Taking my first yoga class tomorrow morning

  • Timbales

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    Sep 08, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    It's listed as a beginner's class. I plan on wearing sweat shorts and a loose t-shirt. I know I shouldn't eat before hand.

    Any other advice?
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    Sep 08, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    Be prepared to tuck your shirt in if need be and wear good support under your shorts if they're loose because you may be doing a shoulder stand and you don't want to worry about your gut or boys being exposed while you're trying to learn a new position.

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    Try to arrive early so you can get a spot where you have a clear view of the instructor and are close enough to hear should he/she be softspoken (as many are, unlike Spin instructors) since listening to the instructions so you can properly follow them is PARAMOUNT.

    LISTEN to the instructions - for example in one type of "warrior" pose, so many "experienced" class attendees who are capable of sinking their butts and getting a thigh from their bent leg parallel to the ground without hyperextending their knee past their foot barely get their thigh past the 70 degree point because they don't sink down low enough (look at the picture below and imagine that the leg bent at a 90 degree angle is only half bent at, say, a 65 degree angle). They're either not listening or lazy and they never break a sweat like they should in a good yoga workout. If you don't listen to the instructions and follow the pose properly as best you can to the point of pleasant discomfort you won't reap much benefit.

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    Push yourself to the point of pleasant discomfort so you progress - break a sweat.

    If your feet sweat consider wearing socks or better yet yoga socks which like hospital socks are rubberized on the bottom. You can progress to bare feet later but it's hard to focus and push yourself in a new pose if you're worried about slipping on your yoga mat.


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    Sep 08, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    All good advice above me here. I don't have much to add, other than a few points.

    * Get your own Yoga mat - instead of counting on the place you're going to have extras.

    * Take a towel - which will be good for mopping sweat.

    * Be clean - shower - beforehand so you'll not smell when you sweat.

    * Get a spot up near the instructor so you can watch him showing you the poses.

    * Have fun. It is a great, thorough work out. If you're in a hot room Yoga class, you'll come away feeling like a wet noodle, but amazingly good!
  • Timbales

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    Sep 08, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    it was great, the instructor was very helpful and explained things well

    I bought a week to try it, but I think I'll be sticking with it.
  • Timbales

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    Sep 08, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    no, no nekkid yoga for me
  • Timbales

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    Sep 15, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    I've been to 2 sessions and I really like it, but sometimes it's a little too hippy dippy for me.
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    Sep 15, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 17, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    get your own mat and do yoga barefoot!! Better for balance.icon_idea.gif
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    Sep 17, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    Timbales saidno, no nekkid yoga for me




    That is what I said now I don't see why you would do yoga any other way.
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    Sep 19, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    Don't fart during class. Not on the first day at least.
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    Sep 23, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    Timbales saidno, no nekkid yoga for me




    That is what I said now I don't see why you would do yoga any other way.


    What about your 'dangling participles' ? Don't they get in the way?icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 23, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    Timbales saidIt's listed as a beginner's class. I plan on wearing sweat shorts and a loose t-shirt. I know I shouldn't eat before hand.

    Any other advice?



    IF YOU FART JUST LAUGH AND EXCUSE YOURSELF ... AND GO LIKE: I'M NEW TO THIS....SORRYicon_lol.gif
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    Sep 25, 2012 6:22 AM GMT
    oh gosh, there was this fat black girl in front of me who kept farting... i couldn't help but think that group yoga is meant to be on the open air. icon_eek.gif
  • ohcub83

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    Sep 29, 2012 1:21 PM GMT
    I just went to my second yoga class, I started last week. It's a "beginners" class but sometimes I feel completely out of my element, but by the end I am sweaty and feeling really good.
  • Tombo

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    Feb 02, 2013 12:08 PM GMT
    Yoga is so much fun and I feel so relaxed by the end of the session! I have never tried it nude though, don't think I'd want to
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    Feb 02, 2013 12:47 PM GMT
    I think Yoga is practiced more outside of India than inside India at least among common people. There is this homophobic Yoga guru in India whom many Indians follow religiously.
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    Every morning people sit in front of TV and follow his directions. Its mostly breathe related (Pranayam). I used to watch this guru also until I found out he is homophobic and money launderer.
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    Feb 02, 2013 7:24 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidBe prepared to tuck your shirt in if need be and wear good support under your shorts if they're loose because you may be doing a shoulder stand and you don't want to worry about your gut or boys being exposed while you're trying to learn a new position.


    Back when I was doing yoga classes regularly I saw boobs fall out quite regularly during the downward dog position icon_lol.gif also saw a bollock from a guy doing the lotus position. So this is good advice.
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    Feb 02, 2013 8:36 PM GMT
    Shagglot saidI think Yoga is practiced more outside of India than inside India at least among common people. There is this homophobic Yoga guru in India whom many Indians follow religiously.

    Every morning people sit in front of TV and follow his directions. Its mostly breathe related (Pranayam). I used to watch this guru also until I found out he is homophobic and money launderer.


    This is a very big subject. icon_biggrin.gif

    Hatha Yoga was initially taught to Indian male brahmins, then around 1950, Westerner men started to be taught, and then Western women around 1970.

    We should be very grateful for this.

    There is also a possibility that the two main systems of yoga taught outside India, which came from Krishnamacharya, Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, were influenced by Danish gymnastics, and even the training techniques of the British Army in Mysore, but they got caught up in the 'Sanskritisation' movement and all knowledge of this influence was purged.

    They are analogous to the eugenic physical culture movements of early 20th C Europe, and were an effort to strengthen and embolden Indians to resist the colonial power of the day, Britain.

    @Timbales what style of yoga are you learning?
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    Feb 02, 2013 9:53 PM GMT
    Fortis said

    They are analogous to the eugenic physical culture movements of early 20th C Europe, and were an effort to strengthen and embolden Indians to resist the colonial power of the day, Britain.


    Why are we always the baddies?
  • kw67

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    Feb 02, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    Thanks for someone reviving this post.. I have my first class on the 23rd (yoga 101)
  • Timbales

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    Feb 02, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    Fortis said

    @Timbales what style of yoga are you learning?


    I'm ashamed to admit, I haven't kept up with it because of the cost and I didn't see the advice about tucking in my shirt. icon_redface.gif
  • Tombo

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    Feb 03, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    Timbales said
    Fortis said

    @Timbales what style of yoga are you learning?


    I'm ashamed to admit, I haven't kept up with it because of the cost and I didn't see the advice about tucking in my shirt. icon_redface.gif


    I've never tucked in my shirt and I've gotten on just fine icon_smile.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 31, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    Tim did u stick with it?????
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    Jul 31, 2013 8:32 PM GMT
    I miss my yoga class, it used to get me through the week. I should start looking around for another instructor.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 01, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    I did not, the cost and my own discomfort in the class has held me back. Plus it's been a summer of household projects - renovating the garage, working in the basement, etc.