Y is for Yoga

#ATOZChallenge @tkrimms

This post is part of the Fiction Writers Blog Hop.

If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know I have completed one round of P90X, three rounds of Bikini Body Mommy, and am now in a round of P90X3. In between those, I have done workouts with Gilad, Sharon Mann, Leslie Sansone, Shaun T, and others. As much as I complain about it sometimes, I do love it. The one workout I love the most, though, is yoga.

I think I first fell in love with yoga during P90X. I had taken classes before, but I loved the full hour and a half of the program. It wasn’t without difficulty, and I worked so hard to get to that last full minute, when I could lay in Shavasana, breathing in and out, listening to the simple light music the video played in the background, my eyes closed. Relaxing, people. Every hard-working minute of the workout was worth getting to that final minute.

Woman in the yoga tree asana

Yoga is very challenging, and I am by no means an expert. Now, in P90X3, I have yoga one day a week and it’s a 30 minute session. Tony Horton fits in a lot in 30 minutes, and it’s tough. There are some poses I think I will never be able to do, like crow or even camel. Others are fairly easy, while some I have worked my ass off to do. The fact I can do Warrior 3, Half Moon, Twisted Moon, then Standing Splits and never fall is amazing to me.

Even though I have been doing yoga for awhile, I’m still a beginner. But I’m doing it. I look forward to it every single week. If you think yoga isn’t a workout, you’re completely wrong. It’s about strength, flexibility, finding your inner peace, and it’s a great addition to any workout.

Here is a list of all the poses in P90X3: (credit Laurie Yogi for listing all these on her site!)

  • CHILD’S POSE/DOWNWARD DOG/FORWARD HANG
  • SUN SALUTATION/REVERSE SWAN DIVE
  • PEDAL FEET/VINYASA
  • CRESCENT
  • AIRPLANE
  • WARRIOR 1/2
  • REVERSE WARRIOR
  • BOUND SIDE ANGLE POSE
  • CHAIR
  • WARRIOR 3
  • HALF MOON
  • TWISTED MOON
  • STANDING SPLITS
  • WIDE LEGS/FORWARD FOLD
  • TRIANGLE
  • TWISTED TRIANGLE
  • TREE POSE
  • EXTENDED LEG WITH TOE BIND
  • TED’S CHAIR
  • CROW
  • CAT DOG
  • BIRD DOG TO DOG DANCER
  • CAMEL
  • FIGURE 4 SERIES
  • PLOW
  • FISH
  • SHAVASANA

Do you do yoga? What’s your favorite pose?

 

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  • I like pigeon pose a lot. It’s good for my hips. I also really like crow/crane when I can get into it. Sigh. I can’t wait to go back to yoga classes in the fall!

    • I can’t even do a modified crane. So bad at it. Pigeon is nice!

  • Brea Brown

    This is something I really want to get into… eventually… You know, when I have time to breathe again. Right now, sitting on my butt for thirty minutes and watching Netflix seems to be my priority when I have extra time. Sigh. I’ll get there. You’re inspirational!

    • I just got a fitbit – mainly for seeing calories burned during a workout for motivation. But, otherwise, I’m sitting and not meeting the step goal they set!

  • I’m exhausted just reading this post! Good for you! I did some (very basic) yoga years ago and loved it. I just might have to give it a try again.

    • I find it so rewarding!

      • My brain 100% believes you. It’s convincing my butt that’s the challenge. 😉

  • I agree with Laurie Baxter – I’m exhausted! I didn’t see Cobra or Baby Cobra on the list. Those are some of my favorites. You lie on your stomach and then push up with your hands so that your back is curved and your head reaches backward above your bottom. Feels soooo incredible.

    • I think he may have Cobra in the P90X – the one that is an hour and a half.

  • Tracy, I just started taking yoga classes, and so far I love it. And yes, it’s very challenging for a beginner like me. My first two sessions were a Breathing and Meditation class, where we did very basic poses like Downward Dog and Cobra. Then I made the mistake of trying a different beginner class at the same studio—Vinyasa Flow or something or other. Totally kicked my butt! I could hardly move the next day. Needless to say, I have no intention of returning to that one any time soon. Like you, my favorite part of class is the end where we just get to lie there and relax. Haha! I got myself some yoga gloves so hopefully at my next session, my sweaty palms will keep from sliding across my mat during Downward Dog. 😉

    • Shelly, my Downward Dog is abysmal. More like Downward Skunk. Although hopefully less smelly 🙂

  • I’m with Laurie—exhausted just reading about the exercise! Although I have done yoga in the past and enjoyed it. I feel like I should attend a class IRL so someone can adjust me to the correct position, though. Someday—!

  • I do a yoga/pilates combo class once a week and it never ceases to amaze me how the poses look so trivial but are actually so challenging. I’m quite partial to pigeon, can do a half decent tree, but of course nothing beats shavasana 🙂

  • Sandie Docker

    I’ve never tried yoga – I’m too unco! I can just see myself getting all turned inside out.