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Yoga Experiences...please share

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Stacy, May 13, 2018.

  1. Stacy Cathlete

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    As I get older I really want to work more on flexibility, but also don't want to negatively impact my cardio and strength training.

    I don't want to do a yoga only rotation b/c I fear I'd get burnt out and then never touch it again or at least for awhile. But, I definitely want to do yoga more than just 1-2 times per week. I'd like yoga as its own day not as an add-on as I've tried that and I tend to just skip it.

    I can workout only 5 days a week. Any thoughts?? Should I alternate all yoga weeks with traditional workouts or maybe every other day or 30 minutes daily with something else the same day?

    Or just commit to doing an all yoga rotation for a while to get a good base and then doing it 1-2 days a week???
     
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  2. RapidBreath Cathlete

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    My preferred method of incorporating yoga is 3x a week:

    M: Cardio Intervals 20 min., 40 min. of challenging yoga (Shiva Rae is great.) This session would incorporate more body weight bearing moves. You should feel it afterward. It may take a little time to find the right session to pick so that you feel like it challenges you.
    T: (Optional) Walk or Low impact Cardio of your choice (not intervals at 80% of your max heart rate, you did those yesterday.)
    W: Cardio Steady State 45 min., 20 min. of yoga (Rodney Yee is good, but really anything that fits the time frame. )
    T: (Optional) Walk or Low impact Cardio of your choice
    F: Cardio Circuit with kettlebells, 30 min. of yoga (Cathe

    Guess what? the T/Th workouts are optional because sleep is critical to your fitness. If the cardio feels like too much, consider meditation instead or simply allow yourself to sleep or if you have energy then, you can just do any old chores (food prep is one I do.)

    Don't let yourself think that the yoga has less of an impact or value than the cardio or strength training. 10 minutes of yoga has a greater effect than 10 minutes of cardio. I don't have the studies to back it up, just my own experience. I never expected yoga to work, I thought it was bogus. My Dad is an engineer, I was raised to be hyper critical and skeptical. So, I set out to prove that it never helped anyone, I was going at it gungho, and I was completely full of poop. It helped me drop more weight than the cardio did, and circuit weight training helped too. Now, I happen to be recovering from an illness that means I have to lose the weight all over again and rebuild my fitness base. At least I know how.
     
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  3. Stacy Cathlete

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    Thanks for your experience. Why do you think that yoga helped you lose more weight than cardio? Did you have less of an appetite?
     
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  4. RapidBreath Cathlete

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    No, I didn't have less of an appetite. I think it helped more because I put on weight from stress and the kind of yoga I was using is known to calm the vegas (No joking, thats its real name!) nerve. I think that it lowered my cortisol level.
     
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  5. Stacy Cathlete

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    Interesting. I'm going to give this a try, tweaking to fit my schedule. Thanks.
     
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  6. jcm Cathlete

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    I hated yoga... and because of that figured it's exactly what my body needed. I found The Ultimate Yogi 108 day program and gave it a shot a few years ago. It provided enough power yoga for the "burn" I needed. Balance improved greatly, flexibility improved, back pain got better and I leaned out a lot. But I'm a cardio/weight lifting junky. However, after almost finishing Xtrain I'm knocked down my painful tennis elbow. So it's back to Ultimate Yogi! I just finished day 7 of 108. This week my arm is feeling better.

    I can't really help with how to incorporate it into other programs like Cathe stuff. It's something I've struggled with and haven't been able to figure out. I do better following a set rotation. But I recall after finishing the program last time having an understanding of why it was critical to do yoga as we age. Then.... the cardio weight lifting junky kicked it again!! :) I'm excited though to see how the next 101 days go this time.
     
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