Shiva Rea is one of my favorite yogis, and I love both her Creative Core Abs, and Creative Core + Lower Body DVDs. So, of course, I was psyched to try the third DVD in her core series, Creative Core + Upper Body ($10). It involves a flowing sequence of core-focused postures that are all about sculpting your abs, back, arms, and shoulders.
The first section of the DVD is 25 minutes long and involves doing nine rounds of 12 push-ups for a total of 108 (108 is a sacred number). In between the push-ups, you do variations of Warrior 1 to work your legs and shoulders, and poses on your belly to work the muscles in your back and chest. I fell in love with this DVD after the first part! It was an amazing upper-body workout that incorporated a brilliant combination of yogic and nonyogic moves.
The second part of the video leads you through eight minutes of work on your back, doing variations of crunches and Pilates core exercises, yet encourages you to be creative with your movements. My belly was burning in the best way. Then it ends with two minutes of Savasana, which you are so ready for, since your entire body feels worked. Once I woke up, I felt vibrantly energized. This is my new favorite Shiva Rea video, no doubt about it.
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