Post # 1
Now that this wedding business is over, I’m ready to get myself back into a healthy lifestyle! I know, I know….most brides try to get in shape before the wedding! ha! That didn’t happen for me! I’m looking to establish a healthy lifestyle all around so I’m wanting to start taking yoga. I’m a high stressed accountant who can suffer from anxiety & panic attacks & so I know yoga will help me on that level. Plus I really want to increase my flexability. AND…I need to tone up & shed at least 15 lbs.
So what other activities do you do to stay in shape besides Yoga? Can yoga help you lose weight or do I still need to suffer thru an aerobics class????
Also any advice on starting out? how many classes a week? I am a memeber of a gym & have lots of yoga classes available to me. Also any magaiznes/websites or books to help guide me in my new zen/holistic lifestyle??
Post # 3
There are a bunch of different types of yoga. I’d recommend doing a Vinyasa Flow one or Forest to start. If you’ve never taken a class, you could probably get your first class free at a few studios.
Also, I really like swimming for cardio. It’s another great way to burn calories and you can’t really talk or listen to music while you do it. If you have a stressful job it might be nice to put yourself in an forced solitude like swimming laps. 😀 Good luck!
Post # 4
I started doing hot Vinyasa yoga a few weeks ago. Like anything else, you need to have the nutrition for weight loss to go with it. I don’t think one or two classes a week would be enough for substantial weight loss, but 3-4 definitely would be. It’s great exercise. I’m in fairly good shape (can make it through Jillian Michaels videos with no problem, sometimes they don’t feel challenging enough, and I walk 2+ miles a day) and I sometimes struggle with a 75 minute class.
Post # 5
I do hot yoga (not bikrim, which is even hotter. my body has a hard time regulating its own temp, so the super hot classes make it so i cant cool down for days) and i take a yogo fusion class 3 times a week and usually a sculpt class once or twice a week (yogy with weights). i go weekdays, but dont usually make it during the weekend.
I love it, it tones and elongates my muscles and forces me to get out of bed and to class by 6 am.
Post # 6
Yoga can definitely help you lose weight and tone up. Anything that is adding muscle will help you burn more calories, and it’s great for toning without bulking up at all. However, as much as it’s my least favorite thing, you only really lose weight by changing what you eat. Exercise helps, but it won’t get you there if you are eating crap. Which sucks. BUT!!! you’ll really love yoga. I find it makes me want to eat/be healthier since you feel so good.
Post # 7
oh trust me I know i have to change my eating habits! i would love to get into healthier, non-processed foods, but i have a big obstacle…i hate cooking & love eating! ha! My new hubbie on the other hand likes to cook so I end up going along with whatever he cooks, which is usually very yummy but not the healthiest. So I’m on the search for healthier eating too….
Are there any begining yoga or pilates DVD’s any of you recommend?
Thanks for all the advice….keep it coming!
Post # 8
the only yoga i have ever tried is the p90x yoga video and it was a challenge but after a few weeks i got pretty good and i could definately tell a difference in my flexibility. also it is pretty intense, i would be dripping sweat when i was doing it so yea. good luck!!!
Post # 9
I’ve been doing yoga for six weeks give or take. I started doing beginners Hatha yoga once a week. After a few weeks, I started going twice a week. Now I want to go everyday! (I don’t.) But the other days I do cardio. It’s a really nice balance because it’s relaxing but very difficult at the same time. I’m usually sore for a couple days after each class. Don’t be discouraged if you take one class and don’t love it. Each instructor’s style is very different – even if they all teach beginners. You just need to find which teacher works the best with what you want! I tend to like classes that make you sweat a LOT! It’s toned up my arms and legs much more than regular weights have, but I do cardio because it burns more calories. Hope that helps!
Post # 10
If you are looking to do yoga for weight loss, stick to a flow class (usually called vinyasa) or Power Yoga – you really get moving and build heat in those classes and they can be really challenging (I usually point men in that direction too because it feels like more of a traditional “western” work out). I would also recommend taking a few Iyengar classes – the focus is very much on alignment so while it’s a slower paced class, you will really learn to do each pose properly and safely which will help you out no matter what style of yoga you choose. Yoga can definitely help you tone and lose weight but it will likely be a slower process than intense cardio workouts.
The first yoga DVD I ever did was Ali McGraw’s Yoga Mind and Body. It’s been out for a long, long time but it was really great and totally got me hooked (I practice 4 times a week and am a certified instructor).
Like I said, I do teach so feel free to PM with any questions or concerns.