Rainbeau Mars -- yes, that's her real name -- was born under a double rainbow in a teepee in the Ozarks. She was raised in Boulder, Colorado by her mother, Brigitte Mars, an author and master herbalist, and by her father, Tom Pfeiffer, Uni-Tea founder.
Rainbeau spent her teenage years in Hawaii with her godparents, Dr. Light and Dr. Bryan Miller, an Ayurvedic naturopath and an Ayurvedic chiropractor, respectively. Rainbeau’s holistic upbringing led her to an apprenticeship with yoga gurus Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty -- both of whom helped shape her career and catapult her to the forefront of the yoga community.
Rainbeau talks to us about her yoga practice, her influences, and more!
When/how did you come to yoga?
When: My mother did yoga with me everyday when she was pregnant. My Godmother is an Ayurvedic Doctor (the scientific sister of yoga) for purposes of herbal and medicinal health through constitution, food and cleansing modalities. I grew up around it -- had friends and parents who were teachers. But while yoga was always a part of my life, I didn't really fully embrace it until much later.
How: When I was seventeen and modeling I began to use it as an addition to my fitness routine, finding its alignment abilities. It helped me get a better work out and also sleep better -- both very important things in that industry and at that age. But it didn't go much further than that.
When I was nineteen and moved to Hollywood on my own, as an actress, I found the emotional and life changing benefit. Yoga has grounding abilities in my life that is often a whirlwind of chaos. It had such an effect on me that I gave away $100,000 dollars worth of personal possessions and furniture and moved to the beach so I could fold blankets and clean bathrooms in a yoga studio, taking in daily studies of yoga in addition to my studies of acting. I wanted to be more than just a talking face obsessed with the external. I gained (healthy) weight and started writing, needing to know I could love myself, whatever weight, shape or face I took on.
How has Ayurveda influenced the way you live?
I spent my summers and a couple of my high school years in Hawaii where my Godparents owned an Ayurvedic and chiropractic clinic. It was normal to have someone come stay with us for any length of time to heal from one terminal disease or another. But I was also doing normal things that other teens do, like cheerleading. During these strange and sometimes awkward teen years, my Godparents taught me so many things. They instilled in me that whatever I liked or didn't like about someone else, was something in myself. When I got a brown recluse spider bite they prescribed essential oil massages, colemas (an oil enema) and other herbs. I learned that about live foodshave cleansing properties and also about foods that are grounding. This was not far off from the studies and teaching of my own mother who is an Herbalist and author of 16 books. I learned to eat wild edible plants from the front yard and how nature provides remedies for all ailments. I also learned about the inner energy centers and innate patterns we carry in our internal body, mind and tendencies. Our work is to refine align and balance the different doshas and inner bodies to be a better offering to the world.
My teaching system, ra'yoKa, has culminated through these many different influences. Looking at emotional, mental and spiritual manifestations into the physical realms. We believe in deepening our understanding of all of our different tendencies, and rather than trying to fit anyone into an external box, we seek and find balance. We use innovative movement, visualization and affirmation to help ascend plateaus. We practice non-static movement to help support the ever-moving world. The certification process to become a ra’yoKa teacher involves a three week cleanse where one must look at their own patterns and tendencies without calorie counting or limitation but instead refining our understanding of healing through food. We want people to be educated about how healing from the inside is effected by every aspect of our lives -- from one's sport to the kitchen to the bedroom, bathroom, garden and home and back to sport and life.
It takes a willingness to look at all dimensions of one's own personal life to have a true and lasting change and effect on it. We are dedicated to teaching teachers who can teach other teachers. This takes time, study, commitments and willingness. This feels like an Ayurvedic approach to business, life, our teaching and practice.