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Do you have bad experiences with yoga?

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Do you have bad experiences with yoga?

Bf96d0a97418613fcbd6ec2ec9a50f0d

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on February 11, 2012
at 07:56 AM

Absolutely right, in metropolitan cities should be classes marked as "Fundamentals", it's a good start. Finding a good teacher is really hard as there is not state or federal licensing requirements. Basically anybody can walk-in to the studio and start teaching. Yoga Alliance tries to bring some standards into training with their 200RYT and 500RYT

775bc83a7c54975e77a8500e065a24c3

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on February 10, 2012
at 04:02 PM

Thanks for the link, it was very informative. I've never taken a yoga class, but would be willing to try. I will definitely find a qualified instructor and, most importantly, listen to my body rather that my or anyone elses ego.

101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

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on October 15, 2010
at 02:32 AM

Well. It makes me feel healthier, happier, stronger and more balanced. It loosens up my chronic neck issues. Not to mention the occasional kundalini "high." I'm not sure what you're asking, though -- helps with what? What are your goals with your yoga practice?

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on October 14, 2010
at 09:10 PM

I just did a kundalini yoga DVD. It is kind of odd. Do you think that it helps?

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on June 07, 2010
at 11:45 PM

perhaps you just need more fluids afterwards or during? I drink a good amount after class. and always go INTO class on an empty stomach.

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Bf96d0a97418613fcbd6ec2ec9a50f0d

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on February 10, 2012
at 05:25 AM

If you referring to Yoga as Asana practice which is common mis interpretation in the West then Asana practice is not for everybody. Here are some horror stories:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body.html?pagewanted=all for you.

So please don't take your first "yoga" class in the gym or level 3. Mostly likely it'll be bad.

Much bigger definition of Yoga particularily Hatha Yoga is Asana+Meditation+Pranayama. Last two are more powerful and accessible to mostly everybody with minimal harm when done under proper teaching.

I'm certified 200h YWTT soon to be 500h YWTT.

775bc83a7c54975e77a8500e065a24c3

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on February 10, 2012
at 04:02 PM

Thanks for the link, it was very informative. I've never taken a yoga class, but would be willing to try. I will definitely find a qualified instructor and, most importantly, listen to my body rather that my or anyone elses ego.

Bf96d0a97418613fcbd6ec2ec9a50f0d

(131)

on February 11, 2012
at 07:56 AM

Absolutely right, in metropolitan cities should be classes marked as "Fundamentals", it's a good start. Finding a good teacher is really hard as there is not state or federal licensing requirements. Basically anybody can walk-in to the studio and start teaching. Yoga Alliance tries to bring some standards into training with their 200RYT and 500RYT

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 02, 2010
at 12:27 AM

I have only done bikram yoga, that's the kind done in a seriously hot room. I've loved every minute of it. Actually, I should be doing it nowadays too;) it's great cuz you don't really feel as if you're working out and yet you get pretty visible results. Easy way to cut weight quickly if you wanna lean out and get cut. Your flexibility goes through the roof. And, don't know if there's more to this than what I've figured but, I've gotten a pretty killer sexual performance boost from regular hot yoga work;)

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on June 04, 2010
at 08:07 AM

I do the yoga classes at my 24 hour fitness as they're free before snowboard season. It makes my first day on the mountain feel as good as mid season. My balance is on point and I feel "loose." The teacher does matter. I've been to 3 different teachers there and only 1 was good. The other two I almost left during the class they were so bad and annoying. I wouldn't say it's the end all be all but if you have some free classes in your gym it's worth adding some to your regular workout

Edit: I just realized this but I do a handful of the moves I learned in yoga class on a daily basis before bed at night. Mostly stuff to loosen up my back and shoulders. So yeah, it's worth going a few times to learn the moves. The basics are pretty easy to learn and do stretch you out.

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Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

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on February 10, 2012
at 04:22 PM

No no, only good ones- I'm not one to try things if I'm terrified they'll hurt my neck, though, like headstands. I just happily wimp out and go to down dog.

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on October 14, 2010
at 06:10 PM

Practiced vigorous ashtanga and prana flow based yoga has relieved me of joint and muscle pain, given me mental calm, increased my strength and flexibility dynamically, and more. I was a circuit training guy for many years, and still am occasionally, but have now made yoga my primary form of exercise. There are many forms of yoga that are not scientifically sound in their physical application, or generally boring though. This does seem to be a very positive byproduct of the agricultural revolution, which possibly led to hinduism, vedanta, and yoga being created ( my concept, no offense ). Yogic exercises can be morphed into achieving any kind of fitness result you'd like with the right application. I believe it to be a predecessor or accompaniment to gymnastics.

