My first Yoga expirence!

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    Jun 20, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    So, Yesterday night I was invited to a Yoga class by one of my friends from work. This was probably due to the fact that I said "all yoga is is streching, How hard could it be?!" Plus,She wanted someone to go with lol.

    We arrived at the Uni rec center & got ourselves situated in the studio. which was very dim with some middle eastern music playing in the background & smelt like jasmine. I just thought to myself "Boy! this is going to be relaxing!"

    Fast forward a half an hour into the class . I'm sweating like there's no tomorrow and My shirt is soaked as if I jumped into the pool downstairs. As the time goes by the poses get more & more extreme to the point were we're doing something called bird of paradise (picture below). After all these crazy intense positions I was hoping We would go back to childs position,So I could catch my damn breath!

    So after this whole new Expirence I've learned that yoga is much more intense than what's shown on Tv & to never think something is easy until you've tried it!
    I might even go next week if my body still isn't sore!


    Have any of you done yoga before? What was your expirence like?


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    Jun 20, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    I've never taken any official yoga classes but I do some yoga and mediation from home on my rest days. I've always wondered how intense yoga sessions could be, so thanks for sharing this story OP! I wish I had a class around here for that. I'm too busy bulking but that's still not stopping my goals of reaching the full splits (I'm so close)!
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    I've often said that if you use proper form and push yourself yoga is the hardest workout you'll ever do. Still working on those full splits myself - about 8 inches away.
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    I've seen the lady you show on TV. She is amazing especially her balance poses like the one she is doing. She doesn't even sweat she's done it so long. Look for gay groups or even nude group yoga if you are a trooper. And 1 1/2 hour sessions are better than a rushed 1 hour one. I love yoga but I prefer swimming laps myself. I get the same feeling after swimming as after yoga and even better feeling. Yoga can be done and you can still have a distracted mind after.
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI've often said that if you use proper form and push yourself yoga is the hardest workout you'll ever do. Still working on those full splits myself - about 8 inches away.


    When I was around 15 I said "I want to do a split!" so I worked, and worked, and worked at it, at around 17 I was able to do it. Then I was like yay. And I stopped my flexibility training and in no time I lost it.
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    Jun 20, 2012 12:02 PM GMT
    The biggest surprise of my first yoga class was how much I sweat. I couldn't believe it. And this wasn't any brand of "hot" yoga, just a basic hatha class.

    I hope you will continue to explore yoga. My main advice: let everything in asana practice be centered around your breath. Learn ujjayi breathing and let the postures form themselves around it, regardless of how deeply you can go into them.
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    Jun 20, 2012 12:21 PM GMT
    I decided to take a Power Yoga class at my gym on a weekday morning. I was the only male and the average age of the women must have been 70. In Power Yoga you use light dumbbells. They had 3, 5 and 8 lbs dumbbells. Being a man who was curling 45 lb dumbbells, I naturally took the heaviest. About a half hour into the class, the sweat was pouring off me like a waterfall. My arms felt like they would breakoff as the weight was killing me. Finally, we were on our stomachs and this woman next to me who must have been 75 years old, said not to worry, the class is almost over. When mercifully it was over, I went into the sauna and almost passed out at how exhausted I was.

    I've gone back but only use the 5lb weights and am better at it. It is quite a workout and I have new respect for yoga.
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    Jun 20, 2012 2:36 PM GMT
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    This is definitely one of my favourite poses. But I'm not at the level that the lady is in this photo.
    I sweat like a mofo, even more so when it's a hot yoga class. Yesterday I did a hour weight class, and then a 1 1/2 hr yoga class.

    Normally I have no problem keeping up but I felt like I was going to die in yoga. Too hot!!!
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    Jun 20, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    I started Yoga in 1994 and sometimes go once a week. Vinyasa, Bikram and Ashtanga are the main types of Yoga I like best. It is true - you get an amazing work out & I come out of the 1 1/2 hour classes feeling great, and like a wet noodle, ready for a shower. Some Yoga classes are easier and less strenuous, which is good for beginners. The good thing is you can find different styles of Yoga and take whichever classes you like best.
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    i had my very first yoga class here in china... it's just not that popular in the phillipines where i'm from... it was fun, the chinese guru is so cool... plus the environment and the sound... very relaxing... i heard that in other countries they do naked yoga... i think it's weird hehehe and i guess that will never happen here in china... they are just too conservative here...
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
    Yoga is GREAT. I'm glad you tried it, and i *hope* you continue!

    I originally went to my first yoga class thinking it was gonna be chill, but wow, it really involved patience, focus, and more strength than I expected. I was hooked!

    My balance, mental health, and leg strength were ratcheted up several notches after months of yoga, the benefits are quite awesome. I really liked how I could be in the moment for one hour and having nothing on my mind but yoga practice.

    Keep us posted!
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:02 PM GMT

    Best Yoga instructor I ever had.
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
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    eagermuscle saidI've often said that if you use proper form and push yourself yoga is the hardest workout you'll ever do. Still working on those full splits myself - about 8 inches away.


    When I was around 15 I said "I want to do a split!" so I worked, and worked, and worked at it, at around 17 I was able to do it. Then I was like yay. And I stopped my flexibility training and in no time I lost it.

    Oooh! Let's practice together!
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    Jun 20, 2012 5:24 PM GMT
    Here in India I do it everyday. It is hard to be here and get it by without doing yoga at least once in your life. In my society there is a yoga club (no fees) it starts at 6 in the morning. I do yoga everyday, my mum does yoga everyday too.