)
Active Practice (1, 4, 5 and 6 for a total of 48 minutes)
Centering and Grounding practice (1, 5 and 6 for a total of 28 minutes)