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Bring It: P90X YogaX Workout Review

Updated on May 23, 2012



Another BeachBody Program

P90X, created by mastermind Tony Horton, is just one of the many programs offered by BeachBody. It is a 90 day program and is a step up from Horton's original program P90. The X stands for extreme and if you are looking to intensify, this is a great workout to get into.

The program consists of 12 different DVDs and if followed properly, it will take you 90 days to complete. One of these workouts is YogaX.

P90X is based off the concept of muscle confusion. While you are expected to eat appropriately to fuel your body, it outlines everything for you so you can get max benefits. There are three phases, and each phase ends in a Recovery Week. However, don't be deceived because Recovery Week can be much worse than the workouts prior.

I have completed P90X twice and during that time I lost several pounds and inches. If you would like to follow my journey with P90X, click here to start at the beginning. This is my own personal documentation of what I went through during the first 90 days. While I am currently not doing P90X, I will still throw in one of the workouts occasionally; I am just not following the program as I am have started my next journey with TurboFire, which will hopefully bring me to my goal!


This is one tough Yoga workout!
This is one tough Yoga workout!


YogaX is definately not the traditional yoga workout everybody envisions when they think of yoga.Even though I am not in the midst of P90X, I do occasionally throw in the YogaX DVD. Why? Because it is a great workout and one of the best Yoga workouts I have found. Not to mention I feel much more stretched after I have completed it.

YogaX is extreme - and definately will not disappoint. If you have never done Yoga before, you may find this difficult, or maybe even close to impossible. It is based off of hatha yoga and during the workout you will focus on your breath and you will stretch.

Overall, this workout will help strenghten your entire body and will also increase your flexibility. It is an integral part of the P90X program and should not be missed. This workout will help you improve on all of your other workouts.

The Workout

For this workout, you will need a mat, yoga blocks, and a towel. It is also essential to have a calm and relaxing environment during this workout. That might mean waking up a bit earlier so you don't have normal life distractions. Believe me, this workout is much more effective and relaxing when you don't have all the disruptions.

Yoga X lasts 1 hour and 32 minutes. If you thought this was going to be the relaxing part of your workout, you are wrong. Don't be surprised when you start break out a sweat; and when you are sore the next day, remember YogaX is a workout.

YogaX is also one of the few DVDs in the program that you will do each and every single week. Not only is it scheduled during your regular parts of the phases, it is also a big part of recovery week as well. So, if you think you are going to get a break from Yoga, think again.

The first portion of the workout is the moving series, or moving asanas. This is a series of Vinyasas (or sun salutations) with a forward leg swing. From there you will go into familiar poses such as Crescent Pose, the different Warrior poses, Chair pose and so on. It lasts for about 50 minutes. By the time you are done you will be Downward Dog and Upward Dogged out and you will not believe the pretzels he expects you to attempt. Those who are advanced, will also be doing several pushups in between. Remember, not only are you working on your breathing and flexibility, you are also working on your strength.

Toward the end of the first section, you may find some of the moves are too difficult to do. Believe me, I have done 2 rounds of P90X and I am still practicing YogaX. But as Tony Horton says, "Do your best and forget the rest!"

The second section of YogaX is the Balance poses. Here you will do poses such as the Tree and Royal Dancer. You will also be introduced to a session of "Yoga Belly" which will really challenge you core muscles.

Naturally, by the time you are finished with this grueling workout, you will be happy to be in Child's pose and Shavasana (Corpse Pose). You will also be greatful for the end, which is the meditation pose. This last part is really a great way to clear your mind.

This is a long and difficult workout. For those who have done yoga in the past, the combination of the moves will make them realize they have muscles they never knew before. For those who have never done yoga, they will wonder how some of these moves are even possible. When it comes to workouts, don't discount this one. It is one tough Yoga workout!

