Ruah Mind Body Movement Warrior

Suzanne Bowen, Leah Sarago
Year Released: 2009

Categories: Ballet/Barre, Pilates/Core Strength , Total Body Workouts, Yoga

Ruah Mind Body Movement Warrior is demonstrated by Suzanne Bowen and Leah Sarago, though Leah does the "front and center" while Suzanne shows the modifications (she is visibly pregnant in this video). This video is done in a voice-over.

Here is a basic breakdown for Warrior:
30 minutes standing work (lower body)
13 minutes mat work (core and upper body)
10 minutes stretching
10 minutes relaxation (blank screen, music playing)

For me, Ruah workouts are defined by the controlled, sharp movements, the muscle control, the flow. These workouts are like a happy marriage between pilates, yoga and barre. I do not find them slow-moving at all. The standing work is a good mix of balance and pulsing moves...isometrics and more extension-type ("dynamic postural") moves. Very little holding of poses that I can remember. I found they had more of a pilates *feel*, for the most part (crisp, controlled movements), though there are some yoga moves (several of the standing moves stem from a beginning chair pose, etc).

The lower body/standing portion includes coordinating, unweighted arm movements, which remind me of Ellen Barrett or Classical Stretch. I would classify this workout as total body toning (with a cardio effect). The core work (during the mat segment) is mainly C-curve and plenty of plank/pushups.

To compare Release & Warrior:
Warrior gives me serious glute DOMS (Release does also, but not as intense). I did feel that the standing work in Warrior was more intense, though maybe because it was just lengthier. I broke a baby sweat with Release--I worked up a Papa Bear sweat in Warrior. But the movements themselves are very similar. I feel that the Ruah workouts can be a tad repetitive (if you have both Warrior & Release, especially so). Warrior's lower body sequence is series of movements and then a repeat of the same sequence with the other leg as lead.

Instructor Comments:
The voice-over voice is pleasant and clear. I feel that there is some expectation that you know what you are doing; the actual instruction on form is minimal and the cueing leans toward "less-is-more".