The Kamloops Yoga Fitness Boot Camp for Women is a completely unique and incredibly popular program.
You may be wondering, “How did it come about?” or, “What’s so special about yoga boot camp?”
Read on to find out…
Well, it all started in New Orleans, believe it or not. I was on a long visit with my family down there when I enrolled in my first boot camp.
Now, the boot camp I took was a full on, kick-your-butt, work intensely hard for an hour straight kind of boot camp. It was a completely new thing for me, waking up ridiculously early for a 20 minute drive and 5:30am start.
I was, honestly, in disbelief that I was crazy enough to follow through, but I’m so glad I did!
In that one month my body changed in a huge way. After two weeks I felt definition in my abs and legs, and by the end of it I was lean and rather impressed with the toned curve of my arms.
Now, I have to admit that I was already in decent shape, and I also ate very clean during the boot camp so my results happened really fast. At the same time, I worked HARD every weekday morning for 4 weeks. I think I only missed one day in the whole camp.
What I loved about it was the range of body types and abilities of the women who were part of the program. I loved the challenge of pushing myself to keep up with the fastest and strongest girl in the program, and also the complete inspiration I received by silently supporting the bigger women who were just starting to get themselves back in shape.
Some people have further to go than others when it comes to getting strong, losing weight, and transforming into a healthy lifestyle, but being in boot camp showed me that anyone can do so as long as they apply themselves and are in it for the long haul.
The Birth of the Yoga Boot Camp:
While I was in the New Orleans boot camp, I did a short yoga practice each morning before leaving for camp, and tried to do one each day after the workout. However, sometimes I didn’t get my practice in and I noticed a huge difference in how I felt.
When you do yoga after an intense workout, your muscles recover more quickly and develop into longer, leaner muscles rather than tight, bunchy ones. You’re also far less likely to injure yourself, and receive myriad other benefits – physical, mental, and emotional.
I loved boot camp (and what it did to my body) so much that I devised my own version of it, and the Yoga Fitness Boot Camp was born.
I started teaching this program as soon as I returned to Canada, and it was so well received that it sold out in its second month! Women who would never try yoga otherwise were drawn to the boot camp just as much as those who have done yoga before.
What’s So Special About Yoga Boot Camp?
Well, obviously the yoga has a huge influence. What this means for you is this:
a.) You won’t be yelled at. In fact, you’re likely to laugh, smile, and maybe roar as the camp encourages you to have fun while you work out. This makes it a lot easier to stick with your fitness practice and create more happiness in your life.
b.) You get to include your entire self in the transformation process. This isn’t just about your body, but inviting your mental and emotional states to find a healthy balance as well. Using intention and simple kindness, you’ll not only find yourself enjoying the process more, but by integrating body, mind, and spirit, your transformation happens a lot faster.
c.) You learn to stretch safely and frequently, which makes you and your body happier – especially since you’ll likely challenge yourself more than you’ve ever done so before.
One of the differences in the yoga boot camp is that the actual workout is slightly shorter. Many fitness methods take the approach that a 20-40 minute intense training session can be as effective, or more so, than longer workouts. It all depends on what you do.
I can assure you that the strength, interval, and high intensity training that we do in boot camp will give you a lot more benefit than 60 minutes on the treadmill or a timid trip around the weight machines in the gym, which is what many women find happens when they try to get in shape on their own.
If you work hard and attend regularly, you will notice rapid results.
However, you have to show up and work hard, not just register and come to four classes. And it’s also important to realize that if it’s been a while since you’ve taken active steps to be in shape and at an optimal weight, you may need more than one month of boot camp to get to where you want to be. The good news is you’ll receive lots of support along the way, and you’ll notice changes as soon as the second week as the exercises become easier to do.
The idea behind the intensity of boot camp is to build muscle and get your metabolism up. When your lean muscle mass goes up, your muscles burn calories even when you aren’t using them and the percent of body fat goes down. So, if you want to lose weight, get lean, or get in tip-top shape, the key is to build muscles and have a healthy diet.
It’s very important to me that everyone in class feels included and safe. If you’re way out of shape or working with a physical limitation, there are modifications for all of the exercises we do, so you can still get a great workout and feel like you’re honoring your body at the same time.
The focused alignment teaches you how to have optimal form in your exercises, which not only reduces risk of injury, but also helps you develop muscles in a way that feels good and allows you to progress faster.
Community also plays a big part in this program. You’ll feel supported, not judged. You get to laugh with your comrades, and sharing something as intense and transformational as boot camp has a way of bringing people together. Many women find that the social aspect of the class makes it worth getting up early, and encourages them to continue taking care of themselves long term.
What’s a typical class like?
We always center in first. The first 2 or 3 minutes are a chance for you to get clear on your intention, envision the woman you are choosing to be, and call in the attributes you want to experience more fully in your life such as health, strength, happiness, and beauty.
A typical class includes a dynamic warm-up (about 5-10 minutes), a super intense workout (25-40 minutes), and a yoga cool-down (15-20 minutes).
We also take one day a week to just do a yoga practice, which is always scheduled the day after a really hard workout.
In the summer, we get to greet the sun and charge up in the first rays of morning light. In the winter, the stars beam down on us and we move inside to the yoga studio.
Every class is different, so you’ll never get bored. And Fridays are even more fun than the other days, so you can celebrate the weekend and the fact that you’ve made it through the week of camp!
Who is this Katrina girl anyway?
Well, let’s just say I’m an energetic, playful, free spirit who loves to help people feel empowered and happy. I’m passionate about what I do, and I am continually learning more so I have more to offer to you.
If you want to know more about who I am and what my yoga background is, I encourage you to have a look at my bio on my blog: http://www.yogawithkatrina.com/katrina-ariel/katrinas-bio/
Did That Answer Your Questions?
I hope you feel like you have a better idea of what this Yoga Boot Camp thing is all about, and why it’s the most fun and supportive workout challenge available. If you like what you read and want to come out and play, click on the link below.
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