Endomorphs and yoga....

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    Nov 21, 2007 11:37 AM GMT
    So I've been doing yoga for a little over a year now adn it's been slow going but I have been making improvements. Recently I've been reading about my body type and I am your text-book definition of an endomorph. Everything I'm reading is telling me that endo's shouldn't do yoga or pilates basically because we are not built for it. This is a bit of a downer since my dream has been to get certified as a yoga instructor. Am I "beating a dead horse" or can endomorph's excel at yoga?

    What do you guys think?
  • treader

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    Nov 21, 2007 8:57 PM GMT

    I think that everyone can benefit from yoga. As for your dream of being an instructor, why not? I never thought about my yoga teacher's body type. I like him because he's a good teacher and I get a lot out of his class. Good Luck...
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    Nov 21, 2007 10:02 PM GMT
    I think you can't believe everything you read.
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    Nov 21, 2007 10:16 PM GMT
    I am a yoga teacher and I went through a really tough training course and there were definitely people that did not look like the typical "yogi." I have learned though through that training course and teaching yoga for a year now that EVERYONE can benefit from yoga. Don't give up on your dream. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 21, 2007 10:42 PM GMT
    Exercising gives you endorphines, endorphines make you happy. Happy people dont go kill there husbands.
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    Nov 23, 2007 11:31 PM GMT
    I'm an endomorph as well but my massage therapist and personal trainer both recommend yoga, and I did pilates for a time as well. At very least, yoga's terrific for improving flexibility, and pilates strengthens your core. Everyone needs more flexibility and core strength ...
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    Nov 23, 2007 11:58 PM GMT
    "Should" is a probably best left out of a gay man's vocabulary.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 24, 2007 12:16 AM GMT
    I don't understand why yoga wouldn't be 'good' for endomorphs. Can't everyone benefit from greater flexibility?
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    Nov 24, 2007 5:45 AM GMT
    i'm not a yoga expert but i don't think you'll have any more problems with it than any other beginner. my roommates and i all started yoga together and they are both endomorphs - both are over 6' and over 220. and both my roommates love it. one is pretty inflexible (as am i) and we have more difficulty than our other roomie, who is a natural at it. but none of this has anything to do with body types.
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    Dec 28, 2007 11:04 AM GMT
    Crikey chaps, yoga is not just stretching and improving flexibility. It is beneficial to your organs, glands, metabolism, energy level, digestion, elimination, appetite, sense of balance, stability, agility, mental clarity, awareness, oxygenation and more! and I nearly forgot, 90% of it is half mental.
  • aidikay

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    Jan 02, 2008 6:01 AM GMT
    Maybe you can elaborate what the books say about endomorph vs. yoga.

    I am not an expert either and a newbie in yoga, but I have some endomorphic friends in my class and they seem to do just fine. Even some of the instructors are endomorphic.
  • LaYogi

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    Jan 16, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    yogachris23 saidI am a yoga teacher and I went through a really tough training course and there were definitely people that did not look like the typical "yogi." I have learned though through that training course and teaching yoga for a year now that EVERYONE can benefit from yoga. Don't give up on your dream. icon_biggrin.gif


    I totally agree with yogachris23. When I did my teacher training we had every body type and age range there. From a 22yo skinny guy to a 70yo lady to a heavy set girl. And each one had beautiful practices. It's not about molding your body to the form it's about adapting the form to what suits YOUR body.
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    Jan 17, 2008 11:00 AM GMT
    The only thing I could see being an issue for endomorphs is not being able to stretch as far as you should be because your fat gets in the way. From personal experience, I wasn't able to achieve the fullest stretch on a few positions because my gut got in the way. But, you stretch as best you can anyway.
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    Mar 04, 2008 4:31 AM GMT
    You should read about the doshas in ayurveda. Doshas have to do with body types and the different activities, foods and ways of living that work best for one's body.
    There are different poses and ways of doing them that can benefit endomorphs (kapha would be the dosha)

    There's a great book called Yoga for your Type by Dr. David Frawley and Sandra Summerfield Kozak M.S.
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    Mar 04, 2008 5:09 AM GMT
    McGay said"Should" is a probably best left out of a gay man's vocabulary.


    please don't SHOULD on yourself!
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    Mar 05, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    Hello Yogi's

    I am certified Yoga instructor and taught for a few years. I also produced a show entitled CRASH COURSE YOGA, "unlikely people doing it in unlikley places". The show introduced all types of people into yoga, short, fat, tall, slim, addicts, athletes, cops, firefighters, rappers- you name it, we did it.

    Yoga is for everybody and every BODY. Not everyone will have the same range in any given posture. For me, Yoga is not about me doing the posture;its about the posture doing my body. My body will only do whatever version it can afford. The health benefits are the same.