As some of you may know, I am participating in a 12 week team-based fitness challenge. Each week the challenge moderators throw down how many cardio and strength minutes each member needs to complete (a point each), a “within calorie goal” point, a punishment challenge handed out by the prior week’s winning team (1 point), and a team challenge (1 point) for a total of five weekly points available.
My team challenge for this 7th week is to do 30 minutes of Yoga. I was like, “Oh, crap! Seriously?” when I found out.
Now, to date I have done Yoga exactly three times. The first time sucked. I hated it. It was boring. That was shortly after I started lifting. The second time was last month as a team challenge whereupon we were asked to complete an exercise video one of our team members recommended. I picked the Yoga vid, and walked away from that feeling meh. It wasn’t awful, but…meh. Tonight I found a YouTube video by this girl named Adriene Mishler. It was about 40 minutes in length, but I stretched it to an even 45 because I liked corpse pose enough to stay in it a few minutes more. Her website is here if any of you are interested.
Y’all, it was amazing! I had a fairly rough day at the office and was pretty fezzed up when I got home, my ire further fueled by cool, cloudy weather that cancelled any hope of getting my swim on, so I was pretty grumbly when I turned on the video. By the time I was done, all was right with the world. I am not kidding. I think if I had been any more relaxed I would have slipped into a coma.
I had no idea I would like it so much. That said, here is the video I did this evening and hope y’all will give it a go when you need to do something healthy, yet relaxing:
Until Next Time…
This looks good, I’m going to give it a go when my family are fine visiting. It’s exactly what I need. Thanks Jules!
I just ordered a Pilates/Yoga workout called PiYo that incorporates both into one. I’m really looking forward to it! I like SOME yoga, but some I don’t. I used to be pretty limber, but now I have to start all over and get my new hardware working with my muscles so I can try working out again. 🙂
Is that what it stands for? I love pilates, too.
Yeppers, and it’s a little of both. Looks like a great workout, so I’m looking forward to it. 🙂
Yaaaaay Julie!!!! So happy to hear you loved the yoga video!!! I LOVE YOGA!!!! 🙂 🙂
Kristin, can you recommend good videos for a somewhat non-bendy novice?
Thanks, Jules. I’ve been reading a lot about yoga, and have been visiting http://bepresentyoga.wordpress.com/ for more information on it. There are so many advocates of it, it makes sense to try. Thanks for posting your experience with it.
Rob, I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 I was really surprised by not only how great I felt after, but what a serious workout it really was.
Cool video, thanks may try that!
I viewed the first few minutes, then kind of skipped ahead. I think even I can do this one! Thanks, Julie!!!!!
Oh, I’m so glad! I really like her…she’s got some great personality going on, as well, so she makes it fun and light.
My greatest challenge will be when she says close your eyes and just listen to her… hope I don’t drift off, but then a nap at my age is great as a stress reliever, too!
That is why I took extra time in corpse pose at the end, lol.