I mentioned the other day that I bought a “Yoga for Athletes” DVD and was more than a little surprised at how hard it is. I haven’t taken a yoga class since high school (yes, one of my PE options in 1985 was Yoga. I also took Aerobics for one semester – for our final we had to choreograph an aerobics routine to Sheena Easton’s hit song, “Strut.” Lordy.), and my oh-so-fuzzy memory of that class doesn’t include me sweating and grunting trying to hold a Warrior Pose. I do vividly remember a girl named Suki farting loudly during Downward Facing Dog pose, though, and man was I grateful that it wasn’t me. Maybe that’s why I’m leery of taking a group yoga class. In the privacy of my own home I have no problem letting them fly, but I’d rather not be called “fart girl” behind my back at the gym.
Since I have nothing to compare this DVD to, it seems pretty good. I specifically chose the DVD because it had a man on the cover (oh, and the fact that it was only $14.99). I have no interest in some 20-year old perky-breasted yoga girl making me feel bad about how limber I am NOT. This dude is seriously flexible, though! The voice-over is done by a woman with a nice, pleasant voice. The poses are explained in great detail, so you can do them without actually looking at the TV (which is very hard to do in some of the poses).
The Main Menu. I’m curious about the yoga poses they chose for golf.
The options for Runners. This seems pretty thorough to me, though I’m sure there’s some overlap on the poses. So far, I’ve only done two of the routines – 30 minute Basics and 45 minute General. They both kicked my ass, making me a little afraid to click on 60 minutes of Legs.
I guess I was expecting a lot of laying around on the floor, stretching and focusing on my breathing, but there’s much more to it than that. There’s a lot of coordination and balancing involved, neither of which are my strong suit. By the end of the 45-minute General routine, my legs were quivering and I was mighty happy to finish with Corpse Pose (my favorite).
Me attempting to hold the Flank Stretch Pose for as long as the DVD suggested. Do you see the vein popping out in my forehead? I thought yoga was supposed to be relaxing! (and, yes, that’s my indoor bike trainer in the corner)
I’m definitely going to continue working out with this DVD – it’s a new and exciting challenge for me and so much more athletic than I thought it might be. When I expand my DVD library, I’m considering “Yoga for Dummies” and possibly “Yoga for Inflexible People.” They both seem about my skill level!
Tell me about your yoga experiences! Do you take classes at your gym or yoga-cise at home?? Any DVDs you recommend?