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Yoga pisses me off...
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huckleberry

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03/12/2014 05:36 PM
Anyone found any athletic beginner yoga DVD's that address those of us who are truly tight through the hips and hamstrings? I end up straining my lower back nearly every time I work in to a program as I can not really get to the point of flexibility which the DVD's assume is the average viewers base flexibility. Godamn yoga...
THE SKINNY

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03/12/2014 06:08 PM
i heard that. i would suggest pilates instead of yoga. a good bit of stretching with a lot of core work. lots of hip work also. every class is different and hard. i've been at it a year now and though i don't feel that much more flexible i do feel my posture is better. the lack of flexibility is due to there only being one class per week and i think flexibility requires several times per week or even every day but i'm not that disciplined. yoga was nothing but pain, constantly throwing out my back or twisting a knee although the scenery was better. seriously, pilates is where its at.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Ride On

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03/12/2014 06:16 PM
Bikram yoga classes , and not just for the views. It really is pretty good.
ChinookPass

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03/12/2014 07:55 PM
yoga?
mondonico

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03/12/2014 08:03 PM
I try to do Yoga once a week to make my wife happy. I hate it. Have never been flexable and never will. Used to do Pilates years ago and will be trying again soon. What really pisses me off though is doing downward dog. I never see my dog doing anything like that, he just lays on the couch and I think is laughing at us. Why can't they come up with a dog on the couch pose? As for tight hips and hammies that me. I just use a belt to try and get as close as possible to what my wife does. On the p90x yoga video it's 90 minutes of slow painful torture that would be illegal at Guantanamo. We used to run the dvd at 2x speed. God I really do hate Yoga.
huckleberry

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03/12/2014 08:17 PM
Thanks, Chinook

That would make it even more difficult for me to bend forward from the hips...
Serotta94

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03/13/2014 03:57 PM
Okay, not to be antagnostic here, but I don't get your problem. If I go into the weight room and try to bench 400lbs it will crush me. Does that mean I hate weight lifting?

There's no reason for Yoga to "throw your back out" unless you are taking things too far too fast.

I'm about as flexable as a 2x4 and yet I enjoy yoga very much and find it very helpful.

It's important to find the right level of class, but even more important is to scale things to work for you. My lower back will not tolerate forward bends with a rounded spine, but can handle a forward bend with a flat back if I am careful not to go too far. So, when the class is touching the floor I am hands on knees with a flat back. There are other poses I modify as well as needed.

If you Google "yoga for cyclists" you should find some specific poses that address issues caused by cycling.
huckleberry

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03/13/2014 06:19 PM
Tongue in cheek, Serotta...

Agree and follow all you say. Was using this as an oblique way to start a discussion regarding yoga.

And look, Chinook posted a very inspiring photo!
THE SKINNY

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03/13/2014 06:39 PM
i did yoga for about 1.5 years, the last month sitting out half the class due to knee or back issues. i could never feel a difference until i quit, then i felt tight, so it must work but it wasn't for me. if nothing else, pilates has given me 6 pack abs.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
CERV

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03/13/2014 08:59 PM
Rodney Yee. Yoga for athletes. Aimed exactly at cyclists and runners with tight hamstrings.
Cranky Tom

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03/13/2014 10:19 PM
Second Rodney Yee. I used to have a 20 minute VHS tape of his that I did after every ride. It was a perfect post-ride stretching routine. Never could find the same program on DVD though.
huckleberry

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03/13/2014 10:58 PM
I have an old Rodney Yee VHS also, but no player. Also have a book of Yoga for Cyclists.

Been trying a couple of Netflix DVD's and Roku options.

Would really like to find a program that specifically addresses the tight hammies/hips.

Will check out the Rodney Yee for Athletes, Skinny.

Thanks, guys!
huckleberry

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03/14/2014 07:31 PM
This is a pretty good hip/hamstring focus yoga video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PojgMEUIy-4&list=TLaXSBHaql4E48TB2O9bKq1XFoCFF2qkZ0

Still had to modify my positions as I have trouble maintaining flat/long back.
Ron

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03/20/2014 07:05 AM
I can't sit still for that long. I'd love to be more flexible but...I'd also like to be riding my bicycles more often than I have lately. If I have extra time, I'm going to put it into something fun, something that gets me moving.

Years of competitive sports and a lack of enough warming up/cooling down have left me pretty inflexible. Oh well, always something to improve upon!
Ron

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03/20/2014 07:14 AM
And what actually ticks me off are yoga folks telling me I should do more yoga, work on my flexibility. Sure, that would be nice, if I had the time. And I'd like to be more flexible.

But I could turn around and tell most of them, hey, you need to work on let's see, being able to run in a straight line, learning how to catch and throw, and really being able to do anything athletic, beyond being really flexible.

Not that yoga isn't good for the body, but gotta love people who have never really played or competed at sports telling you what you need to work on. I still play a lot of sports and cycle avidly. And my body does pretty well.

It's easy to be flexible when you have no muscles that can get tight!
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