Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Sacred Yoga Practice with Rainbeau Mars - Vinyasa Flow Pure Sweat|
Actor: Rainbeau Mars
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
A beginners perspective:
LCW | 08/13/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been doing Yoga for 3-4 months now so I'm definitely still a beginner. I'm moderately fit but definitely have room to improve. While there are many many poses I have yet to master, chaturanga being my current challenge, I did not find this video tape too difficult for an average beginner. There are modifications given for most of the more difficult poses.
Yes, it is very challenging, particularly towards the end, but it's doable with some determination. IMO, it's pretty much basic poses that focus on lower body strength. There were two poses that were very challenging, the 3 legged down dog and one where you lift one leg to the side in a forward bend. There's no way I looked like Rainbeau did on the DVD but I went at my own pace, lifted my leg as far as I could without losing form and accepted my current level of ability.
I really like Rainbeau Mars as an instructor she has the ability to talk a lot during the practice but it's not annoying chatter. Instead she motivates you with the beautiful things she says. The fact that she sometimes tells you what benefits you get from particular poses as you are in them is a big plus to me.
I did notice some dubing issues and usually I prefer a longer workout with more floor poses after a vigorous flowing sequence but the length of this video, @35 min, is perfect so that you can do a gentler more restorative practice afterwards if you want to. As to the "sweat" part of the workout, I didn't really break a sweat until 20 minutes into it but once it started, it kept on comin'!! I felt invigorated afterwards!
I'd say this is a nice challenging workout in which there is room for me to grow and improve my poses! There are many reviews here that would scare off the average beginner, I almost didn't even try this, but I would encourage anyone with who is moderately fit and has some basic knowledge of poses to try it. You might surprise yourself like I did!"
Nice lower body emphasis
J. Kellogg | 02/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD provides a nice lower body workout, and is not too short nor is too long. Rainbeau has a very soothing voice and the moves are easy enough to follow. So far my favorite Yoga DVD's have been Baron Baptiste, and I still enjoy him, however I think Baron's are better upper body and this DVD of Mars' is better for lower body. It is worth the money."