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Yoga Sanctuary Audio CD – August, 1998
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Clear instruction fleshed out with engaging imagery. This would definitely be a worthwhile addition to any yoga audio library. -- Yoga Journal, July/August 1998
Exquisitely packaged and beautifully produced. Rea teaches in a strong, clear voice, with precise directions for body, breath, and visualizations. -- NAPRA ReView, Sept/Oct 1998
About the Author
Shiva Rea teaches flow yoga at workshops and retreats worldwide. She has studied many forms of yoga and dance in India, Africa, Nepal, Jamaica, and Bali. Shiva is a well-known contributor to Yoga Journal and holds an MA in Dance from UCLAs World Arts and Cultures Program, where she also teaches.
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Try a CD practice.
This is what I learned. I have been doing DVD yoga practices for years and years and years.
I ordered the Yoga Sanctuary Practice and was extremely surprised by how much different
a CD practice was after years of DVD practice.
I have since gathered together a bunch of Shiva Rea CD practices and made
mixes of the CD practices on my Media Player.
There is a freedom.....to the CD practices that is difficult to explain....
But if you have been doing DVD yoga practices for a very long time....
Try a CD practice ....
You'll Thank Me.
1-Sun Salutations. Three classic sun salutations are performed at a nice, even pace with long holds in down dog; the section finishes with a few warrior poses to prepare for the next track.
2-Dancing Warrior. This is the only segment I didn't like, as I felt it moved a bit too quickly--you transition from a vinyasa to warrior 1, warrior 2, and reverse warrior.
3-Standing Poses. Here the postures are held for a nice, long time, allowing you to really feel the effects. The poses include triangle, warrior 2, side angle, several variations of wide-legged forward bend, and pyramid to finish.
4-Standing Pose Flow. As in Track 2, this segment includes standing poses interspersed with vinyasas, but the pace is more reasonable. Poses here include pyramid, triangle, half moon, warrior 1, standing splits, and crescent.
5-Balance Poses. A nice sequence of both standing and seated balance poses, including tree, dancer, boat, firefly, and crow.
6-Abdominals. In this section, you do only two moves: a reclining straddle and an abs bicycle. However, the latter is repeated FIFTY times. This sounds grueling, but I actually found the steady, rhythmic pace to be quite soothing even though I was working hard.
7-Backbends. A progressively more difficult sequence which starts with cobra and moves on to locust, bow, camel, bridge, and upward bow.
1-Full Body Warm-Up. This segment begins in standing forward bend and contains some great warm-ups for the spine and upper body.
2-Forward Bends and Twists. Performed entirely on the floor, these poses feature lengthy holds.
3-Hip Openers and Twists. Another floor segment which includes happy baby pose, double pigeon, seated twist, and two seated wide-legged forward bend variations.
4-Inversions. This track includes plow, deaf man's pose, and several variations of shoulderstand (no headstand or handstand).
5-Meditation. In this segment, you practice ujjayi breathing while focusing on quieting the mind.
6-Savasana. This final relaxation is designed to be performed at the end of every practice.
These CDs are led by Shiva Rea, a well-known, experienced yoga instructor. Shiva has a very calm, pleasant voice, and she cues very well, but the set also includes a large, detailed poster of her practicing the poses to aid in following along. She frequently makes statements such as "breathe into your feet"--some people tend to not like this type of language, but I found that her imagery enhanced the practice. Furthermore, she is extremely encouraging and repeatedly reminds you to respect yourself and your own limits. She is accompanied by new-agey type background music which includes guitar, flute, and ocean waves. For the most part, this set would be appropriate for experienced beginners, but there is enough here to challenge intermediates and even more advanced students. Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase--highly recommended!
This is a clear winner! If you need visual help, she also includes a poster demonstrating each section on the CD.
The first CD, 'solar', is more active with sun salutation, dancing warrior, standing poses, balancing poses, an abs routine, and backbends. The second CD, 'lunar', has a warm-up vinyasa, followed by mostly floor sequences: forward bends, hip openers, inversions, meditation, and shavasana. Each disc is about an hour, however with disc 1, she recommends ending the practice with either the forward bends or hip openers from disc 2, followed by shavasana, which will put you at about 1:20 or so. I have used combinations from both discs to make a variety of playlists for routines of different lengths.
The flow of the routines is a moderate speed, aside from the Dancing Warrior sequence, which is a little faster. I did find this sequence a bit challenging at first, but as I have become familiar with the choreography and breathing patterns I have really come to enjoy it, and sometimes do it twice if I have time.
I find her instruction is helpful, but it is not terribly detailed, such as on alignment or modifications. There is an accompanying booklet with pictures of the poses in each sequence which will provide some guidance on what to expect, but again does not offer a lot of detailed instruction.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoy this CD set and would highly recommend it, but only if you have some experience under your belt with the poses and possible modifications.