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You may have thought you were flexible before, but YogaX will bring you to a whole new level.
You may have thought you were flexible before, but YogaX will bring you to a whole new level. | Source

What do I think of Yoga X

When I first started YogaX I struggled - and not just a little. This really surprised me because this was not my first experience with yoga. The moving series was difficult as I lacked the upper body strength. To get through the first portion of YogaX, I found I needed to modify. But, with each time I completed the workout, I found I got stronger and stronger.

What I also found was that I was not very fond of this workout. By the time I got to the balance poses, which left me with 42 minutes left to the workout, I was so exhausted I was almost falling over. And the balance poses are what I enjoy the most (or at least in the past!)

Now, after completing 2 rounds of P90X, I can happily say that I can make it through the entire YogaX. I still break a sweat, and I still feel physically exhausted by the time I am done. But I have learned to love what it has done for my body. I am much stronger because of this in all aspects of my fitness.

I still enjoy throwing this workout in from time to time, however, I will admit I am not a fan of the length of time. With having kids around when I work out, I have plenty of distractions. But don't shy away from this workout. You may not enjoy it at first (like me) but eventually, you will realize what it does for you and you will grow to love it! You will feel completely relaxed and mentally clear by the time you are done.


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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Faith A Mullen - Jillian Michaels definitely is no joke. Even after doing P90X, her workouts still kick my butt. However, I do know that the time of the Yoga X is so worth it. Not only does it make for a great workout, but I feel mentally stronger afterwards as well!

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      Faith A Mullen 5 years ago

      Great rundown! I am a Jillian Michaels DVD lover, but would love to try P90X someday. I think I would enjoy the YogaX, but have to agree with you that 1.5hrs is a seriously big chunk of time! I would probably reserve this one for slow, rainy weekends.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Jakob - Thanks for adding in your knowledge. I wouldn't have really known that as I have not actually studied yoga in depth. I only know what I have done through videos and frankly, it doesn't substitute for a teacher right there with you. I have to say, I am impressed though... even admist a natural disaster you still got your workout in!

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      Jakob 5 years ago

      I did yogax for the first time today. I'm in the midst of round 2 of p90x. I've always subbed out Bikram yoga for my yoga days, as I've been a Bikram teacher for 10 years. But Hurricane Sandy forced my normal Bikram school to close today, so yoga x I did. It was ok. It was pretty easy, and Tony isn't a great yoga instructor. He doesn't even grip his ankle the proper way in Royal dancer. The way he grips his ankle will lead to carpal tunnel if he does it repeatedly. Some of the other postures will potentially lead to repetitive stress injury as well. But with some modification it was a decent workout, but I doubt I will be doing it again barring another act of God that keeps me home in my apartment all day.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @dmop - I have always been big into yoga... it really helps to calm my mind. MMA training sounds like it would be right up my alley! Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      dmop 6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Sounds like a challenging regimen. I don't do yoga, but I'm very much into being healthy. My main source of exercise come from MMA training, which is very intense and teaches self discipline and positive thinking. Very good article; voted up, useful, and sharing.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - Alright... I got it... I will get you a ping pong ball! ;)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - It is funny that you say this... as I was going for a run today I was thinking... it doesn't matter how slow I am going, I am still going faster than the person sitting on the coach! Yep, modify modify modify. Soon you will be stronger than you realize. But most importantly, you want to be able to do something within your abilities. There are parts of the program I will probably never be able to do. But the most important thing is getting started!

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      A ball would work... like a basketball or a baseball or a bat or a baseball glove or a kickball or a football... I have a soccer ball and a tennis racket. That is it! lol.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ok so I can modify it...and then I will get stronger. That sounds do able...and you made me realize I can follow this program and even if I don't do it perfectly it is improvement! That is the one for me:)

      Seriously, for some reason that phrase really makes me feel as if no matter how much I have to modify (due to my health issues) I can still do what I can do and it is better than nothing my friend!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Danette Watt - It is funny how people actually view Yoga. But as Tony Horton says, he can do things at his age, not because he can do a bunch of pull-ups, but because he does yoga. Often times this type of workout is underestimated, but it really is beneficial and feels great!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Ruchira - This one definately is tough. Until i found YogaX I always thought of yoga as relaxing. Yeah - I was wrong. However, it is a great workout! I never thought it could be so intense! :)

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      YogaX sounds tough, not the relaxing routine we imagine when we hear 'yoga'

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      I am a big fan of yoga but these postures look difficult...might give it a try, BBG.

