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Yoga Saturday: Shiva Rea Meditations

Shiva rea meditationsEvery time I do one of these DVDs, I realize something about myself. Today it was "Wow, am I a shallow breather!"

I really didn't know what to expect when I put in Shiva Rea Meditations (Acacia, $19.99), which comes out on June 3. I figured it was a bunch of lying on your back and chanting stuff, but I was wrong. The DVD is a compilation of meditations from Shiva's previous DVDs, all gathered up on one disc that gives you over 100 minutes to choose from.

You can either do the two preset Solar and Lunar meditations or you can make a custom practice with the matrix. I hopped around the matrix, which doesn't seem meditative at all, but the more mini meditations I did, the more I wanted to do.

I started with a meditation for women, which has you doing some self massage and basically basking in the awesomeness of your womanhood (arms raised to the sky and all). Then I did one of the solar meditations, which was nicely energizing, and I ended with a savasana, which is what I first had expected -- lying on the floor in corpse pose and deeply relaxing. 

That's when I realized that I was barely breathing. When I forced the air deep into my lungs, my head swam for a second. (I think I need more oxygen in my life.)

I loved this DVD -- it's a great little vacation for the mind, whether for just 5 minutes or a half hour.