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figure 4 is a good warm up to pigeon (or half pigeon) if pigeon is troublesome (there are days where I can get to half pigeon fairly easily, and some days where I cramp up). It is a nice hip opener as well. I like cobblers pose as well.

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I am not a " runner" but enjoy jogging 4-6 miles a week...I also have a desk job where I sit 8-10 hours a day. I have found that just in a few weeks practicing the low back and hip opening poses has done wonders for me. Like below, I like Pigeon pose and I also incorporate Lizard pose with it. Great for the hips.



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Thanks for the suggestions! Looking forward to try them both tonight after basketball.

I really liked the legs on the wall and also did the V as well. I will use a pillow next time though, as my legs had a bit of a gap at the bottom.
I tried doing the pigeon, but I kept getting cramps in the bottom of my feet, I had a heavy sweat at basketball so I will try again tomorrow.

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Janek,

I run a lot and have a sore left hip as a result. I also practice Ashtanga yoga a couple of times a week. The poses I really like are pigeon and legs up the wall (every night for 5 to 10 minutes is just amazing). Good luck finding what works for you!

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Hi all,
I have incorporated Yoga in my workouts over the last year or so and being a typical male, I am not that limber, but try to do the poses as well as I can. Love the way I feel after the yoga workouts and can really feel the benefits.

I have a bit of a sore hip (especially the day after playing basketball) and was wondering if they were any particular poses that can help with that area (just my right side is affected).

Thanks for the help
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Angel, one day of complete rest is not only good but necessary. Sounds like you have an excellent plan. As long as you're feeling strong and balanced (and the scale is cooperating), I'd keep your current plan. Reevaluate in a month's time and see if it works for you. If not, you can always tweak it a bit. emoticon

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Hello, everyone. I recently have begun dedicating myself more to my practice. I am walking/jogging briskly 30-40 minutes 4-5 days per week for cardio. And I'm practicing yoga 30-60 minutes 5 days per week. I'm 48 years old and in decent physical condition. My questions concern taking a rest day once or twice per week. Do you all do any fitness activity on your rest days? Do you take more than one rest day per week?

Currently, I'm inclined to take one complete rest day (no fitness activity at all) plus one day of a short and gentle yoga practice. Then the other days, I do both cardio and yoga.

Does that sound appropriate?

Thanks in advance for your feedback. Namaste. emoticon

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EIRAVANORA hi hope you found the info useful!

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in Vinyasa a series of poses are done one after another like a flow, breathing in and out the pose. The series and number of poses can be different in every practice. The more familiar with the series the flow goes better, the pose and the breathing match

in Iyengar the purpose is to do the pose right, with the use of blocks,straps,blankets, it is a slow practice

in Ashtanga sun salutation A and B are practice like a flow, always the same poses.

Daily Yoga dvd with Rodney Yee has a 5 days practice, in Iyengar, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Restorative and one for the Core. Check it out in collage video.com or gaiam.com. A

Also check in the Yoga Information Forum about what all the different styles of Yoga have to offer. www.ivillage.com/yoga-hatha-vinyasa/
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I'm not sure if anyone had asked this question. Sorry if its a repeat.

But can someone tell me, in basic terms, what are the differences in the Vinyasa, Iyenger and Ashtanga?

From what I read, Vinsyasa is Core, and does a repeated series of Sun Salutations. Is that correct?

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This dvd is a Barbara Benagh dvd set, I have the one for stress relief and is very good, it has a lot of breathing exercises and restorative Yoga, the other two dvd's in the set look interesting, especially the one Yoga done in a chair. You have to know the poses though, Barbara guides you to get the poses using blankets for more comfort, restorative yoga. The other dvd AM PM yoga with Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden is not in this set. It is by the way an excellent dvd, to start your day and to relax after a hectic day. Rodney has more dvd's Power Yoga, Ultimate Power Yoga, you can check him in youtube and also in gaiam or collage video.com

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I have read so many positive things about Rodney Yee and I keep looking at his DVDs on Amazon. I have yet to decide whether to buy (I'm hopeless at making decisions about anything!), but still keep thinking about it. The more I read the more I think it will be a good choice for me.

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I love Am/Pm yoga! Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden are by far some of the best video instructors that I have gone through. I always try to find videos by them. The only with with Rodney Yee is he has a lisp and it makes me giggle when I'm doing yoga to his videos.

