Yoga burn

Yoga burn!

Now that I’ve completed the Bodyboss program I feel pretty damn good about myself!

I know there is still work to do, my core and upper body strength are not the best – see my complete inability to do push-ups in my previous posts, but thanks to Bodyboss at least they’re not completely nonexistent! I would love to be able to do some of the inversion poses I’ve seen on instagram, (my one attempt at a headstand has got me hooked!) I figure to be able to do yoga you need to be strong…

So scrolling through Facebook I keep hitting a promotional post for yoga burn, it looks interesting and it’s in budget, it also professes to be a progressive program building up to the more challenging poses whilst boosting your metabolism – I’m still refusing to diet by the way! – the one thing I really liked about Bodyboss was that it told me what to do each day, I need that as I’m rubbish at organising myself… I will always pick the easy option, especially after a long day at work… I order the program!

After about a week my DVD’s arrive, Bodyboss has better packaging. But it’s the content I’m after so I open the case. 


You also get a digital download which is good as it has the option of the audible version, I’m assuming once you figure out what the poses are you don’t need to watch the screen, plus it gives the option of doing the routines outside which I like the sound of, although being the type of person that mosquitoes dream of I’m not sure how relaxing it would be… I’ve yet to summon up the courage to apply the quantity of deet that would be necessary.

I watch the intro, there’s more to this than meets the eye… isn’t that always the case!!

The idea is to do the three ‘burn’ workouts within a seven day period, in addition there are also ‘tips and tools’ and ‘tranquility flow’ which you can do on the other days along with gentle exercise – I always like the sound of ‘gentle exercise’, to me that’s walking to the fridge and getting some tonic for my gin, I suspect that’s not what they mean… but if it’s not specific… and it’s a reasonable walk to the fridge if I detour upstairs to put the washing in en route…

In your first package you also get a months trial of ‘yoga monthly’ which is four weeks of three different practices a week plus meditation, beginner flow and pose tutorials… this effectively means you’re doing a practice a day. Every day. In fact you could probably do more, probably.

I decided to pay for the monthly subscription for at least another month to give me more variation and the time to decide if the monthly DVD’s were worth it. It also gives me an idea when to change from ‘phase one’ to ‘phase two’ of the main program.

Let’s go! Week One!

Ok, this is definitely not as easy as it looks!! 

For anyone else thinking of doing this I would recommend watching the routine before you attempt it. She moves really quickly! I got completely lost! 

The burn routines are fifteen minutes long and you repeat them three times in a session, this is not relaxing yoga, you sweat, a lot. And when you sweat in a ‘down dog’ position the sweat runs up your nose. This was not anticipated. I honestly don’t think you can do anything about it either…

Some of the balances are pretty challenging, not impossible, but not easy!! There’s a twisted pose that ties you up in knots… falling over is not an option, there simply isn’t enough time to unwrap before you hit the floor. 


I probably should have sucked my tummy in more for the photo however I was using all my concentration on remaining upright…

There is also a balance pose where you go up on tip toes and then bend your knees as if to sit down, far trickier than it sounds by a lot!!

I have been doing the program for three weeks now and I think I need a picture goal in addition to the ‘after’ picture from Bodyboss – that’s my starting point, although the two week break in between programs didn’t do me any favours, well I was on holiday! 

One of the gentlier practices involves sitting on the mat in the centre with your heels on the mat in each corner… you then drape over each knee in turn to stretch… sounds so easy… looks so easy… my goal is to get the flexibility to have my heels on the mat!

This is my starting point…


I have a little way to go yet! 

To reduce my spare tyre to be able to ‘drape’ anywhere would also be useful…

Exciting Stuff

Yoga Club Box – 5 Day Challenge!!

As some of you may have seen I have started to subscribe to a yoga club box… this is a monthly subscription for a monthly yoga outfit, it’s amazing value!! This is my second box and I received $185 worth of clothes for $79, bargain! (They have two other price options – $45 and $69, but on the basis that I only have had, one workout outfit that I’ve had for six years, I reckon I’m worth it!)

The clothes are gorgeous too, I’ve chosen the ‘funky’ option as I feel the need to jazz my life up a bit – so far they have not disappointed! They have sent two outfits that I would never have picked up in a shop but they look amazing!! 

Anyway I noticed on Facebook that they were running a 5 day yoga challenge that could win several prizes including vouchers for Jala clothing and even a years supply of yoga boxes! Now I have no illusions of winning – until very recently I’ve not done yoga for years (seriously it must be at least 15years and 28 pounds since I last did a class!) but the little videos my wonderful husband and I have been doing on a Tuesday has rekindled my love of yoga and I figure it would be fun, after all how difficult can it be?

On balance I think it was more of an elimination than a challenge… 

Day 1 – Virabhadrasana 1 or Warrior 1

So far so good, I’m liking this! I even wear the leggings from my first yoga box, so nice!


Even little Nya wanted to get in on the act although she knows she’s not supposed to dig there!!

Day 2 – Paripurna Navasana, Full Boat Pose

Hmmm… looks easy but then it also looks like a harder version of the dreaded Russian Twist from the Bodyboss program, however I can now do those so maybe it will be ok…

I start in a Russian Twist position and try to straighten my legs, after several attempts I manage it! Briefly, my thighs are on fire!!! But day two done – tick!


Yep I definitely don’t look as happy in the full boat pose…

Day 3 – Bakasana, Crow pose

Omg, thank goodness I’ve been working out and my balance is beginning to improve!! 

This is really really difficult! But after about half an hour I figure it out – ish… again I can’t hold it for very long and little Nya licking my face is not helpful, very cute, but definitely not helping!


Day 4 – Sirsasana, Headstand (I kid you not!)

Ok, deep breath, I can do this… the fact that I could barely do a headstand when I last tried one and I was about 11 years old then, is not going to stop me having a go!

Nya is removed from the room – the last thing I want is to squish her during a rapid and probably uncontrolled descent! 

I follow the instructional videos that the sponsors of the challenge have posted, they make it look so easy! I try for about an hour… and all things considered I think I did a pretty good job! I held an unsteady headstand for approximately 5 nano seconds, I do actually want to keep trying this and intend to do it again after the challenge to see if I can do better, I’ll use a wall next time!


Please note yoga outfit courtesy of the second yoga box!!

Day 5 – Marichasana – the last day, quite sad, I’ve enjoyed this.

I working on the basis that anything is easier than yesterday and this looks a wonderful deep stretch.

The first variation is a twist and it’s a really lovely pose…


You can then deepen the stretch and reach round your body and clasp your hands…

I did try this but there is more of me than I anticipated and I can’t touch my hands – I need to lose about 4 (ok make that 8!) inches, or grow my arms, or, yes I know, practice more to be able to stretch! 


Challenge completed to the best of my ability!

I really have enjoyed pushing myself and although I haven’t quite made it, I did far better than I ever thought I could – especially when it comes to headstands!!

I now feel inspired to do ‘yoga every dammed day’! 

Namaste 🙏