= Bed-time Yoga
When considering this video, I’d have to say it is
visually stunning. Fuchsia mats have been spread around a wood
floor in a room filled with vanilla candles. The candles are on
the floor, up on stands, simply everywhere!
The curtains flow gently between brick walls and in the
background you can see an opaque glass window. Sara is wearing a
beautiful blue top while everyone in the room is also wearing
colors of equal beauty. Imagine violet,
lime green, lemon
yellow, orange and powdery
This workout reminds me of yoga in a temple. There is a
spirituality about the entire workout that is different than the
outdoor workouts or more strenuous vinyasa type workouts. This
video tends to encourage you to relax more and look inward to
encourage your inner beauty.
The purpose of this workout is to teach you to relax at will.
Halfway through the workout, I was ready to just climb into bed
and sleep blissfully until morning. The music and candlelight
allows the tension to drain from your body as you breathe
The instructor has been doing yoga for a long time and she
says learning to relax at will allows you to be in control of
your energy. With Sara Ivanhoe giving you gentle instruction,
you can stretch your way into tranquility. I loved her
instruction, it was calming and you can see her inner beauty,
calm and love for yoga.
Some of the poses include: cat pose, arch curl, side stretch,
downward dog, sitting twists, tree pose, butterfly stretch. You
won’t have to worry about doing the Chaturanga or anything
that is stressful, fast or complicated. These poses melt the
body into sleep and must have been chosen to release tension and
improve balance and flexibility.
You will need a sticky mat, a towel and a cushion. A strap
can be used to help you
move further into some of the poses.
If you enjoy this workout, you might also want to take a look
at MTV Yoga with Kristin Mc
Gee, Ali MacGraw Yoga Mind and Body
or Bed Top Yoga, which is a tape.
A Gentle Yoga Routine for the evening before drifting off to
sleep. A definite “must-have” yoga video for your
~The Rebecca Review
20 Minute Yoga Makeover
Workouts in One, January 17, 2005
Sara Ivanhoe has always impressed me with her teaching style
and ability to present creative workouts in a relaxing setting.
In this 20-minute workout you will be working your upper and
lower body simultaneously. The setting is gorgeous and Sara's
outfit colors make the entire scene look like an escape into
paradise. As waves break on the shore, Sara leads you through a
program that not only tests your balance, it tests your
creativity and she has an exercise for your triceps that will
have you wondering why you did that exercise any other way.
After years of exercising your muscles might get used to the
same old exercises. With Sara's approach to yoga, you not only
have challenging yoga poses to master; you can tone your upper
body with weights.
There is a brief introduction, a warm-up session and then yoga
with weights. A short stretching session allows your body to
Trailers of additional workouts
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Yoga with Just Music
You can also just listen to the music from the yoga with music
workout and continue stretching after the 20 minutes. If this is
too short, you can combine it with other Sara Ivanhoe 20 minute
workouts. In fact, she recommends you combine the workouts for
maximum results. Walking for 30 -45 minutes before this workout
is my personal recommendation. The additional balance challenge
with the weights made me truly love this new approach to yoga.
~The Rebecca Review
Beyond Basic Yoga
Yoga Postures for Strength and Flexibility, March 8, 2007
Sara Ivanhoe's nurturing teaching style makes her workouts
perfect for beginners, but even if you are intermediate, she
still knows how to present challenging postures in a way that
makes you want to try them. This workout begins with a series of
stretches to warm up the upper body, but you may want to walk
for 20-30 minutes or do some aerobics to warm up the muscles. I
found that without the walking or biking, I was not as flexible.
"The Daily Dozen" exercises are a little more
challenging than the first DVD and I was actually surprised at
two of the exercises because they almost seemed advanced. It was
more the length of time you are required to hold the posture
that seems to make them go beyond intermediate. Upward Dog is
surprisingly challenging when held for six breaths. Normally
I've tried this in a vinyasa style workout with flowing
postures. When you take each posture and focus your attention
for six breaths, this becomes a test of patience and endurance.
The postures include:
Wide Leg Standing Forward Bend
Low Lunge Twist
Upward Facing Dog
Cow - I had never seen this exercise before! Total challenge!
Wide Leg Seated Forward Bend
I really loved "Dolphin" which is like Downward dog
with your arms bent and your head almost on the floor. It tests
your upper body strength and balance, but feels great once you
are done with the breathing exercises. Each posture presents a
physical and psychological challenge which makes them even more
"Cow" felt very much like an advanced exercise, mostly
because of the flexibility required to even get into the
posture. I literally sat there laughing when I realized there
was no way my legs would "pretzel" the way the
exercise required. So, you may just want to adapt that one for
beginner/intermediate and it still seems to have the desired
effect. Beginners will find some of the exercises to be more
intermediate, and intermediate practitioners may find this
workout great for developing patience.
For some reason, which I can't explain, Sara Ivanhoe's workouts
leave me feeling more centered, balanced and generally happy and
peaceful. It is as if the world spins a little more smoothly
after the workout. A meditation session is also offered and Sara
Ivanhoe teaches you a new mudra. I can also highly recommend her
Candlelight Yoga workout and all of her 20-minute Makeovers.
Items needed: Yoga Mat
~The Rebecca Review
Tao Music for Relaxation
Hauntingly Beautiful , April 20, 2005
There is more to learn in stillness
Than in talk or novelty
Allow yourself when sitting, to sit
when being, just to be.
The cover of Tao Music for Relaxation is beautiful and inspires
relaxation by water with vanilla candles. An orange flower
floats in a shimmering jade bowl surrounded by candles.
The soothing spiritual beauty of mysterious bamboo flutes,
xaphoon, delicate piano, tabla, ocean drum and angelic vocals by
Shannon Kingsbury will lead you into stillness and infuse you
with a desire to surrender to stillness.
Tao Music for Relaxation takes your soul to new dimensions of
being so everyday cares melt into waves of tranquility and
musical heaven. Perfect for massage, meditation, reflection,
escape into sound or relaxation.
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~The Rebecca Review