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03-23-2006, 01:38 AM
how does yoga fit in to the exercize picture?

03-23-2006, 01:59 AM
I've just started yoga. I do a lot of cardio and strength training, and for me yoga is part of developing overall strength relying just on myself, no external bits of equipment, and most importantly to regain some body awareness.

I've lost a good bit of weight now, and my clothes sizes have changed dramatically from a US 22 - 24 to a 12 - 14.

I feel a bit out of touch with this new body, and I still have a lot of changes to go, and feel that I need to learn where I am now, and where I am going to make sure I never gain weight again.

Yoga alone won't burn fat, but it's a useful addition to an overall exercise programme, and it's very relaxing!

03-23-2006, 11:09 AM
Yoga provides strength and flexibility training. Flexibility is useful for providing the most out of your other workouts as well as preventing injury. Certain yoga moves rely on your strength as well. It also can be very relaxing and thus provide a stress reliever which is just overall enhancing.

Less of Lena
03-23-2006, 11:44 AM
I would love to do yoga, but confused on whether yoga DVDs are worth it. There is no Y or yoga studio near me and I don't have the time or inclination to drive 30 minutes to get to one.

I've always pictured yoga as something that was as much about atmosphere and attitude as it was about moves and positions. Can you get the true yoga experience at home, without the soft lights and music and a bona fide instructor to check your positions?

And, if I were to try to incorporate yoga, what would it replace? Would I substitute a yoga session for a strength session? Or for a cardio? I don't have time to just add yoga to what I'm currently doing.

03-23-2006, 11:51 AM
At your weight I would recommend replacing a strength session with yoga rather than cardio, coz like me, you probably need as many cardio minutes as you can manage, to burn the fat.

I have a little room in our house which is a junk room, which I am going to convert into a yoga/relaxation room. I doubt it will be the same as doing it with my teacher in our posh studio with a giant buddha and nice matting and soft lighting, but I will have a pink yoga mat :D

Less of Lena
03-23-2006, 12:11 PM
I went to one yoga class abut 6 years ago, and absolutely loved it. I think it must have been an advanced class, because I was totally out of my element and couldn't do any of the poses, but I tried my very best!

I was sore sore sore for 2 days following! But I really enjoyed the atmosphere, even if I was the most awkward one there.

The problem is/was, the studio was a 30 minute drive from here. :(

I can't remember, does regular yoga (not Bikram yoga) make you sweaty and/or stinky after? Or would I be able to leave class and go mingle with society without offending? That makes a big difference.

I'm sooooo tempted to go find a class! I wish there was one close...

03-23-2006, 12:20 PM
I have a room with just my treadmill in it and thats what I plan on doing getting a dvd player and a good beginners yoga dvd and doing it on my own.
Ive never really been one for social exercize or sweating, and I know I would never keep going to a class. I found a good web page with beginners yoga I like alot for free for 2 weeks then you can buy a dvd. Its called yogalearningcenter.com. It really is awesome. I think it will help with stress which I have alot of.

03-23-2006, 05:27 PM
I try to catch a one hour yoga class at my Y every weekend if I can manage it. It has done wonders for my flexibility and body awareness and *balance*, and I really feel it compliments my weight training and helps in shaping long lean muscles. I have a yoga mat at home and incorporate some of the moves Iíve learned in class in my everyday stretching after workouts. The group exercise room is by no means posh, but the classes are usually quite small (4 to 7 people) the instructor is very nice (cheery and even a little plump :o), and I find it helpful to get feedback on my form. Itís the most challenging yet relaxing hour of my week, I really look forward to it.

03-24-2006, 01:36 AM
I've joined a new gym which has a yoga/pilates studio. It's very very nice!!! :D

The classes are quite small, 3 - 4 in the one I have been attending, and the teacher paces it to suit, and provides modifications for the less bendy.

I don't shower after, I find I don't get sweaty at all.

03-25-2006, 12:08 PM
I go to a body flow class at my gym (Goodlife). It combines Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi. I love it. It is so relaxing, and I'm so sore the next day. Its nice because at the time when you are doing it, you don't notice any hurt, or shortness of breath, but the next day, you know you actually did something because you hurt! My muscles are so tight, and I'm not flexible at all, so I'm hoping that this will help in my flexability.

03-31-2006, 03:26 PM
I love bodyflow! I've only been to one class at the Y back in my hometown, sadly my YMCA doesn't offer bodyflow. I've also heard great things about bodypump classes from my sister, and she's lookin' pretty buff these days.