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PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
6/7/13 9:42 A

Yoga is great for stretching the body muscles! Love my body feeling after...

YOGAGEEK SparkPoints: (6,917)
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6/7/13 6:05 A

I definitely agree with those who say go to a studio with a good instructor. You also might want to look into Iyengar yoga, which focuses on alignment and uses props to help with that. For instance you probably can't get your bottom hand to the floor in Triangle pose, but if you put a block under it you can use that to keep your spine long and chest open.

That said, my Ashtanga teacher rarely uses props but frequently gives modifications for those of us who are less flexible (me!) or strong (also me!), so I think it's really more important to find a good teacher who's willing to work with the uniqueness of each student's body than a specific style.

TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
6/4/13 8:51 P

A good yoga instructor will urge you to have compassion with yourself...modify as you need to, accept what your body is able to do, and don't force anything.

You won't get the stress relief benefits if you are stressing about not being able to do the poses. emoticon

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
6/4/13 3:01 P

I've been doing yoga on and off for about 15 years, but it's the off parts that make me less of an expert :) There are definitely poses you won't be able to do fully. The point of yoga is to work towards accomplishing the poses rather than doing them perfectly the first time. Take it slow and you should find your flexibility and ability to do the poses increasing every time.

I do see the chiropractor sometimes as well, but I find the more I do yoga, the less I need to see her.

CANDACEMM Posts: 1,218
6/4/13 2:11 P

Wii fit has an option for yoga .... Tried it last night.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
6/4/13 11:33 A

I agree with the advice to do a class vs. a video. A good instructor should definitely start the class by saying to work to your level, and say that they will talk about modifications to the poses for different levels.

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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6/4/13 10:26 A

My husband and I both go to chiropractors when we need to. For instance, just 3 short weeks before an aggressive vacation to the jungles of Ecuador (which I planned one year ahead of time) I pulled out my lower back while reaching down to pick up the security bar in our patio's sliding glass doors. I could barely move. I immediately went to our chiropractor. He put me on a 3-day a week schedule until we left for vacation and while at work, I iced my lower back every 2 hours for 15-20 minutes.

It worked like a charm. I never had a problem while we were on vacation in Ecuador.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
6/4/13 10:25 A

Are you taking classes? If not, then classes, rather than videos or self practice, will be better for you. A studio, rather than a gym, is your best bet for good instructors. Your instructor should give you modifications for the poses. If he or she is unable to give you modifications then you need to find a different instructor.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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6/4/13 10:17 A

I have a deep suspicion/mistrust of chiropractors but that's a story for another time.

The breathing is definitely key. You don't need to breathe exactly in the rhythm that the video/instructor says, but holding your breath can actually be detrimental to your practice. When I hold my breath during poses, I can't relax as much so I can't get into some of the poses as easily. Also, because I was tense from holding my breath, my balance was off so balance poses were a bit of a disaster.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
6/4/13 9:10 A

I recommend you definitely take an actual class from a certified instructor. Also, it couldn't hurt to visit the chiro.

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6/4/13 8:51 A

Try going to a yoga studio, rather than a gym..the instructor should provide modifications.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,251)
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6/4/13 8:41 A

I'm no expert, but not being able to do all the poses is normal; it takes time for some of us! I've never been a particularly flexible person, but regular yoga has helped me change that. I think a better trip would be to a yoga instructor who can correct your form and provide you with modifications that suit your current skill level.

The more you do it, the better you will get.

Focus on your breathing; that IS the key to the relaxation. When a pose is hard, focus on getting deep belly breaths, not on getting deeper into the pose. The better you breathe, the more you will relax, and the deeper you'll be able to stretch.

SUNSHINE603 Posts: 23
6/4/13 8:36 A

Hello everyone. A friend of mine suggested that I try yoga to help me with my stretching and also anxiety issues. I've only done it a few times and it's a little discouraging because I can't do a lot of the poses. I wonder if I should have a trip to the chiropractor to realign me because I can only move so far and then my back and hips feel totally locked. I know it will take a while before I can bend the way they do, and I also find myself holding my breath more than doing the breathing. Is anyone a yoga expert that can give me some pointers to be better at it? Thanks so much!

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