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DLYNCH86 SparkPoints: (13,838)
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2/3/14 12:11 A

I love yoga but it can be hard to find a good class - a lot seemed geared towards an hour or more and some pretty intense stuff. I'd also recommend tai chi.

TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (50,455)
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2/2/14 11:11 P

I've been doing yoga for years to help along my bad back. It has been totally worth it and it helps not only stretch you out, it makes you more aware of your body and I just feel so relaxed afterwards. I don't do "hot yoga" or the yogas that are designed for a heavy sweat. For physical therapy, I prefer the kind that is more meditative and it works great for rehabilitation. It is easier to take your time and reduces the chance of tweaking yourself the wrong way. Someone suggested an extra gentle yoga class, and I'd agree with that. You know, a yoga that doesn't have all the flash and glitz. If you do the class or class series, you can continue on at home on your own. A lot of yoga you can do on the floor laying down.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,681)
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1/27/14 11:19 A

Yoga instructors are worth their weight in gold! I'm very glad I had the chance to attend some. Man, they are tough, though!

Once you've got some experience under your belt, I really enjoy DDP Yoga; it's a little odd to go for a yoga program designed by a wrestler, but it's fantastic, and he's very good at modifications for those who can't do the full moves, and explains how every move should feel, right down to how your feet are balanced.

KELLYFIT123 Posts: 1,215
1/25/14 6:26 P

I started doing yoga with DVDs, but when I took a class I realized how wrong I was doing things. The corrections the instructors make in a class are invaluable. Then I went back to doing yoga at home on occasion and I felt like I had a better understanding of what was happening. Good luck, and I hope you start feeling better!

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1/25/14 2:46 P


ALYVNWELL Posts: 244
1/13/14 9:23 P

Yes! Love it!

JENUINLEE SparkPoints: (8,664)
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1/13/14 6:12 P

I would also definately recommend taking a yoga class, maybe even sign up for a private yoga lesson to make sure that you get a personalized routine for your needs and do not hurt yourself. Yoga can be great for recovery when done right, but can be detrimental to recovery if you push yourself or feel any pain. So definately try yoga, and remember it may be difficult but it should never hurt!

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1/13/14 2:46 A

I have done yoga off and on throughout the years and I know that I do best when I am taking a class. Taking a class gives you the permission to do yoga, carves out that time for yourself and you benefit from the experience of your instructor. Even taking one class a week will encourage you to get into the practise of yoga. Use a video on other days but give yourself the gift of a good class at least once a week.

1/9/14 7:21 A

Awesome pointers everyone. Thank you so much for the feedback.

MANDYJ73 Posts: 310
1/8/14 2:12 P

Try a gentle yoga class... or find somewhere that does restorative yoga... this worked for me to get into doing yoga, now I practice at home :)

MISSSVJS SparkPoints: (29,125)
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1/8/14 9:55 A

I agree with the others that taking a few classes before trying a DVD is very important so you don't injure yourself and to make sure you are doing the poses correctly. I've been doing yoga off and on for the last couple of years and I feel so much better when I do it regularly. My flexibility is improving as is my strength - highly recommend it!

Edited by: MISSSVJS at: 1/8/2014 (09:56)
ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (149,186)
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1/8/14 9:39 A

+1 on going to a class. Yoga, if done incorrectly, can seriously exacerbate existing injuries, imho more than pretty much any other form of exercise.

MLAN613 Posts: 14,415
1/8/14 8:13 A

I did a Anybody Yoga class at my gym. It's basically an introductory class to help one become familiar with yoga poses. And for the record, it's not easy. And my body definitely refused to do some of the poses due to some limitations, including arthritis in my knee and general inflexibility.

Thus said, there are modifications for most poses. And it can be great to help increase strength and flexibility. I would get clearance from your physical therapist and/or doctor to ensure doing it wouldn't worsen your current medical issues.

Also, I would encourage you to go to a class and not just do a DVD. The yoga poses can be done incorrectly and an instructor who is physically present can help you adjust or add aids, like blocks and straps, to ensure you are correctly getting into the pose.

1/8/14 7:46 A

I've just came through some health issues and need to do mild physical therapy. I need more flexibility and something easy on the body right now. I will eventually be able to do regular exercises again but want something in the interim. So I was thinking yoga...

Who does yoga and is it easy on the body?
Do you feel benefits from it?
Suggestions for DVD's?

Any and all thoughts appreciated.

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