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Cindysphinx 09-14-2011 12:01 PM

Yoga Is Magic!
 
I went to a yoga class this morning. I have been to yoga maybe twice before and found it a reasonable way to spend an hour but nothing special.

I think I have changed my mind.

The reason I went is because my chiropractor, my PT, my OS and pretty much every medical professional I have met in the last five years has told me I am tight tight tight tight. It is the first thing they say when they examine me.

Well, now I'm dealing with a rhomboid strain, a muscle imbalance, muscle weakness, and nerve irritation that sometimes feels like a cell phone is vibrating inside my arm. My PT suggested yoga. Hence the yoga.

I showed up for the class and introduced myself to the teacher, telling her I was a newbie. Unfortunately, the class was crowded and I had to be right in front with the teacher. I am very, very, very inflexible and tight. That's just the way I roll, but it is embarrassing to have everyone witness it.

This teacher was the best. She kept coming over and giving me extra equipment and little tricks to have better form. After one hour, my arm, shoulder and back felt better than it has in months.

I have only one quibble. The lady next to me kept looking at me with evident disapproval. After a while, she couldn't restrain herself anymore and started correcting me: "Put your weight on the outside of your foot." I thanked her and all, as she was correct. But still. I thought you were supposed to focus on your own deal in yoga. Don't judge me!

I have recruited a friend to do yoga with me, and I can't wait to do it again!

atatu 09-14-2011 12:11 PM

That's good to hear, I'm also really tight and have been telling myself for years to go to Yoga. One thing I hate is that at least around here (Austin) there are very few morning classes, mostly evening classes and with my kids I really can't take the time to go after work. Is there some morning bias against Yoga classes in the am ?

icarus180 09-14-2011 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by atatu (Post 6006597)
That's good to hear, I'm also really tight and have been telling myself for years to go to Yoga. One thing I hate is that at least around here (Austin) there are very few morning classes, mostly evening classes and with my kids I really can't take the time to go after work. Is there some morning bias against Yoga classes in the am ?

The bias is likely that the majority of practitioners in the states are women. And women are, statistically, more likely to have free time during the days.
You might want to look at the following sites which provide yoga sheduling in the morning in the Austin area (one of America's greatest little cities):

http://www.yogayoga.com/schedule
http://blackswanyoga.com/#schedule
http://behappybeyoga.com/schedule/
http://yogagroove.com/schedule.html
http://www.eastsideyoga-austin.com/s...-Schedule.aspx

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Cindysphinx 09-14-2011 01:20 PM

Around here, there are actual Yoga studios that do nothing else. I would imagine they would have early morning classes.

Do report back if you go. I don't want to be the only one.

I'm a beginner, so I figure the classes at the gym (which don't cost extra) are good enough. Today's instructor was much better than the other lady who led a class once, so I guess that matters a lot.

Tennis_Monk 09-14-2011 06:37 PM

As far as my experience with Yoga goes....doesnt do a damn thing for me. Ofcourse some of those stances/asanas they describe are already part of my life style. i felt these extra classes are a waste of my time.

crystal_clear 09-14-2011 06:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cindysphinx (Post 6006569)
I went to a yoga class this morning. I have been to yoga maybe twice before and found it a reasonable way to spend an hour but nothing special.

I think I have changed my mind.

The reason I went is because my chiropractor, my PT, my OS and pretty much every medical professional I have met in the last five years has told me I am tight tight tight tight. It is the first thing they say when they examine me.

Well, now I'm dealing with a rhomboid strain, a muscle imbalance, muscle weakness, and nerve irritation that sometimes feels like a cell phone is vibrating inside my arm. My PT suggested yoga. Hence the yoga.

I showed up for the class and introduced myself to the teacher, telling her I was a newbie. Unfortunately, the class was crowded and I had to be right in front with the teacher. I am very, very, very inflexible and tight. That's just the way I roll, but it is embarrassing to have everyone witness it.

This teacher was the best. She kept coming over and giving me extra equipment and little tricks to have better form. After one hour, my arm, shoulder and back felt better than it has in months.

I have only one quibble. The lady next to me kept looking at me with evident disapproval. After a while, she couldn't restrain herself anymore and started correcting me: "Put your weight on the outside of your foot." I thanked her and all, as she was correct. But still. I thought you were supposed to focus on your own deal in yoga. Don't judge me!

I have recruited a friend to do yoga with me, and I can't wait to do it again!

Good for you~

"After one hour, my arm, shoulder and back felt better than it has in months."
you must do things right. I will join a gym this winter and hopefully I can try some yoga classes too.

BTW, I'd love if my classmate is willing to correct my form.

BMC9670 09-14-2011 07:06 PM

Cindy, I'm curious, how often do your various medical advisers suggest you do yoga? I'm not flexible as well and feel as I get older it will only get worse. Just wondering how many times per week a beginner should so yoga to have it be effective.

atatu 09-14-2011 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by icarus180 (Post 6006641)
The bias is likely that the majority of practitioners in the states are women. And women are, statistically, more likely to have free time during the days.
You might want to look at the following sites which provide yoga sheduling in the morning in the Austin area (one of America's greatest little cities):

http://www.yogayoga.com/schedule
http://blackswanyoga.com/#schedule
http://behappybeyoga.com/schedule/
http://yogagroove.com/schedule.html
http://www.eastsideyoga-austin.com/s...-Schedule.aspx

Best

Thanks, I guess I was looking at the wrong places !

