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Must yoga be new-agey?

Interested in yoga after hearing it can help depression as well as increasing strength and flexibility. But I'm a skeptical atheist with no interest in the metaphysical spiritual aspects. Is yoga for me? [more inside]
posted by waraw on Apr 1, 2014 - 39 answers

 

Yoga (don't play with) fire?

Former exercise nut turned semi-couch-potato may or may not want to try out hot yoga after only 2 non-hot yoga classes. Good or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Tsukushi on Mar 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Meditation/yoga music made with real sounds

Please suggest your favorite music for yoga and/or meditation that is made with real sounds or instruments (singing bowls, water, etc) instead of synthesizers. [more inside]
posted by Josephine Macaulay on Mar 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Too cheap for the yoga life

Looking for recommendations for DIY yoga sessions. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Mar 4, 2014 - 24 answers

Yoga styles and London-based class recommendations

As I get older, I get creakier and I'm hoping yoga may be the answer. Can anyone recommend a class in south-east or east London that focuses mostly on the physical side of yoga and less on the meditative/spiritual aspects? Bonus points for suggesting a particular style that would suit me, a physically active late 30s male who swims and cycles regularly.
posted by fatfrank on Feb 20, 2014 - 6 answers

If You Have Half A Brain

In Rupert Holmes' "Escape", there are a couple of lines that seem at odds with what I would call hippie culture, namely "If you're not into yoga" and "I'm not much into health food." Yet some of the other bits like "getting caught in the rain," "the feel of the ocean," and "making love at midnight in the dunes on the Cape" seem, to my more modern viewpoint, in line with hippie-esque ideals. So what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Feb 17, 2014 - 29 answers

Yoga is making me tense up

Can you relate to my extreme resistance to relaxing? What has worked for you? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Feb 2, 2014 - 32 answers

How do I become an early morning exerciser?

Have you gone from not exercising in the morning to regularly doing so, and enjoying it and feeling energetic? I would love to have your tips! [more inside]
posted by bearette on Jan 25, 2014 - 18 answers

How to hot yoga

I'm interested in trying a hot yoga class, but historically I've been one of those people that occasionally passes out from heat/humidity. Can (or should) I do this? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 20, 2014 - 27 answers

I need your head/sweatband recommendations.

I get sweaty when I work out. I get REALLY sweaty when I practice yoga in a 105 degree room. I need a headband that will 1) help keep my hair out of my face when I'm in down dog and 2) help prevent my hair sweat from joining forces with my face sweat. [more inside]
posted by gumtree on Jan 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Shoes where I can wear my orthotics for normally barefoot activities?

Are there minimalist shoes that would allow me to wear my corrective orthotics during normally barefoot activities? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Dec 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Where to buy yoga clothes in the UK?

Where can I buy good-quality yoga clothes in the UK? My mum wants some for Christmas and I'd love your recommendations for comfortable yoga clothes for more mature women (say 60+). Basically she doesn't want skintight leggings or any obtuse logos, etc. She'd like darker colours (although 'a little bit of colour but not too bright' is ok). Bonus if the store is online and offers shipping. Thanks!
posted by atlantica on Dec 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Getting "taller" through yoga?

I have read on the internet many times that you can gain a few inches in "height" from doing yoga. How exactly does this happen? (Just spine getting straighter, and me standing with better posture?) Are there any actual measurements done on a sample of people before and after months of yoga to compare their height differential? What is actually a reasonable expectation for an "increase in height"? If my goal is yoga for height increase, which poses are the best to do? Thanks
posted by crawltopslow on Dec 7, 2013 - 20 answers

Yoga for clumsy but active person with chronic pain

I'm looking for a beginning yoga course (web-based or dvd) for myself. I have chronic pain due to a back injury, and I want to improve my flexibility and balance. I don't know anything about yoga. Please help! [more inside]
posted by vincele on Sep 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Yoga body?

Since starting on birth control about a year ago, I have gained SO. MUCH. WEIGHT. (Almost 30 lbs) I want to look like a yogini. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Sep 23, 2013 - 23 answers

Yoga Blogs for the Dejected Runner

I'm a runner who likes reading blogs written by other people who run. Except I've been injured for the past six months, so right now reading those blogs makes me sad and jealous. Help me find blogs written by people who do yoga instead, so I don't spend my free time weeping over all of my unused Clif Bloks and wishing tendinitis on random strangers! [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Sep 23, 2013 - 1 answer

Light, neutral scented, men's deodorant for hot yoga?

