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cailin 12-09-2012 09:42 AM

Tell me your thoughts on yoga.
 
There's a yoga studio near my house that will be starting an intro series in Jan.

I'm thinking of signing up my weight loss has slowed so I'm looking for somthing to kick stat me again. (I lost 60lbs and was below 200lbs for the first time in probably 20years then I've regained about 6lbs)

Traditional strength training bores me and I don't really like any classes offered by the gyms near me.

My flexability is dismal and I have a thyroid disorder that I'm told would benefit from stress reduction.

I figured yoga would hit all thoes points; flexability, strenght and stress reduction.

I have never practiced and was wondering what thoes you who have thought.

CGNYC 12-09-2012 10:08 AM

I find it very, very boring. I would like to like it, I have tried. I have told myself I like it, I've told other people I like it, going with that whole, "fake it till you make it" thing but man, NO. I just get very very frustrated with the pace in the first few minutes and by the end I'm just seething.

A lot of people seem to love it and good for them but I just can not spend that much time thinking about my breath. It's all a little too self-focused, my mind wanders, and all I can think about is all the other NOT BORING things I could be doing.

Springcurl 12-09-2012 10:17 AM

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Originally Posted by CGNYC (Post 2083095)
I find it very, very boring. I would like to like it, I have tried. I have told myself I like it, I've told other people I like it, going with that whole, "fake it till you make it" thing but man, NO. I just get very very frustrated with the pace in the first few minutes and by the end I'm just seething.

A lot of people seem to love it and good for them but I just can not spend that much time thinking about my breath. It's all a little too self-focused, my mind wanders, and all I can think about is all the other NOT BORING things I could be doing.

Couldn't have said it better myself. I actually leave yoga ANGRY. I can't stand it.

Jaynee 12-09-2012 10:22 AM

CGNYC nailed it. I feel exactly the same way about yoga. I really, really want to like it because I suffer from anxiety, and I think I could really benefit, but I just can't get into it. I even bought an eight week beginners series with my husband thinking that if it was paid up front and i had someone to go with, I'd definitely go...nope. I lasted about 4 classes. BUT I know tons of people who love it!

fonki 12-09-2012 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by CGNYC (Post 2083095)
I find it very, very boring. I would like to like it, I have tried. I have told myself I like it, I've told other people I like it, going with that whole, "fake it till you make it" thing but man, NO. I just get very very frustrated with the pace in the first few minutes and by the end I'm just seething.

A lot of people seem to love it and good for them but I just can not spend that much time thinking about my breath. It's all a little too self-focused, my mind wanders, and all I can think about is all the other NOT BORING things I could be doing.

+1 - I've actually fallen asleep during yoga.

I know people that do yoga everyday and absolutely love it. Some even go on yoga retreats. Not my thing tho

The New Black 12-09-2012 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Springcurl (Post 2083101)
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Originally Posted by CGNYC (Post 2083095)
I find it very, very boring. I would like to like it, I have tried. I have told myself I like it, I've told other people I like it, going with that whole, "fake it till you make it" thing but man, NO. I just get very very frustrated with the pace in the first few minutes and by the end I'm just seething.

A lot of people seem to love it and good for them but I just can not spend that much time thinking about my breath. It's all a little too self-focused, my mind wanders, and all I can think about is all the other NOT BORING things I could be doing.

Couldn't have said it better myself. I actually leave yoga ANGRY. I can't stand it.

lol, ITA with all the above. Yoga leaves me angry and frustrated, which is sooo the opposite of what it's supposed to do. In class, I kept wondering when the good part was going to happen.

Really I just wanted to throw a good punch or do something with impact. And I don't really like being on the floor, mat or not.

webjockey 12-09-2012 10:42 AM

Anyone can do yoga. The hard part is figuring out what style works for you.

For example, if you take an Iyengar class, you'll do a few positions and really focus on being exact. An ashtanga class will have you doing all sorts of acrobatic moves (or watching others do that) and you'll leave in a sweat. Restorative is very slow and soothing with an opportunity to use props, bolsters etc.

Some styles involve lots of instruction, other styles will expect you to know the sequence of postures, and you may have very little interaction or instruction from the teacher.

Another thing that you may enjoy is taking a yoga class that specifically targets something you are trying to address. I.E. Yoga for runners, or yoga for back problems or yoga for depression etc.

I used to do Ashtanga 6x a week BC (before children) and I loved it. It was the only "exercise" I ever stuck with and I lost tons of weight, felt good mentally, physically. I no longer have the time to do the asanas, but the lessons I've learned in my yoga training is something I still carry with me to this day and it helps me manage my hectic life.

I highly recommend it.

murrrcat 12-09-2012 10:43 AM

umm you guys are going to the slow flow classes?


because the ones I attend are power yoga, AND THEY ARE HARD AS CRAP. I be like heffa can you slow down???

You don't stop and you keep going and you want to die, and you drip sweat.

I get angry in the class because I feel like the instructors are trying to kill me, like SLOW DOWN. I'm just getting into downward dog and y'all are 5 pose ahead.

I want the slow classes, I want to fall asleep in yoga!!



Try power yoga, if you're scared of being bored. Trust me, bored? no? Dead? yes. You will be the walking dead after.

My back fat is still sore, and that was from thursday!

All that bending and moving. I wish the yoga classes I went to were slow. I never get the slow ones, everytime I walk in a yoga class the instructor is like, If you're expecting a slow yoga class, leave.
:laughing2:

eta: yea as above, there are like a lot of styles of yoga, so you guys probably went to the slow flow classes.

