Elements of Health · Yoga

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Remedys_Mama has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 1,523 pts

I always aim to practice yoga 4x a week and I have 2 low impact, very enjoyable classes per week and rely on my own practice for the other 2×. But sometimes (a lot of times) I find it rather difficult to get into even tho I’m now FINALLY breathing! What would you suggest?

:) chicsinred
almost 5 years ago

Practicing yoga on our own can be difficult,especially if you are just starting. I personally enjoy going to class because I know I cannot run away from it [haha!] but at the moment I am practising on my own, 3 times a week [2 other days are for cardio].

If you still want to stick to 4, try doing the other 2 early in the morning, make it the second thing you do after you brush your teeth. That way, you won’t have to think about it the whole day and as a bonus, you will feel great through out the day.

almost 5 years ago

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Dylan Pocock has a tip for the Yoga rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 1,228 pts

Yoga? Well, I didn’t find an exact match in HM’s categories, but this one is about Non-harming, I think.

Susan said positive things about a difficult day. “I spoke honest words imperfectly. …”

http://www.healthmonth.com/n/305003

about 5 years ago

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katietulip has a tip for the Yoga rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 2,075 pts

Don’t expect it to be always the same old comforting hug – kicked my ass this morning. Grateful for the challenge, but man!

over 5 years ago

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Laurel17 has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 1,967 pts

Can anybody help? I’m wondering… where is a good place to start learning yoga? I don’t want a class, or any expensive book… and DVD’s sound like pretty repetitive, and expensive. Where do you learn your yoga poses to compose a daily routine? Thanks!

:) cskies
over 6 years ago

there’s an app in the apple store that has some really great beginners’ routines and easy-to-follow instructions. it’s called “Pocket Yoga” and i think it’s only like $3.

:) healthyrach
over 6 years ago

There also might be some good pictures w/ different poses in Pinterest :-)

:) MaryAnn
over 6 years ago

I think if you search “yoga exercises” or “yoga instruction” you’ll find all kinds of things.
Try YouTube.

This site – Yoga Journal – has all kinds of resources.
http://www.yogajournal.com/

:) Hoppma
about 6 years ago

YouTube has stuff. I like YogaDownload.com. They have a large variety of styles, instructors, and lengths to choose from. You can stream 1 time or download to own. I get a 3 month subscription for less than $20 which gives you unlimited streaming and up to 15 downloads. There are other options, too.

:) Hoppma
about 6 years ago

YouTube has stuff. I like YogaDownload.com. They have a large variety of styles, instructors, and lengths to choose from. You can stream 1 time or download to own. I get a 3 month subscription for less than $20 which gives you unlimited streaming and up to 15 downloads. There are other options, too.

:) Alloalba
about 6 years ago

I’m not sure if you have a Lululemon store wherever you live but they typically offer a free yoga class every sunday morning at 9:30 am.

over 6 years ago

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TheGreatGoetzby has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 2,257 pts

Anyone wish to join me for my yoga day next week? Where’s a good place?

:) eflottman
over 6 years ago

I miiiight be down for some down dog. I have Monday off, so maybe then?

:) skarnatz
over 6 years ago

Ohhh, I’ll join sometime. I like Urth in Silver Lake and Yogala in Echo Park the best. Both have lots of donation and/ or $5 class options.

:) TheGreatGoetzby
over 6 years ago

Monday works for me, Elisabeth! And “sometime” also works for me, Suzi! I’d love to earn me some extra points by doing all sorts of Yoga! And I am down for trying the best as well as the rest. : )

over 6 years ago

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Cat has a tip for the Yoga rule.

Heart.half.16 3 · 3,577 pts

Increasing my daily yoga from 15 to 45 minutes has given me more unprocrastinating power this week.

:) SarahM
over 6 years ago

That sounds great! Well done! I am very impressed. Do you do it in the morning? And are you using DVDs or just do your own routine?

:) Cat
over 6 years ago

Yes, my morning ritual is:
- Honey brings me orange juice and coffee in bed (between 5 and 6 am depending on his work schedule),
- We hug,
- We meditate for 10-15 minutes,
- We do yoga.

I usually use a DVD while he does his own yoga routine.

