There’s nothing better than the sound of Ravi Singh’s raspy, yet whisper sweet voice offering you gentle congratulations and words of encouragement after moving through an asana or, better yet, an entire set of them. On Fat Free Yoga, in the ‘Fire in the Belly’ segment, shortly after holding the “bow pose” that voice comes along and tells you to “relax no longer think about the pose, be in a newplace”Okay, is the man reading my mind?? (that’s supposed to be still right now, by the way!)
Those were just some of the reactions to my first Ravi and Ana Kundalini Yoga DVD! I found the collection last year while browsing Amazon for meditation CD’s.I had recently lost about 20-25 lbs and was getting bored with my current morning workout routine.I’d tried yoga before and found it cumbersome and difficult. And, there was NO way I’d be able to actually clear my mind while trying to hold a pose.Or so I thought.Life was really beating down on me at the time.So the thing that attracted me to these DVD’s more than anything was reading review after review that spoke about the calming affect of the workout on your mind.Well, I tried it and IT WORKED!
Fat Free Yoga was my first DVD.I did the entire 1 ½ hour routine the first sitting, every segment, every meditation.And you know what?Instant reprieve!No, not total relief…that would have been astonishing.I was coming down from death in the family, near death and life changing illness for another close family member, and death of a friendship.After my first practice I felt more genuine reprieve than I had in quite some time.I started to practice in earnest twice a day. My thoughts were taking on new form and so was my form!
My body was shedding pounds in places that have held long, lasting, meaningful relationships with FAT!My belly, my thighs, my ARMS were trimming and toning in ways that they never had before.And my skin, (something I admit that I always get compliments on anyhow) was in rare form!I was amazed at the glow!
Now, and this is just my take on the matter- but all of the physical changes, I wholeheartedly attribute to the “Breath of Fire.” As Ravi says, it’s more aerobic than aerobics! With Ravi’s soothing voice, and Ana’s expert moves I breathed my way into a new body and new state of mind.I’ve always been a spiritual person, I meditate, try to remain conscious in what I do . . .but this yoga (this moving meditation) opened new things in my world.
I have in my collection Fat Free Yoga, Kundalini Yoga for Beginners and Beyond, Yoga Beauty Body, Dance the Chakras, Yoga Hip Bliss, Ultimate Stretch Workout, and Journey Through the Chakras! I do love them all and they are all challenging in different ways, but I truly believe that Fat Free and Beginners and Beyond helped me to work through a lot, both spiritually and physically! Initially, I hated for Beginners and Beyond because of a sequence that requires you sit on your heels. OH THE PAIN!!However, with determination (helped along with a little fire in the belly) I worked my way into the asana with ease, eventually preferring that pose to meditate in.I would be remise if I did not mention that I love, love, love Dance the Chakras and even more I LOVE the Chakra Mudra chant at the end.Instant happiness, instant bliss!The first time I did it, I sat in the bed and played the DVD afterwards just to sing along!
Two final, important things: Ravi and Ana’s monthly newsletter and CHAKRA44 reseller. When you go to Amazon to purchase, make sure you go into the used option and purchase your items directly from CHAKRA44 that’s Ravi and Ana!
If you visit their website www.raviana.com you can sign up for the monthly letter. With this, you are kept abreast of any new projects, appearances (they teach all across the country) DVD specials, and most importantly the monthly question and answer segment.About 4 questions are highlighted each month.Here I always find something that speaks to me.
Most profound was the answer Ana gave to a customer about their smoking habit.It was such a free and easy answer.She said, “Don’t worry about it, keep at your practice and when it’s time it will happen for you!”I followed the advice. Months later, I was feeling a rising desire to quit. In frustration, I asked, out loud, “What is this hold on me?!” An answer came to me in the form of a feeling.The feeling I got was of a deep deep inhalation!I immediately thought, “That is the Dumbest thing you’ve EVER come up with!” I like to smoke because it feels so good to inhale???Come on now… The very next day, the newsletter came and in it was a letter from an ex-smoker, who wrote about missing the deep inhalation once she quit.Oh yeah, I breathed my way through every urge! Although I’ve made many attempts prior to this, this time it was done with ease!
As I mentioned in my daily post circumstances took me away from my yoga practice, but I am ever so happy to be back.
Lifeis: so much better with Kundalini Yoga!
Oprah has her list, why can't I? "See the fly girls dancing? Do what cha like!" Humpty