Yoga

  • GoodPup

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    Feb 07, 2009 10:22 PM GMT
    I do lots of cardio cause I teach a spin class 5 times a week, I don't do much weight lifting but starting to get back into it more... one thing I have never done but curious to try is Yoga. But it totally intimidates me.

    I picture it being something you have to be really flexible for, which I am not at all.

    Is it gonna be tough for a beginner but gets easy with time? Or just something that is relaxing and fun right from the start?
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    Feb 07, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
    Just make sure you get in a beginner's class and you'll be fine. It can be challenging at first, but you work at your own pace and if something is too difficult for you you can just sit there. Yoga instructors are at the opposite end of the spectrum from drill sergeants. I can't imagine anybody being less flexible and having a worse sense of balance than me. If I can do it, I guarantee you you'll be fine. Just make sure it's a beginner's class.
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    Feb 07, 2009 11:31 PM GMT
    You should be able to find a class for beginners. My gym and most of the yoga studios I have researched have classes for all levels. I take a stretching class, which is yoga for people who are intimidated by the word "yoga". We do yoga and pilates stretches but the instructor doesn't call them that. I love it, especially the late night stretching by candle light class. Its very relaxing and I always sleep really well afterwards.

    I've done bikram yoga (aka hot yoga) as well. The studio only offers one class for people of all levels. The studio is always trying to attract new students so the instructors are very welcoming and make sure to tell people to work at a level they are comfortable with.

    I recommend giving it a try. I find the instructor plays a big role in how enjoyable the class is. So if at first you don't like it, try a class with a different instructor.
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    Feb 07, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    "Yoga is only for flexible people" is one of my least favorite things to hear, because it's the opposite of the truth.

    I have classes filled with people of all different fitness levels, body compositions, and flexibility. Our job when teaching is to make the class work for whoever shows up by providing modifications, props, or whatever else is needed.

    The first few classes might be rough - a lot of my students have told me they weren't sure yoga was for them, and it took some time to get used to it. Most of them are still coming back, even the ones who were doubtful at first.

    Admittedly, I'm a little biased, but I think you will find it relaxing and fun from the start. No need to be intimidated - just remember that everyone else is so focused on themselves that they don't have time to notice how flexible or not you are. There's not even a "100% correct" way to be in an asana. Also, you're never that far from the ground, so it's not even going to hurt when you fall over - just laugh and get back up again.


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    Feb 08, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    seriously... not an issue. The key things in yoga are your (1) attention/breath which has nothing to do with what you look like in the posture and (2) the "work" of the asana... the internal dynamics of what that posture does to your body. Again how flexy you are is totally irrelevant. Totally. And most people hav eto get quite advance before they understand this.

    You will have things you can do easily which other flexy people struggle with. Do it, enjoy it.

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    Feb 08, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    I took a Yoga class myself earlier this week. I'll admit, I was very nervous but I got over it quick because the instructor made a lot of difference in terms of keeping the new students calm and collected when doing different positions. I was worried myself about slipping or falling or maybe having everyone look at the mistakes I've been making but I was wrong. Everyone was too focused into themselves but I did just fine. I added two sessions into my weekly routines just to get a feel of how it'll affect my daily workouts. icon_biggrin.gif

    My lower back was very sore the next day too. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 08, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    RekindleTheFlame saidMy lower back was very sore the next day too. icon_sad.gif

    Backbends can do that sometimes. Two things I find helpful are:
    1. Drink plenty of water after class.
    2. When backbending, make sure you keep the abs engaged so that the pelvis doesn't tilt forward too much - it will help keep you from letting the bend occur too much in the lumbar vertebrae.