I have bought many yoga DVDs over the years and I rotate: I will use one for a few days, then move to another one. The one I am doing right now is “Fat Free Yoga – Lose Weight & Feel Great” with Ana Brett & Ravi Singh.

It is Kundalini yoga, extremely good for my back, and the rapid stomach breathing massages the internal organs. It has a specific segment to activate the glandular system, particularly the thyroid.

You can see reviews and comments on Amazon.com where I bought it.

Cheers,
Cat

over 6 years ago

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Gipsy has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

What do you think about yoga, my dear friends?

over 6 years ago

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sperose has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.half.16 5 · 2,767 pts

I read an article about aerial yoga yesterday and now I am quite intrigued. However, there’s only one place that does it very close to me and it’s $100 for 4 sessions! They do have a one off introduction class for $35. Has anyone done this? I’m nervous about trying it because I am a bigger person, but it does seem like fun.

:) peppermind
almost 7 years ago

Not really the same thing, but I’m a bit heavier than I’d like to be, and I did a trapeze class last week, which was insane. Talk to the instructor, especially if you’ve got back issues, and see what they think

almost 7 years ago

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ezzany has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 775 pts

what position in yoga is the most effective?

:) sarahbee
about 7 years ago

most effective for what? energizing? calming down?

:) ezzany
about 7 years ago

hmm lets see. energizing maybe. =)

about 7 years ago

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CamperMorgan has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.half.16 4 · 1,233 pts

Any Lady Dave Campers have a good yoga video to recommend? I was thinking of checking one out from the Ypsi library, but I would consider buying a DVD if I could find one good enough to use repeatedly…

hearts!

:) CaseyCDawson
about 7 years ago

I love Ashtanga yoga. I don’t have a particular video in mind, but I love that style. Maybe check out a few of those.

:) rayniles
about 7 years ago

Netflix sometimes has good ones up. And hulu does too. I usually read the comments to get a feel for how good they are.

:) CamperMorgan
about 7 years ago

Thanks, Ladies!

:) Sdemmon
about 7 years ago

I actually have a DVD you could borrow/try…. I’d do it with you!

:) CamperMorgan
about 7 years ago

Nice! That would be fun.

about 7 years ago

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SarahM has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.full.16 12 · 1,379 pts

Hi everyone,

Some of you have yoga as a habit and I wanted to ask how you do this? E.g. do you have any tips how I could integrate this into my daily habits? E.g. when do you normally do yoga? And could you recommend any material online (preferrably video’s) and what to do in as little as 5 Minutes?

Many thanks,
Sarah

:) jyotimickey
over 7 years ago

I prefer doing it in early morning in the open, when it is still kind of cold. Having someone to instruct you is the best way… if you can’t get that- a video is the next best thing. Books are more difficult to get started with. Instead of doing difficult asanas do a few simple ones regularly. For example 2 min of mountain pose is very good. Sun Salutation is also a very comprehensive yoga plan. If you can stay in each pose for 30 sec each and repeat it for about ten times then you are a pro. you will find several videos for Sun Salutation, it is literal translation of “Surya Namaskara”. You can probably start with just two cycles in six mins. The important thing is to stay in each posture, feel it. You should stretch only as much as your body allows and not compare with some pro in the videos. An instructor should be able to tell you your limits and correct your postures initially, that is very helpful… and in my personal opinion almost mandatory.

:) SarahM
over 7 years ago

Thanks Jyoti, that sounds very helpful indeed.
Best,
Sarah

:) Cat
over 7 years ago

Hi Sarah,

I had started yoga a few years ago and it took the Habit Course to transform it into a daily habit. I do it after my morning coffee, and use it as a trigger for my de-cluttering habit. Doing yoga in the morning allows me to choose my “intention for the day” and dedicate my yoga session to that intention.

I took a few yoga classes over the years, but for my home practice I like using DVDs. It gives me guidance and ideas which I then reuse without actually putting the DVD on.

