'Shiva Rea: Fluid Power - Vinyasa Flow Yoga'
(Shiva Rea / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2006) 2007 / Acacia)
Overview: Explore the power of your fluid nature with Shiva Rea, one of the yoga world's most inspiring teachers. Her innovative sequences move with natural flow for a completely original style of yoga that enhances vitality, agility, and creativity.
DVD Verdict: This is my favorite of all Shiva's DVD's, I continue to be astonished at each new offering she brings ~ there seems to be no end to the creative inspiration! There are 20 segments here, enough to challenge us all, 6 pre-set practices, some 30-40 minutes and the longest being 108 minutes, this one may be a problem for the time constrained but it is a thorough, liberating workout. I know many people will criticize this DVD as being too difficult for beginners just as they did with Yoga Shakti but Shiva clearly states in the booklet that came with the set that there are many yoga DVDs out there for beginners so she made this one for beginner-advanced to more intermediate practitioners.
In this particular situation, I would say "beginner-advanced" does not mean someone who has dragged their yoga mat to class a couple of times a week for a year but instead someone who has had a devoted, daily or at least several times weekly yoga practice for at least a year. Some of the arm balances and knee workouts are intense so I would recommend healthy knees and some upper body strength for the intermediate pre-set practices called "Backbend Flow", "Hip Opening Flow" and "Creative Flow". The only criticism I would bring to this workout DVD is that some of these sequences are rather complex and full of new material that most of us have never tried in a yoga pose and so may be a little confusing to some people ~ therefore I would recommend that you watch first before trying them.
A few of these sequences can be found on the Yoga Trance Dance DVD and the Creative Core Abs DVD but don't worry, they blend beautifully and there is plenty of new stuff here to keep us all interested. Thank you again, Shiva for all you do to make our lives rich and beautiful. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Program options: Yoga Matrix menu with 20 guided sequences (213 min.) to choose from for a custom practice and 6 different pre-set practices (26-108 min. each)
Audio options: Instruction and music or music only
Fluid vinyasa techniques
Alignment details for 10 flued asanas
24-page program guide
"Y Yoga" mini documentary with Shiva Rea
Comments by experts Sally Kempton, Daniel Odier, Stuart Sovatsky, and Fred Alan Wolf