Cardio Yoga whats going on?

  • Kriss

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    Nov 27, 2012 3:00 AM GMT
    Hello fellow RJ members,

    I am a complete beginner at Yoga, and have done some basic stretches etc.

    I have been going through Warrior 1, 2 ,3 and various other routines + stretches. Doing alot of research now, but have not yet enrolled in any sort of classes. (Youtube and online things are kind of helping me save money ha) I'm really slowly falling in love with Yoga and trying to implement it a bit more into my life. For the most part I don't have all the time in the world to run into the gym after school to work out. So I try to excersise at home.

    Now I know Yoga and Working out with weights is not recommened but what about cardio? I really have no info in regards to Yoga but I have found in the past three weeks of continous I have been having alot less aches in my body! (Less back pain, and waking up stiff, it's also a great start to the day.)

    Now for the more practiced particitioners do you do yoga every single day?

    Would you recommend doing intense cardio with yoga?

    I would like to start a yoga class but with school and work the times I actually get a break is not during the time they have the classes in my school gym. So any other websites I can use? I am just basically typing up whatever I learn into google and going to youtube to watch poses and instructional videos haha.

    Sorry for the long post.
  • starboard5

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    Nov 27, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    Where did you get the notion that yoga and weight training can't be done together? Actually, strength training can help you with many of the asanas. Also, did the same source tell you there isn't any cardiovascular work in yoga? Depending on the style, it can get fairly cardiovascular. Go to a power or a vinyasa flow class and tell me what you think.

    Weight training is isotonic while yoga is predominantly isometric, so they work the muscles in different ways. I've found that they compliment each other. I do them on alternate days, though I have gone from a weight training session directly to a yoga class. It can be tough, but then I'm a lot older than you.

    If you are serious about learning yoga, I encourage you to scrape together enough money to go to a dedicated yoga studio. You will find teachers there who have, at a minimum, gone through a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program, and most will have many more hours. It's easy to do a web search in your area for studios. Most have package programs of so many classes and a time period after which they will expire, but most also have drop-in rates. In my area drop-ins typically run $14-$15 a class, though the studio I go to now has classes as low as $9. It's a matter of your priorities. Skip the movies and go to a yoga class. Most teachers draw from a variety of training with other, more advanced teachers, but if you can find someone who is Iyengar trained, that would be a good place to start. Iyengar stresses alignment and the use of props. It's very important when you start out to learn proper alignment in the asanas to avoid injury. You definitely can hurt yourself in yoga.

    Most importantly, learn the breathing. Ujjayi breath is the center of asana practice. Everything else proceeds from it.

    There are some great books you can look into. Here's a list of a few of my favorites. I'm sure you can find them used for cheap on Amazon:

    --The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice, by T.K.V. Desikachar (this is one of the most valuable books you can own on yoga. Not so much a manual of asana, as a guide to all the 8 limbs of classic yoga)
    --Yoga For Body, Breath, and Mind: A Guide to Personal Reintegration, by A.G. Mohan
    --30 Essential Yoga Poses For Beginning Students and Their Teachers, by Judith Lasater
    --Yoga For Dummies, by Georg Feuerstein and Larry Payne (I'm serious. Feuerstein, who died recently, was one of the most respected writers on classic yoga and Indian philosophy)


    I hope you continue to explore your yoga. There is no end to it.
  • Kriss

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    Nov 28, 2012 6:10 AM GMT
    Thank you very much for the helpful advice.

    Like I said I am fairly new to yoga but I read somewhere that gaining muscle mass or something along the lines decreases your flexibility range?

    I would most definately consider taking a class but right now I have more pressing matter with the fact school is ending an I a just sorting out alot of stuff in my life. Though Next Semester I've worked out my schedule to have a few empty slots around the time they usually teach Yoga at my school so I put $20 bucks aside and I'm just waiting for the sign up sheets!
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    Nov 29, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    starboard5 saidWhere did you get the notion that yoga and weight training can't be done together?



    A lot of Yoga teachers frown upon weight training. I get the impression they consider it a barbaric form of exercise.
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    Nov 30, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    I always give my students the same answer when they ask about other activities in combination with yoga - "do what feels good for your body".

    Personally, I practice every day, although the amount of time varies. I also mix in weight training, running, Pilates, and cycling, depending on what I feel like my body needs. There are many places that I believe the weight training has improved my yoga practice.

    I would also argue that making your yoga practice your only physical activity actually neglects certain functional movements (i.e. - there are very limited pulling type movements in a yoga practice, you're unlikely to get your heart rate up really high, etc.), so having variety is a good thing.

    ScruffypupA lot of Yoga teachers frown upon weight training. I get the impression they consider it a barbaric form of exercise.


    IMHO, this could be because a lot of people seem to disregard form, alignment and precision when lifting weights. That doesn't make it fair to categorically dismiss weightlifting as a valid form of exercise, but might explain why some yoga teachers react that way.

    I put just as much attention on my form when lifting as I do when I'm on my yoga mat.
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    Dec 01, 2012 8:34 AM GMT
    Yoga for me is just a supplement to my life. I may go 2 times a week and then stop for months. You definitely can do weights and then yoga afterword. Or cadio and then yoga after. Or Yoga and then swimming after. Since yoga stretches, you don't want to do anything with weights after yoga, which does the opposite of stretching and relaxing. One thing is yoga has a lot of balancing on your feet, so doing killer squats before yoga won't work. Or huge supersets of chest before yoga. Medium weight lifting is OK.
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    Dec 17, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    my take is that you need a 4 groups of excercise to round things out,,, yoga, weights/strength.. cardio, and high intensity...

    i use both insanity coupled with p90x, and some yoga days, or cool down days...

    cardio every other day, with intense intervals..

    weights on those other days,

    yoga on sundays

    or something like that anyway.
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    Dec 17, 2012 6:51 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    starboard5 saidWhere did you get the notion that yoga and weight training can't be done together?



    A lot of Yoga teachers frown upon weight training. I get the impression they consider it a barbaric form of exercise.


    Yup, an old instructor of mine was like that. Also getting a little pissy when someone had use bands to complete a certain pose.

  • Kriss

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    Dec 18, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    This thread continues to give me great ideas, so far I have been using youtube videos and recently purchased some books of amazon. I noticed an increase in flexibility and oddly enough I see to be able to pull a bit more energy out of myself at the end of the day since starting.

    Thanks everyone for the great advice! Now I can't wait till next semester to start up some classes at school haha im kinda excited.
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    Dec 22, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    deerheart said

    Yup, an old instructor of mine was like that. Also getting a little pissy when someone had use bands to complete a certain pose.



    I hope you found a new teacher... props and cross-training are your friends!