"Broga is like a bridge to yoga. Many students like it because it’s so straightforward and non-abstract.”
BROGA IS SUPER-NONINTIMIDATING.
Forget binding yoga poses that look like body contortion. In Broga, you will be able to do every move from start to end. Robert says: “Students come in knowing that they are building strength and flexibility through very accessible postures. In Broga, they will be able to do everything. There’s no need to take a break until the next doable pose comes.” The session kicks off with a few minutes of mindful breathing, just like in any yoga class. You’ll then do a couple of basic Hatha poses like forward fold, plank and downward dog, before progressing to a faster sequence with more body-weight exercises like lunges and squats. Simple balancing poses like tree and warrior 3 are included, followed by gentle cool-down exercises.
BROGA IS A LEGIT WORKOUT.
There are people who equate sweat with an effective workout. Not all yoga sessions will result in sweat, but Broga will.
After warming up, you’ll do a series of poses in a flow, similar to Vinyasa yoga.
High-intensity interval training exercises are done at the halfway mark, so you’ll be jumping, squatting and doing burpees, just like in a HIIT class. This segment is not long enough to wear you out, but you will definitely break a sweat. Robert estimates that each hour-long class burns up to 500 calories, depending on how hard you push yourself.
BROGA MOVES ARE TAUGHT IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE.
The instructions are delivered straightforwardly in English. For instance, you will be asked to do push-ups instead of chaturangas, and a chair pose instead of utkatasana, the Sanskrit name. You will not be asked to “open your heart” but to “stretch your chest” instead.
“Broga is like a bridge to yoga.
Many students like it because it’s so straightforward and non-abstract.”
The benefits of each move are stated, like “This is going to strengthen your core, back and thighs” to motivate you.
There’s not even a “Namaste” at the start or end of the class. No spiritual connotations, nothing to decode.
BROGA IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOGA.
There’s a part on functional training, too, through exercises that involve pushing, pressing, squatting, rotating and bending. These improve your mobility that’s essential for daily movement.
BROGA CAN BE AS TOUGH OR AS SIMPLE YOU LIKE.
For every move, the instructor will show at least three levels of progression, from the easiest to the hardest, so there’s something to challenge you. Essentially, broga is a multi-level class, so anyone from a fitness newbie to a seasoned yogi can take part without feeling out of place.