Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Yoga to Awaken the Chakras|
Actors: Savitri Simpson, Rich McCord
Director: Dave Bingham
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Have you ever wondered exactly what "chakras" are or how best to work with them? Then Yoga to Awaken the Chakras is for you! This video, meant for people of all ages and levels of fitness, will quickly and gently introduce... more »
Wonderful, Refreshing Yoga Practice.
YogaKat | Oregon United States | 04/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This practice and the DVD entitled Yoga to awaken the Chakras are wonderful. Ananda Yoga uses affirmations during the yoga practice. It is very meditative and refreshing. You work on individual chakras thru yoga postures, breathing techniques, and positive thoughts. Yoga for Busy People is broken into 3-20 segments and you can do them individually or all together. Each segment ends with a visual-yoga nidra type of relaxation. Yoga to Awaken the Chakras goes thru each of the seven chakras again thru postures, breathing, techniques, and positive affermations.If you have not tried Ananda Yoga yet, I would recommend starting with Yoga for Busy People. If you like it, try Yoga to Awaken the Chakras. I use both and alternate with my other Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Tai Chi personal practice.Also, see my other reviews on Amazon for Yoga and Mediation. Namaste'"
Emotionally Healing and Cleansing
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 05/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""It should give valuable benefits on many levels - physical, mental, emotional - and that its highest purpose is to tune practitioners into their own body's subtle energy flows. This allows a practitioner to experience the full spiritual dimension of each posture, thus expanding the benefits of yoga beyond the body, into the mind and soul." ~Rich's philosophy about yoga practice
My first introduction to Chakras was in Alan Finger's Flexibility and Stress Release Yoga Zone video. In this video he leads you into a visualization exercise where you move relaxation from your toes to the top of your head. By the end of the exercises, you feel free from all emotional turmoil, desires and are infused with a rare blissful feeling that only seems accessible to those completely in love or those who have reached complete relaxation or are on a spiritual high.
In fact, now when I see the word "Chakras" I immediately think: Relaxation, Peace, Harmony and Love. This is where the exercises lead and once you have experienced the floating sensation and balancing of emotions, it is almost impossible to prevent yourself from researching this further. This DVD also contains an interview with Savitri Simpson (author of Chakras for Starters) who explains why Chakras are linked to our speech and body language. What does having a "gut feeling" or "lump in your throat" really mean? How is this linked to Chakras and emotions? She explains Chakras as an extension of the subconscious mind and explores the body/mind connection.
Rich McCord is the Director of Anada Yoga and he has created a healing and gentle practice that might be a healing escape for intermediate Yoga students. His meditative approach allows you to access the invisible energy floating around in your energetic anatomy. His soothing voice leads you through lessons in relaxation and breathing techniques. Breath becomes energy as it purifies your body and mind.
As Rich McCord leads you through gentle stretches, you begin to feel the balancing of your emotions, the cleansing and cooling healing occurring and an almost magical calm descending on you as you release your worries and negative emotions.
I found this video to be especially healing after a time of stress when I was not able to do Yoga for what seemed like weeks. This was the perfect reintroduction into new affirmations, practical applications and a more in depth study of why yoga works.
If you are at the intermediate level, this DVD should leave you in a calm, cleansed and relaxed state. I even found myself laughing a few times during the exercises. Rich McCord seems to have a subtle humor that permeates his work. The setting at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the relaxing music also brings nature into your home.
If you are new to Yoga, you may want also want to experience:
Yoga Mind and Body with Erich Schiffmann
Hemalaya Behl's Yoga for Urban Living
Seane Corn: Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Yoga for Weight Loss with Suzanne Deason
MTV Yoga with Kristin McGee
Yoga Zone Yoga for Weight Loss
Yoga Journal's Yoga Step by Step
Crunch Candlelight Yoga
~The Rebecca Review