Just when you thought there really wasn't another incarnation of yoga available, fitness guru Jane Dowling has found a new way of modernising our downward dogs and sun salutations
To kick off the summer fitness season, I signed myself up for a Yoga Vibes class – a fast-moving combination of yoga (as the name suggests) and Power Plate. Yes, just when you thought there really wasn’t another incarnation of yoga available, fitness guru Jane Dowling has found a new way of modernising our downward dogs and sun salutations.
For those of you who’ve been living on Mars for the past five years and missed the explosion of Power Plates, the premise behind these vibrating machines (endorsed by Madonna no less, and on sale in Harrods for around five grand a pop) is that they shake your muscles fast enough to turn a 20-minute workout into the equivalent of an hour and a half in the gym. (Clearly there is more to it than that, but let’s not complicate things too early on.)
Anyway, Yoga Vibes is essentially all those yoga moves you mastered from the Ashtanga yoga video you got given for Christmas back in 2001, but on a vibrating plate. And it’s hard. Not hard in that I couldn’t master the poses – thankfully my muscles appear to have retained some flexibility since the last time I sweated over a yoga mat back at uni – but hard in that you spend most of the time thinking you’re about to fall over.
Beko, who took my class and was patience itself as I giggled my way through more than one pose, has been teaching yoga for years and years – and actually trained in India so clearly knows what he’s doing – isn’t worried what the traditionalists might think.
‘Almost every yoga Asana [that’s ‘pose’ to the uncultured] can be carried out on the plate,’ he explained. ‘This means that, in just a 30-minute Yoga Vibes class, muscles are worked harder and actively stretched, balance skills are further heightened and the detox benefits are more intensely enhanced than they are in any floor-based yoga exercises.’
This morning, I’m glad to report I don’t ache a bit (although I’m assured that is to come, but usually two days after your first class). In fact, the main after-affect was how long it took to get my land legs back afterwards, leading to a rather shaky walk down the escalator at London Bridge tube station.
If you fancy trying out Yoga Vibes for yourself, call Jane on 020 7403 9988 or log onto www.fitnessforeverybody.co.uk.