Yoga Classes

Yoga can be practiced in a variety of settings and programs. This review is particularly of yoga flexibility and strength classes taught at a gym. It consists of a series of postures, called asanas, and various breathing exercises, called pranayama. These exercises focus on controlled breathing and concentration through a carefully structured series of stretches. In a 2011 study, yoga was shown to increase your strength, agility, muscular power and speed. Studies have also shown yoga to increase your balance and it may improve hip extension, increase stride length, decrease anterior pelvic tilt in healthy seniors and speed recovery from workouts. A study done by the ADA in 2010 on the effects of exercise and type 2 diabetes showed yoga helped lower blood glucose as much as more conventional forms of exercise.

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Pros: flexibility, better health, assists with weight loss

Overall: I enjoy yoga, but am still not good at it. It may have helped my flexibility but my clumsiness has made much of it difficult. Even so, the stuff I CAN accomplish are wonderful!

By rangerlina
Hatha-Yoga (the physical movements)

Pros: Good yoga instruction will help you learn the right positions, good mechanics and best breathing for many movements and the chained sequences of them as well (ie asana flows). Tapes, DVD's are fine if you have no exposure, access or funding. But, personal or group instruction is the ideal. Tapes cannot correct the two inches out of alignment, off center you might be doing the movements but a live teacher will save you discomfort in a day or two because you strained something by mistake only using the DVD/tape. Yoga can be done at many different speeds, in any number of ways. High heat, or normal, with or without props, with music or in total silence. Whatever recipe or flavor of yoga that is available if you like it, by all means enjoy it.

Cons: There is a danger to being overly zealous, or excessive whether in solo or group practice. Do not overdue it until you have a strong sense of your ability and capacity.There are ZERO local, state, or national regulations or standards/laws with regard to correct yoga instruction. Because I call myself a teacher, a guru, a swami of yoga does not make it so. Be careful, watch several classes, BEFORE you ever take part in one!!! Young or old, male or female, does the instructor help their students, or modify their specific positions, postures, or merely show you they (the teacher) can do the pretzel swan position(s) themselves? You want the former as a teacher, not merely someone who is merely lithe and supple. They are two entirely different creatures. You can hurt yourself, if you push too hard, or simply don't align parts/pieces in the right way. Push is not the same as harm. Be certain which you are performing

Overall: Hatha-Yoga, or simply yoga as it is called commonly known the west is a very old tradition. The physical movements (postures aka asana) are only one if perhaps the best known group. When you seek out yoga instruction, watch carefully the approach and methods a specific teacher uses? Whatever their approach, whatever their methods, if having watched them several times, is that environment something you wish to take part in? Talk to the teacher, see if both what and how they want to teach you is something you want to learn? Talk with several students, not just one.See if there are lots of people missing/injured from classes. Yoga classes should be fairly diversified and mixed with different ages, both genders, different amounts of experience (eg months doing, years doing, decades doing) in most classes. Meaning if a class is composed ONLY of a particular group, unless you are of that narrow group, you might want to seek out a different class. Yoga can be incredible fun. Its physical pieces are critical but not its only parts. Making time, creating the space to practice anything physical whether on our own or elsewhere can be very rewarding, and often quite challenging too. Find something which appeals to you, and see whether it helps you basic goal. Be careful, don't confuse using "only" your own body as opposed to some kind of external machine as being not strenuous. It can be quite dynamic, so give yourself some time to get used to it as a regular thing you do. Discomfort is ok, pain is a mistake in ones practice(s).

By Stuart1966
Hatha-Yoga (the physical movements)