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Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby taraloum » Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:38 am

I am thinking of taking up yoga because I have heard that it can be relaxing and is a way to gently stretch the muscles, has anyone else tried this and does it work?
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby denys » Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:15 am

Havent tried it but have heard it can help so good luck
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby Theresa34 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:45 am

My rheumy nurse advised strongly against yoga due to the twisted poses but said that Pilates is one to try. I have used Pilates at home and it is very very good x
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby ..:: lisa ::.. » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:39 am

Theresa34 wrote:My rheumy nurse advised strongly against yoga due to the twisted poses but said that Pilates is one to try. I have used Pilates at home and it is very very good x


I have first hand experience of yoga not being great for fibro and what Theresa says is correct, the twisted poses can cause havoc with our bodies, I did gentle yoga for people with mobility problems as I cant stand for long, I only did 20 mins twice a week after the second week I couldnt breathe. I havent attempted it since.
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby taraloum » Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:59 pm

Okay, thank you. I will take up pilates instead :)
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby keaedmondson » Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:46 pm

I have quite a lot of CDs and downloads for yoga. With what you say above in mind, Is there any way that you can get similar for Pilates?
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby Gracious » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:51 pm

Having done both pilates and various types of yoga, what I can say is they as both very different. I experienced spasms with both, and this happens when you push too far or do not understand the muscle groups your supposed to engage because of poor tutoring.

If learning for the very first time I would strongly recommend to anyone to find a good teacher be that in pilates or yoga, its an absolute must. I've been to many different teachers and I found if the class had more than 12 people your not going to get enough attention and help necessary for a learner.

In regards to yoga there is only two I would recommend for people with fibro, to begin with restorative yoga and then ilyenga yoga as both these work with props and its about allowing the body to go into a position when its ready and not over stretching and causing pain. Ilyenda yoga is not just about flexibility it is also about building strength and relaxation through mindfulness.

Pilates is about toning and strength and uses stretching to create lengthened muscle rather than bulk. It also does involve consistent engagement of your central core prostural muscles.

The breathing for yoga and pilaties is very important and completely different too and its the core to mastering all their movements correctly, when to inhale and exhale. Yoga breath is deep into the belly whereas pilates is more in the lung and chest area. A good teacher will spend time ensuring you get the correct breathing technique, otherwise it may create problems when carrying out specific exercises and could result in spasms if you breath or exhale at the wrong time.

I would also suggest mentioning to the teacher your condition and that your muscles are weak and prone to spasm and I would recommend doing at least half of the counts if not less than, what everyone else is doing in the class to begin with.

They are both useful, it just depends what your trying to achieve. If its high consentration core work, strength and toning pick pilates. If its all round body strength, flexibility and mindful relaxation then choose yoga.

But I would always recommend a beginners course to learn the crucial basics from a quality teacher.

Hope this is of some help
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby carolad » Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:53 pm

Gracious wrote:Having done both pilates and various types of yoga, what I can say is they as both very different. I experienced spasms with both, and this happens when you push too far or do not understand the muscle groups your supposed to engage because of poor tutoring.

If learning for the very first time I would strongly recommend to anyone to find a good teacher be that in pilates or yoga, its an absolute must. I've been to many different teachers and I found if the class had more than 12 people your not going to get enough attention and help necessary for a learner.

In regards to yoga there is only two I would recommend for people with fibro, to begin with restorative yoga and then ilyenga yoga as both these work with props and its about allowing the body to go into a position when its ready and not over stretching and causing pain. Ilyenda yoga is not just about flexibility it is also about building strength and relaxation through mindfulness.

Pilates is about toning and strength and uses stretching to create lengthened muscle rather than bulk. It also does involve consistent engagement of your central core prostural muscles.

The breathing for yoga and pilaties is very important and completely different too and its the core to mastering all their movements correctly, when to inhale and exhale. Yoga breath is deep into the belly whereas pilates is more in the lung and chest area. A good teacher will spend time ensuring you get the correct breathing technique, otherwise it may create problems when carrying out specific exercises and could result in spasms if you breath or exhale at the wrong time.

I would also suggest mentioning to the teacher your condition and that your muscles are weak and prone to spasm and I would recommend doing at least half of the counts if not less than, what everyone else is doing in the class to begin with.

They are both useful, it just depends what your trying to achieve. If its high consentration core work, strength and toning pick pilates. If its all round body strength, flexibility and mindful relaxation then choose yoga.

But I would always recommend a beginners course to learn the crucial basics from a quality teacher.

Hope this is of some help
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Brilliant advice! I've done both...they are very different and my guess is that everyone is different in which one they prefer. Personally I think yoga works best for me. But whichever one you chose, I think you should go to a class with a qualified instructor, at least to begin with. The most important thing is good technique - you can do harm if your posture isn't correct when you are doing the exercises. A good instructor will keep you right :) Once you know what you are aiming for, you could then use a DVD if you wanted to.

Good luck with whatever you go for :)
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby Theresa34 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:28 pm

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pilates-For-Lif ... s+for+life

This is the Pilates DVD I have. Its split into sections but if you do them in one go its an hr long. There are also quick 10 min sessions. I love this DVD as its very calming and peaceful. I bought a Pilates mat to go with it as I have a wooden floor which would kill my body!
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby Theresa34 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:32 pm

It wasn't possible for me to get to a teacher. But just to add to the abocpve link, there is a section on it where Darcey shows you the right and wrong positions. There are also warms ups and warm downs x
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby Zia2014 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:48 pm

Ooh I'm thinking of doing one of the other and found a class near me that specialises in being for those with long term pain conditions. Is that not necessary then?
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby carolad » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:14 pm

Zia2014 wrote:Ooh I'm thinking of doing one of the other and found a class near me that specialises in being for those with long term pain conditions. Is that not necessary then?


That sounds perfect :-D
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby Theresa34 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:25 pm

Zia2014 wrote:Ooh I'm thinking of doing one of the other and found a class near me that specialises in being for those with long term pain conditions. Is that not necessary then?


You can take it up if you're able to. I just dont have the time nor the money to keep up with a class.
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby Zia2014 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:18 am

Sorry I didn't mean is it not essential to take a class, I meant is it not essential to do a class run by someone who knows about fibro?

I would need to do a class as I need help getting posture and breathing right, I can't do that by myself.
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Re: Thinking of taking up yoga

Postby shaunmc » Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:33 pm

Works for me. Just let the teacher know about the fibro and they will tell you to sit out what you can't do. They all say don't do anything which cause pain. One teacher focusses more on breathing than anything else!
If it feels ok do it. If it doesn't - stop!
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