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Old 27.05.2012, 14:47
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anybody practicing yoga out there??

Hello all,

Im thinking about starting some yoga lessons. i need to do some sport who does not excite me too much. i just can do it at evening time and if i go to the gym i just cant sleep the whole night. so i think yoga is a good choice. now my question is, do anybody know the benefits it has??
I would like to know from personal experiences, cuz i already read a lot of it on websites.
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Re: anybody practicing yoga out there??

Well I have done Hatha Yoga in Australia-it was great!
But here in Zürich it's simply too expensive! The prices they want for group lessons are crazy!
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Hello all,

Im thinking about starting some yoga lessons. i need to do some sport who does not excite me too much. i just can do it at evening time and if i go to the gym i just cant sleep the whole night. so i think yoga is a good choice. now my question is, do anybody know the benefits it has??
I would like to know from personal experiences, cuz i already read a lot of it on websites.
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Old 04.06.2012, 12:54
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Re: anybody practicing yoga out there??

I have started practicing with DVDs about two and a half years ago. It's the first kind of exercise, besides walking and hiking, I really enjoy and could build into my "daily" (about three times a week, in the morning) routine.

Before I started I felt stiff and often I had back aches. I am pretty supple now and my back aches are gone. Then, yoga practice has taught me to wind down and to relax a bit even if there are one hundred things going on in my head.
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I also do Hatha Yoga at the local yoga school. Price- wise it isnt so bad since my health insurance covers 50% up to 500fr a year (CSS). Gives me that extra motivation.
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Old 05.06.2012, 14:34
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Re: anybody practicing yoga out there??

I have tried basketball, swimming, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, jogging, cycling, rollerblading, xcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and skating, and yoga has been miles better than all of them for me. It feels like a treat and not a chore.

Benefits:
-Flexibility, I can now touch my toes
-Confidence, feeling capable and like I am growing
-Awareness, of my body, sneaky mind, breath and emotions that crosses over into all areas of my life
-Health, when I practice regularly I do not get sick. All that sweat and twisting is de-toxifying and you leave feeling like a million bucks.
-Compassion, this is the first sport like activity I have done that promotes non-judgement, listening to your inner needs, and practicing self-compassion.

All that said, I can't afford classes here, so am trying online videos. Not nearly as good, but better than nothing.

Oh and caution: There is a huge variety of types of yoga, videos, teachers, etc. Don't lump them all together and keep looking until you find something that feels like, "Ahhhhhhh, just what I need."
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I fell in love with yoga in 2002 due to the benefits I felt from the practice. I look back and wish I had come across yoga at an earlier age. I am now a Yoga Teacher as I want to share the practice with others in the hope they receive similar benefits. Yoga has the power to transform your life if that is what you after. Personally, it gives me more energy, more strength, greater flexibility and helps to still my mind so i feel more balanced and have greater clarity. The yoga practice cleanses all the organs, increases circulation and releases tension from the body and mind, it really is amazing. The only way to experience the benefits of yoga is to take some classes. It is important to find a type of yoga class that suits you and a teacher you feel comfortable with to really get the most out of the practice. Hope this helps.
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The only way to experience the benefits of yoga is to take some classes. It is important to find a type of yoga class that suits you and a teacher you feel comfortable with to really get the most out of the practice. Hope this helps.
I have to agree with this. It is very difficult to learn poses correctly from a DVD. I have been practicing yoga since 1997, and I started with a video. I quickly realized I needed to find a teacher. Sure enough, I had been doing the poses incorrectly, and could have created more problems with my knees and back. Now that I have a solid foundation, I can use DVDs with much less risk of accidentally injuring myself.

Aside from that warning, I will say that yoga is an exercise that you CAN do in the evening and still be able to go to sleep. Like you, I can't do anything strenuous after about 5-6 p.m., or I will never sleep. But yoga can actually help you sleep.
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Re: anybody practicing yoga out there??

I agree Yoga is wonderful to do in the evening but you need to know the right poses to do. There are energising postures and relaxing postures so you need to know what your body needs to choose the poses correctly. I really suggest attending a class or having some private sessions to get familiar with the poses and to learn a routine that is specific for your needs. Yoga can be a cure for insomnia.

I am taking Hiking Yoga on Wed 4th July this week at 5.45pm if any-one is interested. Relaxing/Balancing/Strengthening postures combined with a good walk by the Zug lake - http://www.yogasally.com.
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Hi there, where did you do yoga in Aus? I am an Australian trained yoga teacher
so i am keen to know who you did yoga with?
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Hi,

I started yoga classes for the first time when I moved to Switzerland. My teacher was a lady in her late 60's who has been practising and teaching for 50 years. Her flexibility and ease of movement was incredible. Occasionally she would demonstrate a position and the rest of the class would look at each other in disbelief that we could ever achieve that. But over time, I've progressed to have greater flexibility, balance, strength and be more in tune with my body and inner voice.

Probably the greatest endorsement for me is that friends will spontaneously comment on how well/happy I look on days after I've had a yoga class
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Just drink alcohol - the results look similar!

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