the YOGA thread

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Most people dont make it past 1st series. I am just starting to play with second and it's been about 5 years of yoga. Only a handful even make it through third. I know 2 people who are in third but it's very rare to even complete it.

I personally find first series very fufilling and even if I never complete second (and honestly I dont even expect to). I would be more than happy.

go to ayri.org or ashtanga.net.
Thanks, webjockey. Do you like David Swenson's tapes? All the reviews I've read praise his personal style. I'm a little worried I'll get bored with the single tape after a few weeks.
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I never used his tapes. I only took his class in person.

I think bordom is the risk with *any* tape. Ashtanga (the physical part, not the other 7 limbs) is about doing the same set of postures over and over again. There is no variation, other than the variation you get by your increased flexibility to do some of the fancier transitions. Believe me, there's so much in there, it's hard to get bored and it's very challenging.

If you get bored by doing repetitive physical routines, then maybe ashtanga exclusively is not for you.
Yay! Last night, I did my first yoga class, inspired by this thread!! I really enjoyed it - we just learned the basics of breathing, and the sun salutation. I believe the type of yoga was Hatha yoga. The teacher was good, the studio looked nice, so I'm definitely looking forward to going back next week.

I also printed off a little chart from a website with the 12 poses of the sun salutation, so I can try it by myself at home to get a bit more flexible and more used to the poses.

A funny thing happened in the class - an older lady fell asleep and was snoring softly, while we were all lying down at the beginning of the class, relaxing and clearing our minds. Poor lady!!
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Glad you liked it. One class I took recently, after work in the afternoon, was so relaxing and the teacher's voice so soothing, I almost fell asleep. Several of us almost did.
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It's not unusual for someone to fall asleep during corpse pose! I take a lunchtime class at work once a week, and one of the guys nearly always is still snoring away when the rest of us leave.

I'm glad your first class went so well.
Have ya'll noticed an improvement in your posture>
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Absolutely!
I agree with Webby. Yoga can teach you how to be aware of your posture and not to slouch over.

As I think I mentioned in another thread, after practicing for a year, my doctor measured me at 1/4 inch taller than I was before. I thought I always had decent posture, but I definitely stand straighter now.
This may sound silly.. but what did some of you mean by "larger rib cage" and it made your body look "wicked".. By wicked was that a good thing or a bad thing? I would love to become more flexible.. I am only 17 an dI can't even do the splits.. not even spreak them to a 90 degree angle.. it's always been that way.. even when I was little... I think because I have muscular type legs. I sometimes thing yoga would do the trick, but I certainly don't want to look like I have a large rib cage or wicked =I Could you explain further?
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I think Ava meant by "wicked" that her body looks good. I couldn't find the comment about the rib cage, but it probably was about breathing -- learning to expand the ribs while breathing deeply. I don't know of any reason why yoga should make your rib cage actually bigger.

If you want to increase your flexibility, you might want to try yoga. I am naturally pretty stiff, but I saw an amazing improvement in flexibility after taking yoga class for about 2 months. It has lots of other physical and mental benefits too.

A year after I started practicing yoga, my doctor measured me at a quarter inch taller than I had been before. It can really improve your posture and teach you not to slouch.
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I've seen male yogis with a barrel-ish ribcage. But these folks were practising intently for many many years. I've never seen a female yogi that developed that though.
i decided to try to integrate yoga ito my life as something for me...i teach other classes but i think that the benefits of yoga are great and i have so much to learn. i do a few very basic yoga poses in my pilates classes. i want to try doing the sun salutation daily at home. do you regular yogis do the sun salutation regularly?

i recently read in a magazine that hip hop mogul russell simmons takes a yoga class every day of his life no matter where he is....i thought when i read that...wow that is powerful!!

webjockey...please share your thoughts on bikram yoga. i was going back and reading this thread and i saw you seem to have issues with bikram. please share...no judgement i'm just curious. birkam sounds like something i'd like to be able to do at some point...
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Sun salutations are a great way to wake up the body. There is so much more to yoga, though. It's best if you can start by taking some classes. You can learn things from a teacher that you can never figure out from books or videos.
thanks SuZen!! i plan to take a class a week for now...hopefully working up to 2-3 per week and practicing some at home.
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i decided to try to integrate yoga ito my life as something for me...i teach other classes but i think that the benefits of yoga are great and i have so much to learn. i do a few very basic yoga poses in my pilates classes. i want to try doing the sun salutation daily at home. do you regular yogis do the sun salutation regularly?

i recently read in a magazine that hip hop mogul russell simmons takes a yoga class every day of his life no matter where he is....i thought when i read that...wow that is powerful!!

webjockey...please share your thoughts on bikram yoga. i was going back and reading this thread and i saw you seem to have issues with bikram. please share...no judgement i'm just curious. birkam sounds like something i'd like to be able to do at some point...
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
I practiced bikram for several months before doing any teacher training and when I was more-or less a novice yogi.

My issues with it:
I thought that lying down in savasana between postures broke up the natural rhythm of practice.

I thought it was not good to have my body warming up (via the external heat) and then cooling down rapidly by allowing us to drink lots of water during the practice. Again, it broke the flow, and the constant heating up/cooling down was annoying (and IMHO not safe).

People were passing out next to me. A bit disturbing to have an enviornment where that can happen.

The sequence of postures also didnt seem intuitive. I was stretching parts of my body that was not sufficiently warmed up by previous postures. In some areas, the sequence almost seemed backwards.

I can easily see people being more prone to injury because they think their body is warmed up, when in fact it's just that 100 degree room making them think so.

Over time, it was too easy for me. I wanted a bit more challenge.

Ashtanga can bring in some competitive people, but Bikram can be just as bad. I just dont like practicing around people who feel the need to compete.

And of course, from what I've read about Bikram, he doesn't seem like a very nice person or good yogi. I try not to support those types.
thank you so much for the detailed explanation!!
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