Kate Beckinsale and Yoga

The DDP Yoga retreat is only 2 days away and I’m soooo excited!  I’m pretty sure I’m not going to have Internet or phone capabilities while I’m down there so I’ve made the decision to not bring my laptop.  I think being ‘computer free’ will actually help me relax more and be able to enjoy everything about the trip (and my hubby).  But fear not followers - I have been writing furiously to make sure a post still goes out daily.  I will have a full-report upon my return packed full of pictures, stories, and tips from the man himself, D.D.P!

Today’s motivation comes from an article that I found in the July/August 2012 issue of Women’s Health.

When Kate Beckinsale trained for the physically demanding role in Total Recall - she used a yoga-based routine.  Even better - 3 of the 4 main moves are all in the DDPYoga Workouts (just with different names)!  Do 2-3 sets of each of these moves 4-5 days/week for optimal results.

  1. Down-Dog Split with Knee Drives - Begin in downward facing dog, then raise your left leg to move into down-dog split (a). Bend your left knee and pull towards forehead (b). Straighten the leg back, then bring the knee outside your left elbow.  Straighten the leg again, then bring the knee toward your right elbow.  Repeat 3 times.  Switch legs and repeat.
  2. Lunge Switchback - Begin in a lunge with your left foot in front of your right, left knee at 90-degree angle, and hands on the floor on each side of your left foot (a). Keeping your hands on the floor, shift your weight onto your hands, and in one swift motion, switch the positions of your legs (b). Spring from the right to the left and back again 10 times.
  3. Crow Pose - Begin in a low squat with your feet together, knees apart.  Place your palms on the floor, shoulder-width apart, elbows slightly bent; rest knees on the outsides of your triceps (a). Gaze at the floor a foot in front of you, and shift your weight onto your hands. Lift one foot off the floor (b), then the other.  Hold for five breaths.  Repeat 3 times.
  4. Temple Pose to Plie Squat - Begin with your feet about 3 feet apart, toes turned out about 45 degrees, and hands in prayer position (a). Keeping your back straight, sit your hips down and bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor (b). Hold for eight breaths; squeeze your butt and straighten back up.  Repeat 8 times.