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Old 09-06-10, 11:04 AM
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Yoga, anyone?

Can anyone recommend good instructional yoga DVD's?
I have never done it, but I want to start this off season.

Thanks.
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i went to a yoga class once. i never went back.
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
i went to a yoga class once. i never went back.
My wife loves yoga. A couple years ago she bought me a package of ten yoga classes. I went to the first one and never went back.
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It's great but difficult.
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My wife loves yoga. A couple years ago she bought me a package of ten yoga classes. I went to the first one and never went back.
good to see there are at least 2 real men still.
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Find a good instructor, when you start good form is everything. Once you're comfortable go to dvds. I don't use dvds, I just go solo but I do go back to a good practitioner every now and then for a "tune up". Been at it for since I was a kid.
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I do but I can't recommend a DVD since I went the whole shebang and lived and traveled India/Nepal in the process, so it is a lifestyle choice for me and had been doing it before became so commercialized in the US (when I was 12). I do the meditation more and 2 4-6 poses. I have been doing it for a while but when I do get drunk (I am a social drinker) I can't do it for a couple of days. To be honest some of the physical only yoga studios are difficult even for me. If you are in the market for hooking up with women/men not a bad place to do it.
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Originally Posted by Gluteus View Post
Can anyone recommend good instructional yoga DVD's?
I have never done it, but I want to start this off season.

Thanks.
I would definitely go to a few classes (not Birkram or Power yoga) The poses are tough, but doable once you learn the right form. No matter how "in shape" you are, you will be a beginner. The trick is proper form, and you will not know what that is unless someone else is watching. I go once a week and practice 30-45min 2 other days. It is great for bike handling and staying in the drops.
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
Find a good instructor, when you start good form is everything. Once you're comfortable go to dvds. I don't use dvds, I just go solo but I do go back to a good practitioner every now and then for a "tune up". Been at it for since I was a kid.
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I would definitely go to a few classes (not Birkram or Power yoga) The poses are tough, but doable once you learn the right form. No matter how "in shape" you are, you will be a beginner. The trick is proper form, and you will not know what that is unless someone else is watching. I go once a week and practice 30-45min 2 other days. It is great for bike handling and staying in the drops.
Thanks.

I need help with my flexibility.
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If you don't have a background involving a lot of stretching and body awareness, I'd definitely recommend a few classes before moving to a solo yoga practice. Once you are ready to practice alone, I'd recommend a Rodney Yee DVD like Yoga for Athletes. Once you are comfortable with that, try an Primary Series Ashtanga DVD from Richard Freeman or David Swensen. There's enough there for a lifetime of improvement, and some poses are in the "you've got to be kidding realm," but for core strength and flexibility, the training is valuable.
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You can always just watch some of the Tara Stiles videos on YouTube. Such a great distraction...
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I went to some hot yoga classes for an old achilles tendon injury on the advice of a physiotherapist. Seemed to work and it was difficult but just not something I had an interest in continuing. It is a great basis for post-ride stretches though and was worthwhile for that alone.
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
i went to a yoga class once. i never went back.
And that right there is why I decided on pilates instead (well and because my back specialist highly recommended it).
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I practice Kundalini Yoga, which is much more focused on meditation than other forms. Not for everyone, but it does help me on the bike. I'd suggest anything based on Hatha if you're only looking to get the physical benefits - look for Ashtanga, Iyengar, Flow, Bikram, etc.

I'd suggest classes to start instead of a DVD. A good teacher is well worth the price of the class and you'll get the hang of it a lot faster than doing it on your own. Ask around, people who have found good teachers will be more than happy to tell you.
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People use the term "yoga" to cover a lot of ground.

I recommend trying several local classes and seeing what clicks for you.

For me? It not only makes riding possible, but helps keep me a much stronger rider.

You want to feel like a big p#ssy? Go do a serious yoga class with a bunch of local MILFs. It can be truly humbling.

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Originally Posted by obiwan kenobi View Post
Bikram
Eventually, but this is definitely not for beginners.
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Don't get a DVD,don't go to your local Y, LAfitness, etc gym yoga <-- largely waste of money IMO and the experience will be poor.

Look for specifically Ashtanga Yoga.

It's a good workout, challenging, but there are modifications to almost every posture to make it easier at first until you gain the strength/flexibility to move into the full expression. Lots of moving, lots of lower back stretching. Generally start with a beginner/basics class to begin learning the series. Then progress on up.

The series is set, it's the same every time you go. As you move up from basic -> intermediate -> full, there is less and less led instruction, and more of the class moving together based on the learned sequence. The instructor will move around correcting your postures, adjusting you, helping you further the postures. It's very, VERY good at this point. You may be surprised how how much your doing wrong when you can't exactly see how your body is aligning in the postures. Additionally the help to move further into the reaches and binds really helps improve.

I was active in it for about a year before taking up cycling, maybe I'm naturally flexible, I dunno, but I went straight into a race geometry bike with slipped down stem and very comfortable in the drops with knees thumping up against ribcage.
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i'm too fat for that sport.
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Originally Posted by scotch View Post
i'm too fat for that sport.
You may be surprised what you can accomplish. I've seen some chunky people do way more than I would expect, even one of the instructors at my studios is pretty thick, but amazingly strong and flexible.
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Originally Posted by Menel View Post
You may be surprised what you can accomplish. I've seen some chunky people do way more than I would expect, even one of the instructors at my studios is pretty thick, but amazingly strong and flexible.
i was kidding (really, i was!), but i hear you.
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I have used the Yoga for athletes and thought it was pretty comprehensive.

https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Condition...3863637&sr=8-4
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