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For all those yogis out there, why do you practice? Fitness? Stress relief? Stretching? Something to do in the mornings? The spiritual side of yoga?<br><br><br><br>
I've been studying yoga since high school (back in the day) and I love it. I became interested in it as a low-impact muscle toner, but have reaped the benefits for relaxation, improved ability to deal with stress, and I could even say a spiritual side.<br><br><br><br>
Everyone goes for different, reasons, so I'd love to hear your thoughts!
 

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Strength, flexibility, stress relief, getting in touch with my body, becoming more conscious of my breathing, clearing my mind, etc... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I love practicing yoga. I always feel happier after I finish, and I feel like I release a lot of negative energy during my practice.<br><br><br><br>
I have become SO much more flexible since I started doing yoga regularly. I used to do it only once a week or so, but I've been trying to do it every day. I definitely see a difference in my stretching abilities and my strength.
 

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I agree with the improved flexibility. I was doing yoga while studying kung fu for a while, and wow, did I see a difference! My kicks were higher, less- forced, and overall movement was quicker.<br><br><br><br>
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I agree with the improved flexibility. I was doing yoga while studying kung fu for a while, and wow, did I see a difference! My kicks were higher, less- forced, and overall movement was quicker.<br><br><br><br>
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Awesome! I think the first time I noticed my flexibility improved was when I'd do a morning stretch, and I didn't feel as tight and tense as I normally would. Plus, I'm able to move into different yoga positions more smoothly and quickly. I used to struggle a lot in the beginning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
And you're welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I dont practice any religion, so yoga is kind of in place of where most people would put religion for me. Also, there are endless health and mental benefits of it. I love yoga.
 

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I am not currently practicing yoga. I started yoga practice a couple of years ago for 3 reasons. To relieve stress, increase flexibility for martial arts, and for insomnia.
 

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i practice yoga as a spiritual discipline for enlightenment and liberation; but i also enjoy the diverse and wonderful physical effects!<br><br><br><br><a href="http://jenifermparker.com" target="_blank">my website about me and yoga</a>
 

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I practice yoga (not as often as I should) for the sense of peace it gives me as well as for the flexibility and strength workout.<br><br><br><br>
I love stretching, and I always feel like something loosens up in my soul and I can just relax when I'm sittting/standing/lying in a deep stretch.
 

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I am interested in starting a yoga routine but the places that offer it around my city charge an arm and a leg. Can you get the same benefits from a dvd and doing at home?
 

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yes and no.<br><br><br><br>
ultimately, yes, but in the beginning, one can develop bad habits from poor form. teachers help teach appropriate form.<br><br><br><br>
teachers may also help teach some of the underlying principles to help their students "get them" more quickly, and apply them more quickly.<br><br><br><br>
but, diligent practice with a teacher or without is what will bring results.<br><br><br><br>
also, as a final recommendation (aside from my DVD--check the link in my previous post), i recommend that you 'save up' to try and take class once a month or so at least. this will give you the best of both worlds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I rarely practice yoga, although if I weren't so lazy I would do it more. I'm most motivated to do yoga when my back hurts. No matter how much my back hurts, yoga relieves the pain immensely (if not completely).
 

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starblossom, where is your back pain located? I have chronic low back pain and I've been thinking of taking up yoga for this and other reasons.
 

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I am interested in starting a yoga routine but the places that offer it around my city charge an arm and a leg. Can you get the same benefits from a dvd and doing at home?</div>
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Gah! I should have responded earlier... sorry... MIA.<br><br><br><br>
I have to agree with the other responses. DVDs are easier (no travel involved), but I feel you can develop some potentially bad or hazardous habits. Just having your back foot facing at a poor angle in any of the warrior poses, for example, can blow out your knees in a few years of regular practice (according to my yoga class this morning). I do love Rodney Yee's Power Yoga DVD, however. It got me through college when I didn't have time to make it to class, too.
 

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I do it whenever I'm feeling stressed - it helps instantly.<br><br><br><br>
I'm trying to start doing it on a regular basis (part of my new years resolution), because it makes me feel more connected with my body, and that motivates me to eat better and exercise more.
 

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<i>in re yoga and back pain</i><br><br><br><br>
yoga is great for back pain in any part of the back, as it stretches and strengthens the back muscles, which help support the spine and takes pressure of the hips, etc.<br><br><br><br>
for those with back pain, i recommend practicing with a teacher.<br><br><br><br>
in lieu of that, i have a <a href="http://jenifermparker.com/14.html" target="_blank">Yoga for Sciatica</a> article worth reading.
 

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I love doing yoga because it makes me feel aware of my body, more alive, in a way. It also eases my tensions and strengthens my muscles. I've never taken a yoga class so the only yoga training I've received is by DVD. So far, my favorite DVDs are the Rodney Yee series. I'd be interested to know what you all think of his instruction? I especially like the Slow-Burn yoga. I just got a power yoga DVD and I don't like it at all! It goes so fast, I don't feel I have enough time to really align in each pose.<br><br><br><br>
Perhaps my favorite is my Rodney Yee A.M./P.M. yoga DVD. I really love the deep relaxation. It is amazing.
 

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I started doing yoga twice a week last fall mainly for health reasons(I was so stressed last spring that my body kept on shutting down, fainting), but since then it´s taken a big role in my life. The duality of mind and body becomes vague, because I´m so concentrated. I still struggle, but I love to see improvement. I´d never really exercised before I started yoga -so my body has a lot of catching up to do- but I can see little changes in my energy levels day by day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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