If you work at it and work hard, you will surely improve. And this applies to everything in life including exercise.
P90X fitness routine is hard and needs time and dedication. As part of this program, there is P90X yoga, or Yoga X with an X that stands for extreme, of course! All exercises are difficult unless you practice them, and after days spent working out aerobic exercises such as plyometrics, maybe you are assuming that Yoga X is vacation time.
This yoga routine is planned to both stretch and strengthen your muscles and first thing to warn you about is to be prepared to work out. Because of that, many people choose to skip Yoga X and decide to do Cardio X or run instead. Before you do that, keep in mind that none of these things will be good enough for you because Yoga X has advantages that you won’t find in any of the other P90X workouts. Actually, many of the exercises in other workouts are based on yoga and when you get better at yoga you’ll be able to do all the other workouts much better.
What to expect
Yoga X is right after Plyometrics as one of the most effective workouts in the P90X series as well as one of the most skipped.
P90X Yoga X includes intro on the virtues of yoga, including
- coordination and
- calming the mind.
It is a 90-minute sequence with different styles of yoga including Ashtanga and Vinyasa that fits perfectly into 90 minute format. Also there are some balancing postures, which is traditional to many Hatha yoga classes.
The first few times will be hard. But, like Tony always says, “It’s supposed to be.”
You’ll start with some breathing and a gentle warm up, and if you are a beginner, you are not expected to be able to do every pose right from the start.
The first half of Yoga X is comprised of series with dynamic, flowing and high energy poses. After your body is warmed up, there are few rounds of Sun Salutations. Once warmed up, you’ll start incorporating more challenging moves, starting with the Warrior series.
Typically there will be a mixture of easier poses for everybody and harder poses that only the more experienced can do. Your workout continues with holding several balancing poses, a cool down and, finally, corpse pose. Tony Horton notes that in yoga, you shouldn’t just suddenly end the practice. He puts P90Xers into savasana or corpse pose and that is a very important thing to do.
P90X Yoga styles
Ashtanga yoga is a flowing yoga practice and is developed by yoga guru of the 20th century named Sri. K. Pattabi Jois. It includes series of postures, which connect movement with the breath, almost in rhythm to the inhale and exhale. Ashtanga yoga is methodical and follows a strict formula.
In P90x yoga by Horton, there are no such strict rules. But, concerning breathing, yoga practitioners say that when breathing, it is very important to inhale and exhale with the mouth closed and to breathe into the chest rather than the low belly.
In Ashtanga yoga each flowing sequence, which link a series of poses together, is called a vinyasa. Vinyasa yoga is developed as an off-shoot of Ashtanga yoga. Teachers of Vinyasa yoga are not limited to the same methodology and rules as in Ashtanga.
So, in Yoga X, Horton explores the creative traditions of Vinyasa yoga and provides a strong vinyasa for participants of P90X.
Everything ends with om. Tony likes to do om three times and encourages his P90Xers to use their voice. Of course, you don’t have to say om if you don’t want to, but said by yoga practitioners, om is elixir that can clear away all the obstructions in our energy bodies.
P90X Yoga Tips
Tip for Yoga X: Go little easier in the first half. It will leave you some energy and strength to do some of the balance poses and stretching in the second half. All 90 minutes of yoga are equally important and it is important that you try your best every time.
Tip for your Back: If at any time during this workout you feel any low back strain, go into Child’s Pose and stay there until you feel better. It’s an excellent pose for releasing tension in the back.
Tip for all Warrior poses: Make sure you keep your back leg engaged and keep your weight centered rather than leaning forward. Don’t keep all of your weight on your front leg.
Your improvement will be measured by how much more of the program you can do over time and you’ll get better because you challenge your body with things it’s not quite used doing. Altogether, there are 90 minutes of productive time that in time you’ll be looking forward to do.
Yoga X benefits
Practicing Yoga X gets you strength, balance and flexibility. Flexibility is the most overlooked aspect of physical fitness. A strong heart and body will keep you in good health, but good flexibility will make your everyday life much easier.
Give yoga a chance because being flexible is very important. All coordination you get from Yoga X is amazing and very helpful for your progress in P90X fitness program.
Although all above mentioned benefits are not enough to take yoga seriously, crucial reason is that yoga helps minimize the potential for injury and soreness from doing your other workouts, because Yoga X is a complete muscle conditioning workout.
Actually, you can achieve full mind-body regimen in yoga, all rolled into one 90-minute practice a day.
To make your Yoga X experience as pleasant as possible, invest in a good quality yoga mat.
In time of doubt remember that if Yoga X was easy, we wouldn’t need P90X! Yoga X is an important part of overall results. Benefit plus is that it will allow your mind and spirit to relax and completely release you from stress.