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ladysingsthblus2010-07-04 15:11:07 +0000 #1
Hello,

I came here in search of some suggestions that are actually helpful, as I have asked several friends and family members without a productive answer.

I would like to take up yoga, but it seems whenever I try to do any type of excercising, I pull a muscle or three. My body seems entirely unwilling to strengthlen in any way.

Here is a bit of my history:

I have never worked out and for many years was a heavy smoker and drinker. I still partake in these things, but in a very limited capacity. I have also recently taken up healthy eating habits and daily walks. I've always been pretty active and stronger physically than I have the right to be. But I'm about twenty pounds overweight. I believe that if I expand my healthy habits to yoga and other forms of excercise, I will eventually drop the bad habits and become stronger and healthier and even lose weight.

Can you give me some helpful hints on preparing my body for yoga? Or suggest a DVD or two which I can use to gently incorporate the movements?

Thanks in advance.


InnerAthlete2010-07-04 15:20:42 +0000 #2
And from lovely Mill Creek no less...

Welcome to the forum.

You'd be more likely to get responses to this sort of question in the General section. Maybe if you PM (personal Message) one of the moderators (Nichole) they can move it.

Note that there are yoga asana (poses) classes of all sorts. It may just be a matter of not having found the right class yet. However you might encounter a conundrum: I want a class with a pace where I will not pull muscles and yet I also want a class that goes fast so I can burn calories since I'm doing this as exercise. That's being between a rock and a hard place.

I'm not familiar enough with the cornucopia of DVD offerings to either compare or contrast one to another. Usually it's two yogis, three opinions. I've been recommending Patricia Walden's beginner DVD for several months. Otherwise try a viniyoga DVD as that is a very gentle style with limited movement.

Your muscles obviously take on a state based on your nutrition. Many things that we take in - including air and water - manifest in the muscle tissue. So smoking and drinking certainly aren't helpful. But be patient with yourself until you reach a level of self awareness where you crave healthy things that bring you into balance rather than toxic things that draw you out of balance.
Aaron2010-07-04 15:50:40 +0000 #3
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I would like to take up yoga, but it seems whenever I try to do any type of excercising, I pull a muscle or three. My body seems entirely unwilling to strengthlen in any way.

Exercise, if done correctly and intelligently, will not result injury.

I can't advise you on yoga specifically, as I'm not a yogi, but start slow, be happy with just stretching rather than being concerned with being able to do any particular poses.

Getting healthier and stronger is a process best taken slowly and consistantly.
Pandara2010-07-04 16:12:42 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by ladysingsthblus



I would like to take up yoga, but it seems whenever I try to do any type of excercising, I pull a muscle or three. My body seems entirely unwilling to strengthlen in any way.

Hi,

Welcome to yoga and i am sure you will find your niche in it somewhere somehow.

I personally don't think it is you body that seems entirely unwilling, but rather your mind that tells you through years of conditioning that your body is unwilling. Change your mind about what your body can do and the body will follow eventually. Our bodies are much more resilient and adaptable than we think and respond well to forms of healthy exercise, eating and living in general.

Years of neglect are not negated in a moment, but will take patience and care to correct it. Don't push yourself initially too hard, take is slow and be gentle and over time increase the pressure on your body and the results will amaze you.

Good luck and blessings on this endeavour.

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