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Not for beginners
on 28 May 2013
As a keen yogi with over ten years of practise of mainly hatha and some Ashtanga yoga I thought I would give this a go, as it's easy to fit in small workouts with the choice of 8 20 minute sections. It can also be made into longer workouts which allows mix and match of these various sessions along with a warm up, abs and core if required. The DVD is great for those with a great deal of experience in the various asana's, but at no stage in this DVD does it say what level this workout is suited to. I would suggest advanced, as a novice may be completely put off by Shiva Rea's contortion poses! I am sure there are some people out there that could manage some of the more advanced asana's, but sadly Shiva does not take the time to explain options, very rarely mentions that you should only go to your 'edge' . This is the point at which you start to feel discomfort. No pain need be involved, as yogi's practise involves ahimsa. The action of being kind to oneself! a downward dog pose for example is very common, and unless the pose is explained properly then it won't be doing the stretching job that it is meant to do, and may actually cause injury! Over the years I have seen this pose look from anything like plank to a forward bend!
Don't get me wrong, experienced practitioners looking for a challenge may enjoy this workout, but I would advise watching it through before trying it as you may get into all sorts of knots in some of the sessions!