Fee 09-14-2011 09:22 PM

try this series of yoga for inflexible people on youtube. there are 58 of them total, you can just do whatever you want or create a youtube account and make your own playlists of say 10 poses at a time. :)

http://youtu.be/HxawfWl09Ts

Jeebs 09-15-2011 01:36 AM

I got a good deal for two weeks unlimited access to a local bikram yoga studio and it was really worthwhile. Just a shame it's normally so expensive as to be prohibitive.

achokshi99 09-15-2011 02:03 AM

Andy murray is a big yoga guy. I my get into it. I am 34 andfeel the grind from tennis muchmore than i used to.

Cindysphinx 09-15-2011 04:14 AM

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Originally Posted by BMC9670 (Post 6007484)
Cindy, I'm curious, how often do your various medical advisers suggest you do yoga? I'm not flexible as well and feel as I get older it will only get worse. Just wondering how many times per week a beginner should so yoga to have it be effective.

I honestly don't know. No one has said.

I figure I'm pretty limited by my schedule and how infrequently the classes are held. So it is unlikely that I will overdo it.

Cindysphinx 09-15-2011 04:19 AM

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Originally Posted by crystal_clear (Post 6007441)
Good for you~

"After one hour, my arm, shoulder and back felt better than it has in months."
you must do things right. I will join a gym this winter and hopefully I can try some yoga classes too.

BTW, I'd love if my classmate is willing to correct my form.

I don't know if classmates should go around correcting each other. I also thought you weren't supposed to talk during yoga.

For instance, my classmate didn't know about my back/shoulder issue. The teacher did, 'cause I told her.

And I'm just going to come right out and say it: People who are really flexible can be *sooooo* obnoxious. They seem to struggle with the concept that some people are not flexible, were not born flexible, will never be flexible. Yes, they can get a bit more flexible if they work at it.

But there are limits. If someone promised to pay me $1 million if I could sit on the floor, spread my legs and touch my forehead to the floor between my legs, I would never win that money. The gumbies out there need to check their superior attitudes at the door.

BMC9670 09-15-2011 06:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cindysphinx (Post 6008075)
I honestly don't know. No one has said.

I figure I'm pretty limited by my schedule and how infrequently the classes are held. So it is unlikely that I will overdo it.

I'm not worried about overdoing it for the same reasons you mention. I'm more worried about under-doing it if, for example, once a week isn't enough for it to be effective. Keep us updated on your results.

Solek 09-15-2011 07:20 AM

I started doing private yoga lessons a year ago to prevent injury or whatever... I soon found that Ashtanga yoga specifically is the best exercise for tennis i have found. Ashtanga mysore class in the early morning or private Ashtange yoga is the only yoga i would recommend.

Fedace 09-15-2011 07:21 AM

does Yogi fix the plantar fascitis and or joint pain ?

Posture Guy 09-15-2011 07:57 AM

Fedace.....yoga is awesome. Our bodies are designed to move to maintain musculoskeletal balance and most of us don't move in enough varied ways so we begin to lost that balance. Certain muscles go limp, others get tight, bones are moved out of position, then things don't work and feel like they should.

if the particular yoga class is giving an individual the specific motion their body has been missing, then they'll typically feel a lot better. If like the one person above who didn't feel much, they're probably being given motion their body can already easily accommodate so it doesn't create a functional change.

plantar fascitis is typically a result (in my clinical experience) of a compromised foot strike, which is often the result of hips not where they should be and thus unable to do what they should be doing. Many yoga poses are terrific for mobilizing tight hip joints, so you can certainly try it and see if it positively impacts your pain.

athiker 09-15-2011 08:01 AM

I did yoga via video tape a few years back...was doing either just before bed early morning...really enjoyed it...relaxation and strength at the same time. Gotta dig that tape out and give it another go. Hmmm...VHS...might've been more years ago than I thought!

Fee 09-15-2011 07:04 PM

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Originally Posted by BMC9670 (Post 6008349)
I'm not worried about overdoing it for the same reasons you mention. I'm more worried about under-doing it if, for example, once a week isn't enough for it to be effective. Keep us updated on your results.

From what I understand, once a week isn't enough. Classes are expensive and for those who can't afford them, I strongly recommend using a DVD at home. The downside is that it can take you a while to find one that works for you, obviously eveyone has different biases so user reviews are not always helpful. Try the library or netflix or borrowing from friends or youtube or something.

On a personal note, I love the AM/PM stretch from Gaiam by Madeline Lewis. I have done enough dance/training/yoga/whatever to know how to modify the moves on my own because I'm not flexible, and the one drawback to this disc is that she does not have a second person working with her to demonstrate modifications. On the other hand, her instruction and cueing is pretty good and I am not yet tired of listening to her say the same things on repeated use of the disc. This is not yoga, it's stretching but its very helpful.

I haven't found the perfect yoga dvd yet. If anyone has any recommendations, please share them.

catfish 09-18-2011 06:51 AM

I have been taking Yoga classes at my tennis/fitness center for a few years now. Yoga is wonderful for everything! I'm not a very flexible person, but Yoga has made me more flexible. I don't know how to describe it, but it really is good for the mind & body. The more you do yoga, the more you realize that good concentration is key to performing many of the poses correctly.

With my work & tennis schedule I am only able to go to classes twice a week. But I also practice at home as much as possible. Sometimes I get very busy and skip yoga for about a month and I always feel horrible when I do this. But it doesn't take long to get back to normal with a couple of yoga classes.

Yoga is very complimentary to tennis. It works the core, and helps your balance tremendously. I was amazed at how many more balls I could get to after I started doing yoga. I highly recommend it.


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