Sacred Yoga Practice with Rainbeau Mars – Vinyasa Flow: Beginners

Sacred Yoga Practice with Rainbeau Mars – Vinyasa Flow: Beginners

Sacred Yoga Practice with Rainbeau Mars - Vinyasa Flow: Beginners

Yoga can help reverse the aging process by improving flexibility, massaging the internal organs and glands, sending oxygen to all the body’s tissues, and enhancing a state of serenity. Breathing deeply into certain postures affects the nervous and lymphatic systems. It helps relieve tight muscles, increases energy and circulation, improves strength, and promotes radiant skin. On a deeper level, it’s a tool for observation. It brings us into the present so that we may fully receive what each mome

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  1. Beth Cholette "doctor_beth" says:
    30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A nicely flowing basic practice to introduce the series, August 27, 2004
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    Beth Cholette “doctor_beth” (Upstate NY USA) –
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    This review is from: Sacred Yoga Practice with Rainbeau Mars – Vinyasa Flow: Beginners (DVD)

    This is the first video of Rainbeau Mars’ Sacred Yoga Practice: Vinyasa Flow series. Although it is labelled as a “Beginners” workout, I would not recommend it for those totally new to yoga, as 1) the instruction is not overly detailed, and 2) some of the poses present a bit of a challenge and require some strength. Beginners might also find more helpful to start with Mars’ “Pure Tranquility” video prior to using this one.

    Rainbeau begins the practice lying on the floor in relaxation pose–a nice change–and slowly leads you through some basic breathing and warm up stretches. She then moves to an all-fours position (table pose) for some nice back stretches: there are several different sequences involving cat pose plus a few downward dogs, some of which are held for a fairly lengthy period of time. From here, Rainbeau guides you into a standing forward bend with bent legs, gently encouraging you to open up further into this pose with several repetitions. She also spends a bit of time in a mountain pose variation before moving on to a single sun salutation. This series is done at very slow pace: Rainbeau goes through lunges on both sides and then lowers to the floor in push-up pose, which brings the practice to an end at 28 total minutes.

    Rainbeau comes across as sort of a young, hippy chick. She is obviously very knowledgable about yoga–she sometimes uses the Sanskrit names for the postures and provides detailed anatomical information–and she is gently encouraging throughout the practice. Although she cues well, at times her voiceover cuing was slightly out-of-sync with her on-screen movements.

    Overall, I enjoyed this practice, which I would describe as gently challenging rather than gentle per se. This is not the video I would choose for pure relaxation, but I definitely will reach for it again when I want a moderate-length, not-too-difficult practice.

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  2. CPTScott says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Gentle flowing beginning tape that will make you feel great!, January 15, 2003
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    This tape by Rainbeau Mars, the first in a 4 tape set is really wonderful!

    It moves thru a gentle sequence of poses, with emphasis on breathing, that will open your body, mind and spirit in a gentle way.

    Rainbeau is a gifted teacher who comes across very naturally and openly. She radiates sincerity and grace.

    The scenery is beautiful which is always a nice addition and is nice to wake up to (especially in the middle of January:) )and the music is a perfect compliment to it.

    I would highly recommend this to those new to yoga or those (like me) who have been doing it for years but want to have a gentle routine for those days when you want to do some yoga but don’t want to push too hard. I felt amazing after doing this tape (and I’ve got over 50 Yoga videos) and will use this regularly on those more “Gentle” days.

    Namaste.

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  3. emily schneider says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    life-changing yoga practice for beginners, May 16, 2004
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    emily schneider (Cincinnati, Ohio United States) –
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    This review is from: Sacred Yoga Practice with Rainbeau Mars – Vinyasa Flow: Beginners (DVD)

    i absolutely love this dvd. rainbeau mars is a wonderful guide on the journey to inner and outer peace. this is the first dvd or class to really get me into yoga, and it has honestly made a huge impact on my daily life. the reason for this is that it’s primarily (for me, anyway) a spiritual, meditative practice – not just stretching. for a beginner with little to no experience with yoga, i would highly recommend this dvd. it will help you relax and “let go” of day-to-day struggles and just appreciate BEING. other reviewers have mentioned the lack of real physical challenge in this practice, but i’ve found it challenging because i was very inflexible when i started using it. again, for a complete beginner with an inflexible, stress-ravaged body and mind, this practice can work wonders.

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