63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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I can't say enough good about this DVD. I just finished doing it and it was wonderful! Beforehand, I was kind of stressed(who isn't these days) and after doing this workout I felt strengthened and balanced and more able to go with the flow of life rather than trying to change things I can't change. It gave me a release from holding onto stress and I felt above all the day's challenges...like they couldn't drag me down anymore. I think yoga(and especially Kundalini yoga) is even more important for people to do now days for their minds, bodies, and souls. It helps to ease your own suffering(and gives you a fit body to boot!). It helps you take charge of your mind and body. I've done many styles of yoga over the years and although I enjoy them all, I've found Kundalini to be the most healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have experienced deep healing on all levels from Ana and Ravi's DVDs and each new DVD they make addresses another level of healing and health. Ana and Ravi have shown themselves to rise up to the needs of people with a Kundalini yoga that gives you the ancient wisdom and benefits and in a way that fits into your life. Since I started doing their yoga, I am calmer and more at peace and able to control my emotions. Also, it maintains my health and weight. I don't have to knock myself out at the gym...doing their yoga seriously has made it easy to be fit. I think because it works on the internal systems, rather than just on the outer body, it balances the body from the inside, so a fit body just comes naturally, because all the systems are brought into balance. I know many who have experienced the same thing. This DVD focuses on the solar plexus throughout the exercises. It is a lot of fun to do...it really is! This is a yoga you won't dread doing! The whole DVD(without doing the Breath and Posture Primer) took about one hour. The music is beautiful and peaceful.
For those who like a detailed description, here it is. I hope you find it helpful. It starts with the usual TUNING-IN(chanting "ong namo guru dev namo"). Then onto:
SOLAR POWER PART 1: 13 minutes 27 seconds
you start seated doing spinal grinds(moving your spine in a circle), neck rolls, then lying on your back with one leg raised doing Breath of Fire(rapid breath through the nose), a cat/cow(on your hands and knees) sequence, snaking cobra, and then sitting on your heels flexing the spine. Then on your heels knees wide; twisting from the torso.
SOLAR POWER PART 2: 13 minutes 44 seconds
you are seated with legs extended doing some leg and hip stretches with breathing. Next are hip raises lying on your back, shoulderstand and plough with the Breath of Fire. And you also do a kind of sit-up but you lift your legs(bent) too.
SET FOR SUPER VITALITY: 7 minutes 6 seconds
lying on your back with legs raised to 45 degrees, you criss-cross your legs. Then you do parallel bicycle to further work the abs. Then seated you raise your arms, hands interlaced, over your head with the Breath of Fire and then you place you hands behind you on opposite shoulders.
AWAKEN YOUR SENSES: 15 minutes 38 seconds
this was my favorite sequence! About a third of the way through the exercise, I started to feel ready to stop(and started to feel like I was going to get angry at Ravi. lol), but then it made me feel like when I run on the beach with the ocean air and beautiful sights and sounds, I feel like I can run forever. So, it was incredible to have that feeling from this exercise. Then when it was time to stop I didn't want to! I felt so energetic and like going on. The exercise was done seated with your ring and little fingers curled under the thumb tip. Index and middle fingers pointing up. You alternate moving each arm forward with the Breath of Fire. Then after doing this for several minutes, you bring your arms up parallel to the floor, bent at the elbows. It was amazing.
Then comes the DEEP RELAXATION: 5 minutes 10 seconds. It is so relaxing and restful.
There is a HEART OPENING MANTRA CHANT for 4 minutes 30 seconds. It is "Ra-a Ma-a, Sa Sa Sa Sat, Hari Har Hari Har.
Then it ends with the CLOSING PRAYER(2 minutes)
There is a BREATH PRIMER AND POSTURE PRIMER and PRE-SETS:
"QUICK SET FOR BEGINNERS(30 min.)
"RISE AND SHINE"(58 min.
"SOLAR POWER EXPRESS"(50 min.)
SPIRITUAL UPLIFT(43 min.)
