Day 11 – Yoga X’d my behind!!!

Yoga is not an easy exercise. If you have never tried it and you think it’s easy, you are 100% mistaken. Before I had my daughter, my husband and I would practice yoga about 3 times a week. We’d go to our favorite yoga teacher (yes, she still is our favorite, even after P90X). Friday nights was our favorite, her husband would play the electric violin during the whole yoga session. It was amazing. Then we moved 2 1/2 hours away from her studio.  Where we now live, we have not been able to find a good yoga teacher. Well… let me rephrase that, I have not taken the time really to look for one. The only yoga instructor here is at the local YMCA. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the YMCA, I have nothing against yoga instructors that teach at the gym. The only thing I can say is that when you’re looking for something to balance mind and body and not body alone, then yes, you may want to look elsewhere and not at a gym.

So why P90X? Well, for starters, it is certainly a lot less expensive than paying for a gym membership in the long run. Another thing is that I don’t have to compete with anyone else at the gym, goof off and pretend like I’m working out, or not even knowing what the heck I’m doing. With the P90X, it’s almost like having your own personal trainer in the comfort of my home without actually spending the money. I don’t worry about looking silly not knowing how to do a certain exercise and I also am getting my butt kicked by doing my very best, because my focus is on that and that only.

Yoga X is very intense. It combines a series of balance poses, breathing exercises and stretching exercises. Considering I used to practice yoga on a pretty regular basis, and although my flexibility increased, it was never to the point to which I would like. So of course, after many years of not practicing, I find myself only able to do 45 minutes of the hour and a half that it takes to complete the yoga session. That, combined with the fact that as an adventure we decided to practice yoga with our 2 year old around who jumped (literally) at the opportunity to climb on us and use us as an amusement ride… well, we got more than what we bargained for as a workout.

So far, I’ve noticed my belly shrinking, my appetite is a lot more under control and I am better able to manage my cravings. It seems as if we’re eating all day, and although that is not the case, eating a “smart” snack in between meals has been tremendously helpful. Go P90X!