Yoga 101

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-01-10 06:03:08 -0600
Started 2017-01-04 12:00:15 -0600

I have heard so many of you talk about yoga and meditation as your exercise choice and I thought I would give it a try. A friend of mine went to a class yesterday and we are going to go together tomorrow evening. It should be interesting. I am a bit intimidated, as bending and doing many of those things is just so foreign to me. But I need to find an outlet for some stress and this sounds like a good plan and I do need a buddy. I have been trying to make myself go back to the gym, but that was my time with my husband and I just really don't have the heart to do it still.

So, any yoga tips from the gurus here?

21 replies

Mcamk 2017-01-09 22:34:32 -0600 Report

Also try tai chi. No bending just slow movement and coordination and focus and great for exercise. For me, it's better than yoga.

meglet 2017-01-09 02:03:38 -0500 Report

I have been doing yoga on and off for a few years. I love it.Take all of the advice about going slow and at your own pace. It is fun. I am glad you have a friend to go with you. When you tip over someone will be there to giggle at you.and vice versa.I have tried many different ways. I DVR shows from the TV they are on early in the morning. Get a good book with the poses you can practice at can give a great work out and also be very calming.About the clothes,Don't wear shorts with wide legs(for obvious reasons)..Also you should sweat, so light clothing is best.Good luck and namaste

GabbyPA 2017-01-06 05:43:08 -0600 Report

Well......we arrived late and the door was locked. Bummer. So I will have to try again next week.

So now i have to ask...what do you wear? I don't have special gym clothing, I just go in a set of sweats and a t-shirt. Is that "appropriate"?

Kittiebitty 2017-01-05 21:12:31 -0600 Report

I've been doing yoga since 13 yrs old and I am on and off again. I'm 27 and can finally touch my toes. Even with all this time elapsed, I still struggle with poses and staying still during meditation. It's definitely a practice and the struggle of it is the fun part. Enjoy it! Go slow and don't be intimidated!

cmr55 2017-01-04 16:24:36 -0600 Report

Hubby and I will be starting Yoga too and meditation. Always good to start something new. Good Luck Carol

janetdelaine 2017-01-04 13:29:49 -0600 Report

don't worry about what you cant do. just do what you can. I love yoga and there are always modified poses for the ones you do. I hope it is hatha yoga, that is gentle yoga and good way to get introduce to yoga. Plus yoga will put you more in tune with your body. Namasta

haoleboy 2017-01-04 12:35:26 -0600 Report

it's not a competition
breathe, relax … if it causes you any stress you're not doing it right ;)
(don't do much yoga mostly Quigong and I do meditate several times a day)

☮ Steve

GabbyPA 2017-01-04 13:05:54 -0600 Report

What is Quigong?

haoleboy 2017-01-04 13:29:35 -0600 Report

it's related to tai chi … I find it easier and more suited to more suited to my needs/situation

GabbyPA 2017-01-04 13:48:04 -0600 Report

I really wanted to do tai chi, but the classes here are crazy money. And there is so far just one place I have found it. This class is a donation not for profit class. Their goal is to get yoga to everyone. So that works for me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-01-06 11:56:57 -0600 Report

Gabby why pay for the class when you can go on You Tube and learn it at home at your leisure?

There is a man here who does it in a park. People who have never done it before just walk up and watch for a few days then follow what he does. He doesn't say a word but he has people doing it.

GabbyPA 2017-01-06 13:10:36 -0600 Report

I had a DVD, but what I need is touch instruction. Meaning that I need someone to help me adjust and do it right. I require a little more hands on. Plus a class gets me out of the house.

GabbyPA 2017-01-06 17:10:41 -0600 Report

I don't do tight much...LOL. My pants are tightish, maybe I will look for something this weekend.

MrsPatty 2017-01-04 13:19:40 -0500 Report

Remember, everyone was a beginner. If you have a good instructor…they will start you out slowly. You don't have to be an expert the first day. Your breathing is as important as the stances.

GabbyPA 2017-01-04 13:09:10 -0600 Report

Yeah, my friend is a beginner too, so that makes it easier. Though I imagine she can do more than I can. It is an all inclusive class so what she does is teach the basics and then she offers the advancements to those who are able.

MonsterToBe 2017-01-05 10:07:12 -0600 Report

It sounds like you've found a really good class to learn in. Just remember that your first class should be challenging but never painful — if something hurts, ask how you can modify that pose. "No pain, no gain" doesn't apply here! Think of it as guided stretching and relaxation, and you should find that although your muscles will work hard holding the poses, you will feel amazing at the end of class. Have fun! :o)

GabbyPA 2017-01-05 13:00:27 -0600 Report

Thanks, that is good to know. My friend said it helped her drop 30 glucose points, so I am curious about that as well.

MonsterToBe 2017-01-05 15:44:33 -0600 Report

I'd love it if I could do an exercise that would do that for me. The only thing I'm able to do so far is brief spurts of brisk walking/dancing — through my endurance is growing. I'm up to half an hour sometimes before pain starts creeping in!

It always makes my levels rise, though, which is frustrating. I keep at it because I know that it'll help my health overall, and eventually I'll be able to work out intensely again. That's when I suspect I'll see it giving me lower readings instead of higher!