So I'm on week 2 of this 5k training program and today I can't feel my butt it's been replaced by a steady soreness please steer me in the direction of some effective stretches cuz the ones I been doing aren't helping right now
while those poses are essential to stretching your limits, there is purpose behind each pose. more importantly, there is purpose behind working your way INTO (and out of) each pose (as well as holding/maintaining). many different styles (traditional, vinyasa, bikram, etc.), and each person must choose what best fits their current abilities and goals for the near future.
there are plenty of instructional vids online, but beware of the misinformed/poorly instructed yogis. *if you prefer hardcopy, i MIGHT have a few dvds (men's/women's health) left in storage.
9. "Yulady is amazing plus she's a cancer survivor" In response to Reply # 4
so when you follow her (on IG and twitter), she talks about how she used yoga to help her when her illness got difficult or hard. Also when she's sick, her husband and her kids hop in and do some of the poses for the day that she talks about. But she hosts workshops throughout the year.
10. "Gaiam is cheap to be honest, considering MOST" In response to Reply # 8
yoga studios charge $100 a month.
Also the YMCA is $50 a month. There is no $10 a month deal anymore. Plus the Bed-Stuy one only does yoga once a week.
But yes you can find free videos, but when you're talking about quality and execution and fundamentals, Gaiam offers videos for the most basic beginner to people who have done yoga for their whole life. It's definitely worth the money if you don't want to go to a studio.
11. "who said anything about nyc?.." In response to Reply # 10 Thu Mar-05-15 01:04 PM by CyrenYoung
..while nyc is certainly expensive when it comes to just about everything, its not the average (and yes, i was exaggerating a bit with the YMCA membership).
$10 a month to access videos is a bit much when you have tons of vids available online for free (including more inclusive instructional vids that explain and walk you through cycles, fundamentals, and principles).
yes, there are people that simply aren't disciplined or motivated enough to be effective on their own. that's what gym memberships are for.
$10 is cheaper than your average gym membership, but that gym membership comes with other benefits, equipment, & live instruction. my point is that there are effective options available for less.
12. "I bought up NYC because the OP is in NYC" In response to Reply # 11 Fri Mar-06-15 10:03 AM by StephBMore
so making it relevant to HER, if she wanted quality videos from quality certified instructors who will teach fundamentals, and not have to "hunt" around for them on the web, Gaiam has thousands in one place for a reasonable price.
it's just another option for those who want to practice and want quality but not have to pay more for a gym. i personally find it daunting to go through youtube to find quality videos even from my favs. if that works for you, great.
13. "I've looked up videos on YouTube" In response to Reply # 8
and like alot of content on YouTube, it's hit or miss. But I didn't find many videos which were well made and had good instructors.
The Gaiam.tv comes with videos from Rodney Yee and some other renown instructors and I wanted to find a video instructor who is a man and seemed grounded, so that appealed to me. Also, there are meditations and a bunch of other health related videos which can be downloaded.
To be fair, I only subscribed for a month because I wasn't able to afford the ten bucks a month. But if you have access to a yoga studio for a session every month, the gaiam.tv service is a good way to learn different schools of yoga while practicing on your own.
Basically the video talks about the difference of the interpretation of the pillars of yoga in India and in the West ('Murrica)
The language is academic, but it brings up an interesting point in that yoga, like most cultures which started outside of America, has been absorbed into American culture with an emphasis on the physical benefits (good workout, improved stress management, etc.) and less on the spiritual aspect (harmony with one's community, etc.) The fact that I can't seem to remember many of the spiritual fundamentals is telling.
Anyway, I wanted to ask if any of you focus on the spiritual aspects of yoga and if so, where do you find or research information to learn?