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Has anyone tried this:

Yoga for Beginners Boxed Set (Yoga for Stress Relief / AM-PM Yoga for Beginners / Essential Yoga for Inflexible People)...by different instructors.

if so, what is your review???

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You are so right that many of those balance poses have to do with core strength.... I even learned that in holding plank... it wasn't my arms that needed to be stronger, it was my abs.
A good friend and fellow yoga teacher who is also a ballet teacher gave me a great tip for balance poses. Your head is the heaviest part of your body. Have it centered on the the place of balance, e.g. the leg on the floor. I've been working at it using a mirror and am having better success.

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You are welcome! I am looking forward to the day when I can do tree and dancer and warrior 3 without having to move over to the wall and keep myself up.
I like to make excuses like I have tiny feet with high arches so there isn't a lot of contact with the floor to hold up this big person. :)
But I can feel it in my abs when I really try so I know I just need to keep practicing and keep getting stronger and I will get it someday.


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Thanks so much Aslmere and Caroljean!

I take great encouragement from your kind words xxxx emoticon

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Balance is my major issue as well... I have been practicing for six years and been teaching for three and I never know when tree is going to work for me or not.
Congrats!

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Good for you! progress is progress small steps lead to more small steps and pretty soon you look back and can no longer see the starting line.

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This isn't exactly a question, but I think it ought to go here as I'm still very much a beginner.

I just HAD to come and say that I managed my first Tree pose today!! And I was able to balance for quite a while and totally surprised myself!

I ought to add that I only managed to lift my bent leg half way between my ankle and knee, but hey, it's a start, right?

Thanks for indulging me this little bit of self-pride - I feel as if I've achieved something quite major, as my balance is one of my weaknesses. xxxx

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I always bend my knees slightly.. or a little more than slightly :) I am getting more flexible every time I practice.

I hope it is just natural popping. But it doesn't really feel like popping, more like crackling. And I suppose that could make sense that it is fluid moving. And at one point in my life I did land hard on one of my knees and burst the bursa. Since I am am not hurting I will just wait until I have another regular visit.

Thanks for the info!

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I forgot the possibility of the cracking being air bubbles in your synovial fluid. Thats the clear slippery fluid that lubricates the joints... I got to feel some one time and it's like liquid silk. If air bubbles get caught in it, they will pop as you move and actually make room for more fluid.

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Joints will pop naturally (like cracking your knucles) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracking_joint
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since you're not having any pain, it's probably just that, but if you could check next time you see your doctor if you're worried about it. I don't think it has anything to do with age, I think it's just the movement of the joints. My spine will crack during twists....

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I would absolutely talk to a doctor, hopefully to discover it is no problem. In the meantime, make sure you don't lock your knees and instead bend them slightly.

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QUESTION
My knees crackle when I do sun salutation or any pose that requires touching your toes in a standing position. I notice it most during sun salutation. It doesn't hurt...yet, but I am wondering if I need a doctor to check it out or if I should just keep going and chalk it up to getting older?
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Thank YOU !!!!

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What a generous response. I love yoga and teaching it. It is always a challenge to respond with words instead of an assist or adjustment. Your post makes me feel as if I communicated clearly. Thanks.

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CarolJean, many grateful thanks for your very helpful reply!
What you say about marrying the breathing with the pose makes absolute perfect sense. After all, muscles need oxygen in order to work don't they? Also the fact that deep regular breathing is therapeutic and relaxing is also a factor worth remembering. I think if I can practice the breathing then it will make the whole Yoga experience better and I shall hopefully begin to feel more in tune with my body.
As for my tendency towards perfection - are you sure you don't know me from a previous life? It's true that my exercise sessions are "all out" and if I don't work myself into a stupor then I have failed........ except of course I haven't really, as I am trying to convince myself these days.
I love your choice of words - taking it to the edge where you feel something but not pain.
I shall keep in mind your comments during my next session this weekend and into next week, and will let you know how it goes! emoticon

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Two items in your post might relate to your delayed muscle soreness. You mentioned the breathing and poses are a challenge to keep together. The more you marry the breath and pose, the more relaxed you will feel in the pose.
I am also assuming that given your cardio addiction, that you are ambitious. (I am so I may be reading something in that isn't there.) Yoga isn't about ambition and getting to the "ultimate expression" of the pose. It is listening to your body, taking it to an edge.... where you feel something, but not pain. The goal in yoga is No pain, no pain.
Relax into the pose. Let me know if any of this helps.

