If the spiritual aspect of yoga appeals to you, then it's time to try Jivamukti. If you don't know of any classes in your area, then check out this DVD, Transform Yourself With Jivamukti Yoga ($20). It's led by Sharon Gannon and David Life, the founders of Jivamukti yoga. This Sanskrit word literally means "liberation while living." This practice is both physically challenging and mentally invigorating. Its goal is to inspire joy, happiness, and optimum health.
What I like about this DVD is that you can choose to be led by either David or Sharon through the 60-minute practice. I personally liked Sharon's voice because it's more relaxing and serene. The video begins with a standing meditation and chanting. If you're not used to this, it may seem a little weird, but give yourself a chance to try it out, because chanting has an amazingly calming effect on the body and mind.
As in a classic Jivamukti class, the practice begins with Sun Salutations, and then continues to follow a vinyasa style, where standing and seated poses flow quickly from one to the other. I'm a big fan of Jivamukti yoga, so I really liked this video. This practice strengthens and stretches every part of your body so afterward (it sounds hokey to say this), your body will feel open, your mind relaxed, and your heart happy.
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If you like this video, David and Sharon have another DVD called Power to the Peaceful Yoga ($15).