Reposted from Yoga Journal’s Daily Insight email on 3.25.2012
Vinyasa yoga teaches us to cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next—on the mat and in our lives. Applying vinyasa in your yoga practice and daily life has many parallels to sailing a boat. Like sailing, moving through life demands a synchronization with natural forces that requires skill and intuition, the ability to set a course yet change with the wind and currents. If you want to sail, you have to know how to assess the conditions of the weather—blustery, calm, choppy—which constantly fluctuate, as do our physical, emotional, and spiritual states.
The teachings of yoga include a view called parinamavada, the idea that constant change is an inherent part of life. Therefore, to proceed skillfully with any action, we must first assess where we are starting from today; we cannot assume we are quite the same person we were yesterday. We are all prone to ignoring the changing conditions of our body-mind; we often distort the reality of who we are based on who we think that we should be. This can show up on the yoga mat in any number of inappropriate choices: engaging in a heating, rigorous practice when we’re agitated or fatigued; doing a restorative practice when we’re stagnant; going to an advanced yoga class when a beginning class better suits our experience and skills. In order to avoid such unbeneficial actions, we need to start out with an accurate assessment of our current state.
I have spent the last month, since the last post, coming back down. Sharing my secrets of Surrendering and Self-Remembering I felt as if I pushed it, a little. But just as natural as that felt for me, I’ve always been one to push things a little bit here a little bit there… I felt this natural flow to come back into a stillness. And I have been resting there, exploring there, for the past month.
I have not yet expressed how much yoga has changed my life. Snapshot of me a year ago and of me now and you would be inspired to do yoga every day, too. Going from that same strengthening yoga practice every day to the fluid practice for every two days and then the strengthening of the third day I have become even more in tune with my body. Now able to sit in double pigeon, I find that I feel like an evolved being every time we go for a walk nowadays. My hips, once plagued with pain, having been born with dysplastic hips and sporting Forrest Gump braces for my first six months, now feel more lateral… they feel open and free to move. And from there my lower spine… open. My nervous system flows with energy… just booming with energy… from my lower spine, all my movements now feel full of life. I feel like a completely different person… taking every moment as a gift now.
But I’m human… or American I should say…. When I wake up every morning I just want to stay in bed. Even as I wash my face and “put in my eyes” I “don’t feel like doing yoga…uhhhh”. But last week I thought… “Dummy, you know yoga makes you feel good. Just moments into the practice you remember why you do this every day… so why not wake up feeling grateful for yoga”. Think, “I can’t wait to do yoga!” So, I changed my mindset… and I found myself with a completely different head. Instead of having a fear-based resistant mind I was open to the flow of becoming.
Some days I might express my gratitude for yoga, aloud. "Thank god I found this. Thank god it works.“ And my boyfriend, an intelligent skeptic, would ask, “Are you just setting up limits for yourself… that you ‘have’ to do yoga every day?” I would say…. “Nooooooooo. I know what I feel like when I don’t do yoga. I know what I feel like halfway through the practice when “the change” happens…. And I know what I feel like after the practice.” But the man had me thinking. Am I just setting up self-made limits? If I have been waking up and then practicing right away everyday… how would I really know?
So it was the second morning of new mind set, being excited for yoga. I’m in my living room and I only got to the second menu screen when I hear water ‘raining’ in my house. But….. it’s not raining. I look into the foyer and sheets of water are raining ‘in’ my house. What a sight! Sheets of water are raining in the basement. Let’s just say I got to put this yoga thing to the test. A three hour delay due to a broken pipe tested me. My mind, more centered than ever, making quick decisions and aware of small details to save a light fixture from smashing or the basement from becoming flooded. But as far as my body… my electrical system was short circuited. My neck, ready to bulge with pressure. My wrists, every joint, no flow. Moral of story… awakening to yoga… if you are suffering from Ehlers-Danlos… it might seem like something you don’t feel like doing… but I’m sorry… seems like the only path to me.
Spending every two days with this new practice has probably been the reason for riding the wave back in deeper.
“Then diving more deeply, expand into freedom.”
