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Subject: Yoga questions
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 10:59 AM ET
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I see a lot of you are interested in doing yoga using videos. I am a certified yoga instructor and have been practicing yoga for 10 years. Post your questions (I know you've got 'em!), and I'll do my best to answer them... Or other yogis can chime in here, too. :) ~Lorien
Date Posted: 1/8/2009 1:23 PM ET
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Lorien

I could use some advice on a stretch for the front of my legs above the knee.

I was doing yoga on the day after cardio workouts in the morning. I found that really made the rest of my day easier and cut lots of soreness out.

Now,  I'm training for a half marathon and getting close to the date. We are walking 8-12 miles on weekends now. 

I find that some of the yoga postures help with lower back pain and keep me from getting hamstring soreness, but I haven't found one yet that relieves the post workout burn above the knee.

I have a basic yoga book, so if you clue me in with a name and a general description, I can look it up.

I just follow the instructors on fit TV so I've had a lot of different video experiences and heard a lot of different names and terms for things.

It sure is tricky learning to do yoga when you can't see the screen cause you're backwards or upside down.

Thanks

Lenore

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 4:47 PM ET
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Hi, Lenore! Thanks for posting, and yes, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words (names)... the reason why you have so many names is because the practice is so old, and the language it was originally documented in (Sanskrit) has many translations. So, don't be discouraged by that. :) The best stretch I've found for just above the knee is called Supta Virasana; here is Yoga Journal's article on this pose: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/790. If you cannot go all the way back at first, use props to get the basic stretch - a block under the butt, and a bolster propped up at an angle for the back, or try it one leg at a time. It is good to feel sensation just above the knee, but not in the joint itself; if this happens, come out immediately!!! The full expression of this pose offers a stretch to the ankles, knees, thighs, hips, belly and resets the lower back curve. You can stay in the pose anywhere from 1-5 minutes, depending on your comfort level. Enjoy!
Date Posted: 1/9/2009 8:10 PM ET
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Thanks Lorien, the link went to a page but the middle section doesn't load. Gotta love the net. I'll check my book and see if I can find it.

 

Google image search returned lots of pics. Thanks, think I'll work up to that one s-l-o-w-l-y



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Date Posted: 1/9/2009 8:53 PM ET
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Sorry it didn't come through, because I really like the middle part where they detail how to use props, how to build up to the pose, etc. Here is another great resource: http://yinyoga.com/ys2_2.0_asanas_saddle.php, and it shows how to work up to it! Good luck on the half marathon, I hope the yoga helps! Be well, Lorien
Date Posted: 1/10/2009 3:01 PM ET
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Lorien - Great idea for a thread!  Thank you for being willing to share your knowledge and encourage everyone in their yoga practice.  I've been practicing faithfully for about 3 years now, and I am so thankful I incorporated a regular asana practice into my life.  I even got my bad-backed, inflexible DH to give it a try, and now he too practices almost daily.  The relief from his back pain and the increase in his flexibility has amazed us both!  I practice at home, on my own, with video and audio practices and sometimes on my own. (I will often do the series in  each month's Yoga Journal.)  We live in a small town, so going for live classes regularly is not an option for us, but we have taken some classes when we've been in Minneapolis.  Our favorite was a class with Eoin Finn about a year and a half ago when he was in the Twin Cities.  We hope to take Bryan Kest's class when he is in Minneapolis in May.

Anyway, I'm happy to know I have a resource here in you because questions definitely come up from time to time that I can't always find the answers to in my many yoga books or on line.  I've been off yoga for about a month due to a bulged disk in my lower back, but I'm slowly getting back into my practice with a lot of modifications.  My PT wants me to do few forward bends and concentrate mostly on backbends, so I'm working on that. 

Thanks again!

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 2:19 PM ET
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Glad to have you here, Shelley! I'm sorry to hear about your disc - the sad news is, it is very common these days!!! Good luck with the rehab.
meowy -
Date Posted: 1/15/2009 10:03 PM ET
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I found this site that tells about yoga styles http://yoga.about.com/od/typesofyoga/a/yogatypes.htm  but I'm still overwhelmed.  I think asthanga looks okay, or maybe iyengar.  Is it okay to mix the yoga styles, maybe one dvd one day, the other the next or should I keep with one style?

Right now I have AM/PM yoga, I got it at Gaiam a while back.  I did it for a while, but the yoga for AM only goes 15 minutes and I'd really like a longer session.  So I quit it until this morning.   I remember why I quit it now haha, it's frustrating to have to start the DVD over and over in order to do any extra yoga.  I like the dvd and the yoga format though aside from it being too short.

I also have Yourself!Fitness for PS2 but I find that the yoga section is far too quick because I don't know the  moves.  It feels like the Y!F is set more for people with a bit more experience than I have right now.