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Hi there!
I've been a Spark member for several years, and due to problems with addiction to exercise and also anorexia (in recovery now) I'm attempting to cut down on the hard cardio in my exercise routine and do more stretching and strength work, at the same time trying to gain weight to be healthy again. (See my Sparkpage for more info.)
This past week I've tried my hand at Yoga for the first time in my life!
I've thought about it in the past, but, being a cardio junkie, Yoga has never been on my agenda.
However, all that is now changing and I've done two Yoga sessions this past week.
Now of course I'm a beginner and a total novice, and I was therefore not too surprised to find alot of the poses quite difficult to hold and also the breathing is hard to master when trying to concentrate on holding a pose at the same time! Far too much to think about!
Having said that, I'm not going to give up as I think it will be far healthier for me to incorporate Yoga into my exercise routine in place of one or two cardio sessions a week.
Imagine my surprise, however, when this morning I ache all over!! I honestly felt as if I've been in a boxing ring!
I'm a little less sore now this afternoon, but would this be because of my Yoga sessions this week? I take it I'm right in presuming that I've now woken muscles and am using them in a very different way to what I've been used to?
I shall definately carry on, probably two sessions a week to start with and then maybe another session as I become better and more balanced.

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Thanks for letting me know. Another thing that might help, but is not really a yoga move and that is conscious breath. Spend a couple minutes each hour being aware of your breath. You can increase the length of your inhale and exhale, breathing fully into your torso filling it from the bottom up and emptying from the top down. This will relax your whole body.

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Thanks CarolJean those moves have really helped!

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Wow, you really made my day. So glad I could help. I teach a chair yoga class at a local retirement home. I will be out of town for a month and I am getting notes together for my guest teacher... which is why chair yoga was at the top of my mind when I read your post.

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Carol Jean - Thank you so much! That will get me started moving and in the right direction! I so appreciate your help. This disease is just not what I expected my "later in life" to be like. I appreciate the help and the exercises, I will start on those tonight. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!!

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www.livingwordsofwisdom.com/chair-yo
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www.bostonyoga.com/chair_yoga.html
Check out these links for chair yoga. Also google chair yoga and check out the images, there are some great sequences there.


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Good Afternoon, I have just joined Spark and found your site. I love the thought of yoga, but in the little town I am in, they have nothing for me. I have purchased DVD's that are for beginners, but I also have Advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis so is there something anyone would recommend. I am 48 years old, I haven't advanced to the wheel chair (but don't push me too far), I need more stretching to keep me off of the cane and moving. Ex-collegiate athlete, so I do understand muscle groups, etc., but I am just in need of a little instruction - anyone have an idea or dvd they would recommend? Thanks!

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For your neck, on an in-breath turn you head to the right, exhale to center, inhale to left. Repeat 3-5 times.
On inhale lean head back, on exhale bend head forward and let hang. Repeat 3-5 times.
Draw circles in both directions with your nose.
Make a complete circle with your head 3-5 times in one direction and the same in the other direction.
Shrug shoulders.
Make forward circles with shoulders, then reverse.
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Looking for a good pose to do to release tension in my neck and shoulders while I am at work. Any suggestions?

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Thanks Carol.
I think I will just practice doing it all together a bit tonight before class tomorrow. Unfortunately there are no dedicated yoga studios around here, so I just have a class at the YMCA the next town over.
It is not very informative but is the best I can get around here, so I am doing my best to supplement the class at home!

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This is the best I could find. It shows how to move between dolphin and a dolphin type plank.
http://www.ehow.com/video_4399585_sivana
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Here's the method I would use. Begin in mountain, forward fold, gazing pose, then put forearms on mat to get to plank and lower to mat for cobra... perhaps replace cobra with sphinx. Use the video to see how to move between this spot and into down dog. Hope this helps.

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Hi all!
We do several sun salutations in my "gentle yoga" class, which based on this, I think is derived from Ashtanga yoga (?) but more to the point, the Sun salutations are killing my already beat up wrists, thanks to years of computer work.
I have been told that Dolphin modifications for plank and down dog would be helpful but after much searching on the internet, I cannot find a video example of the complete salutation using dolphin modifications.
I can find single poses, but I would really appreciate seeing the full sequence.

Has anyone magically happened upon a video showing this?!

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Thanks, I will try it out.

