Thanks for all the great info! I'm looking forward to the six-week beginners class to get me back into yoga, and I'll assess after that what direction I'll go in next. No matter what, it's all good, so I'm happy with that!
Many things have happened since you stop practicing yoga, with the advent of the internet plenty of sites free or by sign-in give yoga classes different lengths and styles. It is great to have the opportunity to go to a studio or gym or YMCA to practice live, but for those of us who either leave in the countryside, small towns, or not close to those places home practice is the way to go. Yoga Journal has an excellent challenge and daily updates, videos, articles, a magazine, also check in the FORUM all the free sites and pay-sites, as well as dads, besides Yoga Journal my favorite instructors are Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee, Barbara Benagh, Shiva Rea, Jason Crandell, Tamal Dodge, Sara Ivanhoe.
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Here a link of Yoga Journal 21-day Challenge two levels, also Kripalu has good home practices and it is free.
I do all my yoga practices at home. I follow two Rodney Yee DVD's -- AM Yoga for Beginners and Yoga for Abs. I've practiced for 7 years now and have added Tai Chi to my daily routine. My YMCA does have classes and one of these days I will attend one as there are some poses I'd feel much more comfortable doing with a teacher present (primarily inversions).
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I take classes. last week I went 5 times. Usually I go only 3. I prefer 5. It's Yin Yoga. It's hatha yoga. And probably variations. I teach as a substitute occasionally. The reason I like going is the occasional personal instruction and my ability to better attend to yoga--not stuff in my house. Welcome back.
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Never heard of Mysore before - sounds wonderful! I've mostly taken Iyengar classes and workshops, and I loved the precision of it.
I did some online research, and found a yoga school near me that teaches Anusura, which Wikipedia says is based on Iyenger yoga, and next week they're starting a six-week beginner series, so I just signed up for it! Yay!
Technically, I'm not a beginner, since I did yoga for more than 5 years, but that was twenty years ago, so I'm pretty much starting from scratch. Very excited to get back into it!
Sue, I am extraordinarily fortunate. My yoga teacher uses the Mysore style of teaching. He has developed and trademarked a wonderful moving meditation of 20 poses interspersed with 14 sun salutations. I go to his studio 5 days a week at 6:30 AM and go through the modifications of this sequence that fit where I am right now. My teacher assistans and adjusts and adds, subtracts or modifies as I practice... I am now in my third week of this type of practice and cannot imagine practicing any other way at this point.
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Hi, everyone - I'm a former yoga lover who somehow drifted away from it entirely, and have not practiced at all for at least 20 years, which I really can't explain, because I looked and felt my best when I was practicing yoga regularly.
(Well, okay, I CAN explain it - I got married, and that changed everything, and I guess my priorities shifted. Should have held onto the yoga, though.)
At present, my life is pretty stressful, and I really need the calm and centeredness that yoga gave me. (Not to mention that my body is in dire need of toning and flexibility!) So I am recommitting to yoga and to taking better care of myself.
Back when I did yoga regularly, I participated in weekly instructor-led classes and several weekend retreats a year, but oddly, never practiced at home.
This time, I will probably work mostly with yoga videos and maybe attend some classes. I find I work harder in class than I do at home with no one correcting my poses.
I'm curious to hear what others do. Do you take classes or use videos, or both? Do you maintain a practice at home, in addition to classes?
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