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TINIERTINA's Photo TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
6/6/11 12:04 P

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Having overspent on yoga classes (although I did not come to the classes as an absolutely raw beginner, and I had been in maintenance weight range, but with little core strength), with a little ingenuity (and the input of having gotten dvds after-the-fact) I have a very rich home practice bunch-of-sequences.

If you can, don't stint on the price of the class you return to.

It had been midstream, though, that I switched from a vinyasa class to a much more alignment-focused hatha class. From there (and these were NOT cheaply priced walk-ins/5 packs and they have too much sense to do Groupon or Lifebooker, etc. above and beyond the original cheap price) my home practice came alive.

Later, when you are more sure of your skills, you could experiment with any class you may like.


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6/6/11 2:18 A

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I would start (again) with a studio, a class for begginers and then stay there for long enjoying every little performance your body (and mind) does. For me Vinyasa classes for begginers became in one month credibiles. Without a class I am not serious.

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6/5/11 11:28 P

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You might especially look for Peggy Cappy's "yoga for the rest of us" and other dvd's. Even if you are not mobility-limited by injury or illness, you might still find a 'chair yoga' program a good way to start, if you are just out of shape. Sitting in a chair can give you quite a workout if you do it right!
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6/5/11 8:25 P

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I agree with everything mentioned so far.... emoticon Wish I had started sooner and love the way I feel now that I've been practicing regularly for about 6 months. Plan to never stop. Like your friend, I have tried to convince others that they should try yoga. I think the more you are on this site and see the various comments and suggestions from other members you will realize if it is right for you. Some of my friends think the instructors are "weird" but some of them just have a different way of looking at the world....

Do some "taste testing" to see what's right for you. You will know it once you find an instructor or videos you like. Good luck with your journey!

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6/5/11 6:14 P

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Since you mentioned that your first experience was too fast avoid any classes and DVD's described as Power or Vinyasa. Look for something more along the lines of hatha, balanced, etc.

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6/5/11 6:03 P

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Yoga is for all body styles. There is everything from chair yoga for people who have limited mobility to powerful fast moving practices for the very fit. Lots of us fall in between somwhere. Nearly all poses have modifications to make them easier for beginners. Perhaps you could explore some of the styles online or by checking out some beginning DVD's at the library. If you have access to classes, it is very helpful to do yoga with others. You may need to try more than one class or teacher to find a fit. A good teacher will advise you to respect your body and make progress at your own pace. I've done yoga for about 10 years and my only regret is that I did not start sooner.

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6/5/11 4:06 P

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Hey everyone!
I've tried yoga years ago and I found that it moved way to fast for me and didnt continue past a couple of classes and havent tried again since then. A friend recently suggested that I try it to help me get toned and lose weight. So I dont know where to start, I have heard there are several different kinds of yoga. I'm a large woman and not sure if I can do yoga or what type is best for me. PLEASE HELP!!!

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