I have quite a few friends who pratice yoga on a daily basis and are in great shape, does anyone else do this? from what I understand it lenghtens the muscle making it appear to be thin and trim. I have done various types of stretching and yoga as well, I do enjoy it but it just seems I can never fit it in after all the other exercise I do. Most of my friends prefer yoga over weights and opinions on this>
Wow I can totally relate to what you are saying. I also wanted to start yoga because it can be really helpful in building strength and flexibility, as well as, relax the mind. But I find it really hard to fit it in with the running and weights I do, on top of the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I haven't come up with any great solutions. Someone here had mentioned to me a while back that they use yoga as their form of stretching before a run. I don't know what kind of exercise you do but that's a thought.
I'm having a hard time figuring out how to work it in. I need to make sure that I stretch properly before my run and I don't feel like I have enough of a handle on the yoga positions. So I'm having difficulty working in some time to learn the positions. Ya know?
I know just what you mean. I have picked up a few books and also am going to go to a couple of classea to get the hang of it. My friends just swear by this for over all health. They never gain weight and looked fairly tones. So I guess it's worht adding to my workout somehow. They don't do anything else other than yoga, I lift weights and do cardio I am looking forward to seeing the results I get!
I've mentioned this a few times in other yoga posts, sorry if I'm just repeating myself. I've been doing bikram yoga for a year. I haven't been to the gym that whole time, I do the yoga almost everyday. It is time consuming, 90 minute class, but my body has never looked so good. It totally changed my whole physique. I am going to start doing some cardio though because I just miss it!! I have also been able to maintain my weight without trying too hard, but I do watch what I eat.
That is the heated yoga, about 105 degrees. The class is 90 minutes and the poses are held for as much as one minute and as low as 10 seconds. I don't do any videos, I've tried that. It's actually easier for me to get to the studio than it is to put a DVD in. You can find your local Bikram studio by searching the web. It wouldn't hurt to try it once.