I'm a guy. I do yoga in a heated room. I don't want to want to bother others in class with massively perfumed deodorants, but I also don't want to have bad body odor. Which deodorant do I want? [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Aug 21, 2013 - 36 answers

Virgin Mobile, shut up!

I have a Virgin Mobile android phone, and the following has happened to me about forty times now: I will be on a phone call and all of a sudden a Virgin Mobile song -- some kind of ad song for Virgin Mobile with guitars and synths and a perky lady singing "Virgin Mobile" every now and then -- interrupts the call. Is there a way to make this stop happening? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Aug 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Long lean legs

What can I do to make my legs slimmer and leaner? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 answers

Yoga Teacher Training

I've been thinking about taking my yoga practice to the next level. Have you gone through the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, or know someone who has? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Aug 2, 2013 - 10 answers

How should I feel the day after yoga?

I took an integral yoga class last night. Today, I am sore and achy -- I feel as bad as I did after taking my first boot camp aerobics class (which combined aerobics and weights and was super hard). I expected the kind of soreness you get when you've stretched a bit too much, or maybe the kind when you've walked further than usual, and your muscles feel open and a bit tired and maybe certain movements twinge a bit. Instead, I have a lot of deep muscle soreness, like I've been moving lots of heavy boxes, and I'm incredibly tired and headachy. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 31, 2013 - 22 answers

Yoga in the woods

What are some great yoga classes/retreats where you practice outside in a pretty natural setting? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jul 22, 2013 - 8 answers

These lawsuits involve horrible things like rape and human trafficking

These lawsuits involve allegations of rape and human trafficking but no criminal charges have been applied. Is there something in these complaints that notes criminal charges pending? I'm having trouble with the legalese. [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas on Jul 1, 2013 - 3 answers

The Couch to 5K of Flexibility Training

Can you recommend a "Couch to 5K"-type plan for flexibility training? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jun 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Comfy Yoga/Workout Pants in the Right Texture for a Curvy Gal?

Hola folks! I am located in WNY area near the Canadian border (willing to drive into Ontario for shoppin'!) and am hoping someone can guide me in the right direction for the right kind of pants. I am looking for Semi-Fitted Lower-waisted (I am short waisted but have serious hips - I HATE those fold-down waist ones with a burning passion) Yoga pants to wear for Yoga & Workouts that also are *not* a matte/cotton type texture. I have light coloured animals in my home and also am self conscious about wearing light colours...hence for the sake of my sanity I like my yoga pants to be a "slick" texture and black or another dark colour. [more inside]
posted by snuffyrat on Jun 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Need pride yoga gear in Philadelphia today

I have a yoga fundraiser tomorrow at 5pm that I want something gay pride-ish for (like a t-shirt or yoga pants). I have a lot of gay friends that I could borrow a t-shirt from but I am traveling tomorrow so would be unable to meet up with anyone (and will be unable to shop tomorrow or get anything online by then). I have no rainbow stuff. I am in Center City Philadelphia. I will be checking Athleta, Lululemon, City Sports, Gap, etc for rainbow stuff, but I'd prefer something that expressly (like words) supports equality. All Google really tells me is gay-friendly stuff, gay reading (e.g. Giovanni's), etc. Does anyone know if any of those places would have slogan/pride t-shirts? Am I missing a HRC location or something else that would have something?
posted by Pax on Jun 6, 2013 - 4 answers

What are the most popular North American yoga blogs/communities?

I'm particularly looking for yoga blogs/online communities that are ad/marketing friendly because I'm asking on behalf of a friend who has started a small line of yogawear for the US (and maybe Canada too) markets. "Popular" could mean for specific demographics too - young, old etc. - as well as overall. Thanks for your tips!
posted by zresearch on May 30, 2013 - 1 answer

Shoulder pain + yoga = ?

I am supposed to be doing a yoga class with my friend on Wednesday, this will be my first one in over a year, and I have some pain in my neck and shoulder at the moment, will this make it worse? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga in San Francisco

I want to find a good yoga studio in San Francisco that offers both ashtanga and vinyasa/flow in a guided but fairly traditional style. Reasonable student rates and easy access from the Mission St BART are pluses. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Apr 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Bookstores/Yoga Studios

Hi there! I'm planning a road trip around the US and Canada this June and was looking for suggestions for independent bookstores and places that cater to Yoga practitioners/Yoga studios that have an oomph factor. Do you have a favorite indie bookstore or a Yoga studio you go to that you'd love to share with other people? I welcome any and all suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Pleadthefifth on Mar 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Yoga for aunt and baby

I'd like to take my 9mo old niece to do yoga in or around New Orleans (preferably more West Bank than downtown). Help? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Mar 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Please talk to me about yoga!