-From the beautiful Radiance Sutras (vijnana bhairava tantra)
The ra’yoKa practice doesn’t allow for deeper stretches, the flow is quicker. And to be honest I used to be skeptical of deep stretching with Ehlers-Danlos. Until I realized it is not about deep stretching your joints… this is deep stretching into the source. So looking at my snapshot… different person. From my point of view, what I feel within me… I feel in touch with that source… whatever it is, the stillness where everything is created from, qi, the lifeforce energy… my soul. I’m not one to label things… I’m more of an advocate of experiencing life than trying to explain, define and limit the essence of things.
I quoted Shiva Rea in my last post “many of my student friends, who feel quite stiff here, have a totally different experience when they move with the wave, keeping the fluid source of their flexibility, in play, in presence, in motion.” That was the first day of that practice… that was before I really started to feel the effects of this style of practice. She continues with, “so as you explore the landscape of your flexibility, visualize this, as a delta in which you can ride many tributaries down deeper into your source.” As a delta…. “Riding the many tributaries deeper into your source”. That has been my ‘mantra’ in a sense since I last wrote. With the solar plexus breathing, you really feel an awakening through your body. As any pendulum sways or as with any yin and yang, the force comes back. And this coming back, deep into relaxed state, riding the many tributaries deeper into the source is where I have been flowing lately. Whether at home, in the car, waiting in line at Trader Joe’s… I am still… riding the tributaries deep down.
I have reached the age of my parents, where my one parent had a heart attack. Within a couple years I will reach the age in which the other parent had a sub-dural hematoma… a blood vessel burst in the back of their head. I feel as if the torus breathing has had a great effect on my heart, it just seems to be in more of a working order nowadays. But my neck…. Ehhhhhhhh. So I thought, if I don’t think as much, if I center my mind… maybe my body will be in more of a working order. So with that came more awareness, but with that came awareness of pain, but I did not stop there. Rainbeau says often in her practices “What is in the way, is the way.” So from yoga, I have the centered mind as well as the synovial fluid flowing through my joints… but I’m assuming since I have a lack of connective tissue where my skull and spine meet… I’m just doomed. Unless I figure out alternatives. If I was a yogi meditating in a Himalayan cave all day I might be golden, but I’m an American Zebra. I’ve got shit to do.
As of late, my boyfriend has fallen in love with the fireplace, really as a way for cheap heat, but he is free to do as he pleases, so burn baby burn. For the past couple of weeks I lay, heart to hearth… watching the blue and orange flames dance wildly, in and out of existence. I never ever think, “Why me?” when it comes to Ehlers-Danlos…. But as I lay there the thought arises, “Why anyone?” But in these moments, if I catch myself before I get too philosophical… I think… stop thinking… melt. Ride the tributaries. Ride the tributaries. Close your eyes for a moment… when you exhale back in from the solar plexus breathing… when you exhale back in feel your entire self melt….. feel the intelligence inside your body relax into tiny rivers… into tributaries…. Into the ground. And from that relaxed point is where to build from. Falling back into the source.
So I had a neat flashback to a flashback moment happen. In Shiva Rea’s Fluid Power Yoga she introduced a move I had never done before. Swimming with the Infinite. When I met up with “The Other’s” who have EDS I felt as if I was meeting my long lost brother and my long lost sister. To finally meet someone who has been through all the hell and confusion you have been through it is such a release. You also notice the similarities and you feel not so alone anymore. The one thing I noticed… as we were all sitting around… is that they would feel this need to stretch out this arm or both legs. Constantly this wormy stretching. It dawned on me… I used to do that, too… before I was on the medications. Hmmmmm… but it was almost like they didn’t know when to stop stretching. It was this wildly motion of going out. Now that I’m getting in touch with my true nature… I’m finding the balance of that worming out. Even in my last post, I felt this going out feeling… but how to balance?
