My 2 youngest sons both do yoga. They are both very athletic and fit, and both love it. Middle son plays lots of sports, and he says that yoga is a great relaxing stretch after a sports workout, and that it helps to calm and focus his thoughts.
Youngest son is too little to comment on the benefits of yoga (he's 3 1/2), but he does well with it and I've noticed an improvement in his ability to focus as well.
Eldest son does Qi Gong (related to Tai Chi, with less movement and more still poses). He seems to get the same benefits from it that the younger 2 boys get from yoga.
I am hopelessly bad at yoga, so I can't really speak to it. I'm flexible enough to tie myself in knots, but I can't hold the balance in the wide-stance poses, and tend to knock other people down in yoga class, so I stopped going.
I'm 64 and been doing yoga(hot) for about 2 1/2 years now. I am addicted to it. There are many poses I will not do and I know my limits so as not to endanger my life. It has worked wonders for my flexibility. I combine yoga with my 90 minute workouts at the gym 6x week. And to tell you the truth it has improved my sex life drastically.
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262 1/14/13 8:42 A
My sister-in-law is a big yogi. She bought me a yoga-for-martial-arts books, which I love. It connects yoga to throws, strikes, rolls, etc.
There's a sun salutation in there that I've memorized that is awesome!
Thanks for sharing.
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51 1/13/13 2:19 P
I just completed my first yoga class. Although i thought i did horrendous, the yoga instructor said i did exceptional for a first timer, and she was impressed by my flexibility. I found that class gave me a good full body stretch, core workout and a good calm relaxed feeling
The SO has recommened it, and an ex years ago did, too. Like pilates it may be good for core stuff, but also for flexibility, so I nice companion to strength training. But there have been a number of recent-ish articles on 'dangers' of yoga, primarily a matter of (1) older (2) guys sustaining injuries, often to the back or neck, and usually because of going too far and not listening to their bodies.
The SO has suggest -- half in jest, I think, half seriously -- couples Tai Chi.
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81 1/10/13 11:15 A
I did Bikram Yoga a few times, and though I sweated like a bastard, I didn't feel like I got much of a workout afterwards. Great for flexibility though, so I may go back to it sometime in the future when I'm on maintenance mode.
Also, being surrounded by women in yoga pants is pretty awesome.
I've done the P90-X Yoga workout and believe me, it's a heck of a workout but no insane positions, that's for the hard core types. Give it a go it'll be easy but the next day when you can't move you'll know it was a good workout.
So, my wife says to me last night, "I signed us up for a yoga class so we can get healthier together." I've seen some of those yoga poses and there is no way this old body will get there. She says it is designed for big folks. My question is, have any of you tried it? Should I be thinking of some good excuses or give it the old college try? What is your experience?
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