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Anyone done this form of yoga before? What did you think?<br><br>
I've done some hatha yoga, years ago, and found a local class that is offering an intro course in ashtanga. It works out beautifully with my kids' kindergarden schedule and is right down the street from their school. I've recently started exercising after not doing it since *ahem* before my first child was born, over 5 years ago. I'm wondering if a 1.5 hour class a week is too heavy duty. My other main form of exercise is cycling, and I've done some good longish (like 50km) rides so I'm not totally unfit. Just from cycling and doing WW I've lost 10 lb. in the last couple of months. I feel like it's time to add something more now.<br><br>
What do y'all think?
 

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I haven't done it myself, I do mostly Iyengar, but I've heard it's a very rigorous kind of yoga. So if you're looking for a good workout, Ashtanga should do well by you. 90 minutes is quite long BUT once a week isn't bad. It's a beginner class so it shouldn't be too tough for you. I think it's worth a try. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<b>Sisterhavana</b> - I've asked that your post be moved to where others might see it. Probably Nutrition and Good Eating. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ashtanga yoga is great for mind, body, and soul. If you have a good teacher, and since it's an intro, they should make sure and work you only to your level. I'd say give it a try. I personally love Ashtanga, and think it's a great way to get in shape and stay flexible.<br><br>
Good Luck!!
 

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I am totally unfit and extremely overweight. I have been thinking about yoga as a means of calming my overstressed emotions and getting some exercise. But don't really know where to start. Any suggestions?<br><br>
Kathi
 

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<b>Kathi</b> - I typed up this long response to your question and my computer burped and lost it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Here's the cliff notes.<br><br>
1) I would try any of the videos for beginner's at <a href="http://www.gaiam.com/retail/category.asp?catalog_name=gai&category_name=l3_YogaforBeginners" target="_blank">Gaiam.com</a> . As far as "stuff" goes, the only prop you really need is a mat. If you decide you like yoga and will stick with it, a block and strap can be very helpful as well.<br><br>
2) No one does the poses just like the instructor at the beginning, no matter what their weight. I have been doing yoga for 2 years and I still don't look like the instructors. So please don't get discouraged, just do the poses as best you can and remind yourself that it's a journey, you'll get there when you get there.<br><br>
3) Erich Shiffmann's book "The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness" is wonderful. It's a good read and has instructions with photos for most of the major poses. There are also routine suggestions in the back should you tire of videos.<br><br>
I think yoga is a wonderful path to fitness. Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Kathi- Here's a great video/DVD recommendation for you, "Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss with Suzanne Deason". It's by Living Arts/Gaiam, and it's really good. They show 3 levels of modifications for each pose. It's great for those just starting out. I'm actually going to give this video to my Mom who is wanting to start doing yoga. And, one of the three class members is overweight and gives great modifications and inspiration.<br><br>
Here's a link to Overstock.com, where I buy tons of books and DVDs. It's cheap and the shipping is usually $1 or free.<br><br><a href="http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2.cgi?SEC_IID=8770&keywords=yoga+for+weight+loss&y=17&N=20211+2016602266&CART_ID=87461677&x=17&PAGE=ENDECA" target="_blank">http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2....17&PAGE=ENDECA</a>
 

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I want to second that recommendation. I've been doing yoga for years, and the weight loss DVD with Susan Deason is one of my favorites, even though weight loss isn't really a big goal with me these days.<br>
I've decided that Ashtanga yoga just isn't for me after a couple of months of classes. I prefer to spend more time in a pose, and with Ashtanga, I felt like I was just getting settled in, and I'd be behind the class! Someone recommended that DVD as more "Iyengar" style, and it's one of the two I use (the other is Rodney Yee's yoga for atheletes).
 
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