Why Yoga is Good For You

Yoga is Good for You

Yoga is Good for You

I would like to dedicate this blog post to Ian for keeping me in check and holding me accountable! Thanks Ian. A big shout out to you. By the way, my recovery drink and P90X bars arrive on Monday and I’ll be sure to talk about my experiences with that.

Topic: Why yoga is a good and productive workout

Today’s Workout: Yoga X (I was out sick a few days so I’m repeating rest week)

Inspirational Quote: ”Struggle is nature’s way of strengthening.”

Yoga X is probably one of the more difficult workouts in P90X. For me, it was the most difficult workout to get used to. I didn’t think much of it the first time I saw it. There were no weights, no cardio movements plus you put your body in positions I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing in public. I mean really…crane? Yeah, you won’t catch me doing that at the gym any time soon!

The first time I did Yoga X, I flat out quit before the moving postures were even over. I didn’t even think about going into the balance postures. It was just too different and too painful for me to continue. I was pretty discouraged because up until that point, I did not ever just quit in the middle of a workout. Again, I’m a big quote guy…I remembered reading this somewhere…”struggle is nature’s way of strengthening.” Therefore I rationalized that the more I struggle the stronger I would get. The next time I had Yoga, I forced myself to finish. I told myself that it didn’t have to be pretty but I had to finish and I did. It felt like the longest workout of my life. Then again, it is an hour and a half workout!

P90X Yoga Mat
P90X Yoga Mat
This thick, textured sticky mat will comfortably stabilize your yoga practice so you can focus on proper alignment and balance.
Yoga Block Set of 2
Yoga Block Set of 2
Increase your strength and flexibility with this high-density, closed-cell foam yoga block.
Yoga Booty Ballet
Yoga Booty Ballet
Gillian Marloth Clark takes you through an exhilarating routine that helps you get toned and slim as you enjoy classic yoga.

Two and a Half P90X Cycles Later…not only am I completing the workout but I am also doing advanced forms of several of the moves. I can do crane for about 10 seconds without falling, wheel instead of bridge and warrior three through twisting half moon on each leg without putting the other foot down. I knew for a fact my fitness had improved being able to do that Yoga pass.

Yoga has improved my posture, flexibility and strength. There was also a huge mental gain and personal feeling of achievement the first time I was able to complete Yoga X without taking a break. Here is a link to a website I found that lists the benefits of Yoga on the body. http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/beginnersguide/yogabenefits.asp

Tony Horton loves Yoga, you should too! I found a video on youtube about Tony Horton’s take on Yoga. Tony being the man when it comes to fitness, I take things he says pretty serious. He was asked if there was only one workout he could ever do for the rest of his life, he said it would be Yoga. Check it out!

Questions for the Audience:

  • What physical changes have you experienced by doing Yoga?
  • What other kind of Yoga workouts have you benefited from outside of P90X’s Yoga X?
  • Has anyone experienced any “mental” benefits of doing Yoga?

My name is Julian Placino and I am a Team Beachbody Coach. I've completed several Beachbody workout programs including P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity and Insanity Asylum. Currently, I'm working through P90X3 Doubles! You can follow me on twitter @p90xsuccess. Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Team Beachbody Member.