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Hello <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I hope someone who has been doing yoga longer than I have can help me out a little.<br>
I have been working out now for about a year-weights, cardio,pilates--and I feel I am in shape. I recently started doing yoga, and I am having the worst muscle cramps! What the heck is this? Am I doing something wrong? I'm doing tapes I borrow fromthe library (checking out which ones I'd like to purchase), so I follow the instructors...am I not warming up enough? Maybe it;s simply a vitamin deficiency? I don't know I had a cramp in my foot last night that was awful. Do you think this can be related to my new workout? I really like doing yoga, I find it is a real work out and I am really psyched that I can keep up, so I want to keep going.<br>
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I'm nt a doc so please takemy advice with a grain of salt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I know that when I began yoga I was quite sore as I wasn't used to the movements. It's very important in yoga to take it slow and learn the correct postures before you explore your depth.<br><br>
In a couple weeks I felt much better as I gained some strength. I was also going to the gym but yoga worked my body differently than anything else I'd done before.<br><br>
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thanks Jaspersmom for the reply.<br>
I cannot believe the workout I get from doing yoga. I can tell even this early on with it that I am going to like what it does for my body. I'm 37 years old and I'm not getting any younger here, but I figure yoga will help me stay fit and flexible. I realize I probably should have started out a little slower to get my body used to it. I like it so much I want to do it every day.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Susana: Yeah for you.. every day ! Im a yoga instructor and one thing i think you should take care to do is to stay in a breathing pattern as much as possible, sit and connect with your breath in so much that the breath is enhancing and assisting your stretches. It's absolutely true that you can go too far in the beginning, thinking the poses are easy and yet finding out your muscles have not done THAT in a long time! One key to yoga and the philosophy behind it is to really truly learn to listen to your body, your instincts and not to listen to the ego that wants you to perform or be better. The exact pose is a process, and for you it may well be a different pose than the next person. LISTEN , CONNECT, and learn to use yoga as more than just a physical tool.<br>
* are you resting at the end of your practice for at least 5 minutes?<br>
Laura
 

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Laura, thank you very much for your reply!<br>
EVerything you said made a lot of sense to me...what you said about concentrating on breathing really was good. I find that I get frustrated with the tapes I am doing because they go from one pose to another so quickly, and I am wanting to stay in a pose longer, but I figured the instructors know what they are doing, so maybe everyone does yoga rather quickly? Perhaps I need to find an actual class. I'd love that.<br>
I can completely feel my body reacting to the poses. It's kind of freakish, really, the way I can feel muscles doing things I haven't done in a long time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Thanks again, Laura.
 

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I agree with lauraess to stay aware of your body and listen. I'm not a big fan of learning with videos, although they are good for practice if you've been to a class. It helps to have a teacher check your alignment- like learning anything new it is hard to know if you've got it right. Enjoy!
 

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I just donated my yoga videos to the library because I no longer find them helpful. When I first started doing yoga they gave me an idea of how to do the poses but now I find they interfere with my focus - they do go too quickly.<br><br>
I bought a couple of good books with pictures and detailed descriptions of how to do a pose and I use that as a reference. I run every morning and then do yoga afterwards. Every day my yoga routine is a little different and I can easily add a new pose or leave something out if it doesn't feel right that day. Just by listening to my body and what feels right instead of trying to accomplish anyhting I am amazed at how many "impossible" poses I have been able to learn in a short period of time!<br><br>
My rest after yoga is to get into a warm bath with some essential oils - it is a great way to end the running/yoga time adn to prepare for a busy day with my kids.
 

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On a non-yoga note, I get muscle cramps when I am low on potassium. Eating at least 1 banana daily helps keep them away for me.
 
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