Tai Chi or Yoga? What to do?

  • oldsouls

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    Sep 26, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    Ok so Im new to both of these. Although it seems that yoga (atleast on these forums) is top dog, I am curious which one and even what style is more oriented for my goals. I would love to build some strength from the exercises, maintain if not gain flexibility, and of course that relaxed feeling. On the down side I dont think I would do well with sit and ommm stuff! So yeah any pointers on what and which style I should try would be great!
  • jrs1

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    Sep 26, 2009 11:16 PM GMT

    I'm not familiar with Tai Chi - I would assume that it would channel your chi and help you to become more aware of yourself and your surroundings.

    I would start with Yoga. There are different kinds but each is centered on the idea of concentration (e.g., concentrated breathing, mental, and deep stretches).
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    Sep 27, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
    I've had a go at both Tai Chi and Yoga.

    I prefer yoga because it seems more strength and flexibility-oriented. Certainly breathing and control are very important.

    It might just be the difference in teachers that I had, but Tai Chi seemed more tied up in spiritual bullshit and imaginary energy flows which some people will find relaxing, but I just found annoying.

    I'm still perhaps the least flexible student in my Yoga class, but I am getting better.
  • camfer

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    Sep 27, 2009 12:24 AM GMT
    I've practiced both T'ai Chi and Yoga. Since you're interested in strength and possibly flexibility, Yoga is the way to go. Since you don't want to sit around and 'Om' you might consider Vinyasa or Ashtanga. Make sure the teacher knows you're new to it and don't overdo it at first!
  • westdave

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    Sep 27, 2009 12:41 AM GMT
    I am currently taking the Iyengar style of yoga...it involves more precision with the positions and will give you a greater appreciation of the work that goes into yoga
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    Sep 27, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    Started Yoga sometime back and have seen excellent improvent in my breathing control, lung expansion and flexibility.
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    Sep 27, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    I personally enjoy Yoga only tried Tai Chi once in the past - Yoga has not only helped me with flexibility but I find the mental discipline to be something i have been able to transfer to other physical activities.

  • oldsouls

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    Sep 27, 2009 1:11 PM GMT
    Ok well my next line to shoot to you guys is...Im trying to aim at something I can do at home. Im far more likely to keep up with it if I can do it here. So, if there is any, dvds I could get a hold of and what are some instructors names I could look into? And thanks for all the responses!
  • camfer

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    Sep 27, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    There's a dozen yoga studios in Charlotte, just do an online search. If you belong to a gym they may have yoga classes as part of your membership. Take a few classes before you venture out on your own. There's even Bikram yoga there too. It's strenuous yoga in a hot room. It would be hard to do yoga properly just out of a book or DVD with no prior experience.