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9/22/09 10:49 A

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Thanks MAIMIE1 for the book title; I'll have to first find and then go to the local library and see if I can find it.

Thanks EVERYONE for the great tips and suggestions. MUCH appreciated.

Have a bright sunshiny day!
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9/22/09 10:01 A

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That's the type I was hoping to learn in the class but this was more of a aerobics style? Meant to be faster and more cardio. After having done a class tho, I for one am leary of trying to learn it on my own as some of the moves could be detrimental if not done correctly I think.
Ironically enough, I happened to glance down and saw my book on Yoga! (I've been working on sorting my sewing/craft room and everything got pulled out the living room where it's being sorted etc. It must have fallen out of a box!) It's a small book, does a pretty decent job of showing the poses and descriptions of them but WOW! The more advanced poses towards the back, well, I don't think I could get in them even tho I am very flexible. My gut would get in the way! Anyway, it's called The Book of Yoga by Christina Brown.
It has nice sections on breathing, posture, meditation etc. I would think at your local library would be video's and books galore on the subject. They may even know of free classes in the area.

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9/21/09 6:16 P

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You are so right. The teacher is very important. Some are good, and some are not. If they are not coaching you on your form, they are not good.

Also, there are many different kinds and styles of yoga. I personally don't care for the very fast "power yoga" that is popular with some. I prefer the slow, meditative yoga that focuses on flexibility, breathing, and control of mind and body.

And it still revs up the calorie burn. it takes a lot of muscles working together to maintain a balance pose for even a minute or two. Lotsa little muscle fibres being exercised. Probably does more for conditioning that squats do.

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9/20/09 11:31 P

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I took a class once and didn't care for it. It wasn't what I would consider a beginner's class although that's what it was advertised as. The instructor was very knowledgeable etc but not a lot of "hands on" and I thought went through the moves too quickly or without a lot of time in between? Hard to explain. She had an assitant but they both stayed at the front of the class and while there were straps and blocks, there just wasn't any real one-on-one.
Others that took the class with me really liked it - including my doctor (I work with her...). Me, I prefered the belly dancing class I talked her into trying where she didn't so much.
I would suggest checking to see if you can observe a class or try it out first before commiting. Mine was only 6 weeks so it wasn't a huge commitment. But, your very right, I hate to pay for something and not use it.
Anyone have any thoughts on Tai Chi?

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9/20/09 1:45 A

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If a person has never done Yoga before, it might be better to start off with some of the less strenuous warm-up/stretch poses.

It is better to learn the things separately first, before putting them together in something like Sun Salutation, which is about 8 radically different poses in rapid succession.

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9/19/09 10:55 P

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There are lots of free videos by YogaToday on YouTube as well.

I would suggest starting out with a series of Sun Salutations every day. The only "difficult" poses there are Plank (which you can find an instructional video for on SP) and Downward Facing Dog (which you can google for images to get an idea). All of my Yoga classes that I took focused on going through Sun Salutations and periodically adding other poses. It's a good stretch and Plank is a good strength training position as well.

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9/19/09 10:26 P

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There are lots of videos available, and generally you can find Yoga on public television.

It is really a good idea, though, to start with a teacher, one who will pay attention to your form.

It is important that an asana be performed with the correct body mechanics. A decent teacher will help a beginner with special helping tools,like a strap or blocks, and also show less extreme or challenging versions of the poses.

The main thing about Yoga is slow, controlled, correct movement into the poses, and then holding the pose steady for a time, with correct breathing,etc. Another thing that is important is to use complimentary poses.

I agree that it is extremely good training, both for strength and for flexibility. It can also be intimidating for the beginner...but then I think that is true for a lot of things.

On SP, there is a Kundalini Yoga team. (I'm on that one, although not very active lately.)

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9/19/09 12:48 P

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I am thinking about starting Yoga, but I really know very little at all about it. I read an SP article www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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and that's as far as my knowledge goes.

I used the YogaFinder to find that there is a class offered in my area, but in today's times it will depend on cost if I'm able to attend or not. So what I'm looking for is a function on SP, a team, book, website or anything that will help me practice Yoga as a beginner.

I'm also going to check on the YogaLovers Team, but considering the nature of the practice I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask here as well. Any help would be appreciated.
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