Shiva Rea, consummate Yogini and creator of several audio CD and video products, provides one of the most essential relaxation CDs for any collection. Versed in several styles of yoga, Shiva Rea brings to bear her formidable experience, sensitivity, and soothing interlocking of words and music on Drop of Nectar. This is an essential CD of Shiva's, and for anyone who is overstressed, distracted, and in need of sweet release.
The 2 CD set consists of a set of practices that encourage relaxation and healing; this CD focuses on the Lunar side of Hatha (Sun/Moon) Yoga. Fortunately, neither a background in yoga nor a desire to start a consistent practice is necessary to enjoy the exercises. The first CD contains a Moon Salutation (Chandra Namaskar), the lesser known sister of the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar). Shiva guides the listener through the set of movements, with phrases associated with honoring women and feminity. The following track provides the phrases, with no guidance, allowing the listener to use the track for either the Moon Salutation or just for relaxing to. There are 2 relaxations (or Shavasanas) that are backed with beautiful, ethereal music, and with an opening poem or offering by Shiva, with the remainder of the track dedicated simply to the music (one is 6 minutes, the other over 13 minutes).
Other highlights of the CD set are the "Secret Tennis Ball Society," a stress-release technique using a tennis ball to soothe the muscles and stimulate pressure points. There is a "Yoga Nidra" or "Yogic Sleep" meditation that will encourage incredibly deep body awareness and relaxation. A set of guided breathing exercises that cleanse the body and mind, and rejuvenate the body are also included. Throughout all of the tracks, Shiva's soothing tone, thorough explanations, and generous sprit are all evident in overabundance. This CD is meant for anyone who craves release from pressure and stress, and is looking for techniques to achieve a richer experience in their relaxation and a deeper night's sleep.