Originally Posted by faustian bargain
i'm just starting yoga.
after the first day, my unused muscles were sore all over. it was a good feeling.
anyone have experience, perspectives, etc? what style(s) have you studied? any recommended reading?
Astanga / Vinyasa yoga kicks ass.David Swenson
and John Scott
have some good books with all the positions and their descriptions.
Yoga will give core strength, burn calories, stretch everything (you'll feel really good / tired after every practice), and will calm the mind (not being hokie - it really does).
Plus, you can do it at home as you get used to the patterns.
But, beware! It is addicting and once you do it a couple of times and see what it feels like, your body will crave more.
I played sports for most of my life (Ice Hockey and others) and I wish I would have done something like this to gain flexibility, strength, and balance out all of the damage I did.