Go with the Flow

Spirituality & Health Magazine
reviewed by Kalia Kelmenson

Movement has the power to heal, to cultivate strength, and to nourish the mind–body connection. Try these DVDs to explore your own dynamic flow—all from the comfort of home.

Designed to alleviate chronic pain, the Egoscue Method offers a series of movements to support proper body alignment. The Egoscue Pain Free Workout offers a general guided home practice. (shop.egoscue.com

Also try: Alexander Technique. (alexandervideo.com

Yoga can be an intense flow; restorative yoga offers a more tranquil perspective. With gentle, palliative poses held for a long time, Yin Yoga with Kim Eng presents a challenge: on the edge of discomfort, can you be still as your body and mind release on a deeper level? (soundstrue.com

Explore further with: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindful Movements: Gentle Contemplative Exercises with the Monks & Nuns of Plum Village. (soundstrue.com

Though it has long been used as a tool in the dance community, Pilates has been embraced by a wider fitness audience for its ability to create stability and strength. Start your day with Morning Mobilizer to prep your body and mind for all your daily challenges. (merrithew.com

Or try: Somatics. (hannasomatics.com

With roots in yoga and martial arts, Budokon brings intensity and balance to a physical practice. Flow and Flexibility offers a well-rounded sequence, and you can click through to a detailed tutorial of each individual technique. (budokonuniversity.com

For more core: Rodney Yee’s Core Centered Yoga. (gaiam.com

The Chinese practice of qigong explores the subtler realms of internal energy. Get peaceful, clear instruction with Qigong: Traditional Chinese Exercises for Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit. (soundstrue.com

Advanced practice: Qi Gong for Long Life: Cleanse & Build Inner Qi. (soundstrue.com)

With a focus on movement sequences, breath, and intention, tai chi is a moving meditation. While it’s often practiced in parks and other outdoor spaces, T’ai Chi for Health brings the basics to your living room. (gaiam.com

For more advanced instruction: T’ai Chi for Liberation. (soundstrue.com

Inspired by many forms of dance, martial arts, and mindfulness, Nia encourages you to release your inhibitions and connect with your body. Passion gives you the sense that you’re in a cool movement studio, with pulsing beats and dancers of all shapes—and the class is led by the cofounders of Nia. We like that this offers modifications and affirmations. (nianow.com

You may also like: The Wave: Ecstatic Dance with Gabrielle Roth. (soundstrue.com)

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