2.02.2009

Let it flow

Flow Yoga, also called vinyasa yoga. I'm one of those people that needs to stretch or else I seize up. It feels darned good to be loose and centred, energized and relaxed. My search for a yoga studio has not gone well. Instead the kids are enrolling in a new Martial arts club that just opened in our area. Both kids were on a hiatus and then their previous club folded after their Master passed away. Now with doctor's approval they're ready to return to kicking some butt while staying fit. They were up to their blue belts in Kung Fu and both intend to complete their training to Black Belt as well as progress into other martial art forms.

On the yoga front option #2 was DVDs. After asking a few friends, surfing online and high praise from the Namaste Knitters at Ravelry I went with Shiva Rea's DVDs. I would have preferred to get back into yoga with a trained coach to watch our form, but this is a great second option.

We started with Flow Yoga for Beginners. On the back jacket of the DVD it states: "She begins with seated meditations that teaches you how to link breath with movement. Three more segments introduce her flowing approach to classic poses. Transitions from pose to pose are graceful and easy. You may not have Shiva's flexibility (yet), but you can follow her lead in ways that work for you. Feel yourself becoming stronger and more supple. Sense your new energy and find the fluidity that has always been yours."

We liked Shiva so much that we have now added Creative Core Abs, Core + Lower Body and Core + Upper Body to my little yoga library. They're very good, reasonably priced and in this winter weather it's nice to stay home and benefit from Shiva's great teachings.

If you're at all interested in starting yoga, this is a great way to give it a try. Namaste.

On the weather front the groundhog saw his shadow so looks like another 6 weeks of winter. We expect 6 weeks or more of winter around here whether he sees his shadow or not anyway. lol Be well everyone!

12 comments:

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Thank you for reminding me that I need to dig up my yoga tape. I really enjoy yoga and simply forget to do it ~ but like you need to stretch or I seize up too!

It's great that the kids are enrolled in karote ~ Steve made it to red belt but hasn't done it for many years.

peaknits said...

I love yoga - I go to a class every wek and just got a new DVD too - it makes such a difference, staying flexible-ish:)
And I was thinking about the groundhog today too - seriously if 6 weeks more is "the worst case scenario" - sounds good to me;)

PrincessPea said...

Thanks for these recommendations. I'm flexible, but I really need to build up my core strength, so those DVDs would be really good for me to try.

t does wool said...

yes...I have Ali McGraws old yoga tape...thank you for updating me :)

YarnSnob said...

I can never follow any of these fitness DVD's! I think I lack co-ordination or something! LOL. Thanks for reminiding me to do a program on my cross trainer...sigh.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love yoga and pilates. Just something to keep me from feeling all creaky :).

woolywumpus said...

So many elements have to come together for the "right" yoga studio, don't they? Lighting, karma, fellow students...

I'm glad you were able to find some dvds that work well for you. How is Piper's downward facing dog?

jillian said...

Thanks for the kudo's for Shiva Rea DVDs - there's so much out there it;s nearly impossible to know what's good. I'm a big fan of Rodney Yee.

raining sheep said...

I have heard her video's are are really good. I am actually thinking of getting them myself. I need to do yoga to offset all my running injuries.

zebraknits said...

I can sew why you'd need to do some yoga at home with the harsh winters you guys get. must be refreshing!

Jewel said...

I just came across your blog and to my surpize your talking about yoga. I just start yoga and was looking for some DVD's so I could stay home. Thanks for the info!

redsilvia said...

Thanks for the recommendation of Shiva Rea. I got a couple of dvds that I carry around in the suitcase on the off chance of a stretch (usually no time tho). I got them sight unseen and one is just not working for me.

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