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Why Do Yoga?

“Do I really need to do the Yoga to get results?” is a questions that I hear on a daily basis.  I know that we love to hate yoga, especially during phase 1.  Why?  probably because we suck at it.  We don’t like doing things we aren’t very good at.  Yoga is a totally different type of workout than the other P90X stuff.  It takes a different type of stamina and metal focus that we Americans are not used to.  We would rather run, jump, and kick our way to better fitness.  Focusing on our breathing, form and balance is probably not something you have ever done before.  So Yoga can feel like a drag at first.  I know that when I first started I wasn’t a fan.  I fell out of all the poses, struggled to do the moves, modified the stretches and was super sore from the Yoga Belly 7 ab routine at the end.  So why is Yoga in P90XBecause it get’s you better results…period.

If you have spent any time listening to Tony Horton talk about P90X, health or fitness in general then you have probably heard him mention the benefits of yoga and why he put it into a fitness program like P90X.  I have even heard him go as far as to say that if he could only do 1 type of workout the rest of his life that he would choose Yoga.  That’s right people…Mr. “P90X Ripped Pull Up Guy” himself said he would pick Yoga! Why?  Because Yoga is the “Fountain of Youth“.  It keeps you limber which makes you younger.  Think of the elderly vs a child.  As you get older you start to contract inward.  You start bending over and you lose your posture and flexibility, yoga helps to prevent that!  Tony even says that Yoga has helped him with all aspects of his fitness and sports.  Strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination are effected by yoga.  Here is a video clip of candid Tony talking about the benefits of yoga in your fitness program and why you should do it, from a couple of other coaches :).

 

Still not convinced?  If you have tried P90X Yoga X you know that Yoga is tough…very tough.  All you guys out there that think that Yoga is only for women have never tried Yoga before.  It works because it is hard.  P90X takes your weaknesses and makes them strengths.  Yoga allows your body to recover more quickly as well.  After I am done with Yoga I feel amazing.  It’s like having a full body message.  You feel a sensation that only fellow yogies can understand.  Physically you feel limper and strong, mentally you feel focused and stress free.

The other major complaint about Yoga is that it is 90 mins long.  Is that a long time?  Yes it is but typically this is how long Yoga classes are.  That being said, Tony has listened to the complaints and made some other Yoga workouts that take up less time.  If you haven’t heard, P90X2 Yoga is also only 60 mins long.  Here are some Yoga X alternatives that you can get if you don’t want to do the full 90 min Yoga X.

1.  Fountain of Youth Yoga. This comes from volume 1 of the Tony Horton One on One series.  This is my favorite alternative to Yoga X and is the one I recommend the most.  It runs about 45 mins and gives you everything you need in less time to get the most out of the workout.

2.  “Patience” or Humming Bird Yoga. This was Tony’s follow up to Fountain of Youth.  He finds Yoga so important to your health and fitness that he made a Yoga routine that is only 35 mins.  So you have absolutely no more excuses not to do Yoga.  This one comes from Volume 2 of the One on Ones.

3.  Yoga: MC2.  This is the test version of what you will see in P90X2.  This one is an advanced form of Yoga X but lasts only 60 mins.  So if you love yoga and want to take it up a notch then check this one out.

So do yourself a favor, keep an open mind and challenge yourself to do Yoga!  You will not only see benefits physically but you will see benefits mentally.  When I first started Yoga X I was not a fan of Yoga, the more I did it the better I got and the greater my results became.  I now love yoga and I have seen first hand what it has done for my health and fitness with P90X.

What do you think of Yoga X?  Do you do it?  What you tried these alternatives yet?  Which is your Favorite?

 

12 comments
nadia wojnicz
nadia wojnicz

I absolutely LOVE Yoga X. While it certainly isn't easy, I occasionally enjoy a more peaceful workout. There's something about the serenity of the flow and movement with breath that helps ease tension and makes me feel refreshed!

ryan
ryan

are you sure it's ok to skip that second part or should I alternate and do the 1st 45 one week and the next week do the second half.?

ryan
ryan

hey Sean, this article really helped me make up my mind about yoga..lately I had been substituting it with cardio x because it had "some" yoga..I've tried yoga x and my main concern is the time..would you recommend I do the first 45 mins of yoga x or do the 1on1 version.?

Chandler
Chandler

i like yoga but decided to replace it with core synergistics for a month like my coach had done and i must say that it is going back in the routine for sure! i have been so much more stiff this past month and have just overall not felt near as good

Jim
Jim

I'll be honest Sean, I hate P90X yoga. But if I'm being honest, I have to also admit that I probably get the most results from that work out. It's a love hate, but it produces results.

Ben
Ben

I've learned to love Yoga. In the first 30 days of P90X i've gotten SO much more flexible, its insane. Yeah, I'm not fond of it being 90 minutes, but simply because that's a big chunk of time to dedicate to it. However, I no longer find it gruelingly long while doing it. I've tried the Fountain of Youth once, and I didn't like it nearly as much as regular Yoga X. What I love about Yoga X is the diversity of moves. I'm not very good, so I struggle with one move, but then there's all these other moves to try! And it just makes me feel great all around afterward.

Karen
Karen

Not my favorite workout... but I feel great when I'm done!!!

Coach Sean
Coach Sean

@Ryan: The 2nd half is the balance poses and stretching. The first half is the movement postures. I would always do the movement postures and yoga belly 7. The other stuff you can do only if you have time.

Coach Sean
Coach Sean

@Ryan: Great! Glad you liked it! You can do either or. The Fountain of Youth Yoga from the 1 on 1 is around 45 mins. Or you can do the first 45 mins of Yoga X then skip to Yoga Belly 7, which makes it around 60 mins all together.

Coach Sean
Coach Sean

@Chandler: I am a fan of the yoga. Nothing can really replace it.