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Shiva Rea - Flow Yoga for Beginners

Exercise & Fitness movie directed by James Wvinner

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Good Flow But Not For Beginner

  • Aug 8, 2008
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+3
Flow yoga is a bit different from the style I usally practice (Bikram), but I found it enjoyable and challenging.

Shiva Rea is a good instructor and it was very enjoyable to watch her fit physique perform these yoga flows in the lush Hawaiian scenery accompanied by pleasant if a bit repetititve music. Actually performing the flows myself was a bit more difficult. I would label this DVD as intermediate rather than beginner. Poses are not explained and things move along at a decent clip. If you don't know the poses by name already, then you will be a bit lost, at least until the 4th or 5th viewing. Also, some of the moves require poses that take your eyes off the screen and it is easy to fall behind at these times. I would have liked the DVD to close with a more relaxing flow, but that is a minor quibble as you can watch it in a different order if you wish.

Flow yoga is a bit different from the style I usually practice (Bikram), but I found it enjoyable and challenging.

Shiva Rea is a good instructor and it was very enjoyable to watch her fit physique perform these yoga flows in the lush Hawaiian scenery accompanied by pleasant if a bit repetitive music. Actually performing the flows myself was a bit more difficult. I would label this DVD as intermediate rather than beginner. Poses are not explained and things move along at a decent clip. If you don't know the poses by name already, then you will be a bit lost, at least until the 4th or 5th viewing. Also, some of the moves require poses that take your eyes off the screen and it is easy to fall behind at these times. I would have liked the DVD to close with a more relaxing flow, but that is a minor quibble as you can watch it in a different order if you wish.

After going through the routines, I was left sweating and a little tired, but feeling warm, relaxed and fully stretched. Very nice. Some of the poses are not that easy for the inflexible, but you get better as time goes on and just do what you can.

Not a bad yoga DVD, but perhaps not by first choice. If I had to suggest yoga DVDs for beginners, in order they would be: Essential Yoga For Inflexible People, Yoga For Every Body (With Over 35 Routines), and AM/PM Yoga For Beginners (with The Dalai Lama & 10 Routines) (I like the different routines for morning and evening).

3.75 Stars.

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review by . May 15, 2008
I have only done the Flow Yoga once, so I will be back to edit this review when I have done the workout several times. For now, here are my initial thoughts on it:    Visually, it is beautiful (filmed on Kauai, Hawaii, my favorite of the Hawaiian islands).    Production values seem very good on what I've seen so far.    The instructor has a calming, pleasant voice and seems very experienced.    *I* would not consider …
review by . April 24, 2008
Shiva Rea offers a relaxing, gentle yoga workout. which is perfect for starting your day or for refreshing your mind during a stressful day.  The fit and flexible Rea offers a series of segments in various lovely natural settings, with unobtrusive music and clear explanation. The entire sequence can be done at once, or it can be enjoyed one segment at a time.   This is a not a heart-pumping workout, but it provides stretching, balance, and strength work. Rhea gives suggestions …
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The title,Flow Yoga for Beginners, is slightly oxymoronic, as "flow" yoga, at least as practiced by many yogis and yoginis, is by its very nature more aerobic, vigorous, and difficult than the yoga undertaken by most beginning students. But leave it to Shiva Rea, whose growing series of home videos is arguably the best on the market, to reconcile those two disparate factors--for the most part, anyway. Rea defines the flow concept as "the ability to move freely in an unbroken string of awareness"; in more pedestrian terms, it’s a continuous sequence of poses, one moving freely and naturally to the next, which tends to generate heat and deepen control of the breath. The breath, specificallyujjayi pranayama, is the centerpiece of Rea’s introduction to this 70-minute program; her instructions in the use of this basic but hard-to-explain technique are excellent. Thereafter, she spends about 20 minutes on backbends (from simple standing and lunging backbends to poses like cobra, bow, locust, and camel, which can be very challenging for inexperienced students); this segment also includes a few twists. Next, the "Relaxing Flexibility Flow" sequence consists mostly of counterposes such as the "happy baby" andbadakonasana(cobbler’s pose), while the "Standing Pose Flow," the longest and best of the lot, focuses on poses including and derived fromvirabadrasana II(aka warrior II), one of the common standing positions. It’s all good, but while Rea provides detailed ...
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Cast: Shiva Rea
Director: James Wvinner
Genre: Exercise & Fitness
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
Runtime: 70 minutes
Studio: Acacia
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