Kundalini Yoga DVD Review 
Maya Fiennes' Detox & De-Stress

The following Kundalini Yoga DVD review looks at Maya Fiennes' DVD, “Kundalini Yoga to detox and de-stress”. This review is based on roughly 3 years experience of using this product.

What is Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini yoga was first introduced to the West by Yogi Bhajan in 1968 and has since become widely practised across the world. Kundalini yoga is considered the most comprehensive of yoga practices and is known as a Raj Yog. This means that it encompasses the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice – meditation, breathing techniques, mantra, and physical exercise – key stress management tools in one practise. 

Kundalini yoga is one of the easiest yoga forms to learn. Through this movement, breath, and mantra this yoga style offers a way of awakening your inner spirit and inner energy. This practise offers a way of connecting to your inner vitality.

Rather than holding a position for period of time like in other yoga forms, in kundalini yoga you move and flow aerobically in a lot of the postures. For example, you move back and forth or twist left and right for a period of time while practising one of these different postures.

Kundalini Yoga DVD Review For De-Stressing

This kundalini Yoga DVD Review looks Maya Fiennes' DVD "Kundalini Yoga To Detox and Destress". In the UK, Maya Fiennes is considered one of the best kundalini yoga teachers. She has many DVDs available for sale, but this kundalini Yoga DVD review looks in particular, at her detox and de-stress film. So does this film work? Does it de-stress? We will also look at price, and the quality of the film. 

Personal experience

I first came across this film about 3 years ago when I bought it as a gift for my wife. I have since practiced this DVD roughly 50 times in that period. In my opinion, it is a really good practice for helping to ground, bring calm and for stress relief.

The movement sequences in the DVD focus on certain areas of the body, like the kidneys and adrenals, which can get very run down when we're stressed. By practising these movements we are replenishing and rejuvenating these parts of the body, The kidneys and adrenals are our first line of defence against stress-related illnesses.

After each session I always feel relaxed and at ease, and my mind is definitely clearer. One thing to point out though is that kundalini yoga is quite energetic and not really for someone who hasn't exercised for a while or is really unfit. You can of course go at your own pace, but you will still be surprised how much you'll sweat during this workout.

Who is it for?

According to the DVD all fitness and experience levels can use this program. Would I agree? Yes, and no. Yes, with the proviso that people follow their own pace to start off with. If you go at Maya Fiennes' speed you might well find yourself feeling rather tired. I would say no, in that I don't feel it is for people who are really unfit. If you are unsure check with a medical practitioner.

My recommendation is to start off slowly, and gradually build up your speed. I certainly agree with the statement about “all experience levels” as I feel the DVD is really well explained, and within one practice run you will be able to follow along easily.

Does it de-stress?

In my personal opinion – yes, this product does de-stress. Check out the reviews on Amazon US/ Amazon UK to see what other people say. I personally found these reviews very inspiring when I first read them and essentially these reviews prompted me to purchase this DVD.

Once I had run through the DVD once and learned the ropes, I then found that by the end of each subsequent time I practised it I felt calm, peaceful and still.

What is the layout of the session?

The DVD lasts an hour, which is a good length for a workout – this includes the resting period and introduction. The beginning segment of the DVD is an introduction to kundalini yoga. You can skip this segment once you have watched it once, which I feel is a great feature.

  1. The first 15 minutes of the DVD is a warm-up. This focuses on the spine, hips, legs and neck, helping you to gain flexibility and release tension.
  2. The second part focuses on the kidneys and adrenals using mantra – sound vibration and continuous movement to detoxify. Between each exercise there is a break where you meditate for a minute or so to connect to how the exercises are affecting you.
  3. In the third part, by contrast, there is no gap between exercises. So it means that you break into a sweat here.
  4. Part four of the DVD is deep relaxation, savasana, which is where you lie in corpse pose on your back. This is a wonderful time to be still and allow the effects of the exercise to filter deep within. It is also a really good time to let go of all the stresses and strains of the day.


Price

This DVD is very reasonably priced – probably the same price as going to one kundalini class in person. The question is, can you effectively do this practice at home just watching the DVD? I had some experience of kundalini yoga classes before buying this and found that I wasn't corrected in my movements during the class. In my understanding  kundalini yoga seems to be quite flexible in its teaching style and can therefore be learnt from a DVD.

Positives and negatives

So what are the positives and negatives in this kundalini yoga DVD review of Maya Fiennes' Detox and Destress product?

  • + Production level high
  • + Great teaching
  • + Easy to follow
  • + Helps you to de-stress
  • + Easy to pick up
  • + Low price
  • + Inspiring and uplifting music

  • - Not really for low fitness levels

Kundalini Yoga DVD Review: Conclusion

So in conclusion for this kundalini yoga DVD review, would I recommend this as a form of exercise to de-stress? Definitely, having practised this myself for 3 years I've definitely seen the benefits in my own life from a clearer mind, physically fitter and emotionally more balanced. Following along with a DVD makes it much easier to practise at home and keep you motivated. I therefore recommend it to others. 9/10

  

Kundalini Yoga to Detox and Destress with Maya Fiennes