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hot yoga

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by globetrotter, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. JayJay

    JayJay Stylish Dinosaur

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    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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    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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    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.
     

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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.
     

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    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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    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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    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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