Yoga to the Rescue: Feel Good from Head to Toe with Desiree Rumbaugh. Acacia; acacialifestyle.com
It used to be the cavalry that would ride to the rescue, but today it seems that yoga is in the saddle. Who needs to be
saved? According to Desiree Rumbaugh, it's the beginner yogi afflicted with the usual aches and pains in areas of the
body such as the neck, lower back, shoulders, knees, legs, and wrists.
In this instructional DVD, Rumbaugh's first, she presents familiar yoga asanas, such as Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Virabhadrasana I, II, and III (Warrior Poses I, II, and
III), and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), plus
asana-based exercises. Rumbaugh, an Anusara Yoga teacher who lives in Arizona, introduces the 20 or so parts of the
sequence, giving brief explanations of how each series serves to alleviate certain conditions, what the sources of
those conditions are, and how to make small adjustments on the fly. Along the way she provides a constant stream of pep
talks and insightful hints.
Rumbaugh has trained in both the Iyengar and the Anusara Yoga systems; her knowledge is evident in her clear
instructions and keen awareness of alignment. Her physical practice is inspiring, and her application of yoga as
therapy is spot on. Rumbaugh and fellow teacher Andrew Rivin serve as shining models for the audience. The background
music may be distracting to some, but otherwise this is a great presentation, appropriate for beginning yoga students
in need of rescue and a little healing.