Kundalini Yoga Solar Power with Ana Brett and Ravi Singh
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Be flexible and free! Shine like the sun, energize, stretch, and transform your life! Experience an all-in-one Kundalini Yoga workout you will love for life! In addition to upper and lower body toning, Solar Power features techniques which target the all-important solar plexus, known as the Moving Center, for balance on all levels, energy, and the ability to open yourself to fulfillment and live in the rhythm and flow of life. Here is the best of the ancient and new: Kundalini Yoga's spiritual depth and knowledge of body and mind, with the newest innovations in body mechanics and effective fitness. From yoga newbie to expert, this is the yoga experience you've been waiting for! Workouts include, Energy & Vitality, Awaken Your Senses, Solar Power Express, as well as the design your own workout Matrix Menu option, Pre-Sets, and Bonus Material. Kundalini Yoga is the perfect practice to help you live long, look amazing, seize the day and prosper! As in all the Ana & Ravi DVD's, super inspiring music will enhance your workout.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
Not only is it completely different to the Navel Power DVD, the exercises are challenging and fun to do. I dunno, maybe I'm still "flying" from the Transformer set I did yesterday, but I loved this morning's workout.
I felt awake and alive after doing it. I'm really excited to try the rest of the DVD. If you're reading the reviews to help you take a decision on whether or not to buy this DVD - Do yourself a favour and make an investment I know you won't regret.