I’ve recently signed up for YogaFit. Classes begin July 4 and will run Monday and Thursdays thru the summer. These classes will be directly after my Zumba classes. (Which means that I’ll have to start going to the gym a little later Monday and Thursday evenings because, although I’m a little nuts with my workouts I’m not mental enough to work out for 4 hours! Three hours is enough.).
What is YogaFit? I asked myself (actually, I asked Google) the same thing. I was directed to the YogaFit website with the following information:
YogaFit is a form of yoga that is designed specifically for the fitness industry. YogaFit stands for Yoga for the Fitness Industry and was developed in the mid 1990s by yoga instructor Beth Shaw in Los Angeles.
As a trained instructor, Beth saw the need for a specific type of yoga for health clubs, due to the differences in the environment from the gym to the yoga studio. The bright lights and cold rooms of the gym provide specific challenges that don’t exist in the typical yoga studio.
YogaFit combines principles of fitness and traditional yoga asanas. A typical class will have yoga asanas, as well as exercises such as sit ups, squats, push ups and other exercises.
The poses in a YogaFit class are woven together with continuous movement in a flowing sequence of poses. The flowing format is similar to what is found in a vinyasa flow or power yoga class, but with the addition of non yoga exercises.
This type of fitness yoga practice is considered by strict yoga adherents to be a watered down version of yoga. This is because YogaFit never uses Sanskrit names for the poses, nor is there any meditation, mantras or anything other than the physical aspect of the practice.
I am super excited to begin this program. Has anyone tried it?