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As far as shoulder stand... the only prop I use, but I insist my students use it, is a folded blanket (folded into 1/4's). My shoulders are just at the folded edge of the blanket. I roll my legs up and I do initially prop my hips with my hands. Rather than plow, you can do 1/2 shoulder stand. Let your legs fall forward at about a 60 degree angle towards your head. If you can clasp your hands stretched out toward the bottom of your mat. If you continue to have pain, choose another inversion instead like legs up the wall or supported legs up the wall.
I recently heard from my doctor that I have osteopenia... a precursor to osteoporosis and that strength training is important. She mentioned yoga as one of the possibilities.

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I have a question about the shoulder stands. The strain in my neck in the pose is uncomfortable and using a prop only makes it worse (I don't have any curvature in my neck so even certain poses where I should look up at my hands gets to be uncomfortable) I can get into the pose, but what muscles should I be using to stablize. If I support it, I just feel all the flab push to my head, when I don't it strains my middle/lower back. Should I focus more on plough for now and get comfortable in that pose (which is already difficult for me to do as well)?

Also this one is a little less specific I suppose. I keep hearing mixed remarks on yoga and it being able to replace strength training. I know that when I did yoga more regularly (which is thankfully coming back to me) that I could sweat up a storm and wake the next morning with tight muscles. What are your views? Can yoga replace strength training?

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I understand why the "supposed to" would bother you. I always tell my son that we don't use the word can't, we use try.
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I wish I could erase the words "supposed to" from our yoga vocabulary. Your body is "supposed to" do what it can when it can in any pose. Remember yoga means union.... that connection between our body and our brain. We want to feel something.... but not pain.
I talk about the goal of a pose, or the full expression and then remind my students to do what they can.
Child's pose in its full expression is to have your glutes touch your heels. Don't try to stretch your upper body out too far. Push back with your glutes and aim for your heels. If you have a trusted friend or teacher, you can ask them to gently apply pressure to your lower back to help you stretch a bit. Just keep practicing... remember yoga is a practice, a journey, not a destination.

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Good Morning! There is so much useful knowledge on here! I started practicing yoga last month and have enjoyed it so much that I have the whole family going now.
My issue is child's pose, is your but supposed to touch your feet? No matter how much I push my butt won't touch. I've tried stretching out my thighs but don't know the correct poses enough to help.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Yes I seem to experience lower back pain when class consists of repeated King Cobra poses. I have started to do the Baby Cobra pose and it seems to ease my pain. I also have found that on some poses I tend to get too high up on my thighs/or raise my thighs too high and this creates lower back pain. I also will do Child's pose whenever possible.

I am also interested in the replies to this question.

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Thank you - I'll be sure to do that at the next class!

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Speak immediately to your yoga instructor about your pain. Ask her/him to check your positions, especially in poses that strain the back. For instance on a forward fold, bend your knees so you can stretch out your back.

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Has anyone experienced low back pain after their yoga practice? Lately, I've been having low back pain after a session - now it's so bad, I'm afraid to go back and the pain is starting to interfere with other activities.

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When I've done hot or Bikram, I make sure to drink lots of water (at the Bikram they tell you when you can start drinking, it was more structured than the "hot" yoga I did) and if you have a yoga towel that works well with the mat, but I started with a beach towel, and that worked fine too.

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I have done hot yoga. Be careful not to overdo it as your muscles get very loose in the heat.

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I am new to yoga and am going to my first "hot yoga" class at a yoga studio in about an hour. I have only done non-heated until now and at my gym not a studio. I have enjoyed the classes I have done so far even if I have not mastered anything. This hot yoga place was running a special for 20 sessions and I decided it was a great opportunity to check it out. Does anyone here do "hot yoga"?

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The only kind of yoga listed in the fitness tracker is "power yoga (vinyasa or ashtanga)." These styles of yoga practice will somewhat elevate the heart rate which is part of what is needed for card fitness.
I think you will find a great wealth of information on various types of yoga at this site.
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Not quite sure if this is the right place for this, but I'm new to yoga so I was wondering if someone could inform me or direct me to a website that explains all the different types of yoga. Also, is there different forms of yoga on the fitness tracker, or how do you put it into the fitness tracker? Thanks in advance!

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That sounds strange, is it painful or disturbing, or just unusual? It sounds like it would be a nervous system symptom but with being in both arms and legs, I'm curious to hear what it might be also.

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I am not a beginner, but I have been experiencing something lately that I wonder if anyone else has and knows about.
When I finish my yoga practice and lie in savasana, I feel as if there were currents running through my body, especially in my arms and legs.
Anyone know what is going on???

