Yoga Bees, Please help!

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Starting yoga
    DVDs are fine! : (11 votes)
    35 %
    You need a teacher! : (20 votes)
    65 %
  • Post # 3
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    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m not a “yoga person” but I’ve been doing some of the videos.  I find that I can mostly figure it out from their instructions…but if I were really serious about it, I’d want someone there to show me what to do.

    Just try a DVD or a video and see if you can figure it out…if you can’t, get a teacher.

    Post # 4
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    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think at least a few classes with an instructor would be beneficial so you can make sure your form is proper so you don’t get injured.  Once you get the hang of it you can easily keep up a yoga routine with videos.  

    Post # 5
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    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I started doing yoga with DVDs and sometimes still do or I found a great iPad app too but I get the most out of yoga by going to a class. They can show you very specifically how to do a pose, how to modify it to work for you, tips to prevent injury etc..

    Also just depends what you are looking to get out of it. If you are looking for a more relaxation and stretching yoga practice I would look into Yin Yoga. I practice Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga and it can be a very aerobic class once we get going. For me it builds strength as well as helps with flexibility and relaxation.

    Post # 6
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    5295 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I suggest trying a in class yoga class first to get the hang of it then trying a DVD at home. You dont want to try poses at home and do them incorrectly and get injured

    Post # 7
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    1689 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    A yoga class for beginners with a good instructor will take you through all the basic positions and correct your form.  You definitely want to get the correct format for warrior 1, 2, 3, triangle, reverse warrior, lunges, and downward dog before using a video.  Otherwise your transitions will be off and you might injure yourself.  Or you won’t be getting the full effect of the work out.

    Post # 10
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    5932 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @MrsJX3:  I would highly recommend going to a studio.  Yoga and its benefits aren’t just about the physcial movement, but the place you do them in as well.  Its hard to get into a focused and relaxed state in your home, simply because there are so many distractions there.  A studio is geared toward entering that head space and giving yourself the break from every day living that makes yoga so beneficial to the mind, body and soul.

    Post # 11
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    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MrsJX3:  I love going to a class. I find it easier to learn new movements and positions by seeing them in all angles. Breathing is really important and its easier to stay focused on that aspect when you hear others breathing around you. Generally yoga classes are a very supportive environment where people of all shapes and sizes practice. It is definitely worth trying out! Be sure to try lots of different teachers because there are so many styles of yoga and methods for teaching, you should try to find someone, ideally a set of teachers, you really click with. No reason to take a class from someone who annoys you! I also get bored really easily so I like going to a class where the teacher has prepared something new every time rather than doing the same set of DVDs over and over. I love teachers who play great music and it really helps me focus. When I do DVDs at home, I’m too distracted by other things going on in my house, I always find an excuse to skip ahead or stop early or not try as hard. 

    Post # 12
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    774 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @MrsJX3:  I’m currently in the process of getting certified as a yoga instructor. I think a lot of us started out with home dvds! I think there are a lot of benefits though of going to a class as well. If I were to start out all over again I’d probably do some dvds for a few weeks, get used to the poses (but not push myself to a point where I felt unsafe) and then when I was a little more comfortable with the poses I’d try to go to a class every so often if it was in my budget. There’s really no wrong way to go about getting started, though! 

    Post # 14
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    5932 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @MrsJX3:  I can’t do anything in my house without my entourage of dogs, the cat and Mr. 99 in tow.  What can I say, I’m the cog that the entire clock of the 99 House turns on…so I go to a Pilates studio 3 times a week….and the other three, well, I sequester Mr. 99 and the dogs downstairs for an hour while I work out…the cat likes to lay in front of me and watch…which is fine I guess.

    Post # 16
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    5222 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @MrsJX3:  I started doing hot yoga about a month or so ago when I signed up at our local gym and beforehand I tried just doing home workout videos. It made such a difference going and having the instructor actually correct posture mistakes and seeing other experienced vets doing the poses– I was doing some of them totally wrong and I am amazed that more people don’t hurt themselves! Now I just alternate and do the usual gym stuff during the week and spend Saturday morning doing a 90 minute hot yoga session– I think you’d really enjoy it if you learn how to do it properly.

     

    I am still learning and am not very advanced at all, the first week I went to three classes and then kind of tapered down from there incorporating some shorter gym sessions because 60-90 minutes was more of a time committment than I had.

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