And of course, it has the MATRIX MENU OPTION for customizing your workout if you want.
54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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The Solar Power routine is excellent. I think it would be an especially good choice for beginners: The premix for beginners includes the tune-in, breath primer, posture primer, the solar power first set, the set for super vitality, and the heart mantra meditation -- quite thorough and doable for anyone. For those put off by sat kriya, perhaps even better than their first Beginners & Beyond DVD (I also think the 15-minute warmup in Quick Fixes is excellent for beginners, and then you can close with a great meditation and add from many options as you progress).
This is my first Blond Ana DVD (I'd put my ravianas away for a while only to recently rediscover them), and the vibe is quite different; it feels over-produced and lazy at the same time. The afore-mentioned Beginners premix, for instance, is listed at 30 minutes, but actually clocks in at almost 45 minutes. (It also oddly begins with the DVD intro - so, does "beginner" mean first-time user of this DVD? There is no reason to watch the intro more than once.) While I appreciate that premixes now include the tune-in and the closing prayer, one premix is just the entire DVD without Awaken Your Senses, and one is the DVD without the meditation. With the matrix available, really, what's the point? And how do you mismeasure a set by 50 percent? And why does each premix end with the credits?
I appreciate the wide-screen aspect (only B&B had that with Raven Ana), but I don't like the sound mix: too much reverberation for much of Ravi's voiceover. And I appreciate that kundalini is done with your eyes closed, but you at least want to watch it through before doing it, and the quick edits and camera shifts gave me a headache that even Quick Fixes couldn't fix. The music is not offensive, but it also feels over-produced and self-consciously commercial; my favorite was the heart-opening chant, which is an old Tom Carden tune used in the background of Raven Ana DVDs.
Gone is the Raven Ana who often looked ready to burst into a smile or laughter while doing her yoga. Blond Ana seems to be trying too hard to suppress any emotion. (Indeed, during the closing prayer, she looks like an overly serious Annie Lennox in a bathing suit - I expected to hear her burst into "Sweet dreams are made of these ..."). Gone is the Raven Ana doing her little happy dance at the end; instead, we get to see the names of Blond Ana's make-up artist and the two people who do her hair, as well as set designers, etc. Gone is the best Raven Ana line from the breath primer that really helped me "get" BOF ("Think happy little puppy").
Much of the charm I found in the Raven Ana DVDs was the hippyish vibe, and what felt like a genuine interaction between a couple (Ravi clearly is very proud of his wife, as well as his poetry); and I appreciate that I'm older and male and thus not part of the market demographic. Still, this DVD looks like it was produced by kids who just graduated from school and thought it'd be cool to play with dizzyingly quick edits, reverberation, moving camera angles and Blond Ana wearing odd designer T-shirts (a fire-engine red shirt with RE LAX in large capital letters? Really? Ironic detachment is like so 1990s, dude). If their objective is to make it more hip than hippie and thus more broadly appealing, fine, but they have also diluted Ravi's voice and poetry (which, even when corny, felt sincere) and made Blond Ana look like she is doing labor instead of a labor of love.
Again, it's a great set (although not as inspired nor substantial as many Raven Ana DVDs), and the beginner premix is arguably the best starting point for raviana newbies (I can't speak for last year's B&B). But the next time I project a healing prayer for someone who needs it, it will be for the people who over-produce Blond Ana DVDs.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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What a wonderful new DVD from Ana and Ravi!
I have been doing KY with Ana and Ravi's practices for several years and there is not a single exercise activity I enjoy more. I have all their DVDs and they amaze me constantly, there is so much depth and joy in all of them
This new DVD - Solar Power - is an excellent new addition! It's definitely very doable for all levels. I think people who look for more hatha-yoga like practices will really enjoy it - and there is definitely a lot of work aimed at stretching and opening - as well as a lot of Breath of Fire (love it).
