Friday, August 27, 2010

Review of Shiva Rea: Yoga Trance Dance

The DVD packaging for Shiva Rea - Yoga Trance Dance says it’s a “high-energy movement meditation to liberate your creative life force.”
   I say it’s a great way to relieve stress!
   If the tension of life is getting to be too much, this DVD just may help get rid of some of it.
   There’s something about dancing wildly about one’s living room that is incredibly freeing – liberating, like the packaging says.
   There is no set pattern to follow in the DVD’s dance sections. Shiva Rea gives you some meditation cues, imaginary playgrounds on which to dance, but the rest is up to you.
   For example, in the rhythmic movement meditation, Rea encourages a follower to “visualize a drummer’s paradise, with drums of every shape and size,” surrounding him or her. Then, she says, “begin to play the drums in all directions.”
   I felt just a little silly the first time I did this DVD, but that feeling very quickly faded away. I let my body go and let the DVD’s great music lead it where it wants to go.
   As Rea says, “Allow your whole body to become brilliant, illuminated.”
   There are also several pure yoga sections on the DVD, from the school of prana yoga.
   Like some of Rea’s other DVDs, this one has a “yoga matrix,” in which all the dance and yoga sections can be mixed and matched in your own designer workout.
   There are also several “pre-set” practices in which the sections are combined in different patterns.
   My favorite is the “energizing flow,” which begins with a water salutation, warming the body with sweeping motions, then moves into a “twisting kriya,” which has nothing but twisting from the waist in a standing position with hands outstretched. It continues with a couple of freeform dance sections and concludes with deep relaxation.

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Another good Shiva Rea DVD: Flow Yoga for Beginners

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