Shiva Rea is a world renowned yoga teacher. She has been hailed by Vanity Fair magazine as one of the world's greatest yoga masters. Shiva Rea has created several top-selling workouts and is a headliner at major yoga conferences. She teaches workshops all over the world and is the catalyst for the Globa Mala Project, an annual worldwide yoga event.
Daily Energy: Vinyasa Flow Yoga, a 168-minute DVD from Acacia/Acorn Media, features seven 20-minute yoga practices. This DVD caters to people with busy lifestyles who want a workout that never gets boring and can be done in a short amount of time.
There are several ways you can use this DVD. There are seven 20-minute yoga practices so you can simply choose a pre-set practice or you can use the yoga matrix that allows you to create endless possibilities for longer practices. You simply use your DVD remote control to select from each individual yoga segment and stack them together to make a longer routine.
The 20-minute practices are earth, shanti, heart-air, fire and water, water, fire, and chakra namaskar. There are extra segments on solar meditation (5 minutes), lunar meditation (5 minutes), core (7 minutes), forward bends (6 minutes), and shavasana (5 minutes).
Don't let the words meditation fool you — solar meditation is basically warming up and stretching and lunar meditation is a cool-down. There's nothing meditative about them. You will feel the pull (at least I did).
You also have the option to listen to the yoga routines with music only or with music and instruction. While yoga is a form of exercise, it's also a mental discipline that may have references that some Christians are uncomfortable with. With the option to listen only to the music while watching the DVD, you can eliminate the discussion that goes along with the routines and simply enjoy the exercise aspects of yoga.
The individual routines are very easy to follow. The pace of the yoga instruction is nice and slow so I had plenty of time to figure out what I was supposed to do. Unless you are very limber (or very young), expect that you won't be able to get into some of the positions she gets into. I exercise regularly and my forehead just isn't going to the floor like hers does.
Despite that, this is a great DVD for beginners because even if you can't completely mimic the positions she gets into, you will feel the stretch and pull in your muscles by simply trying as much as you are able. I'm far from competent in yoga and I got a good workout from Daily Energy: Vinyasa Flow Yoga.