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any of you guys do yoga?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2013 at 5:13 AM

yay or nay?

im looking for some stress reduction activities, yoga seems promising, i could have sworn i read that it "massages the nervous system"

if you do yoga, please let myself and others how it has helped you and/ or if you would recommend it.

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on January 22, 2013
at 04:38 PM

+1 for your yoga at a certain age!

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:59 PM

I also find it helpful to do yoga with my peers. "Women of a Certain Age." Our teacher is a little younger (60). There are usually 4 or 5 people in the class so we get personalized attention. I also do Tai Chi every day and it has helped my balance and coordination.

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:55 PM

Thank you IS. Very helpful graphic. At 70 I do a modification of the sun salutation that involes a chair seat as I can't get down to the floor as in position 6. I do downward dog there in position 5 my hands are in chair seat. I feel great.

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on January 22, 2013
at 02:21 PM

I do 30 minutes of Yoga every other morning. I find that it's a great way to start my day. Classes are kind of expensive, but it might be worthwhile to attend a couple until you get a routine down, but it's not even necessary to get started. You can just start with some mindful stretching. If you ever played any sports, you probably did a stretching routine beforehand. Just do as many of those as you can remember, but really focus on your breathing while you're doing them. Get a good stretch and hold it, and as you breathe deeply, you can feel the breath massaging the tension away. You can also sneak some good core strength training in with yoga. you can do a series of planks, which are awesome for the lower back and abs. I always start my routine with the sun salutation, which is a series of stretches. textareaany-of-you-guys-do-yoga?textarea

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:55 PM

Thank you IS. Very helpful graphic. At 70 I do a modification of the sun salutation that involes a chair seat as I can't get down to the floor as in position 6. I do downward dog there in position 5 my hands are in chair seat. I feel great.

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:47 PM

I do yoga. I have a history of severe anxiety, as well as some auto-immune issues that make it important to manage stress. (I get flares more often when I'm stressed.) I think there are a lot of wonderful things about yoga, really. It's essentially a flexibility-increasing body-weight workout. I run regularly and find that the stretching helps release a lot of my muscle knots and keep me from getting injured. I think the mental workout is more beneficial, though. It has done wonders for my stress levels and my ability to focus.

If you try a yoga class and don't like the style, try another. There are many styles of yoga and every teacher is different. I would encourage you, though, to attend a class so that you can learn proper technique. (Don't get hurt!)

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on January 22, 2013
at 05:52 PM

Yoga is great, ... I do about 3-4 yoga classes per week. By all means try out an introductory class at your gym, or perhaps you can find a class open to the public. However for all beginners bear in mind:

1) Don't get turned off if you find you are not as flexible as other people. If you can work the moves to your personal maximum range then you are doing as well as anyone else. Sure there are advanced moves that only very limber folks can do. But there are less advanced equivalents. It's not a competition.

2) You will be very sore for a couple of days after the first class. But less so after subsequent classes.

3) Not all styles of yoga and capabilities of instructors are alike. You might have to try different classes to find what suits you.

I'm in my mid-50s and despite being in rather good shape I have always lacked flexibility. The past 2 years of yoga have helped. However what I enjoy most about yoga is the feeling of self-awareness of my body and its capabilities ... it's hard to explain. And often after a good yoga class I feel taller, lighter, cleaner and younger.

_Lazza

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:24 PM

I've just been getting into it this winter. I like the stretching component and am always surprised at the level of exertion as well. Great for balance and foot/ankle stability too from a trail-running standpoint.

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:48 PM

i started with hatha yoga but have progressed to ashtanga yoga and pranayama as well.

Initially i started with 30 mins a day light yoga, but now..

i do 40 mins of pranayama before breakfat in the morning and about 1.5-2 hours physical yoga 5-6 days a week

changed my life entirely physically and mentally..

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on January 22, 2013
at 07:37 AM

Yay!

Yoga has saved my back health. Plus it makes you look and feel gorgeous. And it is very paleo friendly - only your body weight, no machines.

Be sure to start slowly and find yourself a teacher - a book or a video can't replace a good teacher.

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:59 PM

I also find it helpful to do yoga with my peers. "Women of a Certain Age." Our teacher is a little younger (60). There are usually 4 or 5 people in the class so we get personalized attention. I also do Tai Chi every day and it has helped my balance and coordination.

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on January 22, 2013
at 04:38 PM

+1 for your yoga at a certain age!

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on January 22, 2013
at 04:49 PM

I do Prasara Yoga (http://www.prasaraprimer.com) pretty much every day and it really has helped with mobility, flexibility, strength and recovery. I try and do it post-workout.

I couple it with Scott Sonnon's Intu-Flow Mobility System (http://bitly.com/bundles/mashdot/4) which I do pre-workout (warm-up) and before going to bed.

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on January 22, 2013
at 04:11 PM

I didn't find the milder forms of yoga to be terribly effective at wringing out the stress--but I found Bikram to be quite effective. The only problem with Bikram is that it's incredibly repetitive--and a great many of the instructors are Nazis, with attitudes that are completely incompatible with the whole idea of yoga.

A couple of years ago, I switched to CorePower Yoga. Like Bikram, it is done in a heated room and is a strenuous practice. Unlike Bikram, it involves variety and Vinyasa flows. It also has instructors that are uniformly excellent and and a joy to be around.

CorePower is also nice if you travel, because a membership in one studio works in all the others. They don't have studios everywhere yet, but they are expanding rapidly...

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:33 PM

I take a yoga class at my gym about once a week. I do it because I think it improves flexibility and joint health, and it also makes for an excellent "active recovery" workout as you're moving but not stressing your system... and it's quite relaxing.

If you don't mind the occasional guy flirting with you, class is typically overflowing with really nice and attractive, health conscious women. You won't get bored.

I recommend it.

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:00 PM

I have had great experiences with yoga! I practice bikram and love it. It strengthens my body more and differently than weights do and provides a great workout and relaxation all at once. I agree to find a great teacher and do not go with videos. The experience will be completely different in an actual class.

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