Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Day 4: YogaX - harder than it looks

... not to mention longer than it looks.

So, morning #4, I woke up extra early so I could squeeze in the 1.5hr long YogaX exercise. I thought "Child's pose, cobra, downward dog... this is going to be a piece of cake." Wrong. The first 45 minutes of YogaX are dynamic moves + holds. Often enough, Tony will throw in a random pushup into the mix making you even more strained. By minute 15 you wonder "Do I really have 1.25hrs left to go?" And unfortunately the answer is YES! Aside from not being able to point my leg straight, the only pose I absolutely could not do was the Crane Pose. I think I originally was doing it, but I kept falling back (in fear of crashing down on my face).

After the first 45minutes, YogaX takes a turn for the better. It moves to balance poses. It's a lot of ankle work and sometimes a little awkward, but for the most part, it's easier than the dynamic moves from earlier. My favorite part, and the part that I thought worked the most was what they referred to as "Yoga Belly 7." I'm assuming that's short for the 7 or so yoga exercises that strengthen/stretch your stomach muscles. I certainly felt that, and it consumed the end portion of the workout (the last 15mins or so).

At the very end, T-minus 4 minutes, the whole yoga exercise becomes a sleep fest. Corpse pose, is basically laying down on your back and trying not to fall asleep at 6:45am.

*I attempted the wheel pose and pinched my back pretty bad. Highly suggest sticking with the barrel pose (as he suggests for beginners).


  1. Aren't you a beginner? What made you try the pinch-your-back pose when you can't even straighten your leg? I'm going to try it today. Let's see if I can get through the whole 90 min. Most probably it's going to be "straighten leg, straighten leg, oh look butterfly" *skips off*