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Question for people 250lbs+ about Yoga

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I did find some info here:

I’m curious what experience my team members have had with yoga and being over 250lbs.

The reason I ask is that I was doing an exercise video on the ball designed for people that are “normal or slightly overweight” last year and hurt my back badly because the move I was trying to do wasn’t meant for really heavy women. It was one that shifted your balance off to work your core.

The reason I got hurt was is because once I got off balance my extra weight made it impossible to get back in balance without straining my back and nobody’s core would be strong enough to offset 300lbs. I had to go to physiotherapy and they suggested that I don’t do “normal” exercise DVD’s etc. because they just aren’t designed for morbidly obese people I could get hurt easily.

It all has to do with balance so I know that a lot of DVD’s would be okay for everyone especially cardio ones.

Another example the physiotherapist shared with me are lunges, if you get 300lbs off balance (center) and you start to fall sideways when down in a lunge you can tear tendons, ligaments, muscles possibly even dislocate or break a bone.

So I am a bit afraid, but ready to try some new things.

***I don’t want to scare anyone away from exercise here, but you do need to be careful if you are very obese, because of the force the extra weight can put on your body. With that being said if you can keep good form you won’t get hurt, so make sure you put form ahead of weight (don’t increase weight if you can’t keep good form) and number of reps (if you can’t keep good form when your muscles are fatigued to only as many as you can do with good form). If there is something you have already been doing and it doesn’t strain muscles keep doing it.

Not exercising is dangerous – blood clots, muscle atrophy and calcification, I could go on, this is one of the focus points of the Chronic Disease Self Management classes I facilitate.
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  • HINK2013
    Yoga means "do no harm".... I think it is important to know that you can do variations, you don't have to do the most advanced poses..... Good instructors know how to help you modify so that you are doing the pose in a way that works for your body.... I have been very lucky to have had some great instructors, when I was heavier and even now, who really helped me learn how to have a good practice without harming my body in the process. So I know that I haven't really given you any suggestions, but just wanted to encourage you to keep trying.... !
    1630 days ago
    I bought Yoga for Inflexible People for my hubby. It has gentler moves.
    1631 days ago
    Isn't there a yoga out there for the really large ladies?

    (At 165 pounds I found I couldn't do normal yoga.)
    1637 days ago
    I did some yoga classes in the summer and was hoping that I'd like it a lot more than I did. Too much grinding on my knees and I didn't have the strength or balance to really do it justice. I started zumba instead and I love it! Zumba and walking are my cardio activities. I may try to reconnect with yoga next year...
    1637 days ago
    Thank you for all of the suggestions so far. I really appreciate them. This weekend has been kind of crappy so this kind of support is just what I need.
    1637 days ago
    I've done yoga but with all exercises, I only do the moves that I can do with good form
    1637 days ago
    I have seen a DVD for yoga for bigger people but can not find it in a search. I use a beginner app personally and have found a great improvement in my lower back problems. I also would recommend going to a class with a certified instructor as they would provide modifications for you as well on certain poses.
    1637 days ago
  • 35ANGELS
    I love doing ddp yoga. Here is a link to his site....the video is very moving.

    1638 days ago
    I use the Smart Start Yoga DVD where the moves are done either standing or sitting on a chair. I highly recommend it.
    1638 days ago
  • CSYOUNG1952
    Have you ever tried the Leslie Sansone walking DVD's their great. On days thet I can't walk outside because of the weather I walk to this. I don't think you could hurt yourself with this, I too have a bad back and it doesn't hurt me.

    1638 days ago
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