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Shiva Rea - Yoga Trance Dance [DVD]
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International yoga teacher Shiva Rea introduces you to this free form, high-energy movement meditation. 15 guided sequences can be mixed and matched to meet time and energy levels on any given day. Includes a 12-page programme guide and mini-documentary with Shiva Rea.
Released some two years after 2004's Yoga Shakti, one of the finest yoga programs on the market, Shiva Rea's Yoga Trance Dance is substantially different in content but every bit the former's equal in terms of style and presentation. Combining what she calls "two of the oldest ways (to get) back home," Rea has mixed dance and yoga to create "a contemporary exploration of conscious movement meditation," with an eye toward healing the split between body and mind that has, she says, led many of us to live primarily "from the neck up." As was the case with Yoga Shakti, several pre-set practices are offered (six in this case, ranging from 29 to 41 minutes in length); and the DVD again features the innovative "Yoga Matrix," which allows users to customize their practice by choosing and organizing various segments to suit their own needs and moods. Yet because of the dance element, most comparisons to a traditional yoga program don't apply. Whereas vinyasa yoga is essentially a series of flowing, connected poses, incorporating breath and movement and cultivating heat, strength, flexibility, and balance, here the movement is within the poses themselves, not just within the overall sequence. Thus familiar asanas such as the cobra and downward facing dog take on a new aspect, with users encouraged to constantly roll their shoulders from side to side in cobra or make undulating, wave-like spinal movements in down dog (both can be found in the terrific jala namaskar, the so-called "water salutation"); it's a style that may be somewhat more familiar to practitioners of kundalini yoga than those used to the more widespread, Iyengar-based hatha tradition. Meanwhile, the trance dance sections encourage spontaneous, free-form movement that may well lead to the kind of creative self-expression and loosening of inhibitions that Rea prescribes. Visually stunning (it was shot in high definition at New Mexico's White Sands National Monument) and augmented by a fine world music soundtrack (a music-only option is available) and Rea's soothing, authoritative presence, the DVD also includes a mini-documentary about the instructor, bonus comments by a couple of experts, and more. --Sam Graham --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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If you like the prana yoga segment on "Yoga Shakti" then you will probably like this too because except the free form dance segments there are also prana yoga segments which are absolutely fun and creative, she makes traditional yoga poses more dancey and fluid so you never really hold a pose ,you move through it , so it's good for the days you don't feel like holding poses or do a rigid yoga practice.Even though I don't usually feel comfortable dancing in front of the TV (or at all) ,Shiva has a way of just grabbing you into it plus the amazing music gets you in the mood.The DVD has 6 preprogrammed practices ranging from 29 minutes to 41 minutes being the longest , most of the practices are mixes of free form dance, prana yoga and movement meditation but there's also a "prana yoga only" practice and a "trance dance only" practice.The "Yoga Matrix" lets you choose from 15 segments that you can play the order you want.
If you want a different way of practicing yoga , this is it!
I can't wait for her next DVD's to be released.
Yoga Trance commences with a brief introduction, followed by:-
The Yoga Matrix:-
The unique "Yoga Matrix" allows you to select components of practice, to form an custom overall practice of Trance Dance according to your available time, how you are feeling, and personal preferences:-
Beginners Level:- Movement Meditation is Body Blessing - 7 mins, Prana Yoga is Prana Yoga for the Spine - 9 mins, Kriyas & Namaskars - Twisting Kriya - 7 mins, Free-Form Dance - Damaru - Rhythmic Movement Meditation - 5 mins, Cooling Down - Prana Yoga Slow Wave - 11 mins, Closing Meditation - Shavasana - Deep Relaxation - 5 mins.
Solar:- Movement Meditation - Agni:- Fire meditation - 3 mins, Prana Yoga - Prana Yoga - Liberating Hips - 6 mins, Kriyas & Namaskars - Tandava Kriya - 5 mins, Free-Form Dance - Liberation Dance - 6 mins.Read more ›
The Dance Matrix is useful and fun to use but as a teacher of yoga I would be concerned for people with back problems in some of the spinal movements of the prana yoga section and it definitely is not for all levels as some of the asana is very strong and athletic.
Generally lively, fun and if you like dance you will enjoy this DVD - but it would be nice to see real people and not just the beautiful people dancing and practising yoga!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Also very nice dvd, just not perfect for me :) maybee I'm too down to earth and this teacher just don't have the same "wave" as me - or better to say that I don't have the... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2013 by Lina L
Not sure if for me, like yoga but saying that bit different to what I am used to. However will give it a go. So many different types of yoga so need to try to see what suits. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by karen phillips
I love to dance and this DVD is utterly addictive as it combines those tribal dance elements into a fantastic tantric experience with Shiva's soothing voice to lead you... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2011 by Alexandra