I'm considering taking a beginning yoga class. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Feb 20, 2013 - 37 answers

Best floor seating?

I have an apartment where adding in more seating is needed but I don't want another couch, but do want couch-density seating. I want something that makes sitting yoga-style on my hardwood floors more comfortable. What should I buy, and where should I buy it?
posted by Exonym on Feb 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Book Pose

I'm looking for a book about yoga. [more inside]
posted by Katine on Feb 18, 2013 - 5 answers

how to increase strength/endurance with weak ankles & wrists?

I'm looking for suggestions about strength- and endurance-building exercises -- general types or specific motions -- that will either engage my super-weak ankles and wrists in order to strengthen them or avoid using said weak bits entirely in order to avoid exacerbating the existing problems. Preceding that, I am not even sure which route to take in the first place: activate/try to strengthen these weak areas, or avoid/leave well enough alone? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Feb 5, 2013 - 14 answers

You Are Not My Epidemiologist, My Virologist, or My Yoga instructor

I think I have the flu--or to be more precise, I think I am fighting the flu. But as usually happens, rather than straightforwardly getting sick and then getting better, I seem stuck in the early stage of not having terribly severe symptoms (congestion etc) but being exhausted, achy, and running a very low-grade fever on and off. This may go on for two weeks or longer. I rarely get "sick". Given that people are most contagious in the early days of flu infection, same with colds if that what it is, does this mean that I am infectious for longer than most people? And based on your opinion on that, is it (a) a good idea for me to go to hatha yoga, (b) where there's an immuno-compromised (person who is doing or has recently completed chemo) person in my class?
posted by sarahkeebs on Jan 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Video game yoga?

I would like to do yoga with a videogame console I have Xbox +Wiifit [more inside]
posted by ibakecake on Dec 30, 2012 - 3 answers

West Palm/Lake Worth yoga studio?

Looking for a better than average yoga studio with heated classes near West Palm Beach/Lake Worth. [more inside]
posted by eggman on Dec 20, 2012 - 0 answers

Stretches in bed?

What are the best stretches I can do or device I can buy in order to stretch while I'm bed ridden for a week? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Dec 6, 2012 - 6 answers

What should i pack and what should i do - India/Yoga edition

Going to a retreat in Kerala in Jan 2013. What do i need to take with me so i'm not the ill-equipped and inappropriate lady everyone rolls their eyes at? (Daytime is yoga and ayuverda therapy, weekends off for sightseeing, eating out down the beach or in the local town in the evening) Also, any recommendations of sightseeing and anything interesting to read beforehand? [more inside]
posted by moreteaplease on Dec 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Exercise needed: Growing old gratefully... but a little grace wouldn't hurt either

I'd like recommendations for books, sites, or online or downloadable videos for gentle yoga or similar exercises for increasing flexibility, that I can do at home, starting at rank-beginner level. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Very comfortable elastic-waste, drawstring "yoga" pants

I'm looking for very comfortable elastic-waist, drawstring men's "yoga"-style pants for hanging around the house and for practicing yoga. Must have pockets. Most dedicated "yoga" pants seem to cost $75 or more. I'm hoping for cheaper!
posted by Quisp Lover on Sep 17, 2012 - 20 answers

Thanks for fixing my back!

My physical therapist told me that our next session will be our last--graduation! Can I get her something? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Non-fluffy flexibility-promoting exercise classes in Philadelphia?

Where can I get the body workout without the soul workout - in Philadelphia? I'd like to find an exercise class that focuses on flexibility and reducing tension - without the spiritual stuff usually abundant in yoga classes. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 answers

tunes to ashtanga to!

Looking for the best new and old yoga music! [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Aug 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Do I need to address this?

Worth getting an X-ray? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 3, 2012 - 13 answers

I vant to PAHMP. ME. AHP.

I vant to PAHMP. ME. AHP. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Aug 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Make Your Own Retreat

Help me plan a self-made relaxation / meditation retreat for one week in San Diego [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetofexistentialconfusion on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Just Say Noga

What are some alternatives to yoga for flexibility and strength? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on Jul 19, 2012 - 17 answers

West Coast retreat

Looking for an all-inclusive spa/yoga/outdoors retreat type thing, along these lines, but on the West Coast. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 10, 2012 - 5 answers

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