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Shiva Rea is a leading teacher of vinyasa (flow) yoga, which combines fluid movement with rhythmic breathing for a transformative mind-body workout. As you flow from pose to pose, your pulse quickens, your mind clears, and your body unwinds. "Yogini" is a dynamic yoga practice designed specifically for women. Set under a waterfall in Kauai, five fluid practices leave you feeling energized, powerful, vibrant, and healthy. Use the customizable matrix to assemble the sequences any way you wish. Try a heart-centered practice, a flowing backbend segment, or a healing meditation.
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This DVD has a good mix of physically challenging work and good meditative quality movement. The DVD offers an options to design your own workout, but I always do the five workouts in a series. The workout starts with a good warm up routine. Then, there are three different practices to choose from which have different focus. The last one has good breathing techniques incorporated into the work.
The last part is a short guided meditation on your back to release completely.
The one thing I didn't like was each segment in the matrix don't really flow seamlessly one after the other, which makes the practice feel choppy.
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Flow of Empowerment: Standing Pose Vinyasa (22 min.)is the most energetic practice with upbeat drum music. It is actually another variation of the mandala namaskar starting with breath of fire then moving to a series of warrior 2 , yogic squats , downward dogs pushups (3 everytime) and cobras. this time she does a few kriyas like "ha kriya" which was also on Yoga Shakti where you punch your fists up and forward while screaming "ha". in warrior 2 there was a "shooting a bow" movement , so there is some kundalini influence in this segment. it ends with a long badha konasana forward bend.
Flow of Love: Backbending Vinyasa (27 min.) - a slow paced straight forward vnyasa , really reminded me of the heart air practice from Daily Energy Flow just slower and less advanced. It's a series of poses including lunges with side bends , standing half splits , knneeling bow , parigasana forward bend. ending with camel and bow.
Flow of Beauty: Fluid Backbending Vinyasa (16 min.) - a relaxing segment with no actual backbend poses. it includes standing side bends flowing into yogic squat, a nice variation of lunge that is shown on the cover with fluid arm movements. it ends with free form arms and legs movements on the side and on the back which felt quite good.
there is also a 6 minute meditation which I didn't try.
I wanted to add that even that the practices felt too similar to me it might feel different for someone else as I heard from other reviewers, the practices are still not exactly the same as her previous ones.
there is almost no talk about femininity whatsoever during the practices. there is a matrix , music only option , 2 bonus segments - forward bends from Daily Energy and another one from Core Fusion Arms & Abs.
Overall , I wasn't too excited about this one , but this is still a nice DVD suitable even for beginners.
I agree that short parts of each sequence can be found in a few of her other DVDs, but the way they are put together in this DVD is unique. For example, The Flow of Empowerment is a little bit similar to the Agni Namaskar from other DVDs, but less push-ups. In addition, she adds in kriyas to that section to make it different and fresh, but still firey and empowering. It has the feel of Agni Namaskar, which of course it would since it's "empowering", but it is a new sequence.
Same with the Flow for Heart, it has a few components similar to her Daily Energy DVD heart section, but they are put together differently; adding new things and leaving others out. It has a similar feel, but it is overall a completely different section.
The Flow for Beauty is completely new and different from any of her other DVDs.
This DVD has the three flows I mentioned above, a meditation for women, and a shavasana. You can use the yoga matrix to create any combination of the above that you would like to practice. So you could have a practice from 5-70 minute practice depending on your time and mood.
I am a student of Shiva Rea's and am just completing her advanced teacher training program. I have the honor and pleasure of attending live classes with her on a regular basis. I would say this DVD accurately displays her current style and mode of teaching. I love practicing to Shiva's DVDs, because she lives quite a long way from me, so I feel like I get to take class with her right in my own yoga room as many times a week as I want! And the price of this DVD is less than the price of one class! I find her sequencing to be intelligent & innovative, and I often use her DVDs as inspiration for the yoga classes I teach.
I would say this is a lovely addition to your yoga DVD collection. It is beautifully produced, thoughtful, and well sequenced. It's appropriate for the experienced beginner and beyond, and the soundtrack is lovely.
Healing Meditation for Women (7 minutes). Shiva's narration is fairly flowery during this meditation. I wouldn't think a man would enjoy this meditation much :) She starts sitting with legs folded under and moves to standing flow with an emphasis on self-massage.
Flow of Love: Backbending Vinyasa (27 minutes): This was a nice step up from Shiva's Beginners Flow DVD, but not as advanced as the Heart-Air flow on Daily Energy. Shiva does a good job of explaining various options for those that aren't as flexible as her. The flow has a very relaxing feel, although I did have some light muscle soreness after. Begins with some gentle seated movements, moving into cat/cow, and continuing into some more advanced poses as the flow progresses including several lunge variations, standing half splits, and gate pose. Backbending is done from standing, several variations from a lunge, camel pose, bow pose, serpentine cobra, etc.
Shivasana (3 minutes)
Flow of Beauty : Fluid Backbending Vinyasa (16 minutes): The yoga in this flow is very fluid, reminding of the prana yoga on her Trance Dance DVD. It begins with flowing standing forward bends, standing side bend variations, and yoga squats. After about 5 minutes she moves to very fluid cat variations, and then into downward dog. There is a lunge variation, followed by serpentine cobra. After that there are fluid movements while lying on one side - a combination of rolling and "swimming with the infinite" similar to that on the Core Abs DVD where you move your arms and legs back and forward. She then closes with some free form leg/arm movements on the back.
Have not completed yet:
Flow of Empowerment: Standing Pose Vinyasa (22 minutes)
Upper Body Weights from Core Fusion. While I really do like this routine, it seems like a strange selection for this DVD!
Forward Bend from Daily Energy Flow
I see myself using this DVD over and over, and may even like it a little more than the Daily Energy DVD. The scenery is awesome, and, as usual, Shiva is an inspiring teacher.
The segments on this DVD:
**Healing Meditation for Women (7 minutes)
**Flow of Love: Backbending Vinyasa (27 minutes)
**Flow of Beauty: Fluid Backbending Vinyasa (16 minutes)
**Flow of Empowerment: Standing Pose Vinyasa (22 minutes)
**Shavasana (3 minutes).
What I loved about this DVD:
**the magnificent scenery. Shiva is working out under a waterfall in Kauai, Hawaii. Just watching the water flow is relaxing and healing.
**the versatility. The matrix option allows you to pick and choose which segments you want to play and in what order.
**the slower pace. I know Vinyasa yoga is slower than Power Yoga, but this DVD seems to have an even slower pace, which allows me to really focus on the poses and also on quieting my mind.
**Shiva's visual references for the poses. For example, in the Healing Meditation, Shiva refers to your heart as opening like a beautiful, fragrant flower. I really felt that!
**the combination of poses and tactical massage. By running your hands over the body part, e.g. hamstrings, you're supposed to be stretching, it really helps to focus and feel that body part.
**suitablity for all levels. There are no super-advanced poses, like headstand or crow, so beginners can easily do the workout. Advanced folks can really feel the relaxation of this workout.
**how I feel after doing this workout. I feel calm, centered and healed.
Things to note about this DVD:
**it would have been helpful to have the segment order starting with the more awakening parts, e.g. the Flow of Empowerment, rather than the Flow of Love and Beauty, which are more calming poses. This is a very minor thing, since the matrix allows you to choose the segments and the order.
**this workout is better suited for women. I respectfully disagree with some of the other reviewers who say there is not much reference to the feminine. I thought every segment had some references.
I highly recommend this DVD to any woman wanting to calm her mind and to feel the healing power of yoga.