Speckla 12-09-2012 10:47 AM

I love Yoga X from the P90X series. I did hate it at first and struggled through it but eventually began to look forward to it and it was a major accomplishment to finish it. My balance, core strength, and flexible majorly improved. Sometimes you have to persevere and the end results will make you love the workout. I've had several abdominal surgeries and my abs were very weak and my lower back hurt a lot. I was able to go through this without hurting my self and my muscle strength increase and a lot of the pain went away.

Spider 12-09-2012 10:51 AM

I feel much better with yoga than I do cardio & strength training. It's not intended to be exciting , but it can be challenging and improve balance, strengthen core and increase flexibility. I dunno, I feel relaxed yet refreshed and "reset" after.

Poodlehead 12-09-2012 10:53 AM

One of my favorite friends teaches a Vinyasa class, and while I love her, I do not necessarily love yoga. However, when I go to her class regularly, I can feel myself standing straighter and feel how much stronger I have gotten. It seems like the more I do her classes the harder they become, because I start refining my poses rather than just slopping into them. For her class, another advantage is that we are all there because we know her, not necessarily because we are "good" at yoga, so we are all at different levels. I never feel like I'm "worse" than everyone else. Plus I get to socialize before and after!

webjockey 12-09-2012 10:53 AM

I will say that if you do decide to go the power/flow/ashtanga/high energy style yoga route, please be nice to your body. There's no shame in downward dogging or child posing it while folks power through the class. No sense in blowing out your knee or straining your back to keep up with the rest.

RedCatWaves 12-09-2012 11:05 AM

My objection to yoga is expense. The studios around here want $15 PER CLASS. Even with the "series" discount. Um...no, I'm not going to spend $180 a month for 3 classes a week, and I'm sure as hell not going to do it on my own.

Hropkey 12-09-2012 11:12 AM

I love yoga. I'm lucky enough that my school offers a free class in it, so we rotate between yoga, pilates/workouts, and rolling out on foam rollers every morning. (Btw, my body would NOT survive this class without rolling out. I was sore for the first two weeks.) My core strength is about a million times better so my posture is better too and I just generally feel better. It's hard for me to do cardio because my ankles are ridiculously messed up so running is out of the question, but yog's been a great way for me to get fit. I feel off if I don't do it for at least ten minutes in the morning.

cailin 12-09-2012 11:22 AM

Thank you for all your input!

this is the class I'm planning on taking:

Intro to Yoga Series | Dancing Crow Yoga

It seems to me that it's a 4 class series on basic poses and an intro into the different styles so you can choose the best class for you after.

Like RCW yoga isn't something I want to try alone, it seems like there's a big margin for error and without proper instruction you could hurt yourself.

It is spendy, but I don't like the gym and if I like it and I get healither then it's money well spent. Also, it seems like a more welcoming, less judgmental enviorment than some gyms I've belonged to over the years and, for me, that's important. Though I know I've done well with my weight loss I'm still self consious.

Narnia 12-09-2012 11:34 AM

I LOVE yoga!!
My studio offers a huge range of classes from basic meditation to hot vinyasa flow. I do a power hot flow when I want a serious workout, and a hot yin when I want to relax and meditate. I couldn't live without my yoga. I pay $108/month for unlimited classes and my studio includes a gym and TRX classes which are included with my membership.
Definitely give it a try!

CGNYC 12-09-2012 11:48 AM

Oh, I'm not saying its too easy or not challenging, I just don't like it. I'm not a huge fan of "power" yoga because it always seems passive aggressively competitive.

I'm not trying to discourage anyone from trying it or say it IS boring. I just find it boring.

legends 12-09-2012 12:01 PM

I like it physically, but I can't meditate and after years of telling myself otherwise I just had to admit to myself that I hate anything "spiritual." I'd like yoga if the instructors would just STFU and stick to talking about the moves and positions, without that "soothing" voice, but since spiritual aspect is central to yoga that's not exactly realistic.

Bikram(sp?) yoga, the kind you do in a sweltering room, doesn't do any of the meditating and spiritual stuff, but it's just the one routine over and over, it's very fast paced with no individual instruction so chances are you're not doing the positions correctly, and the instructors talk in this fast, loud, drill sergeant voice, which, again, makes me want to tell them to STFU. Plus, you're doing it in a super hot room, sweating buckets, feeling a bit nauseated the first time, and wondering if the guy next to you is just sweating profusely or actually peeing.

multicultcurly 12-09-2012 12:17 PM

I love yoga and have done it off and on for 10 years. I love vinyasa flow as it is faster paced instead of static moves. I'd probably like ashtanga too but I never remember the names of all of the types of yoga. I think the slow flow practice is hatha.

I hate lifting weights so I like that yoga increases my strength and I love being flexible. It also relaxes me. I have so much energy that I find it hard to sleep but yoga helps with that.

PerriP 12-09-2012 12:18 PM

That series sounds great to help you figure out what you like/what your body likes.

I love yoga, practice several times a week in the studio and a couple of days a week at home. I started practicing because I have rheumatoid arthritis and knew if I didn't really start working on my flexibility, balance and range of.motion that I could potentially be in a bad place physically in a few years. I started with a recuperative ( not restorative) class that was much more basic stretching and balance, then I moved and found a studio nearby where I've predominantly taken gentle classes and restorative classes and now.that my body is getting stronger some flow yoga classes.

I prefer a class where there is instruction and modifications for your specific needs, but as I learn more I can modify poses myself and don't always have to ask the instructor.

For me it has helped my anxiety, my posture is so much better, I'm physically stronger and have better muscle tone. I always feel good when I leave class. Flexibility is way better and range of motion increases all the time

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