Tranquil Space Vinyasa Yoga

Kimberly Wilson
Year Released: 2002

Categories: Yoga
- Audio Workout

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1. Centering (4:25)
2. Warm-up vinyasa (4:55)
3. Sun salutations (12:01)
4. Standing vinyasa (26:26)
5. Hip openers (10:10)
6. Seated (5:10)
7. Backbends & inversions (8:11)
8. Relaxation (5:21)
Total: 77 minutes

She suggests short practices:
Short: 3,5,6,7,8 (40.53)
Shorter: 3,6,7,8 (30.43)
Shortest: 1,2,8 (14.01)

First of all, I would rate myself an intermediate yogini with quite good stamina and flexibility. No headstands or handstands for me though! I have gotten to love CDs for their flexibility and the way they make me really focus on my yoga. This has become a fast favourite. Just to put you in the picture regarding my tastes, No 1 is still Shiva Rea's Yoga Sanctuary, with her Yoga Chants also moving up my personal charts. I like Trance Dance too for a "different day". Yogi's Companion is probably no 3, with Baptiste's CD and Kest's towards the end.

This CD is no 2 in my chart, but has also turned out to be the one I reach for most often on energetic days. It is a vigorous and wellrounded practice which doesn't stop and gets me good and sweaty. I love the centering and warm-up vinyasa, and she includes a nice little relaxation at the end. I find all the asanas except lolasana and headstand doable, but she also suggests further modifications for those who are stronger and more flexible.

On days when I don't have much time, I also reach for this CD, as it is easy to do a shorter practice which hits the right spots - in 30 minutes I do tracks 1, 2, 6 minutes of sun salutatations (track 3, 5 (hip openers, track 8, and my tight hips and back are happy.

Highly recommended.

Instructor Comments:
Nice voice, mix of piano and trancey music. Gives very good form pointers, and is really clear in her cueing. My one crit is that in one section she says the names of the poses rapidly in Sanskrit and I don't know two of them, and when I tried to do them I couldn't figure them out - I think they were abwork, as Navasana was in there too. But that was just a couple of minutes.

There is one other thing - but I think this is a language/cultural thing - I was slightly taken aback that she (like Classical Stretch Back pain relief) refers to the bum, at least I think she's saying that - it doesn't quite sound like butt or bun - in Malta we speak English English and bum is a work one wouldn't use in an exercise class, it's a bit vulgar. So at first this distracted me, now it doesn't unfocus me at all :)