Yoga talk, a journey.

posted 3 weeks ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

That’s awesome!!

I also started Yoga with Adriene during quarantine! I was always skeptical of yoga, it seemed so slow and so boring to me. I was used to high intensity fast paced stuff, and stretching was just something you had to do. But after gyms closed, and it was too cold outside to run without my asthma acting up (and gaining 10lbs, yikes) I knew I had to start doing something, and the idea of something low impact and relaxing to get my butt moving in the mornings was really appealing.

I could never have imagined how big of a change I’d see in myself in 2 weeks. My posture was better. I had more energy. I haven’t been as regular with it over the last couple of weeks, since we just went through a move, but I try to do at least 10 minutes a day. I’ve also started running and lifting weights again, but I feel so much better the next day if I do 10-15 minutes of yoga afterwards.

I’m hoping that once it’s safe to start going back to normal I’ll be able to attend some in person yoga classes.

I’ll have to give Yoga with Kassandra a try, too! 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I haven’t done yoga for real in awhile.  But I started back when the Wii was a big deal.  Prior to that I had some pretty bad knee problems, stemming from overuse (I drove stick and I went caving on the regular).  I’d been wearing a drugstore knee brace for a few years. The static stretching helped improve my muscle stability to the point where I no longer needed the brace (I also bought a new car – automatic).  I could touch the floor, though I still can’t do down dog with my heels down.  I could hike without pain.  I had better balance.  It was great.  I like Yoga with Adrienne, I like Ragunath though he’s a bit insane (DoYouYoga).  I like that even though I do it much more sporadically now, I haven’t lost most of what I gained as far as my knees go.

Word of caution though… my bestie has been teaching a class that incorporates yoga and has really done some damage to her wrists.  She’s got tools to help but it’s still an issue.  Like any other exercise or repetitive activity, it’s important to be careful not to overdo it.  I’d probably incorporate other activities and not just yoga if you aren’t already.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

I used to go to yoga classes a few times a week, and then everything shut down. I’ve actually only doneyoga twice since quarantine. I dont love it by myself, but I should get back into it!

One of the biggest things I noticed was a great improvement in strength. I have a bad back and bad ankles, and yoga helped SO much. I’ve definitely noticed a decline since I’ve stopped! I hurt my hands last week but once they improve I think I will look up your yoga vids 🙂 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2020 - Colorado

Yes!! I do yoga about four times a week and like you all have mentioned, I just feel so much better. I have also gained some muscle tone which I’ve never had before. I got started with Yoga with Adriene but I also do some Yoga with Kassandra videos and I really like Boho Beautiful as well. I only started yoga when quarantine happened and before that I never worked out. I’ve lost 10 pounds and my strength and posture have improved immensely. I recommend yoga to everyone for so many reasons beyond physical. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2021 - Australia

I did up to 6 yoga classes a week and have also completed yoga teacher training – I love it. But I also injured myself about three or four years ago and while I find the movements super restful and mentally, it’s a fantastic activity, the flowing nature of the poses means it’s almost impossible to avoid things that re-aggravate my injury and so difficult to avoid hurting myself.

It’s especially tough as it feels great during the class, but a few days later I’d get discomfort and pain in the joint.

I now do 3-4 classes of pilates a week instead, since it’s more repetitive, and I can quickly tell whether something is likely to cause discomfort after the class and stop before it gets too bad. 

I really miss the mental benefits of yoga, and during the quarantine, I discovered my favourite yin yoga teacher was taking online classes which I’d been unable to attend as they were at weird times and not convenient to me, but in quarantine, I could make it! I really found them super restful and helped calm my mind. Plus, because they’re not flowing but individual poses held for a long time, I don’t have to worry about my injury flaring up.

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