There has been the question floating around both of amazing 2 studios. What is the difference between raja boot camp and hard core yoga? So when billy asked me to write up a little something about both I jumped at the chance.
Hard core is taught by Victoria and Raja boot camp is taught by our lovely Sarah G. Both of these wonderful ladies have the heart and the passion to kick us into shape! You start off both classes with the pranayama breathing which is how we start any class at raja because it’s the breath of life.
Hardcore has started off with a forward fold then dogward facing dog into a plank. 6 planks later when you feel that you want to give up Victoria let’s you know you can do this and gives you a sort of break into a upward facing dog (don’t worry the planks will be back later). This of course is only the first 10 minutes of the class and you wonder if you have made some sort of mistake taking the class named “hard core” when you realize your back into plank again 4 more times. All jokes aside alot of the things I love about hard core is the fact that victoria takes more time to talk you into postures. And will help you with an extra inch which can help you get into something you have never gotten into before. A little fact for all of you the class “hard core” got its name from Victoria’s choice of playlist which is varies from tool to marilyn manson.
I had taken Sarah G. classes many times before but not since it became Raja boot camp. So my mission at 6am was to get my butt kicked. Raja boot camp starts off with the sun salutations to really warm your body up. Followed by what we call in the yoga world as almost a vinyasa flow (which is when you keep going from one posture to another without a break). Even though you have sweat dripping in your nose by this point Sarah’s soft encouraging voice gets you through it. Her chair series and balancing series were an amazing burn that even with as many classes I have taken she had me stretch deeper than I have ever before. The way she works a serious burn and spirituality into one class made me feel like my mind, body and soul got a total reset. Raja boot camp playlist was also like walking into the greatest dance club ever. I know that if my body wasn’t busy getting a deep burn I could have been dancing through it.
I love both of these classes because they both making you work harder than you ever thought you could. With amazing teachers that can encourage and support you makes all the difference in your yoga journey. A few last things is that a strap or a block is your friend in either class to help you build your flexibly. Also hard core sometimes is a little more interactive that all the other classes at raja hot yoga. And I would like to mention raja boot camp has a very amazing guided mediation during savasana. I would encourage all of you to try both classes if you haven’t had a chance yet.