Yoga - One day a week?

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    Oct 23, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    It's been suggested to me that I take yoga to increase my flexibility. The only time I have to do it is on Sunday. Is once a week enough to have the benefits? Once I learn what I'm doing, I guess I could do it more often at home.
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    Oct 23, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    my degree is in physical therapy, so I would say, go ahead and learn it and then do it on ur own as time allows.


    hope this helps u.

    mike
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    Oct 23, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    One day is better than no days. However if your goal is to see progressive, increasing results in your flexibility you'll need more than that. In my experience that single day will however do wonders for your mood and stress levels throughout the week.
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    Oct 23, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    Mike: Thanks. How easy is it to learn the basics? I'm not going to hurt myself if I try it at home, am I?

    Ariodante: Increasing my flexibility is the main goal. Giving me something active to do on Sunday would also be nice. I do cardio and strength training on alternating days Monday through Saturday. Sunday is my rest day, but I don't like being a total coach potato, even though I'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaallllyyyyyy good at it.
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    Oct 23, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidMike: Thanks. How easy is it to learn the basics? I'm not going to hurt myself if I try it at home, am I?

    Ariodante: Increasing my flexibility is the main goal. Giving me something active to do on Sunday would also be nice. I do cardio and strength training on alternating days Monday through Saturday. Sunday is my rest day, but I don't like being a total coach potato, even though I'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaallllyyyyyy good at it.


    From my experience, one day a week probably won't do much to increase your flexibility. . .I've been dancing for around twelve years and in my opinion, flexibility is kind of one of those things you have to work on daily (or at least every other day) to actually see a noticeable difference. I know that if I skip classes for a week or two, I already feel tighter than I did before.

    That being said, I totally agree - one day a week should work wonders as far as stress relief goes.
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    Oct 23, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    7Famark saidFrom my experience, one day a week probably won't do much to increase your flexibility. . .I've been dancing for around twelve years and in my opinion, flexibility is kind of one of those things you have to work on daily (or at least every other day) to actually see a noticeable difference. I know that if I skip classes for a week or two, I already feel tighter than I did before.

    That being said, I totally agree - one day a week should work wonders as far as stress relief goes.


    My strength training routine incorporates a small amount of flexibility and balance training, as does my stretching routine. It just isn't enough. I can't imagine how I could do yoga more than one day a week. I feel like I live at the gym already. If I could do it at home at night, then I'd be fine, but I don't know how to do it yet.
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    Oct 23, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]DudeInNOVA said[/cite]Mike: Thanks. How easy is it to learn the basics? I'm not going to hurt myself if I try it at home, am I?

    DudeIn NOVA, It's not hard to learn and u could buy a DVD put it in and do some parts every morning before u start ur day or at the end of ur day.

    It's also good for your mind and soul.

    Do as I say, not as I do since I can be a slacker just ask my firends at work ,,,,,,,,but make up ur mind to fit it into ur day and u will feel much better.

    you can thank me later,,,,,mike
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    Oct 23, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidIt's been suggested to me that I take yoga to increase my flexibility. The only time I have to do it is on Sunday. Is once a week enough to have the benefits? Once I learn what I'm doing, I guess I could do it more often at home.


    There is so much more to yoga than just increasing your flexibility. Actually, my range of motion seemed to decrease when I started, due to performing the motions and poses correctly vs simply stretching. (The same idea applies to being able to lift more weight by sacrificing form).

    Ultimately, I would encourage you to attend a few classes and, if you're still truly interested in only the "stretching" aspect of it, you would be better off learning to stretch properly to avoid injury (which might mimic some yogic moves).

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    Oct 23, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    I'm still doing basic, but more than anything it's relaxing. It has made me more conscious of my breathing when I'm exercising, I had a tendency to hold my breath upon exertion, and wonder why I was tired and out of breath after two minutes. Greatly reduces muscle soreness too. <3
  • DanOmatic

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    Oct 23, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    My advice is to plan to do, say, a 5-week period of doing yoga maybe 3 times a week to get you started and to learn many of the poses. Don't bite off more than you can chew: find a beginner-level course and take your time.

    Then, after that, try to go at least 1-2 times a week to a class, but fill in at home as much as you want/can. There's a great website with various "classes", and it's free: www.doyogawithme.com. I find that it works for me since I already have a good base in yoga, but I can't always make my schedule fit with when yoga is offered at my gym. I can do one of the online classes in the morning before going to work, or right before bed.
  • KS_Trails

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    Nov 06, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    I'm hardly qualified to offer advice, I've been an intermediate level yogi for 3 years. I go to a hot flow yoga class only once per week. From my experience the yoga supplements and compliments my 4 weight training and 2 cardio sessions very well.

    I can't say that I've seen increases in my range of motion because I've always been pretty flexible, but I think the yoga has helped to prevent injuries and soreness for me. There are many poses that have certainly been valuable for building up strength in parts of my body that weight training misses, especially the standing balance poses.

    The breathing techniques are helpful too and I find that I incorporate the same methods into my other exercise regimens subconsciously.
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone. I'm still trying to figure this out. I can't find a beginning yoga class that I can take with my schedule. They all seem to be designed for people who don't work during the day.
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    Nov 06, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    In that case. just jump into a class. Most instructors will ask if you're new to yoga before they start and will adapt the class to the students.

    In most of my classes I'm offered a varity of poses from basic to advanced. Keep the ego in check ;) go with your breath and find some fantastic new ways to kick your own ass! icon_biggrin.gif