Saturday, October 8, 2011

Yoga Follow Up

I am doing a follow up to last night's blog.  So many of you expressed interest in yoga, so let me share some yoga info with you all.  If you want  a physical active yoga class, look for hot, flow, power......I teach mostly restorative, therapeutic, with lots of breath work and meditation and emphasis on alignment.  Visit a class, if it is not what you are looking for, go to another.   ALWAYS let the teacher know about your personal health issues and injuries!  Yoga is a personal journey, with no competition, awareness of your body, and can be quite spiritual ( no matter your religion).   All yoga teachers are different, just like any other teacher.....some teach yoga strictly as a way of fitness, others include spiritual, healing, meditation, components to the class.

You have to remember that each of us is unique, with strengths and weaknesses.  Some are very flexible, some are strong, but even the bedridden can  do yoga. ( I know, I have taught them)  If you are flexible, you should probably work on strength and if you are strong, work on the flexibility.  It doesn't matter how stiff, how weak or out of shape you are.......honor your body, do what you can and ask the teacher to help you modify poses that work with where your body is today.  Never force your body into a pose, modify the pose and practice!  Even those with disabilities can do yoga.  I have taught five year olds, I have taught seniors in their 80's.

A yoga practice can help you deal with every day stress and worry.  It can help you with pain management, and anxiety and depression.  There is a world of positive things that yoga does for the body and spirit.
There is a reason it has existed for  thousands of years.
Start with the knowledge that you can go to a class, and if nothing else......BREATHE and learn to meditate.
Don't be afraid to ask questions, and don't let anyone intimidate you.  It is your practice, and no one else's.
Any questions?  just send me a note!


  1. Thanks for the follow up post. I'm a fat, out-of-shape older female who is neither strong nor flexible. But I'd love to chance that. I don't want anything really physical. I'll let you know how it goes when I get to AZ.

  2. Your previous commentator described me perfectly. I will definitely keep yoga in mind, thanks for the extra information.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  3. I plan to investigate thsi further and join with my mother.Sounds something really good.Thanks.Hope you feel better:)

  4. Since I found your blog, I purchased some yoga DVDs. One is "Yoga for seniors", one is "Yoga for beginners", and one is "Yoga for Weight Loss". I got mats for hubby and one for me. You are encouraging in many ways. You are so right that all of us are able to practice Yoga, and the more we do it, the more flexible we become.

  5. Thanks Jilda, we can all use your tips.

  6. Can't balance AND my back is broken. I'm not supposed to do anything except walk. I guess I should get the orthopedist's o.k. if I want to try anything else. Thanks for the information.