Yoga with Bob

Today, Bob Harper kicked my ass.

As much as I’ve been struggling to get my fitness routine to become, well, routine….it just hasn’t been happening. I’ve gotten in a few runs over the last couple of weeks. Done a few push ups (need to start the program again though…) and a handful of other strength exercises. Mostly though, I’ve just been walking for exercise.

Walking is great, and all. I’m a huge proponent, as you all know. Thing is, if I want the fitness level I had a couple of years ago, I’m going to need to do more. I’m going to need to get back to the gym.

I was going to go today.

But I didn’t want to.

Story of my life.

It’s not like I wanted to just sit on my butt all day, or anything like that. I wanted to do something, but I wasn’t sure what. I did a few chores and had some breakfast, all the while pondering my plan of action. Then I made the decision.

(Photo stolen from Amazon)

I picked this up at Borders the other day, as I’ve been wanting to figure out how to incorporate yoga into my life. Now don’t get me wrong. I live in San Francisco…I am surrounded by yoga! There are literally FOUR studios within a quarter mile of my apartment, as well as about a gazillion more beyond. Finding yoga is not the issue.

The problem is that yoga studios are completely terrifying. I have only done yoga a few times in my life, and only one of those experiences was in an actual studio. While the teacher was friendly, she was heavily accented and she wasn’t exactly good with newbies. I didn’t really know when and how I should use props and sometimes I couldn’t understand her instructions due to the accent issue, so I spent a lot of time trying to look at others and mimic their practice. It was a hard, strong workout….but it was scary. If I had not been with two of my co-workers, I don’t think I would’ve had the balls to go in there at all.

Ideally, I would be best suited to taking the beginning course at my branch of the YMCA. I think the environment there might be less intimidating for me. Unfortunately, I have scheduling conflicts with the only times the beginning levels are taught. There are mixed level classes that I could attend, but I’m nervous about jumping into a class that I might not be ready for.

So I’ve decided to try out yoga at home. I do have a mat, afterall.

In the past, the only yoga I’ve done at home has been on the Wii Fit, which isn’t all that challenging. Somehow, I knew that I wouldn’t have the same to say about a workout led by Bob Harper.

Being a yoga novice, I can’t give a very detailed assessment of the routine. What I can say is that I was sweating like a dog! Which is only fitting, given how much time I spent in downward dog. Other than that, a few thoughts:

It’s a power yoga at definitely an intermediate level, so a couple of things were inaccessible for me at this point. Luckily, since I have a (very) basic idea of the poses that were being done, I knew when to back off and when I could do more. I’d be concerned for someone who has never had any experience with yoga starting up this DVD as Bob doesn’t spend much time on proper form. He does have one guy, Robert, doing modified poses though, so at least there is that.

(I spent a lot of time watching Robert….cough…)

As for poses, I might not remember them all, but I remember downward dog (like…a lot…), warrior, triangle, chair pose, half moon, bridge, wheel, extended side angle, upward dog and bird of paradise.

Overall, as someone who is still new to the practice, I liked the DVD. Because I am so new, there is a lot of room for me to grow and advance, which should help stave off boredom.

And now I am sore. Like, my hamstrings are MAD.

Thank you, Bob Harper, for kicking my ass.

What’s your favorite yoga DVD? I’m taking recommendations!

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