I did another AMAZING yoga class from yogadownload.com last night. I’m really loving this website. It has so many great classes that I can do right in my own room, whenever I feel like!
I did a new class last night, called Power Vinyasa Flow #1 with instructor Dawnelle. This girl is amazing in her ability to put together some kick ass flows! This class had an impecable flow. She is very good at cuing you on your breath and your next movement, and puts together moves that flow nicely into each other.
This flow was smooth, but hard! I was dripping in sweat by the time the hour was over! My favorite sequence was when we went from downward dog into a crescent lunge and back bend and warrior pose, over and over again. That got my heart rate pumping, while toning my thighs and core! I also really liked how the hour was divided into a leg section, a core section, and a hips section. I enjoyed the core section because it hurt. I also loved how we had a headstand! (I can’t do them yet, but it was fun to try! 🙂 ) It also included one of my favorite fun poses; the bow pose!
I was familiar with many of the poses in the sequence, but was excited to learn new ones such as “airplane arms” and ‘reverse half moon.”
The class was well thought out, and worked muscles throughout my entire body. My quads are feeling it today! I love Power Yoga classes because they make me feel like I am getting stronger from the inside out. Yoga works those inner stabilizing muscles that are quite hard to target with more “traditional” gym exercises. The slow movement forces your body to balance and stabilize itself, forcing you to really use your core muscles. That’s how yoga can help you develop long and lean muscles.
So for all of you who think yoga can’t offer a heart pumping, strength training session, I dare you to take one of these classes. You’d be surprised to be sore in muscles you didn’t even know you had! And as for me, I’m gonna keep on doing yoga, so that one day, I may be able to do this….:
I can’t wait till my next yoga class. 🙂
*I got these images in the post from myyogaonline.com, which is another great yoga resource that has videos for Pilates and Meditation as well. I suggest you check it out for more great info on the benefits that yoga can give your body.*
Question: What are your favorite yoga moments?