I love the Kundalini yoga DVDs by Ravi Singh and Ana Brett: they are joyful, fun to do. You may want to borrow a yoga DVD from a library and watch it, then pick out which bits you would like to do in 5 minutes. Personally, I start with a minute of meditation (roughly, no timing), then some stretches for my back, movements using my abs, cobra pose if I feel like it, always downward dog…

Online, there is a good site called Yoga Today: www.yogatoday.com, and they offer a free video each week.

Bisous,
Cat

:) hakango
over 7 years ago

Hi Sarah, I went a yoga class for 5 years ago. But it was a habit after habit course. After get up, I wash my face and the first thing I did yoga. Yoga is a wonderful preparative for meditation. After yoga, I do breath exercise, pranayama (www.healthmango.com/yoga/pranayama/) for 5 minutes. And finally 70 minutes meditation and relax.
Best, Hakan

over 7 years ago

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VIVA has a tip for the Yoga rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 1,406 pts

If you want the psychic/habit-changing benefits of yoga without getting too sweaty or buying a mat, try Shiva Nata. Fun! Supposed to give you great epiphanies because it forms new connections in your brain. Get videos at fluentself.com.

over 7 years ago

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EmilyBare2 has a tip for the Yoga rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 221 pts

I really really yoga, partly because it’s so calming and really helps me fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer and better. I have insomniatic bouts from time to time, but I haven’t had one in 3 weeks because of all of the yoga that I’ve been doing.

:) cjhlambert
over 7 years ago

I used to go all Insomnia on life. It sucks. Glad this is helping! I got this app a couple weeks ago that’s been really useful too. It’s a Deep Breathing exercise app. Pranayama. I think it was $2-$3. I don’t know if you have an smart phone, but if you do, I recommend. And, no, I don’t work for them lol. Just trying to help! Keep up the great work!

:) cjhlambert
over 7 years ago

I used to go all Insomnia on life. It sucks. Glad this is helping! I got this app a couple weeks ago that’s been really useful too. It’s a Deep Breathing exercise app. Pranayama. I think it was $2-$3. I don’t know if you have an smart phone, but if you do, I recommend. And, no, I don’t work for them lol. Just trying to help! Keep up the great work!

almost 8 years ago

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Craig Carignan has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 2,203 pts

So why would a person choose Yoga? Not trying to be funny, but it seems like it isn’t a good workout.

:) pelly
about 8 years ago
  • Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Boosts self esteem
  • Improves concentration and creativity
  • Lowers fat
  • Improves circulation
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Creates sense of well being and calm.
:) Merrill
about 8 years ago

Ha Craig!! I always say….yoga is one of those things, when I’m doing it, I often hate it….but when I finish, I remember, “Oh yeah! That’s why I love yoga so much.” It’s a great feeling post-yoga!

:) Craig Carignan
almost 8 years ago

Thank you for the answers. I’m thinking about checking it out.

:) cjhlambert
over 7 years ago

Did you ever try Yoga out, Craig?

about 8 years ago

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Eevee has a question about the Yoga rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 2,626 pts

Any tips for a yoga newbie?

I really want to try hot (Bikram) yoga down at the local yoga studio but the inner chicken in me is too afraid to even ask or to sign up.

Since there’s only really one class (a 2h session in which 26 yoga positions are performed), that means I’ll be thrusted into the deep end of the pool with other yoga experts. As a complete beginner, that freaks me out!

I need motivation :(

:) P_S
almost 8 years ago

Hey, Eevee, When there is one class like you are explaining, just let the teacher know in the beginning that you are new and this is your first time. The great thing about yoga, is that you can be the newbie and there can be someone who is supper experienced right next to you. Since many poses have multiple levels, from newb to pro, you should be fine, but if you don’t let the teacher know, they may assume it’s the regular class, and everyone is experienced… Also, if you aren’t comfortable, than you can also sit one pose out and do the next one. Good Luck. Kick you inner chicken to the other side of the road! Good luck!

:) nikechick72
almost 7 years ago

I happen to enjoy Bikram, and the first time the instructor will tell you just to try and stay in the room the entire time and concentrate on your breath. Do what you can, and listen to your body. You may like it, you may not. But at least you can say you tried it! Just remember yoga is non judgemental- no one is comparing themselves against their neighbor, everyone is a different fitness level or flexiblity. Namaste!

about 8 years ago