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Tell me your thoughts on yoga.

cailincailin Posts: 898Registered Users Curl Dabbler
There's a yoga studio near my house that will be starting an intro series in Jan.

I'm thinking of signing up my weight loss has slowed so I'm looking for somthing to kick stat me again. (I lost 60lbs and was below 200lbs for the first time in probably 20years then I've regained about 6lbs)

Traditional strength training bores me and I don't really like any classes offered by the gyms near me.

My flexability is dismal and I have a thyroid disorder that I'm told would benefit from stress reduction.

I figured yoga would hit all thoes points; flexability, strenght and stress reduction.

I have never practiced and was wondering what thoes you who have thought.
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    I find it very, very boring. I would like to like it, I have tried. I have told myself I like it, I've told other people I like it, going with that whole, "fake it till you make it" thing but man, NO. I just get very very frustrated with the pace in the first few minutes and by the end I'm just seething.

    A lot of people seem to love it and good for them but I just can not spend that much time thinking about my breath. It's all a little too self-focused, my mind wanders, and all I can think about is all the other NOT BORING things I could be doing.
  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    CGNYC wrote: »
    I find it very, very boring. I would like to like it, I have tried. I have told myself I like it, I've told other people I like it, going with that whole, "fake it till you make it" thing but man, NO. I just get very very frustrated with the pace in the first few minutes and by the end I'm just seething.

    A lot of people seem to love it and good for them but I just can not spend that much time thinking about my breath. It's all a little too self-focused, my mind wanders, and all I can think about is all the other NOT BORING things I could be doing.

    Couldn't have said it better myself. I actually leave yoga ANGRY. I can't stand it.
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  • JayneeJaynee Posts: 2,039Registered Users
    CGNYC nailed it. I feel exactly the same way about yoga. I really, really want to like it because I suffer from anxiety, and I think I could really benefit, but I just can't get into it. I even bought an eight week beginners series with my husband thinking that if it was paid up front and i had someone to go with, I'd definitely go...nope. I lasted about 4 classes. BUT I know tons of people who love it!

  • fonkifonki Posts: 353Registered Users
    CGNYC wrote: »
    I find it very, very boring. I would like to like it, I have tried. I have told myself I like it, I've told other people I like it, going with that whole, "fake it till you make it" thing but man, NO. I just get very very frustrated with the pace in the first few minutes and by the end I'm just seething.

    A lot of people seem to love it and good for them but I just can not spend that much time thinking about my breath. It's all a little too self-focused, my mind wanders, and all I can think about is all the other NOT BORING things I could be doing.

    +1 - I've actually fallen asleep during yoga.

    I know people that do yoga everyday and absolutely love it. Some even go on yoga retreats. Not my thing tho
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote: »
    CGNYC wrote: »
    I find it very, very boring. I would like to like it, I have tried. I have told myself I like it, I've told other people I like it, going with that whole, "fake it till you make it" thing but man, NO. I just get very very frustrated with the pace in the first few minutes and by the end I'm just seething.

    A lot of people seem to love it and good for them but I just can not spend that much time thinking about my breath. It's all a little too self-focused, my mind wanders, and all I can think about is all the other NOT BORING things I could be doing.

    Couldn't have said it better myself. I actually leave yoga ANGRY. I can't stand it.
    lol, ITA with all the above. Yoga leaves me angry and frustrated, which is sooo the opposite of what it's supposed to do. In class, I kept wondering when the good part was going to happen.

    Really I just wanted to throw a good punch or do something with impact. And I don't really like being on the floor, mat or not.
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    Anyone can do yoga. The hard part is figuring out what style works for you.

    For example, if you take an Iyengar class, you'll do a few positions and really focus on being exact. An ashtanga class will have you doing all sorts of acrobatic moves (or watching others do that) and you'll leave in a sweat. Restorative is very slow and soothing with an opportunity to use props, bolsters etc.

