Post # 1
I have taken a few classes in the past, but none in the past few years. I used to be a dancer but have literally done no consistent excersizing in the past 4 or 5 years. I am naturally thin, but I have severe joint and back pain and want to get back into shape/feel better/stay healthy, so a lot of people have recommended yoga.
The last class I took was kinda awkward. A lot of….noises were happening? If you know what i’m saying… Is that normal??
I also get overheated and dizzy easily and am afraid I will need to sit down half way through class.
How should I prepare/go through my first few classes, especially a class full of experienced yogis? What is normal and what is totally not normal and I should leave and never come back haha.
Post # 2
texaslemon: yoga is perfect to heal up creaky joints and keep your body strong and healthy. What kind of class are you going to take? “yoga” is a very broad umbrella term.
I would recommend a beginners class so you get familiar with the postures, then move up to Vinyasa (or flow or power yoga its often called) which moves more fluidly and is a better work out.
My other advice is don’t expect perfection or compare yourself to your neighbor. That’s not what it’s about. If you are consistent you will see improvement in your strength and form – it happens on its own. So don’t force anything that doesn’t does feel right- honor the difference between good “feel the burn” pain and bad “holy shit I heard a pop” pain. Don’t force ANYTHING just to keep up with your classmates!
Post # 3
And yes noises happen. Different noisy breathing methods are encouraged often, and some people are grunters (which is annoying but common) and then there’s the occasional yoga toot that surfaces … I just try not to laugh and politely ignore!
Post # 4
texaslemon: Hi! I am a yoga instructor 🙂 Yoga is SO SO good for you especially if you are experiencing back pain and joint pain- Just be careful- if you have slipped or ruptured discs let your teacher know so she can accomodate you! Listen to your body- if something painful ( not like oh i havent stretched pain, but sharp/stabby pain) STOP! Yoga is not about getting your head bewteen your legs or doing tricks.
You are not required to do any poses you don’t like. I have so many students who skip poses or modify- any decent teacher will help guide you to a pose modification or alternate pose if you feel pain.
“I also get overheated and dizzy easily and am afraid I will need to sit down half way through class.” Are you doing hot yoga? IF so- find a NON heated yoga class. Some people LOVE hot yoga ( I take hot classes from time to time, but I prefer NON heated by far) Its really not for everyone. It can ruin your yogi experience if you are not a fan of the heat- so try a couple different studios and also a couple different styles. If you have back pain maybe try regular hatha vs vinyasa, or restorative until you feel better ( vinyasa transitions can be a little rough especially if you are a trendier studio who is trying to give students a workout)
I would also reccomend taking a beginner class so you can get the most important poses down correctly – like down dog. I cannot tell you how many people I see in classes I take who do one of the most basic poses incorrectly! Learn the poses correctly and you can do yoga pain free and for a very very long time 🙂
Its totally normal to feel awkward and out of sorts during your first couple visits. I remember when I first started I was so self concious and thought everyone was looking at me. They arent. I promise! Just relax, have fun with it and soon you will find yourself becoming very comfortable 🙂
Hope that helps!!
ETA: You will get used to the noises. Whether its people using pranayama ( the ujayii breathing, the kind of loud long exhale) or just grunting/farting/panting/ moaning whatever – any yogi knows they happen and are par the course lol.
Post # 5
Boxerlover24: Thanks! I think you commented on my last post asking for recommendations and were one of the ones who recommended it to me. I have indeed tried yoga before, but was kind of scared off because it felt kind of awkward.
I have thoracic scoliosis which causes me quite a bit of stiffness and pain. I can’t straighten out my back fully (for obvious reasons) and sometimes even sitting up straight hurts. Hence the need for some healthy stretching and strengthening! I have never taken hot yoga, and don’t want to try! I don’t sweat properly so I can’t cool myself naturally and I end up getting overheated. Hot yoga would be a death trap!
I am looking into the “Gentle Yoga” or “Restorative Yoga” classes at a nearby studio (I don’t know what the difference is?). Hopefully they should be slow enough and I can let the teacher know about all my issues beforehand.
Thanks for the advice and it’s good to know the moaning/tooting/cracking is normal hahaha
Post # 6
Boxerlover24: Not that I’m an instructor but I love me some yoga! And it freaks me out when people try yoga and go right into Hot Yoga… you can hurt yourself! Never mind pass out…
texaslemon: I have no other advice since these ladies were awesome but have fun!! I had an instructor insist I have scoliosis, when really I have a mild form of spina bifida that has left my hips out of whack. I think finding an experienced instructor that you respect and have fun with is key!
Post # 7
texaslemon: 🙂 Happy to help! and I would def talk to the studio- I don;’t know how they specifically determine gentle vs restorative ( every studio is so different) but restorative is holding poses/stretches for a few minutes at a time
Gentle is probably hatha with lots of modifications- its likely geared towards people with ailemtns who are 20 year old gymnasts looking for a workout 🙂
I would very much reccomend calling the studio, tell them exactly what you are looking for and your specific areas of concerns- they then can tell you what classes would be good to take :- )
Also I would reommend going with teachers who have a ton of experience 🙂
Good luck! I hope it helps you 🙂
Post # 8
robynrox47: haha and now that the hot yoga gyms are popping up all over i think its gotten worse..Sometimes when I go to a heated level two class I see people doing things and I just want to be like stop please you are one bad move away from injury lol!
But I never do ( and its an unwritten rule of yoga teachers- not your class you are strictly a student so I would never ever comment or try to help as a student ) and just hope that the teacher sees it lol
Post # 9
My mom used to take classes that were geared towards people with bad backs, and she said it was perfect for her! So classes like that definitely exist!
What kind of dance did you do? I am a former ballerina and so I absolutely love Hatha class more than flow class. Hatha reminds me more of ballet, where you really get out of it what you put in (so if you push yourself farther and farther every time, you get a better workout than if you just kinda plop into a pose and wait for the clock to run out). I did my first fusion class last night, and while it was a good workout, it didn’t have even remotely the same feeling as the Hatha classes I usually take.
Post # 10
Boxerlover24: Calling def. looks like a good idea. They offer flow, foundations of flow, gentle, restorative, yin yoga, mixed levels, and “bliss hips”…
Based on the descriptions given, they all look the same! haha.
robynrox47: Oh no! that’s so annoying when people try to tell you something they have no clue about. It’s pretty obvious I have scoliosis though. Standing straight up my spine is all wonky and when I bend over my back is completely arched and one side is about 2 inches higher than the other. Last year my PT discovered my pelvis is uneven and one leg is almost an inch shorter than the other because of it. If someone tried to come up to me and tell me I had something else, I don’t know what I would do…..
iarebridezilla: Mostly contemporary lyrical and then added kick in high school for fun (i know…it probably didn’t help any part of my situation). I am not a fan of the whole “breathing” part of yoga because I want to just glide through the movements mindelessly, but I guess it’s something I will have to learn to love.