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Are you new to Yoga? You want to try Yoga? Long time Yoginni/Yogi?

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Anemynous 7 Apr 2
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I am new to yoga and practice at home privately. I have an online memebership to Fightmaster Yoga and have found it to be a good fit for me right now for where I am at in my life.

I have some weight to lose and I am financially unable to join a yoga studio and my work hours are interesting to say the least.

I am in the beginner portion of my journey.

Suki103 Level 4 Oct 17, 2019

In previous years I was very diligent in managing my Fibromyalgia and sore runner's legs with a personalized daily practice that blended elements of Hatha yoga, Tai chi, stretching, and physical therapy.

Over the past couple of years I have fallen off the wagon--and I am regretting that now that I've been trying to sit in meditation or for discourses for 45 min at a stretch!

I have taken a class here and there for short periods of time, but those kinds of things usually turn out badly for me. Anytime I use my body in public there are comments, resentments, attention--I can't handle it.

I am attending a Kundalini yoga class now that has low attendance in a very accepting, non-judgmental social climate--and there are still comments when I stretch. So I'm resolved to just never stretch in front of other people again. 😟

stinkeye_a Level 8 Apr 22, 2018

Interesting. Comments, like "wow"? Or comments like "you're doing it wrong"? Or just catty stuff? Is it just attention from other students or the teacher in general that you find distracting? I'm always interested to hear these experiences.

I've been instructing for awhile and there are certainly some interesting dynamics that come up. The united energy can be wonderful if everyone can bring their attention into being present with their practice. However, an inflamed ego (student or teacher) can be highly disruptive. I try to direct things as smoothly as possible, but I've had my buttons pushed a few times as student and as teacher.

It's certainly a fine thing to find a teacher and community that you flow well with. Like most such "things", these are moments in time... fleeting. I've seen the community shift, grow, diminish... it's a living thing. Happy hunting! ... or not! There are many great teachers that suggest practice is best conducted alone. I enjoy both, given good company.

@Anemynous Cattiness. So much Cattiness.

Instructors are always very nice. They can see I know what I'm doing and am serious about it. I'm always receptive to and appreciative of feedback on form, suggestions, etc. I pay attention and make earnest effort without self-conscious inhibition, so they like me.

Other students (who make comments) fall into two camps: the "wow", "wish I could do that", "you're so flexible" camp; and the catty camp. The later is definitely worse for my peace of mind than the former, but it's sometimes hard to tell them apart--and any kind of attention at all is difficult for me to handle.

People act like they think I'm "showing off", and get nasty about it. And I'm totally bereft: is this not a yoga class? Are we not meant to practice these moves? Are we not supposed to get better at this after we've been working on it for years?? Am I supposed to fake being bad at this to save your feelings? It makes no sense to me. Even if people aren't nasty, just self-consciously measuring themselves against me, I feel bad about that. The only fix I can come up with is to practice alone. And it's really not that much of a difference to me, so I'm fine with it.


Yoga is the connection with the mind and the surrounding .
Is very relaxing as you learn every pose with breathing and working your internal muscle and feel the release of the heat inside you.

Rosh Level 7 Apr 2, 2018

Yoga is hard.

Hard and soft at the same time... but that’s not what you meant ?.


Can I lose weight doing it?

Rudy1962 Level 9 Apr 2, 2018

It depends on the style and the sincerity of the practitioner. If it gets your heart rate up, keeps it up and gets you to sweat... you will lose weight, as long as you don’t β€œreward” yourself with high calorie treats for doing yoga... lol! The formula for losing weight is pretty simple, but not easy... exercise more, eat less. I have seen people drop a lot of weight and radically change their bodies... but it is the mentality that drives the change not the practice itself. Consistency is more important than dramatic, strenuous efforts.


Used to practice with a DVD daily, but am lapsed 😟


I like Yoga and I am considering going back to the Shambhava Shoshoni Mountain Center: Meditation Retreat in Colorado in September for a few days. A beautiful location. at 8200 ft, with great people, food and practice. I guess I can put up with all the spiritual twat for a few days.

cava Level 7 Apr 2, 2018

I went to a yoga class once, about 6 years ago, it was so embarrassing in so many ways.

Rugglesby Level 8 Apr 2, 2018



I recently bought a yoga mat and have tried some beginner videos on YouTube, but that's as far as I have gotten.

Deb57 Level 8 Apr 2, 2018
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