    Some styles involve lots of instruction, other styles will expect you to know the sequence of postures, and you may have very little interaction or instruction from the teacher.

    Another thing that you may enjoy is taking a yoga class that specifically targets something you are trying to address. I.E. Yoga for runners, or yoga for back problems or yoga for depression etc.

    I used to do Ashtanga 6x a week BC (before children) and I loved it. It was the only "exercise" I ever stuck with and I lost tons of weight, felt good mentally, physically. I no longer have the time to do the asanas, but the lessons I've learned in my yoga training is something I still carry with me to this day and it helps me manage my hectic life.

    I highly recommend it.
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    umm you guys are going to the slow flow classes?


    because the ones I attend are power yoga, AND THEY ARE HARD AS CRAP. I be like heffa can you slow down???

    You don't stop and you keep going and you want to die, and you drip sweat.

    I get angry in the class because I feel like the instructors are trying to kill me, like SLOW DOWN. I'm just getting into downward dog and y'all are 5 pose ahead.

    I want the slow classes, I want to fall asleep in yoga!!



    Try power yoga, if you're scared of being bored. Trust me, bored? no? Dead? yes. You will be the walking dead after.

    My back fat is still sore, and that was from thursday!

    All that bending and moving. I wish the yoga classes I went to were slow. I never get the slow ones, everytime I walk in a yoga class the instructor is like, If you're expecting a slow yoga class, leave.
    :laughing2:

    eta: yea as above, there are like a lot of styles of yoga, so you guys probably went to the slow flow classes.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I love Yoga X from the P90X series. I did hate it at first and struggled through it but eventually began to look forward to it and it was a major accomplishment to finish it. My balance, core strength, and flexible majorly improved. Sometimes you have to persevere and the end results will make you love the workout. I've had several abdominal surgeries and my abs were very weak and my lower back hurt a lot. I was able to go through this without hurting my self and my muscle strength increase and a lot of the pain went away.
  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    I feel much better with yoga than I do cardio & strength training. It's not intended to be exciting , but it can be challenging and improve balance, strengthen core and increase flexibility. I dunno, I feel relaxed yet refreshed and "reset" after.
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    One of my favorite friends teaches a Vinyasa class, and while I love her, I do not necessarily love yoga. However, when I go to her class regularly, I can feel myself standing straighter and feel how much stronger I have gotten. It seems like the more I do her classes the harder they become, because I start refining my poses rather than just slopping into them. For her class, another advantage is that we are all there because we know her, not necessarily because we are "good" at yoga, so we are all at different levels. I never feel like I'm "worse" than everyone else. Plus I get to socialize before and after!
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    I will say that if you do decide to go the power/flow/ashtanga/high energy style yoga route, please be nice to your body. There's no shame in downward dogging or child posing it while folks power through the class. No sense in blowing out your knee or straining your back to keep up with the rest.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    My objection to yoga is expense. The studios around here want $15 PER CLASS. Even with the "series" discount. Um...no, I'm not going to spend $180 a month for 3 classes a week, and I'm sure as hell not going to do it on my own.
  • HropkeyHropkey Posts: 572Registered Users
    I love yoga. I'm lucky enough that my school offers a free class in it, so we rotate between yoga, pilates/workouts, and rolling out on foam rollers every morning. (Btw, my body would NOT survive this class without rolling out. I was sore for the first two weeks.) My core strength is about a million times better so my posture is better too and I just generally feel better. It's hard for me to do cardio because my ankles are ridiculously messed up so running is out of the question, but yog's been a great way for me to get fit. I feel off if I don't do it for at least ten minutes in the morning.
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  • cailincailin Posts: 898Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Thank you for all your input!

    this is the class I'm planning on taking:

    Intro to Yoga Series | Dancing Crow Yoga

    It seems to me that it's a 4 class series on basic poses and an intro into the different styles so you can choose the best class for you after.

    Like RCW yoga isn't something I want to try alone, it seems like there's a big margin for error and without proper instruction you could hurt yourself.

