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):
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★★
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