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27-01-2007
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I was wondering if it is safe to practice yoga on a wooden floor without a mat? Or is it more beneficial to use mats and straps and blocks and other yoga accessories?

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def use a mat

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I was wondering if it is safe to practice yoga on a wooden floor without a mat? Or is it more beneficial to use mats and straps and blocks and other yoga accessories?
I second what Kushie says, a yoga sticky mat is a must. It provides cushioning and keeps you from slipping and sliding. Mats are available in different thicknesses and you can even use one on top of another for extra padding but one should be enough.

Other equipment isn't necessary.

However, there are items that can be helpful but only if used correctly. A yoga blanket is great for tucking under your sitbones. It makes things more comfortable and keeps your back straight. Straps and blocks can be useful for achieving and maintaining good form but that assumes you know what good form is in the first place. Props aren't for forcing your body into something it's not ready to do yet.

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he's great isn't he adore!
makes yoga at home even more enjoyable

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i try to do ashtanga three, max four, times per week. what i love about it is that because it's the same postures in the same sequence, you really see improvement (though one or two positions in the primary series are difficult so that can be routinely disconcerting). i believe ashtanga really is the hardest form of yoga-- to me bikram is sweaty but the postures aren't uniformly challenging. but i can see the appeal of bikram on a cold winter day!

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What are the differences between different types of yoga? My college offers three different types of yoga to take: vinyasa flow, hatha, and kripalu. What are each of those like? Thanks!

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havent heard of him chanel...
will check it out- thx...

i'm going to an iyengar class on monday...
i actually dont know a whole lot about it.....
i think it is slower in pace than ashtanga...
does anyone practice it ?
I've taken a beginning yoga class with an Iyengar-certified instructor. I found it very focused on opening up the hips/low back/hamstrings. The teacher encouraged use of straps and blocks to help get into the poses and hold them longer. If you have very tight muscles or old injuries, I've found Iyengar teachers to be very one-on-one in tailoring a program that works for your body's specific issues. Also, teachers of Iyengar's yoga go through a lengthy training program. I've never felt like I was being barked at or forced into some pose that felt awkward or downright dangerous in an Iyengar class.

I've taken both Hatha and Bikram's yoga classes in the past, and though each have their strong points, since Iyengar style is slower, the poses are held longer, I felt more of an awareness of my own body rather than the competitive focus I've felt in some "mirrored-wall" classes. Plus, Mr. Iyengar seems like a pretty cool dude to me. He's got to be pushing 90 years old and walks his talk.

Here's a link to the offical BKS Iyengar yoga site:

http://www.bksiyengar.com/

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What are the differences between different types of yoga? My college offers three different types of yoga to take: vinyasa flow, hatha, and kripalu. What are each of those like? Thanks!
Vinyasa flow puts the poses together into a fluid movement, often to music. I've enjoyed it--it's good if you like movement and dance classes. Hatha seems to mean anything people want it to mean, unfortunately. "Hatha" just means "physical". Any hatha class I've taken has been basic poses (asanas), glorification of the headstand, and holding poses for long periods of time--five minutes or more for some!

As a spiritual tradition, yoga is much more than just a form of physical excercise. There's bhakti, jnana, raja, and karma yoga-and many subsets among these depending upon which guru's teachings you follow.

I'm not sure what kripalu is about. I'd google it and see what you come up with.

Here's a good link to a Yoga Journal article/quiz on choosing a yoga style that's right for you:

http://www.yogajournal.com/newtoyoga/497_1.cfm

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28-01-2007
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thanks for the insight mellow-
it is of great help....

its nice to hear good reviews of iyengar...
i am going to try it and see how i go-
focus on hips & lower back is great.....i have mild issues w/both....

i'll report back after class....

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^ Thanks so much mellowdrama for your help.

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Anyone here do bikram yoga?

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kissbang- if you read the thread...
you'll see there are various reviews of bikram...

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hmm..im not sure..can anyone clarify? can you lose weight with yoga effectively? like 20 pounds?

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hmm..im not sure..can anyone clarify? can you lose weight with yoga effectively? like 20 pounds?
you're not going to lose that kind of weight with yoga unless your life was pretty inactive before that. you need cardio to lose weight. you have to be at a caloric defict. yoga will certainly help you in that, but it's not a huge calorie burner.

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^ thanks organic! karma.

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