I love yoga, but I too have some trouble with the floor exercises, and I am the only one who uses blocks. Yoga is nice because you can have some modifications. Let your instructor know and she should be able to help you. I let mine know at the gym, for Vinyasa yoga, and she adapts it for me because the flow is very fast. I'd actually like to become an yoga instructor for people with limited flexibility.
I was going to do a Jazzercise class a while back, and I called the instructor because of concerns about impact. She said it could be modified. I would assume the same with Zumba, since they are both very aerobic. I haven't done Zumba since my diagnosis, but I too, want to try it again.
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Ive taken ZUMBA classes and at Christmas I bought the DVDs.......I LOVE LOVE LOVE ZUMBA! I just modify the workout, some days I can jump around (though I shouldn't lol) and some days I take it easy. It burns tons of calories and is a blast....the music gets your body moving.
When or Gym moved to their new, larger location, they had a big open house. There was a Zumba demonstration going on and after it was done I went and talked to her. She said that Zumba was very adapatable for people with limmitations and as long as the instructor is told in advance they well know you are doing the best you can. You do not have to do the jumping and the stomping and hard impact....just keep moving. It is a great cardio exercise. I do yoga, but a very limited form of it. I had a great teacher who adapted the exercises for me. There were some that I just could not do and she accepted that. Yoga can vary from a very intense work out to a gentle stretching routine. My adaptions are the very gentle routine aimed at keeping the mobility that I have. I do them every day as part of my exercises. Another option that I recent found is Tai Chi. The form that I am learning is Tai Chi Chih. It is very gentle but yet you get a good workout with the motions. It is recommended at WebMD for those of us with severe AS. It has been fun to learn and nice to keep up with.
I have always wanted to try both zumba and yoga...so I tried both, yesterday I did the yoga, I had a hard time doing the floor exercises... today I tried a very begiining zumba routine using free you- tube vidoes, modifying the moves as needed... I had a blast and since I did it alone in my bedroom I did not care if I looked silly or messed up the move! My knees hurt a little now but I feel so good for trying it, I'll probably do it again.
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