I’ll admit it. The first time I tried Yoga, back in University, I kinda hated it.
I had been a trained dancer for 13 years, played various sports throughout high school, and was generally a fit person. Yet, I found this seemingly simple (aka “boring”) practise of Yoga, well, HARD! And like most things in my life, if I’m not immediately good at it, I don’t like it. I know, I know, I’m working on it…
So, at the time, I just stuck to my favourite workouts and sports and left it at that. Fast forward to 2009 and I had just picked up P90X (my very FIRST Beachbody program, swoon…) as a way to get in shape for my wedding day. Unbeknownst to me, there was a Yoga workout as part of the kit. And as expected, the first time I did it, I HATED it. It was 90mins, and it. Was. HARD. Anyone who’s done YogaX, you’ll understand. I’m looking at you, CRANE POSE.
I gave it 3 weeks and then when it came up again on the workout calendar, I tried it again. By then, I had started to get stronger from the other workouts, and I found myself actually ENJOYING it. Wha?? I got all the way through it, and I felt WORKED, but fantastic. And so started my love affair with Yoga, and to a lesser degree, Pilates.
To this day, I still pull out YogaX when I want a really good Yoga workout. However, I’ve never considered it, or Pilates, a true holistic workout regimen I could use to get into GREAT shape. You know, the way Insanity or T25 are…with multiple workouts that can truly define your body, over a defined period of time (60 days, 10 weeks etc). It was more of an alternative thing I’d do once in a while to change things up when I wanted to stretch, work and reflect.
All that’s about to change – this summer (June), Beachbody is releasing it’s latest program, called PiYo (Pilates/Yoga…see what they did there?). It’s created by Chalene Johnson, spunky fitness guru and super upbeat mom of 2, of Turbo Jam, ChaLEAN Extreme and Turbo Fire fame. She’s been working on this program for a while, and has finally put it to DVD.
Who it’s for:
– All ages and all fitness levels
– Looking to get LEAN and TONED
– LOW impact
– NO equipment needed
It borrows all of the BENEFITS of Yoga and Pilates movements, but spins it up into something a bit more dynamic so you can get a sweat on, but get to keep it low impact.