Tell me your thoughts on yoga.

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I actually can't wait to get back into yoga. I've been off the gym completely since I cranked my head and won't be able to go back until after the new year. I want to make sure I can work without symptoms before tossing something else into the mix.

I would do it after work, and it doesn't matter how stressful my day was, just focusing on the pose (even if I suck, which I do), really helps me to de-stress.

I don't see it as a weight loss technique though - more like a way to increase flexibility/de-stress.
I found yoga boring. I prefer to do the yoga stuff on my wii fit than go to a class.

Pilates on the other hand, I find interesting although I do struggle with the breathing of that too.
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I like yoga. I enjoy Vinyasa as well. Some of them are very fast moving. I can't afford to go to classes. I do it on my own. If it was up to me going to a class I'd probably never go.

I feel very stretched and upright and aware of my body and muscles afterwards. Its great for stretching out my bad back and it does a lot of muscle toning for my usually flabby back and shoulders.

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I think classes are good if you can make it there. It's the getting there.

Classes are good because you stay the whole time, you do work, and then you leave, you also have help if you're doing something incorrectly, my instructors always touch me and I have to resist spazzing because every part of my body is ticklish to other hands.

When I'm at home, I have to force FORCE FORCE myself to focus, and my attention span usually lasts about 20 minutes, and then I'm like f*** this I'm going to watch tv, or go on curltalk or get on tumblr, or go to the store, or do all of those things.

I can't just walk out of a class in the middle of a session. i mean I could, but it'd be weird, and my anxiety would never allow that.
I really enjoy yoga. I typically do workouts from home, and I have rented/bought several great video's. Finding the style you like most is the biggest challenge. The first few workouts I did were meh. After exploring other styles, I can not get enough of it.
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I like it. I've been doing it on and off since I was a teenager. I've never taken any classes or had any instruction beyond videos. Now I do my own vinyasas as a cool down after my workout.

If you're going to do videos to learn, rent them. You won't need them for long. Beginning videos are annoying because they over-explain everything usually mid-pose. They seem to love to get a few steps into it, then stop to talk for 5 minutes while your muscles are screaming for mercy.

Another thing to be successful, make goals, and not just maximum flexibility or the perfect pose. The perfect pose is what feels good, which is not always the max. For each pose, pick a muscle you want to stretch and concentrate on that. If you find a sweet spot, linger there before moving on. That's part of what "listen to your body" means. Don't be afraid to vary the poses a bit to suit your needs no matter what they are.
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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.
Originally Posted by cailin
That class looks good and the studio seems pretty cool. I like that they have community classes. Since you mention stress as on of your concerns, you may want to also check out the Pranayama class. Asanas are great, but pranayama is awesome (at least for me) as a tool for stress reduction.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your experience!
"Hot" yoga sounds like hell on earth to me. You probably couldn't pay me to do that.

But I think I might look into some yoga classes at my Y. I'm bored with the weight/aerobic machines and need something new. I know Y classes are usually kinda lame, but at least they're cheap.
"Hot" yoga sounds like hell on earth to me. You probably couldn't pay me to do that.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Minneapolis, MN
I love yoga. I haven't been going to any classes in a while, but I'd like to get back into it. I'm not an expert on the different styles, but I know they vary quite a bit. The classes I attended for a long time were described as power yoga. They weren't boring at all--I got a very good workout in terms of stretching and strength, plus there was a little bit of cardio with the moving sun salutations.

I've taken one class at a Bikram yoga studio--the 105-degree hot yoga. It was so hot. I sweated a ton and had to lie down several times throughout the class. I didn't go back after the one class. But the studio was packed--so there are a lot of people who really like it. And they wear some skimpy clothes in there to deal with the heat--women and men. It's a little intimidating!
I enjoy yoga when I am actually in shape. Its great for improving tone and flexibility.
Its not an effective way for me to lose weight because chubby me is neither flexible nor coordinated.

I do videos. As a Hindu who grew up with yoga, I find the western spiritual mumbo-jumbo aspects of yoga annoying. I'm not really into the Eastern spirituality bit either but it seems more legit coming from my Sanskrit speaking grandparents and parents lol.

I love yoga but I'm lazy about it. I totally love the meditation part of it. It took me a while to get comfortable with it, but I can relax and empty my mind pretty quickly now.

My fave was yoga nidra. I swear, 30 minutes of that and I was relaxed and calm for hours!
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Yoga is not only for the fit and the flexible. A good instructor will teach you how to get your body in the correct form of an asana without forcing you to do it perfectly. Most poses are about bearing weight in a certain way combined with a particular spinal alignment of hips facing a particular direction with shoulders doing their own thing at the same time. I will never be able to do the triangle pose with my palm flat on the floor. Sometimes it is on a block, sometimes my fingertips touch the floor, other times when I am too lazy to get the block, my hand is just below my knee! Alignment of the body is more important than "how deep" into the pose you go.

