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JulieJ08
12-11-2009, 09:52 PM
OK, so this is an experiment :) I thought it would be lovely to have a place to talk about yoga in lots of different ways, all in one place.


Use the thread for tracking or accountability of your practice(s)
Discuss styles or videos
Ask questions about poses
Talk about meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda, the Yoga Sutra, whatever you want
Discuss taking yoga off the mat
Tell us your background in yoga (or not, if you don't feel like it)
Tell us what you love about yoga, and what you struggle with
Recommend and discuss books


And any other yoga-related topic or use you can think of!

I don't think a little general chatter should be a problem, but let's talk yoga :carrot:

So, I'll start.

I started yoga back in April 2008 when I started losing weight. Wow, was I in terrible shape, weak and tight. Per my usual, instead of taking a class I just researched the heck out of it and came up with my own sequence. I practiced pretty much every single morning at 5:15 for an hour to an hour and a half. I don't have to tell you all, great things came from that :).

In the fall, I started running M-W-F mornings, so I did a shorter yoga on those days, but kept it up. Running probably made me a little tighter, but I still kept progressing.

I loved the muscles I got, I loved the flexibility, I loved the practice itself. And still somehow I got off track this summer and didn't practice. So now I'm coming back to it. I need my yoga.

I'd love to take classes, and I'm sure I need them. But, well, $$$, ya know?

But, I just discovered YogaGlo (http://www.yogaglo.com/index.php), and I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying letting someone else tell me what to do! It's a studio that streams their classes for $18 a month. Right now I'm using their 15-day free trial. Lots of variety to choose from.

The two I've done so far were yin yoga, which I've never done. The first was really easy. Too easy. The second was perfect. Dang, holding a forward bend in Easy Pose for 3-5 minutes each side is NOT for sissies ;)


JulieJ08
12-11-2009, 10:03 PM
I don't know if I'll manage this every day, but I thought I'd post a quote for the day.

This is a little long (and no where near quoted in its entirey) but meant a lot to me:

"Our teacher urged us to listen to our bodies. I thought, 'Are you kidding? Listen to my body? This body cannot possibly be trusted.' The thought surprised me ... I had accomplished something many would consider extraordinary: I lost 85 pounds ... I realized with great sadness, I still hated my body. It looked fine. But I hated it because I couldn't trust it - or myself ... When I ran into people whom I hadn't seen in a long time, they'd ask, 'Don't you feel great?' I'd always say yes; it seemed impolite to be more honest and say, 'I wake up each morning to a person I don't really recognize in the mirror, living an unfamiliar life ... The next step, I realized, was that I needed to admit to myself how those changes really felt - not how I thought they should feel ... until I dropped my anger [at herself about her obesity], I'd never trust myself ... I could choose to stop, listen to my true reactions to the very real changes in my life, and trust myself again."

"We stood in Mountain Pose, hands in prayer position, and I found myself thinking, 'I forgive you.' I folded into a forward bend. "Let the suffering, anger, and pain roll off your back.'"

Excerpted from "Lightness of Being," by Alison Stein Wellner, in Yoga Journal, October 2009.

JulieJ08
12-12-2009, 01:12 PM
So I've practiced three evenings in a row, which feels great. My next challenge is to get back into the habit of early morning yoga, because that really makes me feel great.

I was beginning to think the yoga, even yin yoga, in the evening was giving me insomnia, but finally last night I slept better than I have in a while.

What time of day do you practice? Does yoga in general, or particular styles, give you insomnia?


c_laura
12-12-2009, 10:47 PM
Well I started four days ago.

I've always been fascinated with the idea of doing yoga, and periodically I would try to do yoga but I never lasted for much longer than a few days.

Now I really need consistency and the relaxation that yoga can give since I super stressed about my life.

Right now my biggest goal is to last for longer than a minute in downward dog...

Shannon in ATL
12-12-2009, 10:54 PM
I've been doing yoga somewhat hit or miss for several months now. I've been doing videos from Exercise TV on demand, but they have pulled most of those off. Lately I've discovered podcasts, which I love. I'm trying to get into the habit of some power yoga 3 times per week, would like to get into the habit o some short pm poses every night. Don't think that will happen any time soon, but I can hope. :)

I've been doing a lot of hip openers lately. I also run, and can feel the tightness. I have always had right hips and hams, have never been able to touch my toes. Running intensifes the tight, yoga helps stretch it out.

More later - at the ER with my MIL and she just woke up.

JulieJ08
12-12-2009, 11:15 PM
Now I really need consistency and the relaxation that yoga can give since I super stressed about my life.

I think the consistency makes a big difference, even if the duration of each session isn't long.

Right now my biggest goal is to last for longer than a minute in downward dog...

I don't think I could do it more than a few seconds at first, I was a mess. It took a long time for me before it didn't feel like major work. Sounds like you're not quite that bad. At some point, it definitely became one of my feel-good poses, but not at first! I can bring my heels to the floor - where I have more trouble is in the shoulder flexibility.

JulieJ08
12-12-2009, 11:19 PM
So many stressors for you Shannon :( Here's wishing no more ERs in your near future.

I've been doing a lot of hip openers lately. I also run, and can feel the tightness. I have always had right hips and hams, have never been able to touch my toes. Running intensifes the tight, yoga helps stretch it out.

My hams are fairly limber (now), but hips are one of my bugaboos. I'm having hip pain with twists when the hip is fully flexed.

guinea pig
12-13-2009, 12:02 AM
I've been doing yoga 3-4 times a week at my local gym since august. I'm much more flexible than when I started and I think I've even started to build some upper arm strength.

