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DIANE7786 Posts: 5,086
11/21/13 9:33 P

Yes! There are several types of yoga so try a few to learn which you prefer. The newest is anti-gravity yoga. It's for all strength levels. You hang from the ceiling in a silk cocoon as you do exercises similar to the acrobats in Cirque de Soleil! It's a fun, energetic workout and the time goes fast!

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11/21/13 8:49 P

OMG yoga changed my life! mind, body, and spirit therapy!!!! DO IT!!!!! :D

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11/21/13 8:43 P

Yoga can be great because it provides a sense of meditation and exercise. However there are some important things to note:

-Yoga is not cardiovascular. You will not burn a lot of calories performing yoga. I know a lot of overweight people take up yoga because it's easier than running but expect the same weight loss results (this is hardly true. Yoga probably burns 1/5 the amount of calories that running does). Yoga is still an amazing activity but I just want you to be aware that yoga will not be a big calorie burner.

-If you want to take up yoga, go to an actual yoga facility rather than take classes at your community center. Yoga classes at your community center are a great way to get an idea of what yoga is like but community centers generally teach only 'beginner' yoga. You will never excel if you stay at the same level.

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11/21/13 7:33 P

I would wholeheartedly say YES!

But... a lot of people have this image of yoga as "relaxing" and "calm" and it can certainly bring you a certain peace of mind through regular practice and actually being able to leave your day outside (which is not easy!)

However, the positions can be very athletic (and strength-building) and it's much more of a workout than a lot of people give it credit for! Unless you're in a meditation or yin class or something...
Yoga is good for everyone except those with certain types of injuries or pain (so if you have those check with your doctor first), but start with something like Hatha yoga. I do not recommend power or heated (or Bikram) yoga to anyone just starting out. I've been practicing for ten years, two fairly seriously, and that stuff almost kills me. And it's certainly not all that relaxing to be literally dripping sweat emoticon

A nice calm warm or unheated class in most of the other styles will probably be fine. Tell the instructor you are new before the class starts and hopefully you will get a lot of personal attention/corrections. This is not a time to be embarrassed... no one is looking at you, presumably, if you are not being used as a demo. The teacher is just trying to show you the right alignment. Adjustments are awesome.


Definitely go to a class or three before trying a video at home on your own. Have fun!

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
11/20/13 9:05 A

As others have mentioned, yoga would be a great addition to your routine, but you may have to do some experimenting to find the style (and instructor) that works for you.

I've never tried the hot yoga, but would really like to. I attended some sessions (can't recall which style, it was a long time ago) with an instructor who would conduct the class based on what the least fit person in the room could do and she was too gentle and quiet for my taste. She also focused a little too much on the "emptying your mind" aspect of it. My head is empty enough, thank you.

I've done power yoga under two different instructors--that style suits me well. Everyone does their own thing and takes it as far as their body will let them, so the level of challenge is what you make it. I've made some gains in flexibility and balance, and can hold some poses a LOT longer than I could at the beginning. I always feel great after class--a great workout, yet I feel quite relaxed for hours afterward.

I would recommend starting off with a group class if at all possible. A good instructor will demonstrate proper form, talk you through the poses, and correct if necessary. There are some poses that could injure you if your form is not right. I have a couple of yoga dvd's and they're not bad, but I definitely like the classes much better.

See if you can find a fitness center or studio that will let you try a class or two. Some community centers and school districts offer them as well. Go in with an open mind and make sure you let the instructor know it's your first time so he/she can keep an eye on you and help if needed.

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11/20/13 5:41 A

love them all - once I learned to just relax

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (201,904)
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11/20/13 5:39 A

I tried many different types of yoga. Hot yoga (which can be suitable for beginners btw) suited my hardcore workout personality. I eventually learned to like more chill styles of yoga, but hot yoga is still my favourite.

BENTOGYRL Posts: 279
11/20/13 3:02 A

i'm also a go getter type of person. I like working out with a fast pace with other people.

That being said, I make sure to do a short yoga set everyday.

1) It makes me destress from a long day at work.

2) It makes me relax and get ready for sleep.

3) It's really improved my flexibility.

I've never taken a yoga class, but I have 'pocket yoga' for my DS, which I love because it can change up the work out for you and make it more challenging. I also do videos from the net. The caribbean workout videos are usually very relaxing for me.

KJEANNE SparkPoints: (0)
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11/19/13 3:34 P

I am a type A go go go person but I do like the effect yoga has on me. It helps me to calm down and be in the moment. But it took a lot of searching to find the right class for me. The gym has power yoga classes - too fast, too hard, too hard. I found a free yoga on the beach class last summer that was wonderful. Imagine practicing yoga on the sand in the sun enjoying the sounds and smell of waves, hearing children laugh birds flying overhead.

Good stuff!

Now I do the Rodney Yee morning yoga workouts using his DVD. The practices are 25 minutes long and are a wonderful way to start my day.

SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (20,017)
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11/19/13 9:10 A

Dear Sarah,

Personally I would recommend Yoga to anyone who wants to improve his/her overall fitness.

Yoga really is a connection between the mind and the body. The stretching and various poses increase blood flow throughout the body and the techniques bring a quiet calmness to the mind and soul because of the atmosphere yoga is performed in.

Check out a couple of yoga classes in your area, often the first couple of classes are free so you can see if you are mentally ready for yoga. You may have to attend 2-3 months worth of classes before you become accustomed to the workout and see the real benefits of yoga depending on what kind of shape you are in when you start.

Good luck on your journey.

SARAHMO4 Posts: 336
11/18/13 11:25 P

I have been debating for a while about whether to take up yoga as a part of my life and being more active. I have plenty of things, activities, and hobbies I enjoy but none really bring a sense of calm, connectivity, and still have energy and activity about them. My primary reason for this is to find something where I am active but can also focus in a way that's calming. I tend to go more towards things that are outgoing, social, bold, energetic, and are just natural parts of me and what I am attracted to in life if it has one of those qualities.

I don't know a lot about yoga, why people choose this or really what this even involves as far as what it is and what are common factors. I am interested in learning, though my fear of being the one excitable or distractible person is there. I can be focused but its hard for me at times when I want to up and moving or doing.

Either way I would like to try this and other peoples input, experience, and advice would be appreciated.

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