I never imagined loving working out at home as much as I do.
From the age of 14 until Big A was born in 2006, I was a total gym rat. I loved gyms, I lived in gyms, I worked in gyms.
After I had kids, I realized that you can stay super fit without all the equipment and without much space. It not only became a necessity to workout at home, it has become my preference. I can wear what I want, do what I want and I never have to wait for equipment, deal with oddballs, or waste any time on travel.
Whether you love the gym or not, sometimes you can't make it to a gym, health club or yoga studio. Rather than give up on your routine, its useful to be flexible and figure out a way to get in a session on your own.
The one problem I do run into with, lets say, doing fitness videos at home, is I get bored easily. I hate doing the same thing over and over.
For yogis, looking to develop a practice for themselves, yoga teacher, Jillian Bobowicz has developed the Yoga Sequencing Deck. It is a pack of 100 cards that you can arrange and rearrange as desired to create endless variations of yoga sessions.
The advantage is not only you never need repeat exactly the same routine, but also you can customize it to your preference and ability level. You also don't need a DVD player, television, device of any kind or wifi. If you are stuck, say, in the Amazon jungle and get the urge to do yoga, you just pull out the cards and go for it!
Now I do think you need to have a solid grasp of yoga to use these, otherwise you would have no idea how to put together a logical routine that flows. A lot of the poses are super advanced and even most intermediate level yogis would be unlikely to be able to do them. Also, there are no tips for posture, breathing, technique, etc., so you could easily do these poses wrong and hurt yourself if you don't know what you are doing.
Overall, I think these cards are of most use to new yoga instructors who want some inspiration or guidance in putting together a practice and for experienced yogis who practice on their own and want some assistance adding variety to their routine.
Disclosure: I was sent the Yoga Sequencing Deck by the publisher, but all the opinions on this blog are my own.