I'm glad my gym offers a decent variety of yoga classes. I looked into joining a traditional yoga studio but they are so expensive and I've never been good at exercising on my own.

artsnsmarts
12-15-2009, 08:10 PM
Hey ladies!!

I just started getting really into yoga -- I've done it intermittently for a few years, but in a recent interest in my own sense of peace and inner strength/positivity I have started taking my practice more seriously.

I'm up to 5 classes in the past week and have a good deal of strength/flexibility from other workout stuff (pilates, cardio, dance) , but I'm really nervous about moving into more challenging classes (especially since I'm still a "bigger" girl at a size 14-16).

Any thoughts on moving up in difficulty?

JulieJ08
12-15-2009, 10:10 PM
I looked into joining a traditional yoga studio but they are so expensive and I've never been good at exercising on my own.

Hi :)
I know, isn't that a bummer :(

, but I'm really nervous about moving into more challenging classes (especially since I'm still a "bigger" girl at a size 14-16).Any thoughts on moving up in difficulty?

I say just go for it if you're ready. Maybe you could talk to your teacher briefly after class for a bit of advice?

artsnsmarts
12-16-2009, 12:33 AM
Julie -- thats a really good idea.... I have no idea why I never thought of that, haha!

I've been going to slower-flow classes, and know that I will get more physical benefit out of a faster-flow class. I think you're right, I just need to go and see what happens!

Violin Jenn
12-20-2009, 01:05 PM
Hi Ladies!

I've only started doing yoga at the begining of this month. I bought The Biggest Loser Weightloss Yoga! I wanted to get into to help with my stress and flexability(I am NOTORIOUSLY inflexable). It's wonderful for beginners. Level 2 has what Bob calls Yoga/Pilates/Abs and oh man are my abs hurting after!

It has helped with my flexability.

ammelum
12-20-2009, 05:40 PM
I really am wanting to start doing Yoga. It has been by new found passion in exercising. I love how it makes me feel after I'm done and it's challenging too. I only have a couple of DVD's though. I'm glad this thread is here. Is there another board or place around here for fellow yoga doers?

JulieJ08
12-20-2009, 07:18 PM
Hi guys and :welcome:

People start various threads asking questions about yoga, but 3FC doesn't have any subforum for it.

I haven't been consistent lately :o I'm planning to get up early and do a real thorough practice, try to get back in the swing of things :)

ammelum
12-20-2009, 07:55 PM
Thanks Julie. Too bad it doesn't, but oh well. I want to go get a new DVD. I like the sounds of the Biggest Loser Weightloss Yoga. Most of the reviews said it was good. Well see. For only $10 it's worth a try. The funny thing is when I was in high school and worked out at home a lot of what I did was yoga only I didn't know that's what I was doing.

JulieJ08
12-20-2009, 11:55 PM
Ammelum, I was surprised when I started doing yoga how many poses were things pretty traditional P.E. or calisthenics and such in general.

valpal23
12-21-2009, 01:03 AM
I started doing pilates to manage MS fatigue... like three years ago.. then a year ago, I started a stressful job that basically forced me into yoga (so I switched from pilates totally).

Now I go to lunch hour classes twice a week. Yoga has taught me a lot, but the biggest thing has been to accept myself the way I am. I started yoga a couple months after i hit my hundred pounds lost mark, and it's been brutal for my weight loss, because my motivation was based on my ability to hate my body.

ha ha. everything said and done. I've started meditating (led in a class by my yoga instructor) now in addition to yoga. It's been really great. I stick to hatha and relaxation poses before bed... it's been great to see my hamstrings open up.

ammelum
12-24-2009, 04:42 PM
I love the way it sculpts muscles and makes them long and lean. I think my DH got me the yoga DVD I wanted for Christmas. I love that he is so supportive.

So I have a couple of questions for you all.

1) Knowing there are different types of yoga, which do you prefer and why?

2) Do you have a favorite DVD? And why?

julesp313
12-24-2009, 07:29 PM
I took an 8 week session for total beginners a while ago, and I loved it - I'd always wanted to try yoga, but couldn't find a true "teaching" class. My gym offers classes but it's more for those who know the poses and just want to be led through them. I would like to try more yoga - I'm not sure what the type was I did, but it was the basics like sun salutation, down dog, warrior etc. I really want to try Bikram yoga as the idea of the warm (hot as heck???) room sounds like it would help my super-tight muscles (particularly my hamstrings and hips, from running and being heavy).

The other things is - Netflix has a TON of yoga DVDs and even some on "play instantly", and that's a really good way to try the DVD before you buy it. I detest nothing more than spending $15 or so on a DVD only to hate the instructor, music, etc.

polarisx89
12-25-2009, 05:25 AM
There's a plus sized model named Megan Garcia who started developing yoga classes specifically for larger women. I just ordered a copy of her book, Megayoga--I've heard it's phenomenal! She also has a set of DVDs that have been discontinued, but which you can find on Amazon/eBay/etc. easily.

I think this is a really cool concept...it's all the same poses as a regular yoga practice, but modified slightly to account for the extra weight. I'll let you ladies know how the book is!

SugarRox
12-30-2009, 12:14 PM
Without using videos, how do yall construct your yoga sequences? Im just getting started and feel kind of lost

JulieJ08
12-30-2009, 12:52 PM
SugarRox, I did a lot of reading, but that suits my personality.

A common guide is to start with Sun Salutations, then standing poses, then some backbends, some twists, some forward bends, and closing.