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Old 08-31-07, 08:14 PM   #1
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Anybody do yoga? What does it do, for you?

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Old 08-31-07, 09:42 PM   #2
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I did Yoga for three years and it was great for me. The only problem was that I had trouble lifting after a yoga class because I was soooo relaxed.

Because I am such a slacker I will not do it outside of a class and am looking for a cheap way to get into another class.

Bear in mind that there are many types of yoga classes and a gamut of teachers. It may take a bit to find the right class but once you do it can be a great thing.

As they say, 'Yoga is a journey, not a destination'.
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I started doing yoga to deal with syatic(sp?) nerve pain. It helped, and then I found I was more flexible, and it is very relaxing.
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Makes me more flexible and stronger for things unrelated to biking.
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I've been practicing for about 15 years, though more so in the last 7. I feel calmer, less stressed, the pinched nerve in my shoulder acts up less, I don't creak as much, and I'm more flexible for extracurricular activities. I've had to have 4 major surgeries in the last 16 years, and I believe I've recovered faster thanks to my yoga practice. Most importantly, I can easily use the great outdoors when a restroom is unavailable, when I wasn't so good at that before yoga.
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Most importantly, I can easily use the great outdoors when a restroom is unavailable, when I wasn't so good at that before yoga.
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I'm glad you brought this up Red House...I've been mildly thinking about Yoga for a while now myself. Can anyone give any insight to the different styles or anything to help filter the playing field?
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I've been doing yoga for years, but not so much lately Helps keep my mind clear. Of course, there's the added benefit of increased flexibility and core strength. I think, to me, it just feels good. On a side note, it's a great way to meet women!

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Yoga has done nothing but help in cycling for me. Especially when I crash. People who are far less flexible tend to break easier. Mountain biking sees a lot of benefits, too, like maneuvering through technical terrain, keeping good balance especially at slow speeds, and letting your body just float over the bike.
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Seriously though I have been interested in Yoga for flexibility and core strength reasons, what types focus on that stuff without the extra frilly spirituality stuff?
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I'm glad you brought this up Red House...I've been mildly thinking about Yoga for a while now myself. Can anyone give any insight to the different styles or anything to help filter the playing field?
KT, you are blessed in that you live right near one of the best Iyengar yoga studios in the United States. That's what I've been practicing for the last 7 years. Iyengar is a teacher in India who was in poor health as a child and was not able to find a teacher until he was much older. He focuses on proper alignment and mindfulenss on the postures you are doing, rather than blowing through a million of them in one hour. He advocates the use of props, as he believes proper position in the posture is most important. As a result, it has become popular with adult western bodies. We are not used to moving in that way, and it prevents injury. It also allows you to focus on what the posture does to your body, as opposed to stressing about getting your body into the posture. I hope that makes sense...
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I fully agree with you, but my main pursuit is climbing. The results are much more visible to that end than in my riding. I have noticed that when I'm doing really well with arm balances, planches, etc, I'm also doing really well with trackstanding and "zigging" as well as some more trials-esque technical mountain biking. Still, the primary gains are seen in climbing. It does help calm my mind down though, which is significant enough all its own.

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Yoga has done nothing but help in cycling for me. Especially when I crash. People who are far less flexible tend to break easier. Mountain biking sees a lot of benefits, too, like maneuvering through technical terrain, keeping good balance especially at slow speeds, and letting your body just float over the bike.
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I like yoga, blueberry or cherry/vanilla. Helps the digestion.
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Old 09-01-07, 12:33 PM   #12
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I love yoga! I've been practicing off and on for the past 3 years or so. I can definitely tell a difference in my body when I am not doing yoga. Joe and I have been doing yoga almost every day for the past few weeks, and I feel so much better. It improves my strength, flexibility, and mental clarity.
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I started out doing a flow class three years ago. That instructor moved and was replaced with an Iyengar instructor. I loved the Iyengar instructor and style. But she got married, had a baby, went on maternity leave and has not come back so I haven't been back to yoga for nearly 9 months. I focused on marathon training this year anyway but now that that's over, I aim to start back with yoga again.
It really helped condition the body all around.
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I do pilates myself...occasionally I do a yoga class
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I have played with the idea of taking yoga classes. Any recommended style(s) for a guy in his mid/late 30's who has the flexibility of a pencil?
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I've done yoga on and off over the years and I do notice a difference when I'm doing it. For many of the styles I come out with better body alignment (ie better posture) as well as improved flexibility.

When I was in college I took several classes in Kundalini yoga. That was a rather interesting style that focused a lot on relaxation and breathing techniques. The strange (but good) thing I noticed about it was that on days I did kundalini yoga in the afternoon, I only needed about 5 hours of sleep instead of my typical 7 or 8!!! I have no idea why it worked that way but a lot of other people in the class noticed the same thing.

I explored getting certified in that style but at the time it cost about $2500 for the course which was a bit much for a poor college student.


Has anyone else here tried kundalini yoga?
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asana practice is just the beginning, yoga in its purest form yoga is more a mental than a physical practice, the physical part (stretching, etc.) is really just to relax and prepare you for meditation. Same with Kundalini, which is usually way more physical than you describe.
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asana practice is just the beginning, yoga in its purest form yoga is more a mental than a physical practice, the physical part (stretching, etc.) is really just to relax and prepare you for meditation. Same with Kundalini, which is usually way more physical than you describe.

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I've been breathing/meditating/stretching for the past 17 years or so. I was a weak child, thanks to my late dad for putting me in martial arts as a kid, and thanks to my instructor for teaching me how to meditate, stretch, and breathe.
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Any of you more experienced folk have a suggestion on how to relieve the tension in my lower back in corpse pose when I don't have an instructor to pull my legs/adjust my shoulders? It's never comfortable until I go into child's pose, which relieves the pressure.
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Any of you more experienced folk have a suggestion on how to relieve the tension in my lower back in corpse pose when I don't have an instructor to pull my legs/adjust my shoulders? It's never comfortable until I go into child's pose, which relieves the pressure.





Breathe through the pain. The more you relax, the less it will hurt.

Pain is really all in the mind, where your nerves congress. Relax your mind and your ass will follow.
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I'll try to put more effort into that tomorrow. Just feels like my lower back is bowing and compressing. Very uncomfortable for someone who is supposed to be dead.
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Any of you more experienced folk have a suggestion on how to relieve the tension in my lower back in corpse pose when I don't have an instructor to pull my legs/adjust my shoulders? It's never comfortable until I go into child's pose, which relieves the pressure.
My Iyengar instructor would say that exertion is ok but pain is not. Try the supported corpse pose:



Also, read this about low back pain...
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Cool. I'll try the support thing as well tomorrow. That read is going to have to be put off a while, bookmarked for the time being. Most of my problem is with my upper back anyway, too little balance between chest and back.
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