interesting what you wrote, listening to our body is essential. I also practice Pilates. With stretching, Tai Chi and Qigong I round up my fitness program. Ah and I practice MEDITATION. Everything helps to be fit and healthy. Namaste!
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You are right to meet yourself where you are in the use of your DVD.
Pilates is a more focused way to engage your body and a way in to working with yoga, despite what the yoga diehards may tell you. Accessible corework is always the foundation to being balanced, both physically and mentally in your practice, nascent or otherwise!
I won't practice pilates any more in a studio. Why? Because a good portion of the yoga practices I've done for the past four years of a five-and-a-half year practice, has a great deal of pilates infused in with the movements. The rest are classes or dvds, most of which leave out accessible corework.
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I joined SparkPeople last November but dropped out after December. I had some health problems in January, had to spend a little time recovering and readjusting - but now I'm more fully on board living a healthful lifestyle than ever before. Which is kind of exciting.
I am such a beginner when it comes to yoga. I think I've begun yoga a good 50 times in my life. But this time it seems to be sticking. I don't go to a class, I just use the Barbara Benagh Yoga for Stress Relief DVD - which I really like. She's very reassuring and here instructions are excellent. I will vary this in future when I have more of a foundation - as I have masses of DVDs. I've always been a yoga fan in spirit - just never in actuality - but that is finally changing.
The shift this time which is working for me is that I'm listening to my body more. I ignored it for such a long time at my peril - so now I give it the attention it has been asking for. Plus from somewhere I have found some faith that this will work - that it's OK if I can't do things straight off - that I'm doing what I can for now and that's the way towards improvement.
On my fitness campaign this time around I started with Pilates and I wasn't really bothering with the yoga - but then I tried a couple of DVD sessions and I'm hooked.
Over the years my posture has become really bad and I have been very aware in recent times of how stiff I have become - so a gentle build up with Pilates and Yoga is perfect for me. I really need to get in to alignment before I start asking more of my body.
Just wanted to say hi - I think this is the Team I'll be dropping in to most often for inspiration.
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