    It is spendy, but I don't like the gym and if I like it and I get healither then it's money well spent. Also, it seems like a more welcoming, less judgmental enviorment than some gyms I've belonged to over the years and, for me, that's important. Though I know I've done well with my weight loss I'm still self consious.
  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    I LOVE yoga!!
    My studio offers a huge range of classes from basic meditation to hot vinyasa flow. I do a power hot flow when I want a serious workout, and a hot yin when I want to relax and meditate. I couldn't live without my yoga. I pay $108/month for unlimited classes and my studio includes a gym and TRX classes which are included with my membership.
    Definitely give it a try!
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    Oh, I'm not saying its too easy or not challenging, I just don't like it. I'm not a huge fan of "power" yoga because it always seems passive aggressively competitive.

    I'm not trying to discourage anyone from trying it or say it IS boring. I just find it boring.
  • legendslegends Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    I like it physically, but I can't meditate and after years of telling myself otherwise I just had to admit to myself that I hate anything "spiritual." I'd like yoga if the instructors would just STFU and stick to talking about the moves and positions, without that "soothing" voice, but since spiritual aspect is central to yoga that's not exactly realistic.

    Bikram(sp?) yoga, the kind you do in a sweltering room, doesn't do any of the meditating and spiritual stuff, but it's just the one routine over and over, it's very fast paced with no individual instruction so chances are you're not doing the positions correctly, and the instructors talk in this fast, loud, drill sergeant voice, which, again, makes me want to tell them to STFU. Plus, you're doing it in a super hot room, sweating buckets, feeling a bit nauseated the first time, and wondering if the guy next to you is just sweating profusely or actually peeing.
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  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,132Registered Users
    I love yoga and have done it off and on for 10 years. I love vinyasa flow as it is faster paced instead of static moves. I'd probably like ashtanga too but I never remember the names of all of the types of yoga. I think the slow flow practice is hatha.

    I hate lifting weights so I like that yoga increases my strength and I love being flexible. It also relaxes me. I have so much energy that I find it hard to sleep but yoga helps with that.
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  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    That series sounds great to help you figure out what you like/what your body likes.

    I love yoga, practice several times a week in the studio and a couple of days a week at home. I started practicing because I have rheumatoid arthritis and knew if I didn't really start working on my flexibility, balance and range of.motion that I could potentially be in a bad place physically in a few years. I started with a recuperative ( not restorative) class that was much more basic stretching and balance, then I moved and found a studio nearby where I've predominantly taken gentle classes and restorative classes and now.that my body is getting stronger some flow yoga classes.

    I prefer a class where there is instruction and modifications for your specific needs, but as I learn more I can modify poses myself and don't always have to ask the instructor.

    For me it has helped my anxiety, my posture is so much better, I'm physically stronger and have better muscle tone. I always feel good when I leave class. Flexibility is way better and range of motion increases all the time

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  • MojoDojoMojoDojo Posts: 702Registered Users
    I actually can't wait to get back into yoga. I've been off the gym completely since I cranked my head and won't be able to go back until after the new year. I want to make sure I can work without symptoms before tossing something else into the mix.

    I would do it after work, and it doesn't matter how stressful my day was, just focusing on the pose (even if I suck, which I do), really helps me to de-stress.

    I don't see it as a weight loss technique though - more like a way to increase flexibility/de-stress.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    I found yoga boring. I prefer to do the yoga stuff on my wii fit than go to a class.

    Pilates on the other hand, I find interesting although I do struggle with the breathing of that too.
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I like yoga. I enjoy Vinyasa as well. Some of them are very fast moving. I can't afford to go to classes. I do it on my own. If it was up to me going to a class I'd probably never go.

    I feel very stretched and upright and aware of my body and muscles afterwards. Its great for stretching out my bad back and it does a lot of muscle toning for my usually flabby back and shoulders.