In Swimming with the Infinite… after either quite a core workout if using the Core Chapter… or if using the Prana Yoga Slow Wave Chapter it is more of an intoxicating womb like feeling… you lay, starting on your right side…. With your right arm underneath you stretch your right arm so it is above your head, but underneath you. Then, as if you are swimming, stretch your left arm out in front of you, and pulllllll it in slowly, as if you are really swimming, bringing energy in, feeling it come into your center, your core, your source. Simultaneously your legs are also swimming feeling the stretch on out… but also tethered to your core. This is a very beautiful, creative flowing movement. Whoahhhhhh… this is like swimming in the womb………………………………………….
The flashback of a flashback actually of a flashback. Haha.
About three years ago I was lucky enough to get myself into an Isolation Tank… a deprivation tank… a float tank. Whatever the name the game is sensory deprivation. This effect is possible due to the enclosed soundproof nature of the tank as well as the 700 pounds of Epson salts in the water of the tank. Also, the air temperature and water temperature of the tank are both set to about 93 degrees. The effect… you are floating in a dark enclosed space where the temperature all around you is the same as your skin. Total relaxation. Total boundary dissolution.
I’m not saying to go out and try it. It is not like a roller coaster ride where you will definitely have some grand experience. It is used as a healing tool if anything. Of the hour within the tank, you spend the first quarter of it getting used to the odd feeling. Trying to center yourself in the tank is the trick it seems… because if you don’t you find yourself drifting to the edge, bumping your foot as you are trying to meditate. My major assessment from my one time (I’m planning on visiting the tank later this winter), my major assessment at the time was that all those times I was meditating before the tank… I was NOWHERE close, NOWHERE EVEN close to a real relaxed state. I was completely unaware of how quiet the mind can get, how relaxed the mind can get. It was almost alarming to think I thought I was quieting my mind all those times before. I was kidding myself. Since this tank experience I have been doing yoga and meditating every day, but I also put aside fluoride and television three years ago. So I’m kinda excited to see how deep I can get this time.
So, I was relaxing in the tank and thought… my time is probably almost up. Let me see what time it is. I trudge through the thick water and open the space capsule door to the mildly lit room to see I have been in for 50 minutes. 10 minutes to go. Cool. So I bring my head back in, shut myself within the capsule and as I’m bringing myself back through the tank to lay down I think “How did all these stars get in here!?!?” The top of the tank is now a night sky filled with stars! I reach my hands out, is this real? I have been staring at the top of this tank for 50 minutes and these stars were not here before! I later read as an old parlor trick, the eye will often hallucinate if it is submitted to darkness then light and then back to darkness again. So I lay, floating, and for some natural reason I close my eyes. Then, in my mind’s eye, I see an eyeball float out and it starts out with a “shut” position and then goes to an “open” position. As it is opening, an arc of light is coming from the eyeball. I think to myself… whoah! I’m hallucinating! Hallucination in the tank is one of the possible effects. My boyfriend who was in before me did not hallucinate so I was very excited it was actually happening. The eye kept on opening and closing until I realized… Oh, I think it’s trying to tell me to open my eyes! I’m in complete darkness, open or closed didn’t seem to make a difference… well maybe it does! And I’m no longer staring at the stars I am now flying through the stars at light speed. Weightless, mindless, with relaxed breath. At this point I’m picking up on some sort of Grecian or Roman bust. It is of a man. In the collage of my last post there is a Grecian bust to the lower right of the image… that was put there because of this experience. At the time I was thinking that this was my higher self because of something my boyfriend read to me. I don’t know who the Grecian was, but he was of a “perfect” being. I probably should have written what I hallucinated after that point because now I do not remember. Maybe because all of the hallucinations were overshadowed by “the ultimate point”. I knew my time was coming to an end… so I started to move my body around. Up until this point I was focused on relaxing, so I could go deep into mind. But I thought, eh, I am always in pain, let me stretch these bones around while I’m floating in this weightlessness. Ahhhhhhhh….. Swimming with the infinite. Like I said earlier, I was born with dysplastic hips, where the ball and socket joint were not so connected… as I’m lying on my back, I think ehh, let me move my knees up and around to give my hips a little stretch… a little rotation. As my knees come up to the highest point they’ll naturally go I am hit with an all-encompassing moment…. I’m flooded with the deepest of thoughts and feeling but at the same time an all-encompassing feeling of nothingness… the thought/moment/feeling “This is a flashback of you being in the womb. This is how it felt when you were in the womb. You were meditating the whole time you were in the womb. You were a guru meditating in the womb”. And just as fast as it came, it left. That’s it! That’s the feeling we are all striving for. Everyone… everything… just wants to feel that feeling again. So why not try to find it… and hold on to it as long as humanly possible… sharing it with everyone even if it is in the littlest of ways.
