Philippians 3:12-14 (The Message Bible)

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Last Chance to Impress

So--I gave yoga one last chance to impress me today. I decided that probably the reason I hate it so much doing it through P90X is because I'm doing it at home--where there are a million and one distractions. My kids and dogs think that the instant they see me in downward dog, it's an open invitation to climb on me. Without fail the phone will start ringing, someone will drop by for a visit or whatever...but I just can't concentrat at home. So...there's a new 1-hr yoga class at the gym. Today was "it's" chance to impress me.

So did it?

NO! I'm sorry...but the only thing challenging about it was the fight going on in my mind to stay or leave. I had determined ahead of time that I was going to do the whole thing-whole heartedly and really give it a shot. So I stuck it out and I was miserable about every minute of it. Yes, it was relaxing. But that's it. I wouldn't say it was even 1% physically challenging. Now, I will admit---I really think that because this is a new class at our gym, they are starting out "for beginners" and working their way up. But I am not a beginner. I may not be a yoga-pro...but I am way too physically fit to spend 30 minutes practicing my breathing and the other 30 minutes stretching. We did about 3 minutes of Warrior 1 and 3 minutes of Warrior 2 and a couple seconds of Warrier 3 "just to show us what it looks like".
Not only did I NOT work up a sweat...but I was actually chilly most of the hour with goosebumps! I never even got warmed up. I did wear my HRM to check my calories...but after it was over, I jumped on the treadmill and sprinted for a mile before I checked the #. But even after my mile on the treadmill AND the whole hour of yoga--I still was only at 173 calories.
Grrrr.... I can't help but feel like that was a TOTAL WASTE of my time. I am WAY too hyper and bouncy and energetic for that.
I know on BL last week when Bob had his teams doing yoga they were drenched! Now that is a yoga class I'd like to try...but until Bob comes to teach, I doubt I'll be going to this class again.
Maybe, if I can EVER get everyone in my house to bed at a reasonable hour (meaning by 8:30 pm), I'll attempt the Yoga-X video again. I've only done it the whole way through like 2 times. Usually I just stop after the first 45 minutes. that's my feelings on yoga. What about you guys? How many of you like it?


Trav and Jess P90X said...

The only way I can handle the yoga is if I think of the time that I spend doing it as prayer time with the Lord - it is still a bit of a challenge, but if you don't think of it as exercise, but more of recovery for your body, mind and spirit - then you will be in the proper mindset. Now if I can only practice what I preach :)

KC said...

I enjoyed our local yoga class. but she gave us different difficulties for each move, and let us decide what we could handle. It was fun and rejuvenating, and I was always drenched with sweat afterwards!

Amy said...

I haven't tried yoga at a regular class but I did try a prenatal yoga dvd and I'm with you. It is SO not for me! I guess I don't have the patience for it or something. Plus, the instructor in the video kept making comments that made me laugh. They were just a little too "out there" for me. "Connect with your unborn baby and feel the nurturing spirit wash over you." Sorry, that's just not for me. :)

Kim said...

I really enjoy yoga but I agree that it's difficult to do at home unless there are zero distractions. Both of the kids usually want to do it with us and it's hard because we don't have enough room for 4 mats and usually one of the kids has an issue every 10 minutes or so.

John said...

I do the Tony Horton 1 on 1 Fountain of Youth Yoga DVD. Its essentially Yoga X squeezed into 48 minutes. A lot more "doable" for me.