Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Breath and Body | Comments Off on Shiva


This weekend I’m heading to Kripalu to study with the awe-inspiring Shiva Rea.  I can’t wait.  A road trip with a great friend (Jen Wilson, the co-owner of beautiful Cedar Street Yoga in Sudbury, ON), a full weekend of yoga and other joys, and I get to practice Prana Flow led by the real deal!!!

Those of you who have been attending my classes on a regular basis have noticed a shift in my teaching since I returned from the NYC Yoga Journal Conference in April.  In nearly every class, there is something I’ve carried in that has been taught or inspired by the teachings of Shiva Rea.  If you’ve never heard of her, check her out here or here (she has quite the bio!).

Her style of yoga is called Prana Flow.  When I began her practice in New York, it was instantly familiar to me as Jen had been teaching classes inspired by her for years.  My body recognized the flow- not flow as you typically think of it, one pose just moving to the next and then the next, but more of a pulsating movement.  Shiva creates magic in the body by working the elemental aspects of each pose, pulsing deeply into it, then lifting out, breathing back in, and so on.  After I lead a class composed of Shiva’s style of movement, students often remark that they feel “massaged” or totally open.  This practice has a way of sweeping out the cobwebs that lurk between the larger muscle groups (which are often the limits of what we access in a more static class).

I also really enjoy the way in which Shiva’s offerings are steeped in deep India.  She is clearly informed by the roots of asana, including prostrations that bring us back to the most simple movements and motivations of the yogasana practice.  She uses the  foundations of Ayurveda in creating yoga namaskar for the seasons/doshas, incorporates mantra and uses amazing music for movement.

Prana Flow is a difficult practice for newer students as there is so much choreography to learn before you can begin to feel as if the movements are truly driven from something deeper than the DVD player.  Even in my classes, there’s often a bit of confusion as we move through the first sequence, but eventually students stop looking up, even close their eyes as they begin to feel the movement in their own bodies.  Repetition is definitely advantageous both for embodiment but also for efficacy.

If you are interested in trying out a sequence inspired by Shiva, take a look at this video, or this video..  This is what it is to use her sequencing and namaskar and build offerings for students.

I’ll be out of commission from Thursday until Monday.  See you on the other side.  Come out to a class if you’d like to see some resulting inspirations!

Featured image of Shiva Rea taken from here.

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