Yoga bees I need your help

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
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Helper bee

My favorite type of yoga is vinyasa in a heated studio – I feel great afterwards, I love to get all sweaty and feel so strong and empowered when it’s over. I’ve also found that i’m better able to focus and be present while doing more active types of yoga.

My recommendation would be to try and find a beginner’s yoga class near you. Some of the studios near me also do “community classes”, usually taught by trainees and are very cheap or donation-based. That way you’re not out a lot of money if it turns out you don’t like the atmosphere and style there! 

Post # 5
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176 posts
Blushing bee

I practice Ashtanga/Vinyasa style yoga 

Started about 6 years ago 

Tips for a beginner? Try a few different classes as there will be different teacher styles. I don’t like a lot of meditation, but you might find it really helps with your anxiety. Also, I practice mostly in the evening as my muscles are warmer and I am more flexible, and I seem to get a lot more out of it because of that (feelings of rejuvenation… sore muscle relief… hard to describe). I mostly just practice on my own at home now, and I’ve bought many books on yoga.

Good luck and hope you enjoy it, practising yoga has certainly changed many areas of my life and I don’t think I’ll ever stop! 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Tallulah_:  Good for you for picking up yoga! It really does have tremendous benefits 🙂

I have been a dedicated Bikram yoga practitioner for 6 years. I started with Bikram (aka the original “hot” yoga) because I liked the idea of a more physically vigorous style of yoga. Also, it was all the rage in my city, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Six years later, I still love it! I’d dabbled with other types of yoga (hot and not hot) but Bikram is where it’s at for me. I feel so invigorated after practice and I LOVE sweating in the hot room for 90 minutes. I’ll just warn you that there is a lot of controversy surrounding Bikram yoga because Bikram the man (he is an actual person) is quite an interesting (to put it vaguely) individual with some questionable behaviour. Also, there is a lot of controversy around “hot” yoga in general (e.g., some people believe the heat is dangerous, you can over-stretch your muscles, etc.). That said, I think if you are smart about your yoga practice and listen to you body first (instructor second), it is very safe for most people.

Now some tips for beginners…

Breathe…seems simple right? Wrong! Learning how to breathe properly in a posture takes time (months, years even). Breathing should always be your priority. Try to maintain slow, deep breaths, in and out through your nose.

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! The instructions that are given are only a guide. If you are in a posture and gasping for air, or feel some intense pain (not just discomfort), back out of it a bit. 

Give yourself a break if needed. Yoga can be very challenging and many people in the room will be seasoned practitioners. Try to avoid comparing yourself to them (rather, use them as a visual guide) and focus on yourself. If you need to sit out a posture, or lay down for a few minutes, go ahead and do it. Even regulars like myself do it!

Remember that it’s a process. The ultimate goal should not be how pretty your posture looks. Rather, the focus should be on the process of learning the proper alignment of a posture and progressing step-by-step over time. It’s all about opening up your body and not about how straight your leg is in standing bow.

Breathing first, proper alignment second, depth third. Period.

Hydrate! This is particularly important for heated styles of yoga, as you will be sweating a lot. Hydrate before class, and after class. Avoid drinking a lot during class. A belly full of water (or food) can make for an uncomfortable class. 

Have fun, and try to not take yourself too seriously 🙂

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Tallulah_:  My tip is don’t start with Bikram LOL.

Vinyasa is a great beginner practice.  Power Yoga also tends to be more advanced.

My tips are: Wear clothing that no matter how you’re bending and what side is up, you feel comfortable.  Hydrate before hand.  And if you do Bikram eventually, COCONUT WATER.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Andthepupmakes3:  I’m curious as to why you advise against Bikram to start. I can appreciate that it is an intimidating style of yoga for many newbies, but I’ve known MANY people who have picked it up without any previous yoga experience. It technically is a beginner’s series and the postures are no more advanced than other styles of yoga.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have been doing yoga for a year and a half.  I love it!  The woman who teaches the classes doesn’t follow a specific type but it’s probably most like ashtanga, she tries to get us to strengthen our bodies for normal movements.

I just started going to a class at a gym I had a trial membership to.  Then when I heard it was offered at work, I was hooked!

I agree with others about trying a bunch of different classes if possible.  Also, go slowly and only to the point of tension never pain.  No pose is worth hurting yourself.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@foz:  It’s intimidating and moreover, it’s not something people tend to feel they “do well” the first time trying. It’s not necessarily that the poses are difficult, but the heat is.  I think going to a normal temperature class is a much gentler way to get into yoga.   I would also bet that more people like to practice vinyasa than Bikram in the general population.  I actually like bikram a lot, but it took some time to find my power thru it.  “Regular” yoga was much more comfortable and easy to get hooked on.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@foz:  Also would like to add, I have had some wonderful bikram instructors, but I’ve also had some that call you out in class frequently and tell you to push harder and harder, ESPECIALLY when you’re a newbie.  For me, this resulted in forcing poses until they are uncomfortable and I felt pain afterwards.  Never was pushed in other styles like that.  You might be a wonderful instructor, but they aren’t all.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Andthepupmakes3:  Okay, fair enough – I agree with some of your points. I was just curious about your reasons. I am surprised, however, about some of the terrible instructors you’ve had. I’ve never personally witnessed an instructor telling a new student to push him or herself harder. I’ve seen it for more advanced students whom the instructors knows well and knows is ready to advance further in a posture, but I’m sure things vary across studios. BTW, I’m not an instructor. Just a fan of Bikram yoga 🙂

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

Try a bunch of different styles and teachers, and see what works out best for you!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@foz:  Oh hahaha I have no idea where I got that from!!  

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