After the Intro and Tune-In, the Practice starts with Solar Power Part 1 and Solar Power Part 2 - they include some exercises we know and love form Ana and Ravi's previous DVDs - stomach grinds, neck circles, spinal flexes, cat cow, twists - and even an old favorite - hip joint release exercises also seen on Total Tune Up; shoulder stand, plow, hip raises, etc. Modifications are provided, all exercises are very pleasant, easy to do, enjoyable, none go for too long. A very, very enjoyable practice. It's lovely to hear Ana and Ravi explain the benefits of each exercise on both physical and emotional level.
Next comes the Set For Super Vitality - Navel power exercises (leg raises and crisscross), some exercises sitting with arm work. Very interesting that during the abdominal exercises I really felt my deep abdominal muscles working - which is great - probably because we really opened up the solar plexus with previous sets.
Awaken Your Senses follows - what a fun segment. First comes the exercise (we do it for a whole) where i felt like I was running while remaining seated, with breath of fire, and fingers are positioned in a special mudra. The exercise goes on for a bit, but it's really a lot of fun and doesn't tire any muscles too much, I felt like I could go on. Then another pose - seated with arms bent at the elbows. A very lovely seated silent meditation with gong follows.
After a lovely Deep Relaxation we do a very beautiful Heart Opening Mantra - one would recognize it used as background music on other DVDs.
There are some preset practices and the Matrix menu option allows for a customized workout.
The set is the same as used on previous three releases - the backdrop of a lakefront, lush greens - very beautiful. The music is very solar - seriously, that's the word that springs to mind when the first song comes on. It can probably be described as traditional Indian ? - some instrumental, some vocal. I really miss Ana's singing.
This DVD is excellent for anybody, there's absolutely nothing I didn't enjoy about it. It's very soothing yet energizing, calming and uplifting. I think students of all levels will enjoy it and benefit form it immensely.
Ana's demonstrations make all exercises easy to learn, Ana looks very beautiful and radiant. The commentary by both Ana and Ravi is fantastic - I love Ana's opening words and Ravi's narration during the relaxation.
Definitely a wonderful, 5-star practice all around, Ana and Ravi, thank you so much!
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I wondered how a DVD that focuses on the solar plexus might differ from Ravi and Ana's Navel Power workout. Whereas Navel Power strengthens with lots of leg lifts and abdominal crunches, this DVD enlivens and stretches the solar plexus area in a variety of ways.
I had knee surgery a few weeks ago and this is the first yoga I've done since then. I was worried it would be too taxing, but it's just thorough. Without overexerting myself, I feel great. Ravi and Ana suggest modifications, such as sitting cross legged if you can't sit on your heels.
The music consists of mantras to uplift the spirit while you exercise. Ana explained a mantra I'd heard her sing on a prior DVD so we can all realize its benefits now. The setting is beautiful. The instructions are clear, informative and supportive. I learned, for example, that we have four diaphragms in our body: in the feet, pelvis, solar plexus and upper palate.
My favorite part of the DVD was Ravi's profound instruction during the relaxation segment.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I just did Solar Power for the first time today. I am already in love with Yoga Transformer then Solar Power came along. How can I express the gratitiude I feel to the both of you. The workout was completely inspiring. Under the powerful guidance and direction of Ravi,(his voice is so sweet and soothing) Ana takes us into another even better Kundlini experience. She has such heart and enthusiam and grace. The 10 minute breath of fire sequence was top notch. It reminded me of their older workouts. Lots of breath of fire. I was literally quivering with emotion and energy for the entire workout. Thats never happened before. The feelings usually die down between changes in pose. I also experience emotion sometimes in relaxation but this time with the long deep breathing meditation with hands overhead the gulleys of my closed eyes were just filled with tears. I also noticed that when I looked up and in toward the third eye the discomfort I usually feel was gone. I felt bouyant and beautiful afterwards. The music is so soul inspiring and beautifully sung. I have tried Iyengar, SHiva Rea, Seane Corn you name it and I like them but NOTHING compares with what Ravi and Ana have done to transform my life. If you are looking to better yourself, relieve depression or improve your health buy these dvd's. You"ll be HAPPY you did! : )