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Bring It: P90X Day 46

Updated on November 18, 2011

Bring it is a series covering my ongoing personal journey with the P90X system, created by Tony Horton. Through lots of sweat, maybe a few tears and a lot of popping sounds along the way (what can I say - my body is getting old!), I have pushed past the halfway point. So far, the results have been noticeable, not only physically but mentally as well.

If you would like to start from the beginning of this series, please click here. If you want to read about my previous day with P90X, click here.

Feel free to leave you comments below. I love hearing your success stories or your tips. I also love the little extra kick of motivation. You guys are what have kept me going strong for this long already and I appreciate that. Hopefully I will be able to show you a whole new me by the time this is done.

P90X is an extreme workout program. Are you ready to bring it!
P90X is an extreme workout program. Are you ready to bring it! | Source

Bring It

Today was Yoga X and these old bones weren't agreeing with the workout. With every balance posture there was popping and cracking going on. I am not sure if my body was against the Yoga this morning, or if it has been against it the whole time and today it finally gave in. But, like usual, I feel great. I feel taller; I feel stronger, and I am definately stretched out.

Yoga is an essential part of a regular workout. Not only does it increase your strength and flexibility, but it also works on your cardiovascular system as well. This will help improve all other workouts; heck, this will improve everything you do on a regular basis.

I know when I first started P90X, I was not it's biggest fan. However, the longer I am doing the program, the easier it is to push play. Maybe I am just getting that flexible that bending over to insert DVD is no longer a stretch. Yet, I find myself enjoying Yoga X more and more.

I encourage everyone, male or female, to give Yoga a shot. It will do wonders for you and I am able to fluidly move through movements now that I used to struggle with. I think Yoga has made all the difference!

Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility and strength while getting to know yourself a little better!
Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility and strength while getting to know yourself a little better!

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A brief history of yoga

Yoga originates out of India, where the practice of Yoga is based off the Indus Valley civilization to promote spiritial growth, according to All About Spirituality. While many have started incorporating Yoga into a regular regiment to promote a healthy body, the main reason behind it is to promote spiritual developement. Some may argue that Yoga is not spiritually safe. However, I can't say I believe that.

Yoga is about clearing the mind and finding yourself. If you happen to find God on the way (whichever God you choose to worship) that is for you personally.

According to All About Spirituality, "Yoga teaches us to focus on ourselves instead of on the one true God. It encourages us to seek the answers to life's difficult questions within our own conscience instead of in the Bible. It also leaves one open to deception from Satan, who searches for victims that he can turn away from God."

I only show this because I know Yoga has conflicting feelings for some, yet, I can tell you even though I practice Yoga, I do not feel this way. I think it is a great way to connect with yourself. That is important if you truly want to grow as a person, and you can keep your religion out of it.

Yoga has been around for a long time, and according to the American Yoga Association, the classical techniques date back more than 5,000 years," based off the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding."

The modality has spread throughout the world and is intended to bring together the body and mind in one harmonious experience. Yoga focuses on three main structures: exercise, breathing and meditation, which is intended to increase the efficiency and total health of the entire body. With meditation, we can quiet the mind and heal from daily stresses.

Yoga has been in the United States since the 1800's but it wasn't widely known until the 1960's. Since then, it has increased in popularity, as people realized the benefits of practice.

Yoga will still draw some disbelievers regardless of how many benefits a person can attain from practice. However, the American Yoga Association states that Yoga does not interfer with religion. It is used mainly for dealing with stress better, learning to relax and increasing your flexibility all while becoming more aware of yourself.

Anybody can practice yoga. The hype behind the religion or cult aspect of Yoga is something a person will have to battle with themselves. Hopefully after some research, you can make the decision yourself to practice. The benefits far outweight the hype.

Want more...

If you want to read about Day 47 click here. Find out why a schedule really keeps you motivated to stick to your workout!


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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @KellyMom1970- The more I do the yoga the more I really love it! Thanks for keeping me motivated!

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      kellymom1970 6 years ago

      barbergirl, I see your still going strong,good for you! no, I mean Great!! I love the yoga.Thanks

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - I fully agree - with all the extra stress in the world today it seems yoga should be a more essential part of everybody's life. But yes, some people are to tied up in the religious aspect of it. I am really enjoying the Yoga in P90X and I am finding I am getting so much stronger with some of the moves. I have yet to be able to reach behind my back and put myself in a pretzel but I am getting close :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - I tried levitating. I feel asleep. So for all I know it could have happened but when I woke up I was still lying on the floor!

      Yoga actually has a really interesting background. There are so many different varieties and so much information that what I added here was truly just the tip of the iceburg. I love yoga. The reason I went with the religious aspect is because I have actually gotten into arguments on how Yoga is cult related. I call BS - if it is cult related then I am very active! ha ha Seriously though, stretching is vital to doing everything and anyting. Yoga is just incorporating the breathing and the focus. It does get addicting. I am really sore today so I might have to add in some extra Yoga later tonight. Friday's workout was a killer!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Jim get on the Yoga - Tony Horton swears that is the reason he is in as good of shape as he is! I am telling you - it works not only the strength and flexibility but it will also improve all other aspects of your other workouts. So I am going to set a goal for you - by this time next week - I want you to try some sort of Yoga. Then let me know how it goes. Stick with it and I guarantee you won't be displeased. I think one of the reasons I have gotten as far as I have is because of the Yoga. Thanks for the support as always!

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      Yay for Yoga :-) I never knew the history of yoga... it is interesting. Of course the religious aspect of it is outrageous, but there are a lot of things in the world that seem silly to me. Yoga is a beautiful form of art when done properly and it is great for your mind, body, and soul. You have experienced it, I have experienced, and many many other people around the world have experienced it. It is no wonder that yoga has gained in popularity in the world today... with how stressed everybody is we need yoga! Another great day :-) Yay for you!!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      BBG - I love it! I had no idea about the history of yoga. It's really interesting....I didn't know it had a religious aspect to it! I thought it was all about exercise. I wasnt even sure if meditation was involved or not. Way up and awesome!

      So can you levitate yet?

      BTW - This article is in The Daily Hubber!! Way to go girlfriend!!

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Hey BG.

      I'm big on stretching of course, but I've dodged the yoga thing. I've always been interested in it, but just never did it. Maybe I'll venture into it. I'm not going to make my goals by my birthday, but I'm looking pretty good. (for an old guy) Since I'm working out at home, it's all free weights and no machines. I've always used machines for size, and free weights for shape. Not the accepeted way, but I've had some injuries that made it too tempting to resist. So far so good. The muscles are responding well and no injuries, but I know the muscles are going to have some different shape. Holy crap, this is YOUR hub! Sorry.

      The Yoga deal is tempting and you already know how proud I am of you, so I'll say good night!