Thank you all for sharing your experience with yoga and sorry for not replying earlier. Have dropped out of SparkPeople for a while, but now I`m back By the way, I am also Christian and have heard before the discussion about whether it is right to do yoga or not. For me it is simply a form to train your body to become more flexible and healthy, and when I refer to "spiritual benefits", I mean wellbeing of the mind when you feel that you have done something good for your body. I do agree actually with that part of the yoga that explains the medical or physical benefits of yoga, e.g. eating healthy foods, stretching/exercising your body, etc. And I also agree with them when they say that the body and the mind are connected and influence each another. I.e. healthy body for a healthy mind and vica versa. But yoga practice stops here for me, and I am not interested in the religious aspects of yoga etc, and I stand strong in my own religious believes. But of course, we can be different in the way that we look at it, and we should follow our hearts and do what we think is best for us. And for those who have mentioned it, I also do cardio, as in my opinion, yoga isn`t that good to make you sweat and increase your pulse rate.
I am a Christian too, INTHEWORKS1. But I do do yoga to improve my balance. The tv show I do yoga to, doesn't include spirital stuff. Many Christians read about other religions, but they don't get into those religions. I guess since I do yoga, I'm a Buddhist now, right?
Rena- I have to respectfully disagree with part of your post. Just because you see yoga instructors working out in other parts of the gym as well (like the weight room you used as your example) it doesn't discount yoga as a valid form of exercise.
It is not a replacement for ST, nor a replacement for cardio, sparkpeople tells us as much, but it still has many benefits including stretching and flexibility, relaxation and sometimes working muscles not often reached in regular ST. To say yoga is not worth it because people need to do strength in addition is nearly the same as saying cardio is a waste of time since you have to do ST on top of it. All three (ST, cardio and flexibility like yoga) coexist together as part of a healthy lifestyle. Is it necessary, no, but it is helpful in my opinion.
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I'm training to teach yoga, so yoga is a way of life for me. I do kundalini, which does have a deeply spiritual aspect to it. However, I don't view it as my only exercise..I do strength and cardio besides my yoga. I use yoga mainly for flexibility and mental fitness. It's not that I see it as any less of an exercise, it's just in a different category for me..it's more for my mind and spirit..which to me is part of whole body fitness:)
Not alot- it is a take it or leave it deal- waste of time..
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAUQd1xfyPs actually I meet one in two women at the age of 30 with brittle bones.. Tax your muscles and bones! I am visiting and helping young women whom fall of bikes, or slip down steps breaking their necks! Where if stronger would be banged around and usually bruised.. They themselfs didn't think the falls were heavy- many are very sad to find out when tests come back they will be brittle as hell when 50+..
I now do exercise I know helps- because when you do all this other stuff- when you fall the damage is done..
Stretching before and efter strength training also keeps me elastic with a spinal injury.. A spinal injury needs strong muscles to keep the discs in place...
I did classes 6 years and all I achieved was a sports spinal injury 3 times a week...
I now do strength training and got results within two years..
i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/Rena1965/ a072356d.jpg I did all those fad classes in the pink outfit at 23 years of age- I don't anymore at 45.. Looking at the photos weight training has defined my legs better now at 45.. I have actual shape.. I don't get this from a run of the mill standard class or dvd- I had to sew a program together for my body alone not 20 other women huffing and puffing! When I do these yoga tapes at home -little or not effect- because strength training taxes the muscles better and more effectively. They are just a extended stretch to my body lol. Also when I see instructors supplimenting their classes with stuff in the weight room.. I stay put lol.. If they don't have faith it is enough why should I- some instructors are doing up to 4-5 classes a week it should be enough to maintain the perfect body- I go figure lol??? What people say and do- well body language speaks higher.. Why are they over training in my eyes? I should rude and ask one or two of them- why.. Sometimes I can't see the difference between them and their class members lol.. The body definition doesn't equal the time used.. We only see the extra ordinary people put out tapes and dvds.. Many instructors look like nothing to write home about..
I am also a Christina. However I also practice Yoga. Yoga is not a religion. Many people do connect it with Hinduism as both origininated in India over 5,000 years ago. However I have never met anyone who associates Budhaism with Yoga. Though both came from India people were practicing Yoga long before the Budha was enlightened. In western society Yoga is generally considered a fitness practice to gain strenght flexibility and stress relief. There are many branches of Yoga and some focus more on the meditation aspect but that doesn't make it a religion. I'm not trying to start anything just sharing my opinion as we are all free to do.
I do a yoga DVD called Basic Yoga Workout For Dummies. I love it because it's the only DVD I can do without looking at the screen. The verbal instructions are that good, something I've been searching for. I beleive the type is Hatha Vinyassa*sp*. I always feel so relalxed and rejovinated after doing it. My goal is to do it everyday.
I do different types of yoga because I do yoga with a tv show. I'm doing yoga to improve my balance because I have mild cerebral palsy. A few days ago I was feeling like doing it, but I did it anyway. I felt so much better after doing yoga. I love yoga even though it's challenging.
I have tried several types of yoga. My balance is very bad due to a stroke years ago. I bought a yoga DVD and use some workouts online so I don't embarassed myself. I even fell on someone on class one day. Very hard for me, but I'll keep on trying in private.
I've been doing Bikram Yoga ever since Spark People sent the email about the different styles of Yoga. I love it!
It's made such a positive difference in my other activities as well as improving my balance, stretching out tight muscles, and making me feel stronger.
I have terrible joint problems and Bikram Yoga has improved those issues by about 90%. Before Bikram Yoga I used to feel like my body was fighting me when I ran (lungs, heart, muscles, etc) now that feeling has completely gone away. Not to mention that when I feel like my appetite is out of control if I do Bikram Yoga it works as an appetite suppressant.
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If you're interested there's a very good book on the whole yoga lifestyle by Deepak Chopra called "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga."
I have been practising Sivananda yoga (a type of Hatha yoga) for a while and the more I learn about yoga, the more fascinated I become by its philosophy. What used to appear to me as some distant, strange postures, has now turned into source of inspiration and motivation for a healthy lifestyle and beauty. There`s lots of stuff written about the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga, and I do believe that it has at least some positive impact on our health and wellbeing. So here is the challange: What does yoga mean to you?
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