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4/30/13 7:11 P

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emoticon to the Yoga Team. The type of Yoga one practices has to be one that matches our own personality and goal. It is highly recommended to attend a studio with a certified instructor at the beginning of the journey into Yoga, because an instructor can correct the poses, give feedback and adapt routines according to special need from the practitioners, while watching dvds or online routines are more oriented to those that have had that kind of "orientation".

There are many instructor among our members, join the monthly challenge to see what they are doing, being inspired and be an inspiration to others.

In your case probably you have to get the "green light" from your doctor due to your injuries. Yoga is, as you mentioned, demanding (Vinyasa,Ashtanga,Power Yoga, Brikam, hot yoga), even Restorative Yoga requires good pose and patience to get the benefits from its practice.

Check in the Forum dvds and online sites, as well as, book and magazines that members like, you'll get good ideas, the first of all check a good studio in your area and ask your doctor. Start slowly, get informed. Yoga has so many benefits to offer, have fun!

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 4/30/2013 (19:16)
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4/30/13 9:40 A

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My favorite type of yoga is slow-flow/power vinyasa yoga-pilates fusion ... it isn't orthodox yoga, and I can't do it very frequently anymore, as I had done before. Because within yoga, I am branching out. I attend a vinyasa style (pared-down) class that has therapeutic elements. I attend a hatha-flow class that has power yoga elements (full-bore, complete with spirituality). Those classes would be on occasion.

But I also devised my own home practice system. This lengthy routine would be frequent.
And on occasion, do a yoga download from Myyogaonline or
The last yoga dvd I remember doing was Feel Good Yoga Core Power with Oliver Reinsch. It is not power yoga--title is deceptive; it is Yoga Works-style vinyasa. It somehow also comes in download both for streaming and for storing on your system(s).

However, I have the opposite problem from you, in a slight way. Without going into detail (you may see it in my postings elsewhere; and I am ever at risk of alienating some people who "swear by some things"--yet I am still on this team!) I kind of have to have a friskier go-to movement program.

I am very close to practicing yoga regularly for 6 years in early June. Not advanced in asana. Am nearly 59 now; had never cared to be advanced or "accomplished" ... because in yoga, I believe, accomplishments are non-accomplishments.

On the other hand, I recently took off a truckload of more weight than I'd wanted to. Some of it unintentional. The rest of it low-carbing.

[Vegan/vegetarian diet advice I could not give you.]

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4/30/13 8:09 A

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Welcome to our site and to yoga. I love it all. Whatever yoga I'm doing at the moment is my favorite--type of yoga or DVD. I read yoga books and I substitute teach for my yoga teachers, but need to be trained still. Did you check with a physician before you started practicing? ALWAYS a good idea.

You have exactly one life in which to do everything you'll ever do. Act Accordingly.
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4/30/13 7:41 A

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Good Morning!

I recently decided to embark on my journey into the world of yoga.

I am turning 26, and I have suffered numerous knee and back injuries. I dislocated my patella, tore my acl, suffer from sciatica, and have chronic lower back pain that continues to go undiagnosed by doctors (I know, such a cheerful introduction :)

That being said, I have been trying to be mindful in my workout routine. It is possible that intense cardio and weight lifting may be contributing to my pain, forcing me to look in to alternative ways of staying fit.

I decided to try a 30 day yoga challenge. I am extremely beginner, but I always was intrigued by yoga, and drawn to its beauty, strength, and inner peace.

I must say, it sure is challenging! Whoever said yoga is not a "real workout" must have never given it a real shot.

That being said, I do have some questions for my fellow sparkers/yogis.

What is your favorite type of yoga? Do you have favorite DVD's for your home practice?

Is anyone here an instructor? How long did it take you to go from being a beginner, to teaching it to others?

I am aware yoga is not a race, and I am surely not trying to become an instructor right away, but I would love to eventually move in that direction years down the line if that is possible.

I would love your feedback!


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