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Shiva is excellent for ashtanga pratitioners who want to add a bit of variety.
This contains two full practices - a morning energizing routine and an night time relaxing routine. You can also do specific sections when you have limited time.
The morning practice has really helped me as I have always struggled with backbends. Also, the Kirtan at the end is very uplifting. The lunar workout is much easier and a wonderful combination of yoga and meditation. It is probably best to actually try the lunar practice first as the morning routine is quite challenging. I travel alot and enjoy doing the "Lunar Yoga" and "Heart Meditation" on planes. It is the only yoga that I found that you can do in your seat.
Below is the timing to help you find navigate the audible file. The first number is the length of the section. The second is the time that it begins on the tape.
Solar Invocation 0:02:36 0:00:00
Solar Body Prayer: Surya Namaskar A 0:05:46 0:02:36
Solar Surya Namaskar B 0:04:35 0:08:22
Solar Standing Poses I 0:10:24 0:12:57
Solar Standing Poses II 0:05:48 0:23:21
Solar Preparations for Backbends 0:11:33 0:29:09
Solar Backbends for Opening the Heart 0:16:06 0:40:42
Solar Om Namah Shivanya Kirtan 0:10:36 0:56:48
Lunar Invocation 0:01:29 1:07:24
Lunar Surya Namaskar w/ Traditional Mantras 0:09:37 1:08:53
Lunar Lunar Yoga 0:15:26 1:18:30
Lunar Inner Sanctum of the Heart Meditation 0:08:37 1:33:56
Lunar Breathing into the Heart: Pranayama 0:10:26 1:42:33
Lunar Resting with the Self: Shavasana 0:06:54 1:52:59
Lunar Sita Ram Kirtan 0:10:16 1:59:53
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Shive Rea has a soothing voice with great cadence. Her directions are clear and direct! She alternates between the yogic names and nick names of poses so your mind learns as your body remembers. Her pace is gentle during the warm-up with slight increses as the session progresses. I have never had the luxury of attending a group yoga class. I learned yoga through books, videos and subscriptions to yoga magazines. Shive Rea intertwines lovely moments of meditation and reflection in her session using beautiful poetry by the mystic Hafiz.
I highly recommend this, or any of her CDs, to all level yogis.
The musical accompaniment to the session is worth the price itself. Anyone who listens to the 10 min. version of the Om Nama Shivaya chant and doesn't end up dancing should check their pulse.
This is an inspirational style of yoga practice designed to bring the mind and body inot balance, those simply up for a "good work out" may find this too woo-woo, new age-y, but a great loss to them.
My daughters 8 and 12 who despise yoga and all it's "strange stuff" actually request the music cuts from this CD.
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