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I just did my 2nd Bikram class... kicking my butt. I am getting into it however.
I've been doing Vinyasa and hot Vinyasa for several months, but did a week of Bikram while in NYC for Christmas and NYE. I much prefer hot Vinyasa because I didn't feel I was gaining much by doing the same 26 Bikram poses each time, and because the instructors did not provide hands-on help with proper alignment. By the way, the Bikram studio offered lots of sessions each day, and each one I attended on the Upper East Side was packed to capacity. With that said, I was completely drained after each Bikram session, and would make it part of my yoga practice in addition to Vinyasa if there was a local Bikram studio, but I wouldn't do Bikram daily or solely. I also found a great place in NYC (Midtown) for Vinyasa, and did that too while I was there.

I absolutely love yoga, and now practice at least 5 days a week. I find it complements my workouts very well and I often will time my workout so that I can go immediately to yoga afterwards. I'm fortunate to have a great studio in my neighborhood with terrific instructors who offer lots of variety. I've found to the key to a good yoga practice is the instructor.
 
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I've been doing Moksha hot yoga (a Vinyasa style yoga) for about a year and a half now and I absolutely love it. I go about seven to eight times a week. I used to run for my cardio, but I find this to be much more interesting and engaging to me.

I tend to seek out flow style classes which are much faster and more difficult. Moksha heats the rooms to about 103 - 105 degrees using radiant heat. The floors are cork and not carpet as I've seen in a few Bikram studios. In all, I've found the whole yoga thing to be really beneficial and interesting and I hope to continue it for a good long while.
 
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I find that I've replaced running with yoga also. I still run about twice a week, but it used to be 5-6 times a week. I love yoga so much more.
 

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I do yoga 4+ times a week. I avoid Bikram---too routine and way too much "over joint/locked" stuff. Seems a little dangerous to me actually. I may do yoga if I'm in a town with no other options. Vinyasa/power/forrest/hatha are the way to go. If you want it hot, take a hot shower for 10 minutes prior then wear sweatpants.....
 

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I do yoga 4+ times a week. I avoid Bikram---too routine and way too much "over joint/locked" stuff. Seems a little dangerous to me actually. I may do yoga if I'm in a town with no other options. Vinyasa/power/forrest/hatha are the way to go. If you want it hot, take a hot shower for 10 minutes prior then wear sweatpants.....
 

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I do yoga 4+ times a week. I avoid Bikram---too routine and way too much "over joint/locked" stuff. Seems a little dangerous to me actually. I may do yoga if I'm in a town with no other options. Vinyasa/power/forrest/hatha are the way to go. If you want it hot, take a hot shower for 10 minutes prior then wear sweatpants.....
Locking the knees and other joints concerned me a lot when I did Bikram; I've always been taught to not lock joints.
 

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Locking the knees and other joints concerned me a lot when I did Bikram; I've always been taught to not lock joints.

Moksha, the kind I do, never locks out knees. A slight knee bend is always emphasized.
 

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do you guys have a set list of poses that you do every time? i'm getting back into my yoga stretching but i've kind of forgotten all the dance steps.

Some people in the studio were recommending this app for at home yoga: http://macslife.net/yoga-studio-for-iphone-app-review/

If I do yoga at home I usually end up just doing a bunch of vinyasas and long holds to try and get the best workout I can. That doesn't seem to be your goal here.
 

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do you guys have a set list of poses that you do every time? i'm getting back into my yoga stretching but i've kind of forgotten all the dance steps.
I only practice at the studio and the poses are different in each session, even with the same instructor. Ashtanga has a specific list of poses that are repeated each time, but I've not done that practice and I don't know what the poses are.
 

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Some people in the studio were recommending this app for at home yoga: http://macslife.net/yoga-studio-for-iphone-app-review/

If I do yoga at home I usually end up just doing a bunch of vinyasas and long holds to try and get the best workout I can. That doesn't seem to be your goal here.

well, functionally it is. i'm just stuck on about 10 poses that i really remember and have been supplementing them with basic static stretches.

will check out the app. thanks.
 
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I do yoga 4+ times a week. I avoid Bikram---too routine and way too much "over joint/locked" stuff. Seems a little dangerous to me actually. I may do yoga if I'm in a town with no other options. Vinyasa/power/forrest/hatha are the way to go. If you want it hot, take a hot shower for 10 minutes prior then wear sweatpants.....

The heat didn't seem a little dangerous? That was a rhetorical question.
 

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Yoga is a best exercise to keep body healthy. Its a best way to get fitness. Being a yoga instructor i suggest everybody to get this training and join a yoga class today.
Personal trainer st johns wood
 
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A Bikram studio is coming to Indy. I can see myself going once a week or so in addition to the studio I currently visit.
 

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I was in Minneapolis for a few days so I did Bikram yoga at a CorePower studio. I liked it much better than the bonafide Bikram because of the subtle differences that made it a lot better than the original 26 poses. Really liked it, and given the April snowstorm, it gave me something interesting to do.
 

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