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Power Yoga and Starting Paleo

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Created December 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I decided to start paleo, it's only my second day- so I'm still learning. I'm trying to lose a good bit of weight (I gained a lot starting college and when I went on certain medications). For the last week I've been doing power yoga everyday, I've been reading that a lot of exercise everyday isn't the best on Paleo? I'm just wondering what would be the recommendation for someone starting out trying to lose weight... fairly quickly (I just rather not have it take a year haha). Is it okay to continue with the power yoga daily? Should I cut back to every other day, 2-3 times a week? I'm going to start hiking again. Just need some advice! Thanks! Any other tips with starting paleo would help a lot, as well! Thanks!!

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on January 01, 2013
at 01:27 AM

Yes, and it took years for my hamstring to fully heal afterward. I miss yoga, there's just nothing quite like it, especially for the mental benefits! But I don't trust myself to not stretch too much. I'm not sure it's possible.

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on December 30, 2012
at 10:21 PM

I would agree with that, esp. if you're not starting out in great shape.

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on December 30, 2012
at 09:50 PM

agreed hatha is a great place to start.

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on December 30, 2012
at 08:38 PM

I agree, I think yoga is great for stress relief and posture, once a week. My shoulders feel great after but sometimes my lower back bothers me some with it.

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on December 30, 2012
at 07:34 PM

I'm interested to learn how you dislocated your hip. Do you think you developed ligamentous laxity after your yoga practice? It seem you favor more dynamic rather than static stretching, is that correct? That's something that'd be good to know since I'm considering starting up yoga again!

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on December 30, 2012
at 07:37 PM

If you are new to yoga, power yoga may not be the best option. Why not start with a gentle hatha yoga - if you do it correctly, you will never get bored nor injured. I have been doing hatha yoga for about 5 years and it is one of the best things you can do for your body.

Also, losing weight is mostly about what you eat - this is where you will feel the full magic of paleo! - not so much about training.

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on December 30, 2012
at 09:50 PM

agreed hatha is a great place to start.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 30, 2012
at 10:21 PM

I would agree with that, esp. if you're not starting out in great shape.

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on December 30, 2012
at 08:10 PM

I think of yoga as a nice break from all the weights and interval stuff that I do on a regular basis. Now that being said, it is just a break. I might do it once in a while, but it's not a regular basis thing for me. I do it and Pilates once a week to clear my head. I also don't exercise every day. As you said, I think it can be counterproductive. I also need my rest days to help my body heal, otherwise I find I get sick more often. Good luck and welcome to the Paleo world!

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on December 30, 2012
at 08:38 PM

I agree, I think yoga is great for stress relief and posture, once a week. My shoulders feel great after but sometimes my lower back bothers me some with it.

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:58 PM

As a former yogini, I have to say that yoga can be injury-inducing for many, many people. I finally had to admit as much for myself after nearly ten years of serious practice. Flexibility is simply not an important fitness focus, it is actually counterintuitive for our bodies because our tendons and ligaments want to keep everything safe and together, which yoga works against. No wonder my hip popped out of socket that one time...

Mobility is the answer. Yoga does some of this, especially in ashtanga or vinyasa, but the stretching portions are just too dangerous. If you focus on mobility and range of motion, your natural flexibility will be restored and maintained. Think climbing, jumping, crawling, etc. Check out MovNat and Exuberant Animal style workouts if you haven't already.

As for Paleo, just keep going. I know it all seems so mysterious at first, but keep going and it will all make sense in due time. I promise. :)

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

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on December 30, 2012
at 07:34 PM

I'm interested to learn how you dislocated your hip. Do you think you developed ligamentous laxity after your yoga practice? It seem you favor more dynamic rather than static stretching, is that correct? That's something that'd be good to know since I'm considering starting up yoga again!

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on January 01, 2013
at 01:27 AM

Yes, and it took years for my hamstring to fully heal afterward. I miss yoga, there's just nothing quite like it, especially for the mental benefits! But I don't trust myself to not stretch too much. I'm not sure it's possible.

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on September 02, 2013
at 11:45 AM

I am glad to read this post, its an interesting one. I am always searching for quality posts and articles and this is what I found here, I hope you will be adding more in future. Thanks Yoga

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on December 30, 2012
at 10:09 PM

I did Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga about 20 years ago for around 3 years. I did it every day and loved it. Having said that, if your primary goal is to lose weight it may not be the best way forward, unless you are already naturally flexible & quite strong.

Assuming you are neither of those, power yoga is going to be hard work. Others have said there's a risk of injury. I never injured myself but I sure was tired and should have taken more time to recover.

Again, if your primary goal is weight loss (& you've said you want to do it relatively quickly) then you would probably be better off doing the hiking, keping your appetite stable, adjusting over the next few months and then in 3-6 months see whether you want to take up some form of quiet yoga for mobility/relaxation. Best of luck.

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on December 30, 2012
at 09:55 PM

how long are you doing yoga for? when i do power yoga, i do a 1 hr 30 min session and i can't imagine doing that every day! it is very tiring and i am sore the next day.

i think if you can do it, go for it. i absolutely love yoga. it would be good to add other exercises in though such as walking, dancing, weight training.

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:55 PM

I have been eating Paleo since 4/12. I have worked with a trainer 2-3 times a week and still she wants me to do some cardio every day I am not training. Mix up your workout so you will be varying the intensity. Remember muscle weighs more than fat so don't go by the scale but by your cloths. Good luck....I love the Paleo lifestyle!!

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:50 PM

i practise intermediate ashtanga yoga myself , almost daily.

I think its important as you are just starting out to listen to your body and not to over exert / push yourself too hard by going intense every day. I made that mistake when first starting and injured myself quite a few times resulting in long recovery periods.

Again im not sure how intense or how quick you are progressing but the rule of thumb is "listen to your body". If you are starting to feel very tired, sore and such its probably a good idea to take a break for a day or so. I noticed that after a proper rest period when i felt my body needed it , I came back into the routine, stronger and without ANY loss of flexibility!

As you are going to be hiking , try leaving it out on those days at first, and then possibly combine somtime if you are feeling full of energy, to see if your body can handle that much physical activity.

Hope this helps and best of luck with you Yoga practice.

Namaste

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