What a deep peace.
Post written and painted on 11/13/12. Happy Birthday to my bestest of friends!!!!!! Hmmmm, on my past birthday we fed the koi at the botanical gardens… in which we chose to go there rather than the float tanks. What a koi-ink-ee-dink! Happy Birthday my Scorpian Sister…. <3 Your Fishie Piscean Friend :)
Swimming with the infinite, feeling the push and pull, that magnetic almost magical energy.
The blue and orange "complimentary colors” kept appearing these past couple of weeks… in these short but beautiful November sunsets as well as the dancing flames within my fireplace. The orange koi representing the Yang energy and the blue koi representing the Yin energy, they swim and play in a delicate balance, together creating harmony.
Today I’ll have my private then I’m off to a 3 day retreat with Shiva.
Then I’ll be sad because I’m always sad after I see her.
Because the more I practice with someone amazing like her who transforms a 3 wave sequence into a fucking *experience*, the more I want to give up my white collar ambitions, drop everything, move to LA and do yoga until I die.
I am blessed.
Even if I have to write a stupid memo for class before I can enjoy anything.
The retreat came at exactly the right time. As in, mid-semester, about to enter limbo as I am finishing up my degree in a couple of months with no plans or idea of where I’ll be next year, freaked out all to hell, hateful of my decision of attending grad school, hateful of female power (long story), hateful of my professors and Georgetown.
But Shiva, Shiva understands since she used to be an academic.
She understands what it’s like to overanalyze everything. Like even when you’re getting a massage. You’re analyzing the massage. She said dear recovering academics, don’t live in your head. Just fucking feel.
Feel and do things that make your heart happy.
And good god, it was so nice to be in a remote place with yogis. Because you know, when you’re at a stuffy academic environment like Georgetown, you CANNOT say shit like “follow your heart” because you will be laughed out of campus and then placed in a mental institution.
It was the most soothing experience ever.
I may gripe about some Prana Flow teachers (and Shiva did, too, this weekend) but good god, I understand why she and Prana Flow have such a following. Because it’s not just asana and pranayama (although there is certainly a lot of that) but the tone of her voice, the sequencing, the philosophy, her humor - it’s soul awakening, and soul touching and it has the power to resurrect all the good things that you once thought was dead or on life support.
I am incredibly grateful and I feel so blessed to have found men (my dear teachers) who led me to her.
Tonight I picked up my yoga practice with a 40 minute preset session of Chakra Namaskar + Heart-Air.
Shiva Rea’s Vinyasa Flow sessions rock my world and usually it just reemphasizes my inflexibility. I mean, Shiva makes poses look so simple when I’m dying to forward bend with my legs straight. All was lost until tonight…I managed to do a backbend for the first time!
Even when I was young, I was never quite able to do a backbend and here at the age of 28..I did it!!
Now if I’m able to walk in the morning, we will see :)
Here are my other moments from today:
Beautiful: Seeing my neighbor and his daughter cleaning his truck together. She’s like 4 or 5 and so cute.
Delicious: Fried Chicken at work today. Shame on me but it was to die for!
Funny: Failed attempts to do the Zumba Kinect demo on XBox. Actually didn’t do too bad but still not worth $50. :)
Late nights with wonderful friends, can’t beat it. I’m cut up, bruised, sun burnt and generally sore all over. But it was all worth it.
And guess who might have the opportunity to go through a 200hr teacher training program at the beginning of 2012? It’s “only” (I know) $1000, but it would be in a very intimate setting and I’d be instructed by a very talented and experienced teacher who has trained with Shiva Rea. I would SOOOO take the semester off in order to devote my time to finishing the program.
