Starting DDP Yoga, I didn't know what to expect. There are TONS of different types of yoga out there and hardcore, dedicated followers to each one. And how would I choose? I was recently asked why I didn't join a class or practice yoga at a studio. Here's the email:
First, well done on challenge one and #2 looks like it is going well. It’s been fun reading your blog.
That being said, I hope you intend to branch out on your yoga challenge. Doing DDP yoga at home is awesome for you personally, you will def feel the physical benefits. To truly experience yoga you need to go to a studio. There are hundreds of different types of yoga and ways to do them. I mainly bring this up because yoga studios are extremely uncomfortable and I delight in hearing your take on the awkwardness that comes from contorting yourself into weird poses with others around. Even better what kind of experience you could get and relate to your readers, with hilarity, during a partner yoga session or nude session!?
I’m not a regular yogi but I do get dragged out for “practice” from time to time, and trust me it’s the exact horrible experience, that won’t scar you but will surely leave a lasting impression!
Keep up the good work!
Great suggestion! Challenge 2 just escalated; I will have to drop by an actual studio at least once this month. But before I go, here's why I initially chose DDP Yoga over a traditional studio:
- I didn't want to risk my manhood entering a yoga studio. You see, as mentioned early, the first preconceived notion I had was that yoga was "girly." However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Most weight lifters I know concentrate on one or two body parts per day (example: Chest/triceps day, Back/biceps day, etc.). But with yoga, you're working your entire body with almost every pose for the whole workout. Shoulders, triceps, abs, quads, and calves... all in one move.
- I didn't have a base. The day before I popped in the first DVD, I couldn't tell you the different between "Child's pose" and "Downward facing dog," nor would I be able to pull off such a feat of actually contorting into those poses. That would be like you walking on to the field as a pinch hitter at Yankee Stadium never having picked up a baseball bat in your entire life and expecting NOT to be beamed in the head by a 90 mph fastball. I needed to at least learn the basic lingo and be able to pull off some poses before stepping into a studio. The beginning was easy, but as I've transitioned to more advanced workouts, the soreness returns. Once that goes away and I feel comfortable after repeating that workout a few times, I move on to the next.
- Timing of my workouts. In all cases I have to wait until my daughter has gone to bed for the night before starting that day's workout. Usually that's around 7 o'clock; by the time I would leave the house and get to a class, probably closer to 7:30. There aren't too many accommodating studios that have round-the-clock services. Most that I found have their last class at 5:30 or 6. Not possible. If you're saying, "Go in the morning before work. There's a 5 a.m. class." Fuck you. Getting out of bed in the morning, I do not feel like P. Diddy, I feel like a bear that's been shot by several sedation darts.
- How much would 30 days cost? This is a 30 day challenge — not 10, 15, or 20. The "DDP Yoga program" suggest working out around 3 times a week; that's only 12 sessions for the month, half of what's required. The costs: $69.99 for "DDP Yoga" (haha, 69) verses $450 (at $15 per class). Some studios offer monthly passes averaging around $100 for the month, not including travel expenses such as gas. The more economical choice was obviously "DDP Yoga," especially since you can extended the program for as long as you can handle and would still only incur a one time expense of $69.99.
I see my friend's point; he's right. To fully experience yoga, I'm going to have to go to at least one class to bring this challenge full circle. Any suggestions towards a solution to this dilemma would be a great help. I don't know the first thing about yoga studios here in Jacksonville, FL nor anything about the instructors. Please comment below your past (or current) experiences.
UPDATE: The date is set for studio yoga. Saturday December 28th @ 4 p.m. Location: Power Yoga San Marco, 3825 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207 (see map below). Come join in! All are welcome to watch me make an ass of myself.