      You inspire me, girl :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @mythicalstorm273 - I completely agree... I actually enjoy getting my workout toys for gifts because that means I don't actually have to go out and buy it. Right now, I want a treadmill in the worst way. That way I can run and not worry about the kids and their routines... I can run while they are sleeping!

      Ok - so you want sports equipment next.... like what kind of sports... I can buy you a ball! LOL

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      I hate how people believe it is tacky to get somebody workout stuff. I believe that it is only tacky if they had never voiced an interest in working out. I remember when Darrel bought me the wii fit for my birthday and everybody freaked out. They kept saying he was in trouble now. I was like why? I asked for it! lol. If it is something that you are interested in like you and me, then it shouldn't be considered tacky because it is showing that you know about the person and get them something they enjoy. And you are totally right, I would never have bought it myself so I appreciate it every time I use it! P.S I want sports equipment next ;-) lol

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Glad it is getting some use.. I know it is tacky to get people workout stuff as gifts typically... but hey, I knew you really wanted one and you would have never bought one for yourself... well, it would have taken you a few years anyway! :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Ardie - P90X was the original program for me so of course I am a little impartial, although I will admit that I am quickly falling in love with TurboFire as well. Both workouts will give you different benefits. TurboFire will kick up your cardio while building muscles and P90X will really make you strong but it isn't as hard on the joints. Let me know if you have any other questions about the program. I just started my journey with TurboFire and I am doing the same thing as I did with P90X.

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      My yoga mat is awesome! It hardly ever is folded up because it is out on the floor everyday!! Darrel even used it twice now :-) Although now that it is starting to get nice out I have gone a few days without using it because I stretched outside in the grass... but a few days it was too hot after my run so I came inside anyways! I still love it :-)

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      After seeing your Hubs that followed your journey on the P90X program I have been giving the DVD's a lot of thought. I'd love to build stamina and this program seems to do just that!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @jdavis88 - I have to agree with you... YogaX is probably one of the more challenging workouts in the program. I think the only one harder is Core Synergistics... even just saying it makes me shudder.

      Now - the first time I ever did YogaX was with my husband... I don't think we even made it past 30 minutes because he ended up getting sick. But when I restarted the program there was several times when I skipped moves in the moving series and just stayed in the downward dog or upward dog position. Meh - maybe it was cheating - or maybe it was just working my way up to it. Glad you enjoyed the hub and keep working on the finger muscles ;)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - Yeah - this workout is pretty important (at least that is what Tony has told me) and it is pretty intense. I still do yoga regularly,(not always YogaX) but I think when you throw the video in and he is telling you to get lower you kind of feel guilty if you don't so you push harder and you stay in the positions longer. Eventually it just becomes a competition - you against YogaX... you will beat it - yes - it is that hard! :) One day when I am home I will make sure to bring it so we can do YogaX together. BTW - how is your yoga mat? :)

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      Joseph Davis 6 years ago from Florida

      250 hubs in 19 months.. My fingers would be strong enough to complete the 90 day challenge! I have done yoga x on several occasions and find it more challenging than most of the other P90 workouts. Usually about 45 minutes into the workout I get a foot cramp and it's always in my Right foot. Great hub!

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      I remember when I looked up all of the moves how intense this just looked on paper! I did enjoy most of the moves though and I do yoga almost everyday as it is, but I do not know if I could survive for a whole hour and a half. Still yoga is great and it is so important! That is pretty obvious in the program outline. Why else would it be in there every week?


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