I hate yoga with a Passion. It's hard and painful. I would do anything else instead. Like pick off my toenails with a rusty knife.
I like walking, but not uphill. I guess I hate being sweaty. That is the truth.
walking uphill is good for your butt muscles *wink*
I start my yoga class on Sunday.. I'm not thrilled, but I know it will help in the long run :P
Yogrrrrrrrra. I hope you like your class more than I like my few exercises. :)
Because of my RSI in my wrists, I do planking on my elbows, and have actually rather gotten to enjoy it. Certainly it's better than other things trainers have had me do.
I do planking on the elbows. Argh. Don't love it.
I only like cooked (fake) sushi, like california rolls. I guess if I weren't doing just the CORE yoga stuff I might like it more.
Maybe the yoga will grow on you, like a fungus! I don't think I ever actively hated it, but I love it now because I can see what it does for my body. I keep thinking I might go back to pumping iron in addition, but I have this sinewyness to my arms and back that I never had before. I think it's the yoga. And it does build muscle!
Skinny people do have an advantage in yoga, because it's easier to hold up our own body weight, and the poses are easier to get into.
I may also just hate it because my body isn't used to it. Maybe it will adapt a bit.
2008-09-10 11:00 pm (UTC)
There are certain poses that, I'm sure, are easier for skinnier people (like anything weight bearing - that's for sure!), but flexibility isn't usually about weight, and yoga is a lot about flexibility. That's what makes it a good choice at any size (if you don't hate it). When I took yoga in college I was pre-surgery and was constantly brought to the front of the class to demo moves that required crazy flexibility. It blew my mind that I'd found a form of exercize I was better than skinny people at. I was one of maybe 3 people in the class who could bend over backward, walk my hands to my ankles, and wrap them around. The bulk of my tummy got in the way sometimes, but I could still sit with my legs bent and the soles of my feet together, lean forward, and rest my forehead on my feet.
I think maybe I hate it because it's painful and slow to hold the poses that long and patience is not a virtue I have. It's like there is NOTHING to distract you from how much it sucks, and that just bugs me.
2008-09-10 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yea... I can relate to that! I actually felt like I wanted to jump out of my skin from all the stillness and concentration at times.
Yeah I know what you mean in that. Sometimes it's painful. What I do is try to focus on my breathing and just be in the moment. It does get easier as your balance, strength and flexibility improve.
You're absolutely right, I could do yoga pre op too.
But there were some poses where I just couldn't hold them (plank was one) and childs pose made it so I almost couldn't breathe until I finally moved my knees further apart. Even now I have to do it with my knees apart because of my excess skin.
You are super flexible!
2008-09-11 03:29 pm (UTC)
Man, I hear you on the loose skin. I can't WAIT to have my LBL (it is only a dream right now).
I still weigh abount 205, so the plank is still hard. LOL
It took me a bit, but I actually enjoy Yoga. Pilates are more aerobic than yoga.
Just remember to breathe, and you can adjust your self to your limits. You don't have to do it perfect.
It could be because my belly is still healing from the major revision too. All of the moves I'm doing are for the core.
you shouldn't be doing much core at all right now...at least not for another month or so.
Take care, and be careful when doing core. Things like Sun Salutations and such which are strength, I would do those. You'll ease into core easier.
My Physical therapist is guiding the workouts, so he says to do it, then I must. It's a tough balance between him trying to fix my spine, which is a mess, and trying to go easy on my belly.
I love yoga, but some of it is just nuts. I do the Nemaste Yoga on FitTV and there's this one pose (I think it's called a crane.) where you squat, put your hands on the ground between your feet and then your supposed to rest your knees on your elbows and somehow lift your feet into the air. YEAH RIGHT! *lol*
Some of the positions are a riot! I think Pilates might be more for me. I'm going to try that. My Mom said she might want to take a class of it.
I used to tape the ones on FitTV too, but I don't like how fast they move. I like to hold my poses longer I think.
I can see that. I hope to get more of the moves memorized and do it on my own so I too can hold the pose longer.
Any kind of martial arts is a great work out and pretty fun too. I loved doing it! I also heard that kickboxing rocks.
I am naturally aggressive, so I might like that. I have lots of energy to get out, but I don't like to get hurt or hurt others, so real fighting would not be for me.
try taekwondo then. i miss it terribly, xavier just got his probationary black belt though! (we started around the same time but i stopped when we moved b/c his school has kids and adult classes at different times, which is fun to schedule around) you wear sparring gear and really only have to be forceful if you're doing tournament stuff. i loved the fact that it focuses a lot on balance, agility, and kicks rather than brute force. i started doing it about 4-5 months after my WLS (and only a month or 2 after my gallbladder surgery) and still weighed over 200 when i first started. the belt system increments are perfect for working you into exercise rather than slamming you headfirst into it.
I can't kneel without hurting myself, so martial arts are hard for that reason. I have heard they are great for the mind body connection also.
I love Tai Chi as they didn't require us to do any kneeling. It's slow, though, so I don't think of it really as "exercise", more like artistry and working on balance and the mind-body connection.
Once you push through that first week of pain, yoga should hurt a lot less. I'm crazy, though; the more it hurts, the more I love it. I like exercise in general, but I can't stand Pilates, so I guess it all comes down to personal preference.
kickboxing is a lot of fun! i did it for a little while, then was too poor for it, but could probably afford to do it again. I'm thinking about it.
Ugh, the plank was the death of me. HATE HATE HATE
This is so funny, I'm taking Yoga in college this semester. Dr. Osborne wanted us to grab our feet, straighten our legs and rock back on our butts with our feet in the air. I just sat there, looked at her and said, "That one goes on my to do list because it ain't happening right now." I can do one leg, but not both, my hamstrings are waaaaay to tight.