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Topic # 225597 25-Nov-2017 15:02
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I don't want any trolls on this thread please. 


Im going through a massive change in my life right now. And I have talked to some friends about some new hobbies/things to do. Reading books has been suggested and I am open to the idea. However the other I am considering is Yoga.


Does anyone do this, does it help with healing from heartbreak? I want to try some new things to keep myself occupied. 


Any thoughts?

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  Reply # 1907695 25-Nov-2017 15:40
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Not a direct response, and more focused on the physical, but then again anything that involves concentration can help with keeping your mind occupied.

I also know someone else who did Hot Yoga for health and weight loss.  Maybe that could form part of a focus on physical activity?

(Whilst I haven't yet done Yoga myself I have looked into the static stretching parts of yoga to help with my gym work - I am focusing more on heavy lifting, and especially on leg days when DOMS kicks in, I need something that could help. Intense gym work is something I find you have to be very focused on - technique, reps, forms, etc. all require focus.  Again may be some help along with Yoga?)

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  Reply # 1907714 25-Nov-2017 17:05
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I have done Yoga on and off over the years. It certainly helps me maintain a feeling of well-being, great for the body and soul. I would recommend giving it a try. Nothing to loose if you find its not for you :-)

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  Reply # 1907845 26-Nov-2017 08:16
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Yeh I think I am going to try it. I mean I might learn something from it.

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  Reply # 1907847 26-Nov-2017 08:28
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I have done ashtanga yoga overseas and liked it.  Felt like a real workout.


Another thing to try might be a martial art. is a great group, friendly, not aggressive good mix of male and female of all ages.

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  Reply # 1907938 26-Nov-2017 11:56
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I started a new job midway through this year and they have free yoga classes 3 times a week. I'd never done Yoga before so went to one out of interest and have been attending nearly every class since.


I can't relate to your particular situation but for me Yoga is a fantastic add on to attending the gym and really helps with my flexibility and stretching out sore muscles from workouts. I have also become more aware of my body and how it feels at any particular moment. I also find that after a class it generally puts me in a different (better) mindset than whatever I was in prior to the class (YMMV).


I'd recommend giving it a go for at least a few classes to get through that "I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing" phase and see how it goes for you, it's not for everyone but there's not really much to lose!

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  Reply # 1955263 11-Feb-2018 15:59
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It may be too late - but my 2c.


I do yoga regularly and have for about 3 years (2-3 times pw). It complements running/mountain biking really well!


And its a really good "flow" activiity as in you get lost in it due to the concentration.


My partner has started also, about a year ago, just once a week and had massive gains in terms of addressing his back pain.


What i wanted to add to the conversation though is that before i started doing yoga regularly, i had done it off and on for more than 10yrs but never "stuck" anywhere. There are so many different styles and the teacher also makes a huge difference - so if you don't like one type /teacher/studio, try another. You'll know when you have hit the jackpot. I do a style called Anasura which is sort of a hatha yoga but really focusses on good alignment. Hatha in general is a great place to start, or Vinyasa flow style, they are both quite dynamic. Iyengar is more static using props, and Bikram I think also is (and you either love or HATE hot yoga) and each bikram class is the same series of poses - i got bored. Ashtanga I think also follows the same series of poses each class but is more flowy than bickram. That's my laypersons understanding of the class types i know about anyway as it took me ages to figure out what i was looking for - hope you find something that works for you.



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  Reply # 1955351 11-Feb-2018 18:05
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Slightly OP but one of the reasons I don't do Yoga or a lot of "technical" excercises, is that it's easy to get them "wrong" and then reinforce a bad habit. I am not sure how much of that is really a problem, but in my head doing it "properly" is very important. 




I struggle with this with videos in general. I play a lot of squash, and when I watch tutorials, it's hard to know if you are doing it correctly, even if you are getting the "result"



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  Reply # 1996398 15-Apr-2018 11:40
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Yoga is not for me. I could not do anything that looked that stupid and keep a straight face...or fail to be utterly embarrassed by what would without a doubt be my awful performance. I am far too self conscious to do anything like that.


Reading books, however, I can heartily recommend. My Kindle is definitely my most used device by a long way and I am surprised when I come across people who do not read as a  matter of course. I have read voraciously since I was about 7 years old (we had to read for at least one hour a day, every day of the week at boarding school until I was 13 whether we liked the idea or not) and find it very easy to disappear into an alternative world through the printed (or e inked) page. So much so that it can actually cause me stress when I finish a book or a series of books which I have particularly enjoyed and realise that there are no more...!


With a Kindle, the books are light, cheap and easily portable - you can read anywhere, any time. Highly recommended.


I mostly read fiction to escape the real world, although I am also enjoying The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins which is about fiction, even if it in and of itself is not fiction.

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