Do you all have any recommendations on dvds I should look at?  I'd like a longer yoga session, and definitely needs to be for beginners.  I have to look at the TV with each move change still.

I thought about getting the yoga for Nintendo DS too, just not sure if that'd really be useful or not.

It's overwhelming trying to look at dvds on swapadvd or amazon, eek.  I don't know what to get and what to avoid.

 

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 12:34 AM ET
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Hi, Stacey. thanks for posting your question. Yes, it can be overwhelming. It's okay to switch around in your yoga styles, just know that each one will have a different emphasis and don't worry about any seemingly conflicting instruction - it's all good!!! As far as recommendations for videos, check out the Yoga Videos thread: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=147136; I posted about halfway down the page. Oh, and the Wii fit yoga program is good, well-thought-out, but does have its flaws. Take care, Lorien
meowy -
Date Posted: 1/16/2009 10:57 AM ET
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Thank you so much!  I'm checking them over now :)

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 11:45 AM ET
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Stacey - One series of videos I like is Total Yoga by Tracy Rich and Ganga White.  They are available at Amazon.  The series consists of "Original," "Earth," "Water," and "Fire."  Earth is probably the easiest.  It's more of a restorative flow.  Original and Water are about the same - a bit more strenuous than Earth, but nothing too hard.  Fire is tough.  It is often jokingly referred to as "death by chatturunga!"  Probably only for the more advanced.  The instructions on the Total Yogas is excellent.  Clear and detailed enough for a beginner.  Tracy and Ganga also show modifications of poses (easier and more advanced versions.)

The Yoga Zone videos are also mostly geared toward novices, and the instruction is usually quite good.  There are several Yoga Zone DVDs, and they are available at Amazon.  My favorite is Yoga for Flexibility & Stress Release which is one of the only Yoga Zone videos actually instructed by Alan Finger, the Yoga Zone founder.  He is simply excellent in his verbal instruction.  He can "talk" you into a pose like no other.  That parricular vid would be accessible to a beginner.

Good luck!

 



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meowy -
Date Posted: 1/16/2009 1:00 PM ET
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Thank you! :)  I'll look through those on Amazon too.  Writing a few of them down to see what I can maybe find while out doing errands tomorrow.   I'll definitely avoid the fire one! hehe

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 5:20 PM ET
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There are some yoga zones (though maybe not the ones instructed by Alan Finger) listed on swap a dvd.

 

Take care,

Sherry

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 11:05 AM ET
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This is a great thread, and so nice of you Lorien, to start it and offer your time.

I learned on Yoga for Dummies 1 & 2, and they were very adequate.  Went to the Yoga Zones after seeing them on the Wisdom Channel years ago.  When SwapADVD started up I put them all on my WL.  Some I traded back, some I kept.  A great way to get these and others, and try them out.  I got a bunch of the Tracy And Ganga's, Rainbeau Mars, and Wai Lani DVD's.  You know, of the many many I tried, there are one or two from each of those mentioned that I kept, but there is one that I go back to again and again.  Have since I graduated from the Yoga Zones. 

Yoga, Mind, Body, with Ali McGraw and Erich Schiffman.  I love the program, the music, how I feel when finished.  I had it in VHS and wore the tape out and then bought the DVD.  I highly recommend it.

(Whoa!  When getting that link, I saw that amazon has it for 4.99!  A great price.)

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 11:21 AM ET
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Hi, bonnie. Yes, Erich is a great teacher and an all-around sweet soul. If you are ever in the Santa Monica area, check out his classes - they feed your soul!!! If you are as big a fan of Erich's as I am, you may want to check out his book, Moving Into Stillness (http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780671534806-Yoga+The+Spirit+And+Practice+Of+Moving+Into+Stillness ). It was part of my teacher training and I refer back to it all the time. He also has an amazing web-board that has some of the most knowledgeable and compassionate posters I have ever come across on the internet; you can find it at: http://movingintostillness.yuku.com. and one more thing, he offers free podcasts of some of his lectures and meditations... so cool!!! You can find those at: http://web.mac.com/erichyog/ERICHYOG/HOME.html. Okay, I can wax poetic about him all day long, so I'll quit now because the dog is antsy for her walk! :) Namaste, Lorien PS Bonnie, if you like Erich, you may enjoy Max Strom's videos, too.

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Date Posted: 2/6/2009 12:08 PM ET
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Erich Shiffman is awesome!  I never clicked with Yoga Mind & Body, but I have his Backyard Beginners video and his Backbends video.  I just did Backbends twice in the past week.  It is an incredible practice and totally perfect for me as I'm nursing a bulged disk in my back.  Aaaaah, it's divine! If you like Erich, you might also enjoy Tilak Pyle.  He has a video out called Altar of the Heart that is so nice.  He also has some audio practices available at ihanuman, I think.  You can tell by his style that Tilak trained with and is very influenced by Erich.