Any time we weave the inhale into the exhale, look for similarities between ourselves and our partner, or watch as day slowly turns to night with no definitive break in between, we are experiencing the presence of yoga that is all around us.
If you are not sure the best ways to begin with yoga and even if you have been doing it for a brief while but still do not know that you are doing it right, following basic standards and recommendations for yoga exercises will keep you on track for a satisfying and safe yoga experience.
Practice Poses You Know
If you’re a newbie and you want to do yoga workouts in the home, discover positions from an instructor initially and then practice the poses you feel comfortable with during your home practice. Any positions that you’re uncertain of, conserve for team courses or employ a tutor.
Fitness magazine advises nine postures for individuals aspiring to try yoga. The workout is actually 3 poses with a beginner, intermediate and sophisticated variation. The postures include downward pet, crow and the lunge. To do the beginner series, start holding down canine for three full breaths. Start on your hands and knees then lift your hips towards the ceiling, pressing your arms and legs straight, though you might require a small bend in the knees. From down dog, walk your feet forward with your knees open until your shins touch your arms to do crow posture. Bend your elbows and raise your heels, placing your weight onto your arms. Hold for 5 breaths. Then, return to down dog to establish for the lunge position. Bring your right foot between your hands with your knee bent and drop your left knee to the floor. Put your hands on top of your right knee and lift your chest. Hold for 10 seconds then lunge on the other side.
Putting together your very own practice in the home or following along with a course are both high quality choices, but if you wish to follow along to a workout without heading to a studio, yoga DVDs are the means to go. Fitness publication suggests ‘Standard Yoga Positions with Shiva Rea.’ You’ll discover foundational positions such as downward facing pet and cobra. Physical fitness likewise recommends ‘Shiva Rea: Flow Yoga for Beginners’ and ‘Shiva Rea: Imaginative Core + Lower Body’ to work your legs and abdominals.
Yoga designs differ so it serves to know exactly what your materials are beforehand so you can choose the style or styles that finest fits your requirements and capacities. For example, Ashtanga yoga and power yoga include a lot of jumping into and out of poses. This is fantastic cardio however couldn’t feel great if you’ve joint issues. Bikram is hot yoga, where you practice in a room heated to above 85 degrees. This could help you stretch further, however might also be uncomfortable if you’re heat-sensitive. Iyengar yoga emphasizes correct type in postures and attract people willing to use props to deepen postures. Hatha actually incorporates all designs of yoga, but normally describes a slow-paced class and is suitable for everyone.
Always end a yoga exercise with a cool off period. Most teachers and DVD series finish with at least three minutes of depending on corpse position. Just close your eyes and push your back with your arms at your sides, palms up, and your legs falling exterior comfortably as you breathe deeply through your nose.
So I lost 3 more pounds this week, even though I substituted half of my runs with swimming and took a day off of cardio to do an intense yoga session. I’m attributing this weeks weight loss and ab definition to Shiva Rea. Thank you, Shiva!
1) Yoga teacher training happened. Met some lovely people, and realized how difficult cueing is. I’ve been to yoga for so long now, and I’ve heard those cues countless times. Yet, when I had to do it, it was staggeringly difficult, especially when I couldn’t just say, “exhale, downward dog.” I had to actually cue downward dog without saying downward dog, ie. “exhale, shift your hips back, draw in your core, ground your heels.”
2) The State Department finally gave me my security clearance forms… Since I’ve been waiting for a month, I now have cold feet and I just don’t want to fill it out. It’s got too many judgmental questions.
3) I’m genetically super flexible… apparently, there is such a thing as being TOO flexible. I’ve worked on my flexibility for so long without any strength training that my body is just wonky so my shoulders and hips were giving me a lot of trouble. I went and got a massage but since my muscles aren’t there anyway, it went back to being wonky. I’m now seeing a personal trainer to work on strengthening my core (not just the abs, but 29 muscles! to support your entire body).