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SACRED....

some forms of yoga are more "athletic" than others; so as far as using yoga to really get "in shape" (as opposed to some more gentler forms of yoga meant to increase flexibility, balance, etc), you might try flow yoga, which is done at a very quick pace. A one hour session for me burns around 400 calories ( per my polar F7 heart monitor)! A gym who advertises "yoga works" classes usually offers this fast-paced form of yoga practice.

It's not the form of yoga I regularly practice (Iyengar), but it is definitely aerobic as well as strength- oriented!

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I have had the slippery hands and feet problem in the past too. Try rinsing your mat in some warm soapy water..sometimes they have been coated with slippery rubberizors (it worked for me), try a bit of baby powder on your feet before class or you can always invest in a non-slip mat, Jade makes a good one.

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I'm reminded of when we're doing breathing exercises and it is suggested that we let go of emotions and "expectations" and I almost felt guilty yesterday, because of my high hopes for this yoga, LOL. I think it's good though that I've been so reminded; I tend to forget that all good things take a longish time to develop, I'm not suddenly going to be fit and happy after a week or even a month :-) of yoga anymore than I am going to lose all the weight I want in that period of time.


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I'm looking forward to it! Thanks!

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I think you will find as you do yoga that you feel stronger so it should be helping you convert fat to muscle. Also, you'll fell less hungry and you are massaging your internal organs as well so it's as good a laughter for that! emoticon .

The regular breathing you will learn is also healthy for you so you get the needed oxygen to your organs. I have found that some sessions are more aerobic than others.



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Does yoga have the potential to really get me into shape, or is it more for flexibility and mind/body issues?

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Anyone else have trouble with feet sweating, and slipping???? I got the gaiam woven fabric mat and it helps some, but it's still hard to really "plant" your feet, when they drift from the sweat. Appreciate input! Happens with hands some, too.

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I'm a beginner and I use the "Element A.M./P.M. Beginner Yoga" with Elana Brower. I really like to be able to practice at home, and this is explained well and moves slowly enough to follow easily. I think I got it from the Gaiam website, but there are many sources. hope this is helpful!

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I've only done a couple and they were pretty slow for me. But since they are instant it doesn't hurt to try them. I think there was a stress relief one that was OK.

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I agree, KAYOTIC. Not all studios are snooty. I'm the biggest girl in all my classes and no one has ever made me feel unwelcome. I take Basics classes at my local studio and have had some amazing instructors. It is so helpful to have someone spotting and helping w/form. I occasionally take a Mixed Level class and I can't keep up w/the pace, but I do what I can and modify as needed. I still get a good workout. I know I would not do as well if I were only doing DVDs.

That being said, can you recommend some instant view Netflix video titles? I don't see much of a selection for instant viewing. Thanks.

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If you want to go the DVD route, look at one for beginners, I think Rodney Yee has a good one, you can probably see clips on Collagevideo.com for a preview.

You can see free videos streaming if you have Netflix, or there are some on some cable TV (Fit TV has Namaste yoga, I do those, some are easier than others, so you may want to watch first)

But I would also suggest you try out a studio, most will take drop-ins, and not all are snooty. I've found them to be very welcoming, especially if you let them know you are just beginning, they can suggest where you might be more comfortable in a class, and offer adjustments to fit your current level, plus you have someone there who can guide you in proper form. If you are uncomfortable going in person to check out a studio (and don't feel like you have to go to take a class, you could go just to see if it fits your needs) you could call first and see what they say about their beginners practice.

And you can always do classes and a home practice...

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I suffer from bipolar disorder and have been searching for over a decade for a way to use my mind to help my body, and visa verse, to help me balance myself and hopefully be able to have more insight into myself.

I take my meds and go to therapy as my doctor orders.

Today my doctor told me to check out yoga. She said that, as I had suspected, the mind body connection would be helpful for someone with my condition.

Is there any particular type of yoga I should begin with? I do have a regular meditation practice already. I want to stay away from snotty gym people who think they're all that, are toothpick thin, and judge my lack of fashion (I'll be working out in plain stuff, nothing showy).

I'm thinking that I should do this at home. Are there any good videos that you'd recommend to beginners? I just got Cyndi Lee's' "Om" book out of the library and think it will be useful.

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Or you can tryout ashtanga yoga in youtube. Found quite a many asanas with variations too..

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I'd really like to check that out, I love documentaries!

Next time I won't take advanced ashtanga accidentally.... wow. I wondered why it was so hard! haha Hatha might just be more my thing anyway.

