There is no reason, granted you are cleared by a physician, that heavy people shouldn't do yoga. If a person has high blood pressure, it is especially important to check with a doctor because some medicines have adverse effects, like dizziness or decreased heart rate, and some poses, like headstands, may not be recommended.
I think yoga can help in a variety of ways. In addition to improving flexibility, which is often overlooked, it can also help reduce stress. This, in turn, can help battle emotional and stress eating if that is an issue. It also helps you make the mind, body, breath connections that will be beneficial in all areas of fitness.
I think you need to be realistic about calorie burn, which is what you really need to lose weight. Although it can easily be incorporated into a fitness regimen, more emphasis should be placed on cardio and strength training if fat loss is your goal.
That's crazy! Yoga is good for everyone---just don't push yourself too much if you can't get into every pose exactly. Do whatever your body lets you do and you'll see progress :)
Tough Mudder Virginia - 6/2014 City of Oaks Marathon - 11/2013
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I also think yoga is AWESOME for all sizes. Been doing it for years and seen every size and shape in every class I've ever been in.
I would say to consider the TYPE of yoga you are doing. Hatha is gentle and good for beginners. Ashtanga or power yoga CAN involve more aggressive movement and sometimes the classes that are taught in gyms (rather than studios) aren't always taught by people who provide modifications or are sensitive to the fact that some movements have to be done right to be done safely. Bikram is done in a really heated room - which can be dangerous for some people. (Like me, no matter what size I'm at. I like to pass out and have convulsions in that type of heat.)
I'd recommend going to a yoga studio if you are actually nervous about it. And if you go to a gym (which is fine and how I and my hubs started), just go at the pace you feel good about and feel free to ask for modifications when a pose just isn't working for you yet.
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The weight of a hefty body can normally only create problems when working out if it is placing undue stress on the joints. This can often be done with high impact activities like running and jumping. These should be avoided if obese.
However, yoga is a gentle exercise that focuses on flexibility rather than impact, and encourages getting into a stretch position and holding it. There is no indication that this should not or could not be performed by a larger person.
Go for it!
And stop taking fitness advice from that person. :)
Deb, in New Zealand
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do yoga! meditation and stretch help your body moving towards your fitness goal. do it!!! bring that inner peace out and visualize that fitter/healthier person hidden inside you! go for it!
1/17/13 9:07 P
no one would be turned away from the yoga class I attend. It is all about breathing, learning how to breathe and stretch. My middle is a little big right now, so I cant get as tucked as I would like, but at the end of class I soar!
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I've never heard of not doing yoga if you're heavy - in fact, I have taken several yoga classes where at least half the people were morbidly obese!
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I'll be the third person to tell you to DO YOGA if you want to. Whoever said that was clearly uninformed. There's a lot of that out there!!!
Good for you for asking ... my favorite all-time ever stretch is child's pose ... your flexibility will improve more than you realize too!!!
Whoever said that is insane! I have been doing yoga since I was almost 300 pounds, yes some of the moves were difficult but easy to modify. Your body needs a good "stretch" helps improve flexibility. Try it!
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Whoever that someone is? Ignore them. They have no idea what they're talking about. Yoga is good for everyone medically cleared to do it by their doctors! It is important to have correct form, but anyone capable of doing the poses can benefit from doing them. I started yoga at 200 lbs, and I have never regretted it once. Some poses can be tough if you've got a big belly, or other parts are a bit bigger than they could be, but you can ALWAYS modify the ones you can't do!
Not only can they, but they SHOULD! an overweight person stands to gain the most benefit from yoga practice!
So if you wanna, go for it, and don't take fitness advice from whoever that was. They're making stuff up. :)
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