4) I’m not interning and I’ve been driving into Georgetown. It makes me realize how much I hate public transportation. I’m absolutely in love with 3 of my classes but the fourth class, the subject which is dear and near to my heart, the professor is absolutely dry (the bad dry, not as in dry wine or a dry sense of humor), and he looks as if he is going to go kill himself after the class. However, I am working with a professor from last semester on his start up business, so I’m fairly excited about that.
5) I am off to see yoga instructor extraordinaire, Shiva Rea tomorrow in DC. It’s also Restaurant Week in DC so my yoga friends and I are going to Casa Oaxaca.
6) I found tickets to Seoul with Emirates for only ~$1600 with Emirates. It has a 20 hr layover in Dubai but I’ve always wanted to go since I was a wee lass so I’m fairly excited.
Buy her DVDs or app and enjoy. Shiva Rea is my first yogi love but Janet Stone is definitely a close second. I did her mellow flow DVD twice this weekend and my whole body hurts in that totally scrummie why that means you worked hard.
A day of riding along the Truckee. It was so beautiful to observe the river flow, and recognize that our lives run just so: over the rocks rapidly and slowly settling down to a slow forward flow. Shiva Rea poetically extended upon this idea: our heartbeats are much more than a pump, they are rhythmically aligned with the pulse of life around us. I loved listening the giggles of the rapids and the river rafters.
I especially found warmth in a youg girl named Hannah along the lake Tahoe shore. She was telling all her friends she was a mermaid. Nothing is random. I love knowing there is another freshwater mermaid named Hannah.
What will you honor, bring closure to, and ignite as an intention for the coming year?
The Winter Solstice is one of the oldest and most potent rituals of renewal. As the northern hemisphere of the earth reaches its darkest point of the year, the Winter Solstice is the turning point of increasing light from December 21st onward. It is the sacred juncture within yoga and the Tantric Body the mirrors the drawing of the light and in-breath into the lotus of the heart - a linking of the individual and cosmic flow.
For many world cultures, the Solstice is the true new year as the ritual marker to truly let go, honor and bring closure to the past year and ignite our deepest visions and intentions for the coming year as the light is emerging. While the outer world moves in a holiday flurry, this ritual meditation will dive into the deeper rhythm of inner renewal.
The heart has a direct vibrational influence on every cell of the body—and beyond. It influences other organs or organisms through entrainment, a phenomenon in which two or more processes or organisms synchronize with one another’s movements. This is a state of yoga, or joining together, a coherence between multiple rhythmic patterns.
Together these patterns create an unbroken stream of energy, or coherence—a state that brings all of our systems into their optimal flow for creating, sustaining, and regenerating life force.
Dissonance, by contrast, describes a state in which connected rhythms become separate and disordered, and this is usually caused by turbulent change or stress. Dissonant rhythms can have a degenerative, debilitating effect on the functioning and flow of life force.
When you are aware of the forces of entrainment and dissonance, you can begin to see how every experience, every relationship, every moment of your life has a direct effect on your heart.
Though most yogis would concur that yoga exercise has to do with even more compared to stretching as well as enhancing, it’s very easy to obtain mesmerized in the bodily types of positions. In this technique by Shiva Rea, devote time to observing the feelings that develop as you move.
Rea, the popular creator of Prana Flow Yoga, designed the series beginning on the next web page to link asanas with certain feelings or states of being, called bhavas. Rea thinks that every pose evokes particular bhavas as well as that by familiarizing the feelings that emerge throughout your asana technique, you could produce a solid connection with your deepest intentions.
To that finish, Rea integrates each asana with intentions to summon with your technique. In Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Posture), as an example, Rea recommends the affirmation ‘I am stiring up ___.’ After presuming the form of Vajrasana, claim, 'I am awakening’ out loud as well as see what comes to mind. Possibly you are awakening nerve, or stiring up to new opportunities in your life. Full each confirmation as you go, seeing exactly what shows up as you assume the form of the position. Additionally, you could select one intent, such as hope, humility, or strength, and use that as the concentration of your whole practice.
