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vividdreamer 24-08-2019 11:03 AM

Yoga is new to me

So, over the years I've tried classes here and there, but haven't been able to really get in to the practice. I'm interested because I meditate and would love to add some movement to my practice. Also, I'm getting very inflexible. Even sitting on the ground for 30 minutes causes me troubles.

Where should I start? I assume looking at some local studios? If so, how do I know they are any good and there are so many different styles?

Any thoughts?

desert rat 29-08-2019 02:27 AM

I down load mine off you tube . I pratice Kundlini my self . There are lots of Kundlini, Hatha , Tantra , and others on you tube for free . I use the Opera browser and saved from net as an extion . Its easier for me to play them from my hard drive , watch them on my big tv.

Clover 29-08-2019 03:43 AM

There is a lot of free stuff on youtube. I have learned plenty from it. Also, if you have paid subscriptions, there is plenty of Yoga classes on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and The Gaia channel.

Many studios are really posh and expensive. If you go the fiances for it, totally go for it. Some poses can be dangerous and it helps if someone shows you a correct way to position yourself so you wont injure yourself. Lots of gyms offer basic Yoga classes with entire membership, that is a good bang for your buck option.

vividdreamer 30-08-2019 06:46 PM

Thanks desert rat and clover! Youtube is easier than joining a class. I don't have a lot of time, but doing it from my living should work! It's both time and money situation, but I can do that. I will check out kundalini yoga as well. I started meditating with energy work and so that might make sense for everything else I practice.
Now, I just need to get up and start doing this.

Altair 06-09-2019 10:07 AM

Classes are best to learn because you can be corrected. Talking and sharing it with others is also invaluable.

But I've gotta say I've also learned asanas by browsing the internet, lol. An issue with that is perhaps that you'll look for things you like, whereas in class I've had to do asanas I really disliked, and yet after some practice they became my favourites! I don't think I would've realized that if I just browsed the internet. The internet is just our bubble world!!

I think if you want to become more flexible than it's good to stay in an asana for a long time. This will test your body, once it gets difficult you simply breathe deeper in and out. I find this to be more effective, and radically different from doing an asana for a few seconds (or a minute) which IS what many teachers seem to teach from my experience. If you want to improve your body however it's (in my view!) best to challenge it and gradually extend the minutes you are in that asana. I made big gains when I started doing it this way.

I agree with Clover that many yoga classes are expensive, and based on what is taught it can be overpriced..
Most offer trial lesson for lower price, I'd suggest you try those at different places.

LibbyScorp 23-12-2019 08:36 AM

If you are worried about cost... sometimes your local community center offers classes. There are a few metaphysical book stores in my city that offer free yoga classes. You can also look free yoga up on google for your location.

The benefits of being in a class are phenominal but youtube is a never ending well of all things yoga.

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