New to Yoga

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I'm just starting to do yoga and I was wondering if anyone had any tips to help me. Thanks!

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Nicole - posted on 07/17/2009

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Even if you can't get all the way into a pose, don't distress, you will still receive the benefits of the pose. Also, If a pose is uncomfortable, there are a ton of ways to modify based on your needs.

Janette - posted on 06/17/2011

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If you want a more american version of yoga read Be a Loser! by Greer Childers. It outlines a whole program that is very do-able for even the most unfit. It is isometric and isotonic stretching with abdominal breathing similar to Uddiyama Bahnda style yoga. It teaches the very very basics from the beginning and only takes about 18 minutes a day. You dont need anything special to do it and you need not leave your home. Its a great way to improve flexibility, strength, digestion, and breathing. I believe it even has a little bit of nutrition education ;) It wasnt until I lost inches and gained a lot of strength that I realized I was doing an advanced form of yoga in a really easy to understand format. Try it and tell me what you think. You can find a copy of the book on Amazon.com. I would love to friend some mothers who are intersted in this form of yoga as well!

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Charlotte - posted on 06/12/2011

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I started running/walking and wanted to try and learn how to breath easier, and strength my muscles after running. I have been doing it for about 2 weeks everyday for an hour. It has really helped with the running and sore muscles. I feel relaxed too

Natalie - posted on 06/12/2011

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That's a good place to start! I also believe that anyone can practice yoga. It's also good to know what is your motivation for practicing yoga- exercise, relaxation, weight loss, stress reduction, better sleep??? you can tailor a yoga practice to meet your needs on any given day by changing the rhythm of your breath and pace between poses. Music can also help synchronize your breath and movement. Happy Yogaing :) Namaste!

Charlotte - posted on 06/12/2011

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I got a Dvd from netflix, I have never done any yoga, but it was really easy to follow gave modifications to poses. It is yoga for dummies

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2010

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Is there a good dvd yoga video that you would recommend? I would love to give it a try, but limited in attending classes.

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I am a instructor and my advice to all my students is Yoga should NOT be painfull. If it is you are pushuing yourself to far.

Jelena - posted on 05/06/2009

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I do my yoga at home with no instrucor or video guide. I dont know if i`m doing it right, but my abs are tight and my lower back doesn`t hurt any more even when I`m standing for several hours at work. Also, now I hold my spine flat without forcing it. Problem I have is the time -10 min are maximum I can afford.

Marisa - posted on 03/23/2009

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I agree with Natalie - yoga studio or DVD? more details...



 



I would recommend attending in person classes to start so the istructor can help you make sure you are doing poses correctly. Once you are comfortable with some basics, then you can practice at home/class/wherever.  In general, though, yoga is great for clearing your mind, focusing on yourself for a while and relaxing - all while toning your body...all great for moms! Enjoy!

Kathy - posted on 03/18/2009

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being aware of the breathe makes yoga practice relaxing and eases any resistance in postures (gently). also remain present in your practice. don't compare yourself with how far you stretched or held a posture the day before. go with what feels good to you now.

Natalie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Have you started attending a yoga studio or are you using a DVD? Give us more details about your practice.

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My only advice is don't get overwhelmed by all the postures. If you feel like you can't do a certain posture try doing a modified version! that's what I do. I love yoga!!!

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