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Review: Shiva Rea More Daily Energy Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Pretty much all workouts boost my mood and level of energy level, but yoga is especially good at leaving me in a different state of mind. I’m familiar with Shiva Rea, so when her new DVD, More Daily Energy Vinyasa Flow Yoga was released, I was totally game, especially with the time change—I was definitely ready for some extra energy, you know?

This DVD packs in a lot of yoga. It offers a programmable matrix of seven 20-minute yoga workouts, along with a warm-up and a session of Savasana (you know, Corpse Pose), for a total of almost 160 minutes. The seven sessions are split into two groups—lunar, which is designed to be done when you need a calming workout on a hectic day, and solar, created to give you more energy.

And these aren’t easy, breezy workouts, either. Each one had me sweating and really feeling it, and many had advanced strength, flexibility and balance options for poses that the more seasoned yoginis will enjoy. (I stuck with the basics, thankyouverymuch.)

The one gripe—I didn’t feel like the instruction always matched up exactly with what Shiva was doing on the screen, which caused a bit of confusion and could be problematic for a newbie.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):

Instruction: ★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Music: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★

Fit Bottomed Line: As always, Shiva incorporates a strong mind/body component, so it’s not for those who are turned off by the occasional “Om.” But, if you’re looking for a tough yoga DVD that allows you to truly customize your practice, look no further.

Want to try this Shiva Rea yoga DVD yourself? Leave a comment, and we’ll select one lucky U.S. reader to win a copy. Winner will be notified via email and in the comments in about a week! —Kristen

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45 Comments
  1. Amanda says:

    I’ve never tried yoga on a DVD before (I know, I’m behind on that) but this one sounds like it’s challenging and can keep my interest! Sometimes if the actual instructor isn’t there, I lose focus.

  2. Ginger says:

    Would love to add this to my fitness program!!

  3. I’d love to try a new Yoga DVD… And I’ve heard good things on this one.

  4. Jenna says:

    I’ve never done much yoga before, but this looks like an awesome way to get started. I’d love to win the chance to try it out!

  5. Naomi says:

    I would LOVE a copy of this! I am an aspiring belly dancer to whom yoga practice has become essential. A new practice that could help boost my energy at the beginning of my dance technique rehearsal could do enormous wonders for me!

  6. Laura says:

    Looking for a new DVD that is challenging and will help increase my energy. This DVD sounds like it would be perfect to add to my practice.

  7. Miranda says:

    This DVD has been in my cart at amazon.com for a couple months, I always have issues spending money on myself, would rather spend it on the kiddos. But with your recommendation maybe I will finally get it ordered, unless I am the lucky winner 🙂

  8. Noelle says:

    Sooo much more convenient than going to the gym-I want!!

  9. Tamara says:

    I’ve heard amazing things about Shiva Rea! Thanks for the contest and opportunity! Namaste.

  10. Jenny says:

    I’ve been searching for a good yoga DVD with lots of variety. Putting more effort into working out and taking care of myself inside and out. This one looks like it would be great!

  11. have tried some her other dvds and loved them, looks like we will need to try this one

  12. mary a. says:

    I want to add yoga into my routine, and this sounds like a challenging DVD to use!

  13. Sandy says:

    I am trying to practice yoga every day in the month of December. I would love to win this DVD.

  14. Kate says:

    I borrowed one of her DVDs (the arms one where you do 112 pushups-intense!) from the library and loved it, but had to return it…it would be great to have one of my own!

  15. heather says:

    I love Shiva Rea! this dvd looks like it has some great yoga workouts

  16. Debbie says:

    Well if it boosts my mood even a little bit, I don’t care if the instruction is not exactly perfect. I exercise to Classical Stretch on PBS in the evenings, and tonight’s program is on increasing your energy, so I am in that mindset today. Gearing up for the weekend too! Thanks for the review!

  17. Kate B says:

    I would love to try this DVD! I’ve done a few of her workouts and always enjoyed them, and I love the concept of the lunar/solar workouts. Thanks!

  18. Alyssa says:

    I love Shiva Rea! I would really like to try this.

  19. digamba says:

    I’d definitely like to try it – life has been so busy this fall and winter, I’m having trouble getting to yoga class. I need a break!

  20. Lindsey says:

    I’ve heard great things about Shiva Rea videos, but I’ve not tried any of them. I’d love to have one to try out!

  21. Atisheh says:

    I would love to try the Shiva Rea!

  22. mar g says:

    looks like a great way to start off 2012 with a new video.

    thanks for posting.

  23. Hilary says:

    I love trying new yoga videos. What a great way to start the new year:)

  24. anne g says:

    would love to win this and start doing yoga!

  25. Nicole Winterberg says:

    Thanks for the review. I lover her other dvds and I really want to try this one too.

  26. Victoria says:

    I’d love to win a copy! Thanks and happy holidays!

  27. Leslie says:

    I just started doing yoga again. I feel so much better after doing it. But my gym only does it on the weekends.

  28. Tara says:

    Looks like a great dvd.

  29. Anna Marie says:

    This DVD would be great to incorporate into my work out routine! My friends and I are always swapping DVDs and trying out new ones together.

  30. Betsy says:

    Agh!!!! I love Shiva Rea! I would love to win this DVD!

  31. lori says:

    i’d love to win this DVD! After the holidays are over i promised myself i’d get back in shape. I always seem to gain around the holidays/winter, this would be great motivation

  32. Michelle Thayer says:

    I’m a yoga newbie and am hoping to incorporate it into my regular workout routine in 2012. An instructor helped me get in to wheel pose this week which really encouraged me. I’d love to try this DVD.

  33. Melanie says:

    I am new to yoga- a few weeks in and loving it! Would love to have this video

  34. Jennifer says:

    Been working on incorporating more yoga in my cross training. So far, so good!

  35. Brooke says:

    I’m obsessed with Jillian Michaels’ yoga DVD right now. I would love to try a different video, especially if it is FBG approved!

  36. Casaria Tuttle says:

    I did prenatal yoga on DVD. I am ready to get my rear kicked back into gear now.

  37. Melissa Koeppel says:

    I love Shiva Rea, and I would love to win this DVD.

  38. Antonina says:

    I’ve never done flow, but I’d like to try it

  39. Sarah Armenta says:

    I would love to win this!!! Looking for a new work out! Thanks

  40. Molly B says:

    Yes, please! Time to work off the holiday cookies. 🙂

  41. Michelle says:

    I love Shiva’s DVDs. I would very much like to add this to my home yoga practice collection.

  42. I would love to try this! I’m always looking for new ways to practice my Yoga!

  43. Jenn says:

    Lindsey at comment #20 wins it! Lindsey, look for an email in your inbox!

    Thanks to all who entered!
    –FBG Jenn

  44. Lia says:

    I just got Shiva Rea: Flow Yoga for Beginners from the library. I can’t wait to try it. I bought her Yoga Shakti one, which is very good and offers different choices but I’m not quite flexible enough for it, and on top of it, I recently injured my hip, so I’m hoping the beginners one will work better.

  45. Monica says:

    I do know what you mean about the time change. Also I work 12 hour shifts and find myself restless on those days. Having a dvd that offers lunar and solar sounds like something that would fit right in to my schedule. Yoga is a workout I’ve come to enjoy and love when it makes me sweat. Thank you for the info on this. I’ve also pinned this to my Pinterest board.