This is not a rant as much as it is a reflection…
So I posted that I was going to do P90X last week – I psyched myself out and dragged my heels and only just started it yesterday! For some reason I thought it was going to be absolutely brutal but I was actually surprised that it was not that bad. (Now, ask me that again after plyometrics today!!!!)
Recently, I have found myself second guessing my yoga practice as sufficient enough to get in shape. I honestly didn’t believe that my body was benefiting as much as the gym or a crazy intense workout (P90X) could. As I was going through the first P90X work out, I kept going back to yoga in my head. I had a lot of ‘oh, we do this in yoga!’ moments. And it really got me thinking about just what yoga has done for me and my body.
For those of you who haven’t read my blog in the past, my journey with yoga began just about a year and a half ago. Prior to that I was all about going to the gym – in fact I never even considered yoga a workout. I thought it was a big old joke. Sure I could gain flexibility but get stronger? Not likely. Then I met Power Vinyasa yoga. (Yeah I didn’t even know there were so many different kinds!) Here is what I am talking about in case you are curious. FYI this guy is AMAZING – and I am 9000% sure I don’t look like that but you get the idea of what ‘flow’ is all about: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
. And don’t even get me started with Yoga Sculpt – take that yoga flow you just watched and add weights and cardio bursts……
Not going to lie yoga kicked my booty. To this day 9 times out of 10 I leave class shaking like jello. It took me a year to master crow. A YEAR! A year of falling on my face, a year of having to learn patience. And I was so proud when I could finally hold it for more than 5 breaths! Then my yoga instructor said “Ok, now crow jump backs.” Exsqueeze me? You want me to do what???? The challenge NEVER stops. Some days it is just about making peace with yourself. And IT IS HARD.
Ok, back to my original point. P90X – chest and back: I rocked every single one of those pushups (with the exception of Dive Bombers. I refuse to do those because that is a rotator cuff injury waiting to happen!) without using my knees. Sure I only got 20 reps for most of them (10 for some of the more challenging ones) and sure I can continue to improve - but the point is yoga made that possible. It was easy because I do yoga. I think yoga is often discounted as ‘just stretching’ by people who don’t understand. It’s ironic because a ton of the things that are in P90X are yoga based – not just the Yoga X video! The right kind of yoga is an amazing workout – but any kind of yoga can bring you a whole lot more than just a strong body. Body and mind – they go together. And it wasn’t until I started learning to quiet my mind that I had a breakthrough with my body………. Thanks to yoga I am a whole lot stronger than I ever imagined.
So just keep that in mind when you are thinking about workouts. Heck even my doctor poo-poo’ed yoga as a sufficient workout. I’m just challenging you to try it! There are so many amazing studios out there ! Go try a class! And here’s a link to a bunch of free classes online. www.yogaglo.com/beginner
Take the time to do the shorter ones where they break down the poses – remember safety first!
And that concludes my yoga public service announcement…
I’m going to keep doing P90X – but I’m not going to do their yoga video or their Ab Ripper (yeah I get a better core work out in yoga – one that works my core not my hip flexors…) and we shall see how it goes! It certainly gave me a renewed faith in what I have been doing already!