Yoga 101

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-02-17 09:10:54 -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?

28 replies

Stuart1966 2017-02-16 16:09:11 -0600 Report

Hello Gabby:

LOL, a "guru" not in my current incarnation anyway. Been off site for a while. How is your Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation search going?

Yoga, hatha-yoga is interested in actively connecting the physical parts. Big parts, little parts, moving, turning, breathing. We are all stuck in our own special bodies. The challenge is keeping them going effectively, efficiently.

The challenge is always making the commitment. Repetition is the key to any habit good or bad. The more repetition the better to make our habits strong. Are there specific goals you are trying to achieve in particular with these activities?
Feel free to PM if you'd prefer

If its workable whether Yoga or Tai Chi you're gonna want to be WATCH the first class or two, get a sense of what any teacher likes in terms of approach. Don't care how expert anybody might be if THEIR "method" is a bad fit for you or me specifically, the end result will be poor one.

There are many fads of both Yoga and Tai Chi, myself I prefer traditional practices. Extra heat unnecessary, music unhelpful and NOT necessary. Special clothes none. Loose and comfortable so you can move.

Tai Chi correctly called Tai Chi Chuan is very similar in many respects. Slow moving and combined with other exercises called Chi Gung. There are lots and lots of ways to do it. The key is always find a method that you like. For most of us it will be whomever is the most local, the least expensive.

If you have anything that seems particularly interesting… post/send a link of that happy to give an impression if that helps any? I was talking to a diabetic yoga teacher about two weeks back.

Happy to connect you if you would like?

GabbyPA 2017-02-16 17:03:26 -0600 Report

Well, my buddy and the class fell through. We went and were too late to get in and have not connected to go back yet. So I cannot say...maybe one day I will get there.

Stuart1966 2017-02-16 21:29:44 -0600 Report

Yoga Journal I think still has a site open to the general public? Articles, basic postures, etc.

ANother possibility would be books, your local library,, www, and so forth. SOme are much better than others… have any materials on hand?

GabbyPA 2017-02-17 09:10:54 -0600 Report

I don't learn these kinds of things very well from books or videos. I really need hands on to make it work.

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 01:03:38 -0600 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.

Stuart1966 2017-02-16 16:19:12 -0600 Report

Group activity is better to start with in my experience too. Once you have a few classes, or need a re-fresher pop back in and say hello to em again.

Sure someone who has crazy experience will see ut oh mistakes easily, but at the end of the day when we all go home… no teachers there except US…

After you get the sense of what you're supposed to be doing, the teacher just reminds us.

WE are always doing the work…

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 12:19:40 -0600 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!