Friday, February 5, 2010

Yoga Disaster

As you know, I have taken up the P90X baton and have been doing really well. I enjoy the variety of the workouts and seeing other people struggle makes me feel better when I can say "I'm not sweating nearly as much as they are...I must be doing well." I don't allow myself to think about the fact that the people on the DVD are using more weight, more flexible or when the camera isn't on them, they have a person run up and mist them.

On Thursdays, the routine is Yoga. I was very skeptical about Yoga in this series until I got into it. So far, i've seen some increased flexibility and the personal mister person comes over to my house by the middle of the Yoga routine. I generally feel relaxed and calm by the time it is over.

Last night was not one of those nights. I am not clear why the Yoga Gods did not bless me with a good workout, but it wasn't to be. In the movie For Love of the Game, Kevin Costner is a pitcher on what is to be his last season of pro baseball. At the start of every game, he has a little mantra he says and the noise of the crowd disappears and it's just him and the game. Usually by about 10 minutes into my routine I am the same way. The chatter in my mind goes away, my breathing gets regular and the next thing I know it is over. Last night, however the chatter just got louder and louder. The poses got harder and harder and I was becoming more and more agitated. I was even starting to get upset with the people on the DVD. I was like "yeah Tony, I see you only doing the move for 20 seconds and then walking around the check everyone's form. I could hold that pose for 20 for a $##!!! seconds too."

At the one hour ten minute mark, I had had enough. I got the remote and decided that there was no way I was going to do the "crane" move or the scissors or the Yoga belly seven. I kept fast forwarded the DVD until the end....yeah, corpse pose...that's my kind of Yoga. I shut off the DVD walked upstairs, checked my e-mail and went to bed. I'm glad I got in at least an hour of the one and a half hour routine, but a little upset with myself for not finishing the whole thing.

Tomorrow I have a 6-8 mile run scheduled. Have a good Friday everyone.


  1. I always think of yoga as manly stretching. Everyone i've seen who has tried p90x has had issues the first time doing new stuff. Keep plugging away.

  2. 90 minutes is a long workout. I've been doing yoga for over a year, and I've yet to do a routine past an hour.