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on June 17, 2010
at 12:16 PM

I fainted during a session of Bikram Yoga - If you have low blood pressure, like me, it is not the right king of yoga to practice... My Bikram yoga instructor was a little crazy too and tried to force people who were unwell to stay in the class. I get the theory (you have to let your body recover before leaving the room because of the change of temperature) but still, it was a little upsetting.

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on June 03, 2010
at 02:20 PM

Yoga has always been wonderful for me. The only thing I can think of was when I was late in my pregnancy and had symphisis pubis dysfunction, if we did any hip openers, I would be in some serious pain after class. But after the first few times, it was my fault for not going, "hmmm, perhaps I should skip this pose."

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101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

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on June 02, 2010
at 01:15 AM

I do kundalini yoga and the only bad experience I had was when I unwisely practiced without a mat and pinched a nerve with my butt-bone.

Other than that, it's only negative when I let my practice slip.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on October 14, 2010
at 09:10 PM

I just did a kundalini yoga DVD. It is kind of odd. Do you think that it helps?

101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

(539)

on October 15, 2010
at 02:32 AM

Well. It makes me feel healthier, happier, stronger and more balanced. It loosens up my chronic neck issues. Not to mention the occasional kundalini "high." I'm not sure what you're asking, though -- helps with what? What are your goals with your yoga practice?

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on February 10, 2012
at 05:26 PM

I can't stand yoga. I hate the focus on breathing (I've been doing just fine for 32 years, thanks) and I hate the slow pace. In terms of injuries, no, no problems. I'd rather just stretch on my own, though.

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on February 10, 2012
at 05:16 PM

I've taken 2 Bikram classes. They feel good, in the same way ice baths feel good, where your body comes alive with sensation.

But then afterwards, you get out and you hear people talk about how badass they are for toughing it out in a 105F room for 90 minutes. I thought the point is to have 90 minutes of gentle movement meditation, not masochism? And then I hear folks saying they lost 5lbs in a session...bro, you're going to gain it all back in a day, it's just water weight.

I guess it's not so much the class itself but the people.

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on February 10, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Bikram to me is like torture, and when I took the class I was not completely out of shape or anything. My acupuncturist told me that certain people just really do not do well with bikram and I think I'm definitely one of them. I do however immensely enjoy other types of yoga, as long as it's treated more like a spiritual than a physical activity. I believe that's how it's meant to be.

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5e6a6f5c0fd3ab048f81c0a500206f41

on February 10, 2012
at 04:21 PM

the only bad experience i have ever had with yoga was forgetting to bring a water bottle with me to bikram yoga. bad, bad, bad idea. my whole body felt "off" for the entire day after that class.

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0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on October 14, 2010
at 09:12 PM

I love Bob Harper's new Yoga DVD - LOL. I tore my meniscus immediately after doing yoga once. I also gets some weird dizziness from certain poses. I really like doing Yoga, but I always wonder if there is a huge benefit from a time spent standpoint. I also just got this Kundalini yoga DVD. It is very odd, but gets rave reviews. I would love to know what others think about results?

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on June 08, 2010
at 01:07 AM

I have done one yoga class in my life. I told the instructor I had a bad back, but he had me do these toe-touching type poses nonetheless. I was crawling on my hands and knees for severaldays after that.

I do plan on going to bikram in the next few days. I have been told that the instructor is conscious of sciatica, herniated disk and the like

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on June 07, 2010
at 10:14 PM

I did bikram (hot room) yoga. I was out of it for two days until I consumed a bunch of lite salt. Perhaps if I knew how to keep my electrolytes in balance, it wouldn't be a problem.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 07, 2010
at 11:45 PM

perhaps you just need more fluids afterwards or during? I drink a good amount after class. and always go INTO class on an empty stomach.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on June 07, 2010
at 08:16 PM

I've had no bad experiences with Yoga, but I have had some iffy experiences with bad Yoga teachers who seemed to be in a hurry for students to progress, even if it meant that some damage to the students occurred.

Yoga is a great practice/habit of comprehensive, intelligent flexibility exercises and techniques.

You just have to find the right teacher and practice group for you.

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on June 04, 2010
at 01:27 PM

What sort of bad experience did you have? Just curious.

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on June 02, 2010
at 12:06 AM

Yoga like many organized events will depend on it's leadership to show their constituents the correct path. I've always had great luck with organized yoga, 7am beachside Sunday mornings

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on October 14, 2010
at 09:00 PM

I've seen videos of yoga coaches practically molesting the practitioners in their class while pretending to "correct their form". I don't know how women put up with that kind of inappropriate touching. If I was in a class with my fiancee and some coach dude did that, I'd deck the guy.

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