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1/3/12 10:06 A

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Hi Salty, thanks for all the info! I took a few classes offered locally sporadically over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough interest to keep the classes going. I live in a small, rural community and would have to travel about 30 minutes for the closest class, thus my need for a DVD. Believe me, I would prefer the class with a good instructor. I do have a bit of a base on some of the simple poses and realize that I'm still truly a beginner. I'm slow and awkward - I've tried the Namaste yoga on Fit TV and they go way too fast for me.

Thank you for the link - I'll give it a try. I won't do anything to jeopardize my running routine - two months off was difficult.

Wendy
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1/3/12 9:55 A

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Hi there! I've been doing Bikram yoga for almost eight years. I've done other forms of yoga as well. The one thing that I suggest is that if you are unfamiliar with yoga that you first take a few classes with a certified teacher. A teacher will help you with proper form and alignment; a dvd can't do this. Form and alignment are really crucial in yoga. You don't need to do the posture to the fullest extent, but you really do need to do it with the correct form and proper alignment. After you have some understanding of yoga, then you can try a dvd.
I like Bikram yoga because it gives you a really solid overall workout and there is no chanting nor do they attach any "spiritual" stuff to it. Unfortunately, there is only a Bikram cd; there is no dvd and you really need to have gone to a few classes before you try the cd.

So, I hope I'm not coming across as rude or snobby, but it's just that you really do need to be careful. A former co-worker of mine, who was extremely athletic, hurt himself trying yoga from a dvd. I have to think that he hurt himself because just didn't know how to do the posture properly.

Anyway, Spark People had a blog a couple weeks ago about a workout dvd called Skinnygirl's Workout. Apparently there is quite a bit of yoga in it and the instructors emphasized proper form and alignment. Here is a link to the article:
www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=dvd
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I hope this helps.

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1/3/12 9:37 A

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I want to incorporate yoga into my routine this year. I had some minor hip issues last year that resulted in taking a few months off running.

Can anyone recommend a yoga DVD to get me started? Something simple would do, I think. I found a good article on hip exercises from Active.com that I'm using as well -

www.active.com/women/Articles/Cross-
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aining__Hip_Helpers.htm?cmp=17-7-1749


Thanks for any input!

Wendy
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"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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