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From the Ground Up: Exp Freedom of Scaravelli Yoga [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Scaravelli Yoga was devised by Vanda Scaravelli and is designed to work with the natural movement of one's body in relation to gravity. Scaravelli Yoga Teacher, Darlene Bink, has created an energizing Yoga sequence that offers a well-rounded practice at the beginner level. If you have practised Yoga for years, but have never tried this style, this DVD is a great place to start! Throughout this DVD, Darlene offers explanation of the three principles used in this method - the ground, the breath, and the spine. In this particular sequence you will find standing poses, balance poses, strengthening poses, seated poses, and much more. *Home production values dvd (some definition lacks sharpness).
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Darlene starts the practice on the floor in "Lying Release" (lying on back, knees bent), noting that she begins all of her yoga sessions this way. She lingers here, giving you time to relax your body into the ground and to follow her instructions for the 3-part breath. Darlene continues this slow pace through the entire video, moving slowing and methodically. Remaining on the floor, you will do hand-to-foot pose with a strap, knee to chest (a.k.a. thread the needle), lying waist twist, and cat pose. Moving to a standing position, Darlene performs a shoulder stretch with the strap (cow face arms). She then provides detailed setup instruction for tadasana, or mountain pose, before moving into the standing postures. First comes a flowing series from mountain to chair to standing forward bend; Darlene encourages you to keep your arms very loose when you raise them overhead. Next, you will continue with the same freeness of the limbs for warrior 1 and warrior 2, again moving at an unhurried pace. A lunge series follows (low lunge, runner's lunge, and low lunge with arms extended), and then Darlene concludes the standing work with tree pose. Coming into child's pose, Darlene moves into down dog and back for a total of three repetitions. She then performs plank pose (she calls this chaturanga, but she never actually has you bend your arms), cobra, bridge, simple seated pose, and full seated forward bend. The final active posture is crocodile twist, a lying spinal twist; Darlene begins this posture in a distinctive manner, as she has you lie on your side and then twist to your back. Finally, Darlene allocates a full 10 minutes for savasana: she provides guided relaxation for the first half but then allow silence (with the exception of the soft background music) for the second half. She finishes the practice by gradually awakening your body and leading you back to a seated position.
This video has a unique format in that two on-screen camera angles are shown at all times, one with a larger main image and one in a slightly smaller frame. Darlene instructs via voiceover, and she sometimes uses one of the two images to demonstrate modifications. This practice is best suited for those who are relatively new to yoga (but ideally have some prior familiarity) and who prefer to move through the postures at a measured, methodical pace. Although the session is fairly gentle on the whole, poses are often held for an extended length of time, which may be a strength and/or stamina challenge to some. The lack of more challenging postures may make this practice less appealing to experienced yoga practitioners, but as mentioned above, yoga beginners who are wanting a slower session are likely to thoroughly enjoy this video.