Are wannabes welcome?

I have really been wanting to get into yoga, but haven't started yet!  I learned a very little bit in a HS dance class, but that's it.  I think it would be really good for me, since I have lost so much flexibility since my dance days, have bad insomnia & tend to do better in classes than getting myself to the gym.  I am just scared to take the plunge...especially because I know I would be going alone :/  Tips or motivation welcome!

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 10:14 am
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Santosha
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UM.  OF COURSE!!!!!!!!   *giddy dance* 


Stick around, Melissa!  Maybe we can all help get you going!!  :)

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 10:20 am
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I'm the same (I do much better when there's a structured class).  I'd say look for what you're interested in.  That way you'll have more chances of getting hooked. :)  There are different styles and different paces so there's bound to be something that suits your personality and workout habits.

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 10:26 am
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oh good! I use DVD's because I tried to take Yoga as a college course, and the instructor flat out told me that if you had medical conditions, you had no reason to be taking a PE class :( so I dropped it, and haven't been to a "real" yoga class since. I'm pretty fly with my DVD's though! ;)

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 11:52 am
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Okay, now that I'm not at work, I can answer properly.


Ditto all the girls' tips!  Take the plunge, Melissa!  Honestly, if going by yourself is a huge part of the reason as to why you haven't taken a class yet, you'll find comfort in knowing that a lot of people go to yoga classes by themselves.  You won't be the only one.  I'm with Sophie on picking a style and pace that's "you" because it really personalizes the practice for you, which is a highly motivating thing once you've taken the plunge!


Oh, and just in case you're worried about looking silly about not knowing different positions, you can always get familiarized with the basic through online videos and DVDs and you can always pick a spot in class that's smack-dab in the middle of all the action.


And my final motivational tip for you?  I guarantee you that your flexibility as a dancer is very much still with you.  I was totally surprised with how flexible and limber I still was after getting into the habit of doing yoga regularly.  I promise, you'll feel amazing and will be amazed with how your dancer's body responds to the stretches and poses.  ;)

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm
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Agreed with Mica, your flexibility is still with you! It was with me anyway, I cheered in HS and after that I didn't do much of anything for my flexibility. I could hardly touch my toes without reaching. I started yoga about 10 months ago and it's back, I'm even doing some things that I couldn't do in HS! Talk about awesome!

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 2:22 am
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Great!  Thanks ladies :)  I do have a friend that does yoga, but she does the heated stuff and I know that's not for me!  I faint sometimes in high heat, so I am not down with that.


@aggie-what dvds can you recommend to me so I can boost my confidence before taking a "real" class?

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 6:19 am
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I'm also a newbie but I'm so willing to learn! I surely need something that will help me relax with this crazy semester I'm going through and yoga is my key! So here I am, ready to start!

Posted on January 15, 2012 at 1:12 am
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@ plum - My very first yoga DVD was the p90x Yoga and I still love it. It's a bit intense for beginners but the best part is that you're at home so who cares what kind of fool you make. As with any DVD modify and do what you're comfortable with. I usually only do the first hour of this DVD, I think it's something like an hour and 1/2 but the end is arm balances if I remember right.


I've also tried Jillian Michaels yoga. Honestly not my favorite I didn't even keep it on long enough to finish it. She incorporates outside fitness, which can be great. I just wasn't a fan yogaerobics. If that's even a term?


I tried a few others but haven't found any I'm too fond off. I recommend trying out some pod casts too once you learn the names of the moves. 


Welcome Pavez! I hope you find yoga to be a great stress reducer! 

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:00 am
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Goodness I'll have to look at my DVDs... I've been horrid since moving home last month and can't even find them. I know one is a dahn yoga DVD, and I like that. Also, there's a good one for the wii... Once I dig myself out of this pre wedding hole, I will let you know!
Posted on January 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm
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P90X yoga is killer! It would have been very tough for me as a beginner, but it is a great way to learn some of the postures without all the pressure of being in front of others, if that's not your thing. :) The one thing I would caution about doing any DVD is to really listen to your body - we're not all "meant" to do some of the things we see on those videos! ;)

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 6:29 am
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Thank you.  I have been dancing in some form or another (taking classes myself, dancing for college & pro teams, teaching dance, coaching dance teams) for 20 years so I do feel quite in tune with my body :)  I am not nervous about being in front of people, but I want to try a video to see if it's something I am interested in pursuing further.  I just REALLY wish I had a friend to go with, it always makes classes so much better for me!

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 6:55 am
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I’m a yoga wanna be too!  I do take bikram but I haven’t taken any normal or real yoga, if that makes any sense.  I do take gyrotonic pilates regularly though.  Would love to learn more from you ladies : )

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

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