Monday Night’s Yoga (8/30/10)
I waffled about whether or not I wanted to do anything special on Monday night. My weekend had been full of exercise—lots of bike riding and a gentle yoga session. I would have been totally happy to take a rest day. Rest days are good. I like rest days. On Monday night, after cooking a nice weeknight dinner and watching my usual episode of The L Word on Netflix, I found myself with a block of time and a craving for some more yoga. My back had been feeling a bit sore and tight, and I thought that yoga might loosen things up and help me sleep better.
I reached for something I haven’t used in a long time: one of my yoga videos. Video, as in VHS. Does anyone else even own VHSes any more? I do, and I still enjoy them, particularly the yoga videos from CRUNCH Fitness featuring Sara Ivanhoe as the instructor. Sara is an amazing yoga teacher. I love her gentle voice and detailed instructions. She gives just the right amount of information to guide you through her class, and she’s not very hippy-dippy about yoga (though to be honest, I don’t mind a little hippy-dippy with my yoga. But maybe you do!). On Monday night, I pulled out Sara’s Fat-Burning Yoga video, which I see is now available *NEW* for $4 on Amazon! Wow, that’s a steal. I should buy one just in case my old one wears out, which it might because I’ve played it a thousand times.
I digress. What I like to do with fat-burning yoga is the first 20 minutes of the video. I think 20-30 minutes is the perfect amount of yoga time for me, especially because I do yoga at night before I go to bed, and I don’t always have more than half an hour before I need to be in bed. The first 20 minutes of this video features a flowing series of downward-facing dogs, lunges, twists, and plank poses. It’s deceptively challenging: on the surface, it looks like it will be a snap but because you keep moving into different poses and trying to breathe with the movement, it requires physical and mental focus to do it well. I really enjoy it, and I’m even convinced that it makes my legs look especially toned.
Does this video really burn fat? I have no idea. I didn’t choose it for its alleged fat-burning properties—I just wanted another yoga video and I liked Sara Ivanhoe, so I bought another Sara tape. I do know that yoga makes me feel better about my body—fat, muscle, scars, everything. Feeling good in your own skin is a priceless experience.