Don’t underestimate the power of these confirmations. 'Hearing the heart could lead to individual modifications, which then can lead to changes in the world,’ states Rea. Return to this technique and, over time, see how your bodily yoga exercise practice comes to be instilled with your inmost feelings as well as intentions.
Before You Begin
Salute. Method 3 to 5 rounds of your preferred Sunlight Salutation.
After You Finish
Fold and Open. Rest in a number of hip-opening ahead flexes such as Upavistha Konasana (Wide-Angle Seated Onward Bend) or the forward-folding variation of Eka Pada Raja-kapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Posture) to continue cultivating a silent stillness.
Go Upside Down. Method Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) or Sirsasana (Headstand) to nurture your body after this invigorating sequence.
8. Soma Prana Flow and Prana Danda with Shiva ReaWhere: Santorini, Greece When: June 21–26, 2017 Shiva Rea’s “living flow ocean ashram” experience in the Mediterranean sea is centered around the rhythm of Prana Vinyasa, meditation, and a sacred pilgrimage to the ancient mesa of Skaros. This retreat has a teacher training element, as you will learn to teach the 15 namaskars. Here, you’ll study…
We are delighted to be part of the upcoming Global Mala Project, a worldwide event taking place September 21-23, 2007. The Global Mala Project was created by international yoga teacher Shiva Rea with support from global teachers, thinkers and musicians to raise awareness and funds for some of the world’s most pressing issues including AIDS, global warming, and child refugees of war.
As some of you know, Thursday I attended the Wanderlust Festival in Colorado at Copper Mountain. This was my first yoga experience and can I say WOW. I took my first yoga class EVER with the oh so awesome Shiva Rea. She was absolutely phenomenal. I mean out of this world. The whole experience was amazing. I will definitely me re-attending next year for all four days.
and experience them for yourself. They blew my mind. I really do feel that Shiva helped me relieve a lot of insecurities,stress, and anger. I realized I am just fine on my own. That life is short and beautiful and that I can’t waste it on negativity.
While in Colorado I experienced so much that Tennessee could never give me. So, I am making a plan to move. I can’t wait to experience all that Colorado has to offer. I hope you all take the time and really reflect on yourself like I did. It can really change your mindset and the path you’re set on.
Flow yoga, also called vinyasa yoga, integrates classic positions with a focus on breath and motion, both in the position and as you alter from one pose to an additional in a series. Shiva Rea’s yoga DVDs are for the best of this category, offering you with a selection of yoga workouts ideal for beginners and advanced pupils.
If you’ve actually never done yoga or are rather inflexible, you can start your practice with Shiva Rea’s Flow Yoga for Beginners. The DVD begins with a seated meditation to help you focus on your breath, then continues through a collection of postures that’ll enhance your strength and adaptability. Try Shiva Rea’s Basic Yoga Postures if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed after a faster-paced yoga flow as a novice.
Cardio Flow Yoga
You can integrate yoga into your daily routine, working your body to burn calories and get fit, with the Shiva Rea Daily Energy Vinyasa Flow Yoga. The DVD includes 7 20-minute yoga workouts that incorporate aspects of dance and martial arts, along with bonus offer meditations and stretching. Do simply one segment or several. Some segments include even more challenging poses, but beginning yoga students will discover they can modify positions to meet their needs or pick less-challenging sections. The Daily Energy DVD is likewise a calorie burner, knocking off 112 calories per 20-minute section, according to ‘Fitness’ publication.
If you utilize yoga to reinforce and tone muscle, concentrated flow videos can assist tone your core muscles, hips and legs or upper body. The Shiva Rea Creative Core Abs, Creative Core & Upper Body and Creative Core & Lower Body work specific muscle teams and trouble areas. These DVDs offer a peaceful mind-body alternative to traditional crunches, exercises and weightlifting.
Shiva Rea’s Yoga Shakti videos, offered in a two-DVD set, offer adjustable yoga regimens, ranging from a five-minute boost to an intense hourlong practice. Suggested routines make it simple to pick your practice or you can create your very own vinyasa flow. Select an energizing practice in the morning or a relaxed, centering one in the evenings using this flow yoga video set.