"Shiva Rea Daily Energy" offers a smorgasbord of customizable segments for intermediate and advanced yoga students who want a program that can fit into their busy schedules. Reviewers also appreciate the ability to choose either energizing and relaxing workouts, and they say the DVD boasts beautiful sets and music. But the advanced moves and lack of modifications mean this isn't the best option for beginners.
Free-flowing style isn't for everyone. California-born Shiva Rea started studying yoga as a teenager and is now one of the best-known yoga instructors in the country. Rea's fluid style is on full display in "Shiva Rea Daily Energy," and experts say she even calls for "improvisational undulations." This can be potentially freeing or awkward, depending on your expectations -- as one reviewer puts it, "I've had some hippy dippy classes, but … I felt kind of ridiculous in my own basement." Rea also provides a good deal of the spiritual and mind commentary that can turn off some viewers. Others had a hard time focusing on the breathing flow, saying it's hard to follow or is a distraction from the poses.ProsHighly customizable workouts, High quality, Voice-overs can be turned offConsNot suitable for beginners, Modifications not included, Some find instructor off-putting