Yoga counts as weight bearing exercise and therefore helps prevent osteoporosis. I can use yoga to get my aerobic execise as well as strengthening my back and upper body. I've been doing yoga for 16 years, at home on my own and in classes from time to time. I own DVDs that I love and sometimes I do routines I find on the fitness channel. I have learned routines to do with a mat and blocks and straps. I also know routines that I can do in the file room, fully dressed with steel toed boots on too, and nothing but my feet touch the floor. I also know short seated routines that I can do at my desk, or heaven forbid, stuck in traffic.

Yoga for me is more physical than spiritual however, after I exercise, my mind is calmer and more at ease anyway. I do meditate, but that's a separate practice for me.
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My objection to yoga is expense. The studios around here want $15 PER CLASS. Even with the "series" discount., 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.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves

Yeah, any of the studios asking that kind of expense are too much for me, personally.

I am using yoga at the work gym to try to rebuild strength and flexibility after my bad back sprain in June. Core strength and flexibility are at the heart of ability to ride horses well, so it's one of the best types of exercise I can do. I'm very focused on what I'm feeling, unevenness between sides, if my back muscles are starting to get tired, etc., so I neither find it boring nor focus on the spiritual talk. The first time I did yoga I was EXTREMELY sore afterward because I didn't realize how much one pose was using my back muscles which were still injured while doing it, and I became a lot more careful to make sure everything felt easier in the process of doing it from then on.
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But at least the pews never attend yoga!
I do videos. As a Hindu who grew up with yoga, I find the western spiritual mumbo-jumbo aspects of yoga annoying. I'm not really into the Eastern spirituality bit either but it seems more legit coming from my Sanskrit speaking grandparents and parents lol.
Originally Posted by mad scientist
I've been doing yoga for 16 years, at home on my own and in classes from time to time. I own DVDs that I love and sometimes I do routines I find on the fitness channel.
Originally Posted by goldencurly
What videos do you use and like?

Has anyone used any fitness video games (on Xbox, Wii, etc) that include yoga? Like or dislike?
I used to feel the way many people here have said, that yoga is boring, that it makes me angry, and that it is passive-aggressively competitive. Then I found the right yoga studio for me. What a difference! The classes start fairly slow with some stretching, but they manage to keep it from being boring. Then it gets TOUGH. But you barely even notice the people around you, and there are no mirrors, so it's not at all competitive (and I am a very competitive person). And at the end it slows down again, but by then you're so exhausted that it's a welcome reward. It's basically a vinyasa power yoga.

So if anyone out there really WANTS to like yoga, but just doesn't think they can, I'd suggest giving a variety of studios a shot. You might find one that just works for you, and then you'll never look back!

I actually got into hot yoga a few years back. The first few classes I felt like I was going to puke throughout the whole class. Then I started to get into it. It led to one of the best summers of my life--I looked fantastic, and I barely sweat all summer, because my body was so used to the heat!
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"I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!" -BART SIMPSON
I LOVE yoga! When I was doing it regularly (at least 3-4x/week) I was in great physical shape, FELT amazing, and slept like a baby. I would do a class 1-2x/week and supplement with videos.

As a power to the testament of yoga having a physical impact: I remember visiting a girlfriend in NYC years back and being astounded at her weight loss. She wasn't "heavy" to begin with but looked like she'd easily dropped 20 pounds.

But NOPE...she told me she's only lost 4 or 5. The difference? She was doing yoga every single day and had totally *reshaped* her body. I think she was using an older Kathy Smith video!

eta: Some of the at home videos I used were:
- Bryan Kest Intro to Power Yoga
-Crunch Candlelight Yoga
- AM/PM yoga
-and my FAVORITE one of all: Power Yoga for Happiness with Eion Finn. This one is just awesome!!! Plus his little dog makes appearances-so cute!

Last edited by LAwoman; 12-10-2012 at 02:35 PM.
Thanks everyone! You've all made me super exited about starting this, I've never been excited for a fitness class...ever. I'll check back after the class starts and let you all know how it goes.
I'm taking a hatha/slow flow class right now. But I've always liked yoga. I had significant weight loss and maintenance with yoga, so trying to get back into it. I also like the sense of community you get when you go to gym classes. I used to have that with spinning a few years back, and I'm pretty sure yoga will be my new thing.

I also have a Groupon for hot yoga. The last day to use it is February something, so I'm trying to woman up to go.....if I'm going to be damn near naked and sweating with other folks in a room hot as Hades, I need to at least know a little about what I'm doing.

This is where I'm probably going to go since there's a branch near me; they have a beginner's series for 65 dollars (5 classes) but the first month (just jumping in) is for 25 or 30 dollars:
Beginner Series | Charm City Yoga | Baltimore, MD

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Last edited by curlyarca; 12-10-2012 at 07:24 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.
Originally Posted by legends
Yeah, the spiritual aspect is what is unappealing to me. I'm not Hindu (or New Age) and don't want to be subtly pushed into practicing it.

But I really enjoy the physical aspects.

I guess Pilates would be a decent compromise?

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