Yoga

  1. Has anyone taken yoga? I am taking it this semester, has anyone had any positive results such as stress relief or weight loss etc... Tell me about your experience.
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  3. by   prmenrs
    I have taken Hatha Yoga and BKS Iyengar yoga in the past. The BKS Iyengar is more of a workout than it looks. They both feel very good as you do them and I remember feeling much more "toned"--a lot of trunk strength, flexibility and balance. And good for stress reduction, IMHO. The emphasis on breathing awareness was excellent. I haven't had cold hands since.

    I did go to one instructor who spent much of the class trying to get us to "feel our auras". Didn't go back.
  4. by   kayel
    I have done yoga in fitness class and on my own at home and really like it. I do believe it helps a lot with stress and weight loss. I just have to make time to do it lately .. and haven't been! I would recommend it, though!
  5. by   marilynmom
    I have been practicing yoga for almost a year now and get a lot out of the class. It doesn't burn many calories I hear but my god you get a workout! I've noticed my booty is tighter and I have more strength and of course flexibility and balance.

    I really enjoy it, you just feel *so good* after practicing it, plus it's really a lot of fun...I like sun salutations the best. I haven't noticed much in the way of weight loss. For awhile I was only doing yoga and didn't lose any weight until I added back in my normal cardio.
  6. by   Tweety
    I've never taken it at a university level. But for the past few years once or twice a week go to a class (I'm going tonight) and I love it.

    Some of the classes do indeed burn calories, just depends. The Bikhram series that I attended claimed to burn about 330 calories.

    I find it very stress relieving and relaxing. It completes a workout lifestyle that includes weight training and aerobic exercise.

    Good luck.
  7. by   LanaBanana
    I'm taking Yoga this semester too! I'm excited about but a little aprehensive as well. I'm not the most coordinated or flexible person in the world, and am also over weight. I decided that I needed a fun class this semester though and didn't want something that was a complete waste like Underwater Basketweaving (you always hear people talk about that, is it REALLY a class?!?!?!)
    Let me know how you like it, I'm starting next Tuesday. Do you guys have to provide all your own eqpt/supplies? I haven't been able to find out about mine yet.
  8. by   PennyLane
    I love yoga. Luckily there are two yoga studios within walking distance of my house Lucky me.

    I'm trying Bikram Yoga (hot yoga) for the first time on Friday... I'm a little apprehensive b/c I don't always do well with heat, but I've heard great things about it...that you can go further in your stretches in the heat.
  9. by   Princess74
    Quote from kaytekayte
    I'm taking Yoga this semester too! I'm excited about but a little aprehensive as well. I'm not the most coordinated or flexible person in the world, and am also over weight. I decided that I needed a fun class this semester though and didn't want something that was a complete waste like Underwater Basketweaving (you always hear people talk about that, is it REALLY a class?!?!?!)
    Let me know how you like it, I'm starting next Tuesday. Do you guys have to provide all your own eqpt/supplies? I haven't been able to find out about mine yet.
    I also start my Yoga class on Tuesday. The only thing that I have heard is that we have to buy our own mat. I'm wondering about those block thingys that I see in the stores for yoga (I'm not exactly sure what they are for:chuckle ) I guess I will find out Tuesday.
  10. by   LanaBanana
    My sister bought me a mat, block and practice video for Christmas. My roommate and I tried it last week and it was kind of fun, hopefully it's better in person though. The block is to modify a position if you can't reach the full pose - it was a "must have" for me! Hopefully by the end of the semester I won't need. it. Good luck!

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