Yoga? Does anybody?

(36 Posts)
Talkinpeace Wed 16-Oct-13 13:43:32

I posted on th eexercise board but they all seem to be into high impact.
Do any of you ladies do yoga?

lilaloves Tue 22-Oct-13 16:59:45

I started practising yoga at the start of the year,has made a huge difference to my life in general.Our teacher is amazing.

I too found the mindfulness/meditation aspect very tricky at first,the teacher said that people who struggle with this part of the class usually need it the most!!
Very true for for.Try and stick with it as it does become easier.

I also love Yoga teacher Nadia Narain,but she only does classes in London,but I love her style.She has some celeb clients but I find her tutorials/videos on youtube good and down to earth.
Elena brower has good Vidoes on you tube too,very calming.

Talkinpeace Tue 22-Oct-13 15:11:39

I tend to go to classes as if I'm at home I get distracted by email.
higgle I'm starting to get into meditation but its taken me ten years of practice
and I really much prefer the flow / asana / strength side of it

CostaRicaToucan Tue 22-Oct-13 14:20:35

Rodney Yee is fab sunshinesue - often filmed in Hawaii so even lovelier!

I dabble with vinyasa/flow at home and enjoy it when I'm doing it. I've tried the more spiritual or meditative styles and just couldn't get into it; I prefer my exercise to be physically dynamic and high impact.

higgle Tue 22-Oct-13 10:47:17

Don't knock the relaxation bit. Over 10 years ago my then Yoga teacher taught me a technique for clearing the mind and total relaxation. I have employed it ever since to ensure I can sleep no matter how stressed out.

sunshinesue Tue 22-Oct-13 08:21:31

Does anyone have any yoga DVD recommendations? Since I've gone back to work after mat leave I'm struggling to find a local class I can get to in time. Something fairly energetic and reasonably challenging would be good (before pregnancy I did iyengar and ashtanga once a week for about 3 years) cheers!

Talkinpeace Mon 21-Oct-13 20:47:17

my baby is now taller than me so I'm not really your target set
and this thread is more about enjoying the classes we do than selling stuff.

mch12 Mon 21-Oct-13 20:43:22

Hi everyone - I'm trying to set up a network of mums to do yoga together with professional teachers. I am trying to gauge interest in this - I think the needs of new mums are quite specific (need to bring baby, may have some pose-related special questions for teachers) so I think having groups for mums to practice in their homes, or in another space that's convenient would be great. Trying to gather interest, so please do fill in your details here - http://frontroomyoga.launchrock.com/

Ujjayi Wed 16-Oct-13 23:07:47

Erm...yes...hence the name grin

I practice ashtanga & hatha and I try & make time for something yoga related each day - even if it is just a few rounds of the sun salutation. I also love vinyasa - I always leave class feeling like I've had a massage smile

Talkinpeace Wed 16-Oct-13 22:46:11

It depends on the teacher.
we have a lovely one who does one really hard advanced class, then straight after it a broken ladies class and then later in the week a mixed ability - all built around the same postures
LOTS of upper body strength.

Nusatenggara Wed 16-Oct-13 17:44:14

Yes doing the Ashtanga routines could be a bit boring after a while, think that's why I do stuff at home as well that is different.

Is Vinyasa flow very different?

Bexicles Wed 16-Oct-13 17:13:29

I do Iyengar and Hatha classes. I also try to practice at home as often as I can. I love it, it keeps me happy and sane!

MrsPennyapple Wed 16-Oct-13 16:51:18

Thanks Woodenpeg - I know how counter-productive it is, I'm really working on accepting my ability for what it is now. I wish I could go more than once a week but with a toddler and a newborn it's not possible just now.

HaPPy8 Wed 16-Oct-13 16:25:25

I wish i loved Yoga. But i hate it. Tempted by jillian micheals yoga meltdown as I expect she spices it up a bit!

Talkinpeace Wed 16-Oct-13 15:10:08

bigtillymint
hatha just means moving - its a bit of a catch all and comes down to the teacher. Freestyle ditto.
Go along and see what you think - and every teacher is slightly different !

bigTillyMint Wed 16-Oct-13 14:59:34

My gym does Hatha yoga and freestyle yoga. Any ideas what they would involve?

Woodenpeg Wed 16-Oct-13 14:55:19

mrs Penny try not to get frustrated, it's such a wonderful learning experience. You will improve, each week, as you get stronger and more confident.

That is my main reason I love it still, after all these years! It teaches me something new everytime.

Woodenpeg Wed 16-Oct-13 14:52:34

I do love a bit of BB, love the Tai Chi elements and doing it to music is nice.

Our flow is never the same, our teacher has a different focus every week. It's always very challenging and stimulating!

I LOVE YOGA, I DO.

MrsPennyapple Wed 16-Oct-13 14:49:35

I did it for a couple of years, stopped about three years ago and had two DC. I started up again last week, at a different class. (Hatha, I think.)

I struggle with getting into the right frame of mind. I find the postures difficult as I'm so inflexible, and get really frustrated with myself for not being able to do it. I am really going to work on this, this time round.

My main reason for taking up yoga was to increase my flexibility, but I am interested in the meditation and more spiritual aspects too.

Talkinpeace Wed 16-Oct-13 14:49:03

BigTillyMint : Yoga classes are popping up all over - do a bit of googling and then go and visit a variety till you find one that suits

I love my vinyasa flows too
I think I'd get bored of doing the same Ashtanga routine each week
I do BodyBalance at the gym too - which has elements of yoga.

Woodenpeg Wed 16-Oct-13 14:45:11

For me personally, it's the only form of exercise where I am learning. It continually teaches me... I do vinyasa flow, mostly.

bigTillyMint Wed 16-Oct-13 14:44:55

Talkin, she doesn't work there any more - the place we went to is now flats and I don't remember her namesad

Maybe Ashtanga then? TBH, I think she might have used a mixture of stuff...

Nusatenggara Wed 16-Oct-13 14:36:13

Ashtanga is pretty active, it has flow sequences that you go through. I get hot and happy doing it and feel very hungry afterwards!

Only if you count the yoga on the wii fit! grin

have a book kicking around somewhere that I've had for years which shows beginner/intermediate type stuff, I'm overweight but surprisingly flexible, about the only things I can't do at the place I am in the book is the shoulder/head stands because I have a medical issue that means I can't put weight on one of my shoulders

Talkinpeace Wed 16-Oct-13 14:29:44

bigtillymint
Ask your antenatal teacher would be my first bet - they will probably teach elsewhere.
Also, see which group they are a member of
this is one of the biggest www.bwy.org.uk/find-a-teacher-class/
but yes, it can take a while - I'm lucky my gym has some wonderful teachers

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