Product Review: Creative Core + Upper Body yoga dvd and Creative Core + Lower Body yoga dvd with Shiva Rea

Via Todd Mayville
on Feb 12, 2009
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Okay, so you’ve eaten all that Valentine’s Day chocolate and drank all that wine, now it’s time to burn off the calories.  Don’t like or can’t afford a gym or yoga class?  No problem, Shiva Rea’s got your answer: Creative Core + Upper Body and Creative Core + Lower Body yoga.  These two new dvds feature one of my favorite yoga instructors are from Acacia; they present 20-35 minutes (depending on which video you choose) of pretty intense sequences.  Both videos claim to be challenging for all levels and they are, though an absolute beginner should watch the videos all the way through at least once before trying them out.  The creative part of these involves a free flowing sequence where Rea basically “cuts the viewer loose” to interpret and move at their own free will, something that can be a bit intimidating for someone completely unfamiliar with yogic sequences and poses (though a lot of fun for the more experienced). Since not a whole lot of instruction is given around how to move into the individual poses, these probably wouldn’t be the best introductory video out there.  However, the sequences themselves are interesting to do, and the opportunity to engage in a more personal series of moves can and will keep the videos from getting boring.  Each video comes with a different bonus segment, which adds to the value of the dvd as well as giving a glimpse of other products.  Each dvd is available from Acacia.


About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.


2 Responses to “Product Review: Creative Core + Upper Body yoga dvd and Creative Core + Lower Body yoga dvd with Shiva Rea”

  1. While I first had to put Shiva Rea: Creative Core and Upper Body aside and build up more upper body strength so I could tackle it in the way I wanted, I now do it regularly. It does tone the upper body, and is a confidence booster once you can do it all the way through. You can read more about my experiences with this DVD on my blog, Fantastic Fitness DVDs. I am a type 2 diabetic who works out in a bid to stay healthy.

  2. The link provided in the comment above does go to my fitness DVD blog, but not directly to the review on Shiva Rea's Creative Core and Upper Body DVD. You can find that review directly by clicking here.