For a change of pace from films and documentaries, I recently took advantage of my Netflix account to view these two powerful DVDs… one on Chakra Balancing Yoga, and the second one, Mindfulness for Urban Depression.
In her DVD, Chakra Balancing Yoga, Sharon Gannon presents a beautiful yoga flow series, taking you through poses to balance the seven major chakras. The flow may be a little hard to follow if you’re new to the poses, but you can take it at your own pace and still benefit. The parts I appreciated the most were the mantras and the forgiveness/blessing affirmations that she includes with each pose, bringing in the power of words, sound and thought to heal our energy centers.
For instance, for the Root Chakra, Sharon leads you in gratitude and blessings for your home and those who raised you, your father and mother, and for the career and the earth that support you. For the Sacral Chakra, she leads you in blessing and forgiveness toward romantic or creative enterprises that are still unresolved. Then, when we move to the Solar Plexus Chakra, she guides us in sending blessings to those you may have hurt, to rebuild respect for yourself and others. For the Heart Chakra, blessings and forgiveness are for those who have hurt you and caused your heart to be blocked to the flow of love and compassion. For the Throat Chakra, Sharon guides us in releasing negativity and cynicism and opening oneself to communicating as a holy being. For the Third Eye Chakra, we bless our teachers and gurus and our relationship with the divine. For the Crown Chakra, we release all doubt and bless our divinity, knowing we are student, guru and god.
Beautiful music is played throughout, calming the nervous system and uplifting your energy. Glimpses of the musicians are interspersed, and the DVD ends with Sharon playing the Harmonium. A wonderful 55-minute yoga session.
In Mindfulness for Urban Depression, available on Amazon Instant Video or through Neflix, Ira Israel takes you on a meditative journey. Whether you live in an urban environment or life is simply racing by on your computer screen at your beach house, you no doubt face the stress and resulting anxiety and depression of modern society. Ira Israel’s DVD entrances you with its special effects as he sits in meditation in the midst of crowded cities around the world. However, the most impactful part of the DVD is his lucid, intelligent, aha! explanation of why and how negative thoughts crowd our minds, and how to use mindful meditation to move past the negative. For example, he pointed out that if you’re watching this DVD, you probably live in a comfortable home, own a TV and DVD player, and have your material needs met, simple things to be mindful of and grateful for. His intelligent discourse on depression and the antidote for dwelling on the negative (mindfulness vs. popping pills) is appropriate for both professionals counselors as well as everyman. Take an hour to watch this DVD and uplift your life.