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I just watched a documentary called "Ashtanga, NY" really good film...hope you enjoy the class!

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Although I've been practicing yoga for years, I'm always too chicken to change up from Hatha or Vinyasa Flow classes, so today I'm trying my first ever Ashtanga class! I'm a bit scared about what to expect. I just hope I can keep up!

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I went to Kripalu last year and loved it!! A beautiful place in the Berkshires with lots to do. Also they gave me a year's subscription to Yoga Journal! It's a great magazine for yoga lovers. I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself.

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I just wanted to get everyone's take on Kripalu yoga. I am taking my 1st Kripalu class this weekend and excited about it but also very uncertain about what to expect. I personally am looking more for a class in yoga that I can also work on my inner self more at the same time as opposed to heavy exercising. Is this a good outlet for more meditation during poses? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Thank you.

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Hi JC :) It is natural to be sore after practicing for the durations you are as long as it's not a pain. Like arobics and other excercises your muscles will get sore. You will find most likely that the adjust quickly and the soreness will deminish. If soreness become an issure it's best in my opinion to lesten your time by maybe 15 minutes or or more, in order to keep from having to discontinue your daily practice or discouraging you from continueing.


I wear reagular cloths that I would wear to a gym. Tee shirt and yoga pants in winter, and tank and shorts in summer, not bike shorts but a looser short that allows me to move. I prefer wearing a sports bra for the support, I don't like alot if any movement when I'm practicing. You want to be comfortable is the main thing.

I've always heard not to lock your knees, just to straighten them. Locking them could lead to sore joints and perhaps harm them. Even when your doing poses that require your balancing on only one leg, I was taught to try to achieve this without locking the knee. This sounds unachievable or impossible to some but it will actually make the balance easier and you won't damage your joints in those knees.
Try to hold them relaxed and balanced, keep the pose as natural as possible.

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I have a few questions for yall.

1. When I do yoga I am not in pain but I just did 60 min and this is my second day and I am sore all over? That's expected right? I just don't want to do it wrong.

2. What do yall wear? I'm 185 pounds and am fairly larger busted. I'm just wearing my running stuff but my sports bra doesn't let me breathe as deep in some of the poses and I'm constantly pulling my pants up and adjusting it to do the moves. Ideas?

3. When you straighten the legs in the standing poses, do you lock your knees? Or is it just a kinda straight type thing?

Thanks for helping a newbie!

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Thank you and I hope it helps. You are right Elasti-girl I've met people that really don't care for this pose, and have always had difficulty with it and would rather avoid it. I am one that has loved this pose since introduction to it. It's such a marvolouse stretch. A yoga session is not a yoga session for me if I can't do a down dog :)

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Thank you very much for that insight, it was very helpful. I have class tonight so I will do a little practicing before I go so I can concentrate in class more on breathing and less on positioning.
Our teacher never did say where the focus was on downward dog, legs opposed to hands etc, so it will help me to know that I should put the majority of weight in the legs, rather than my shoulders and palms as I have been.

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I liked what you said MSSUSA and I was thinking to mention that downward dog is less leaning into the hands as it is stretching back into the hip flexors. You're right to mention that the wrists and palms shouldn't be holding a lot of weight. They're just there to stretch out the spine. This is very much a restorative pose. Some find it easy, I've always found it hard. Either way, it brings so much strength and length to any practice.

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There really are no modifications. When doing vinyasa, or ashtanga it's easy to forget your proper alignment and positioning which can lead to distressed muscles and tendons and joints. With practice you will gain strength in your wrists which will help with some of the wrist soreness, but it is crucial that you spend time making sure your palms and wrists are not taking the brunt of weight while in this posture. When practicing at home spend a few minutes just practicing down dog and adjust your hands to where your palms and wrists don't feel it. Like it was mentioned use your thumb and forfinger to balance. Make sure not to hurt these areas by allowing too much force and weight on them. Work and being in this position effortlessly and to the point that you feel very natural and even light in this position. Remember your positioning and reach for that position while doing your salutations. In Vinyasa it's normal to feel some soreness until you are used to the excercise. If your are too sore in any area though and it becomes painful, it's best to center and slow down until you find the cause in order to avoid injury.
A hard floor and alot of times on your hands will inevitably lead to sore wrists from time to time. One more tip. When doing any sort of support with your wrist and forarms, and when going into such postures, make sure your arms do not extend past your wrist towards your finger tips at anytime. Make sure to take care of proper alignment.

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