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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    I think classes are good if you can make it there. It's the getting there.

    Classes are good because you stay the whole time, you do work, and then you leave, you also have help if you're doing something incorrectly, my instructors always touch me and I have to resist spazzing because every part of my body is ticklish to other hands. :laughing7:

    When I'm at home, I have to force FORCE FORCE myself to focus, and my attention span usually lasts about 20 minutes, and then I'm like f*** this I'm going to watch tv, or go on curltalk :laughing7: or get on tumblr, or go to the store, or do all of those things.


    I can't just walk out of a class in the middle of a session. i mean I could, but it'd be weird, and my anxiety would never allow that.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I really enjoy yoga. I typically do workouts from home, and I have rented/bought several great video's. Finding the style you like most is the biggest challenge. The first few workouts I did were meh. After exploring other styles, I can not get enough of it.
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  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users
    I like it. I've been doing it on and off since I was a teenager. I've never taken any classes or had any instruction beyond videos. Now I do my own vinyasas as a cool down after my workout.

    If you're going to do videos to learn, rent them. You won't need them for long. Beginning videos are annoying because they over-explain everything usually mid-pose. They seem to love to get a few steps into it, then stop to talk for 5 minutes while your muscles are screaming for mercy.

    Another thing to be successful, make goals, and not just maximum flexibility or the perfect pose. The perfect pose is what feels good, which is not always the max. For each pose, pick a muscle you want to stretch and concentrate on that. If you find a sweet spot, linger there before moving on. That's part of what "listen to your body" means. Don't be afraid to vary the poses a bit to suit your needs no matter what they are.
  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    cailin wrote: »
    Thank you for all your input!

    this is the class I'm planning on taking:

    Intro to Yoga Series | Dancing Crow Yoga

    It seems to me that it's a 4 class series on basic poses and an intro into the different styles so you can choose the best class for you after.

    Like RCW yoga isn't something I want to try alone, it seems like there's a big margin for error and without proper instruction you could hurt yourself.

    It is spendy, but I don't like the gym and if I like it and I get healither then it's money well spent. Also, it seems like a more welcoming, less judgmental enviorment than some gyms I've belonged to over the years and, for me, that's important. Though I know I've done well with my weight loss I'm still self consious.

    That class looks good and the studio seems pretty cool. I like that they have community classes. Since you mention stress as on of your concerns, you may want to also check out the Pranayama class. Asanas are great, but pranayama is awesome (at least for me) as a tool for stress reduction.

    Good luck and I hope you enjoy your experience!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    "Hot" yoga sounds like hell on earth to me. You probably couldn't pay me to do that.

    But I think I might look into some yoga classes at my Y. I'm bored with the weight/aerobic machines and need something new. I know Y classes are usually kinda lame, but at least they're cheap.
  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    "Hot" yoga sounds like hell on earth to me. You probably couldn't pay me to do that.
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  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    I love yoga. I haven't been going to any classes in a while, but I'd like to get back into it. I'm not an expert on the different styles, but I know they vary quite a bit. The classes I attended for a long time were described as power yoga. They weren't boring at all--I got a very good workout in terms of stretching and strength, plus there was a little bit of cardio with the moving sun salutations.

    I've taken one class at a Bikram yoga studio--the 105-degree hot yoga. It was so hot. I sweated a ton and had to lie down several times throughout the class. I didn't go back after the one class. But the studio was packed--so there are a lot of people who really like it. And they wear some skimpy clothes in there to deal with the heat--women and men. It's a little intimidating!
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    I enjoy yoga when I am actually in shape. Its great for improving tone and flexibility.
    Its not an effective way for me to lose weight because chubby me is neither flexible nor coordinated.

    I do videos. As a Hindu who grew up with yoga, I find the western spiritual mumbo-jumbo aspects of yoga annoying. I'm not really into the Eastern spirituality bit either but it seems more legit coming from my Sanskrit speaking grandparents and parents lol.
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