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5/17/13 11:54 A

Please read this:

No need to feel intimidated. But you have to not commit to the wrong studio. Don't do what I had done 4 years ago, of the six years I've been practicing, mostly at home.

But personal experience reflects the reality: it is often better to start on your own.
You can go to a studio on a discount coupon--or not--to try it out.

And the suggestion of doyogawithme is a good one. I am a member of that site.

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5/16/13 11:13 A

It took me awhile to appreciate the health benefits of it. I was used to fast paced movement.

I love it now for flexibility, balance, stamina and the mental health benefits (meditation)

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5/16/13 10:58 A

I'm absolutely loving yoga! I walk/run/jog, strength train, workout dvds, blah blah. So it's not my main "exercise", BUT I feel the benefits of yoga everyday. I'm less stiff, less sore, stronger, so forth.

There are types of "power yoga" (i'm a total newb btw) that can be aerobic. I've done a class where I was dripping with sweat afterwards. And the strength training aspect of yoga can also kick up your heart rate.

Have fun, be safe!

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5/16/13 10:45 A

I tried it out a little bit using the wii fit and I enjoyed and definitely felt the benefit a little. So Might give it a proper go.

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5/16/13 8:59 A

I'll chime in with the others who say it's really not going to be a weight loss tool, but it's great for flexibility, endurance, balance, and overall strength.

If you're a newbie to yoga, I would recommend you take a live class, at least at first. Poor form can result in injury, and on a dvd it's sometimes hard to tell exactly what you should be doing on some of the poses if you're not familiar with the basic moves first. I took a power yoga class years ago and really learned a lot. I'd be so exhausted afterward that I had to hold on to the rails going down the steps from the classroom emoticon

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5/16/13 8:46 A

Love the stretching and feel AFTER yoga my body seems so much more flexible!!

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5/16/13 8:40 A

It is a great complement to an exercise program that features strength training and cardio. Yoga is great for flexibility and balance training. I do 10 minutes of yoga at the end of every workout. I would not use it to replace ST and/or cardio.

The best way to lose weight is to focus on what you're eating rather than exercise.

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5/16/13 6:55 A

I wouldn't expect to lose weight doing yoga really as I've only read about it toning people up which I'd love while losing weight so I'm not left with excess hanging skin! lol.

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5/15/13 8:23 P

Yoga is a great accompaniment to a good strength and cardio routine, but not a replacement for either.

Extending your flexibility will help with your range of movement and ensure you get the most out of your other fitness work.

But yoga itself doesn't burn very many calories (since it's based on staying still) and therefore doesn't directly contribute to weight loss very much at all by itself.

Of course, someone will probably come on and say they lost 40lbs in 10 weeks doing only yoga daily, so ... YMMV. Do your own research.

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5/15/13 6:43 P

It will definitely help you gain muscle as you learn to hold poses for longer, and more challenging variations. The faster styles/hot styles would help with weight loss. It might be easier to start learning poses with a slower style, though.

Have a look at , it's a fantastic resource for free classes.

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5/15/13 5:23 P

I'd love to hear peoples opinions on it for toning up and weight loss. I'm contemplating getting a dvd and trying it from home.

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