I would like to spend a long weekend or perhaps full week, in mid to late October, alone or semi-alone in nature. An individual retreat that involves yoga, hiking, meditation and contemplation (and maybe even homesteading activities), but is not overly "woo" or religious, sounds ideal to me. Where can I do this within a (maximum) 3-4 hour drive of DC? [more inside]
I'm looking for music like this album: good for meditation, loosely "new age" or spiritual, musically rich and not cheesy. (It doesn't have to be chakra-related, but that's a bonus.) Any leads at all are appreciated.
In theory, I like to indulge myself with a massage when I get the chance. In reality, I wind up never quite enjoying it. Please help me figure out what type of massage I really want! [more inside]
I bought a Groupon for a month's membership and, as it comes to an end, I'm kind of shocked at the regular price options on Corepower's web site. Is there a less expensive option that anyone's aware of?
In the past couple of years I've noticed that my hamstrings are usually really tight. It's not painful, but I really notice the tightness even when I'm just walking around. More recently, my hips have started popping multiple times every day which seems maybe like not a good thing? [more inside]
I need a challenging yoga book for at home practice [more inside]
I'm a yoga newbie, with a grand total of four classes under my belt. I've been experiencing muscle soreness and tightness, similar to the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) of weightlifting, with pain in the quads, glutes and lower back muscles. Cause for concern? [more inside]
I really like the clothing made by Lulu Lemon Lab. I'm looking for other companies that make clothing that is similar. Do you know any clothing companies that do clothes that could are a) comfortable like yoga clothes, b) business formal and c) urban in styling? [more inside]
I'm interested in trying out yoga! I'm an inflexible beginner, so I'd like to start with videos (either online or DVDs). I'd rather not pay a ton, so free/inexpensive is preferred. There's just one hitch -- I need English subtitles/closed captioning. Google turns up loads of yoga videos but I can't tell which, if any, have captions. Any suggestions?
I'm returning to work from maternity leave, and my daily 2 hours in the car is the only time I'm guaranteed to myself. Help me make it the best time possible with podcasts! I'm looking specifically for podcasts on: yoga, running, cooking (bonus points for vegetarian or vegan), music, and history. [more inside]
I had an appendectomy five days ago. I haven't had my follow-up with the surgeon yet, but I have a couple of burning questions I thought I'd ask here. [more inside]
Who are the most senior, oldest, most experienced yoga teachers in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) area? [more inside]
I work at a psychiatric hospital, on the child and adolescent service. Our kids don't have a lot of opportunity for exercise, which is really not good, given how effective exercise can be for mood regulation, self-confidence, etc. I'd like to find some good exercise DVDs that they can use when they have unstructured time on the unit. I'd like them to be as positive as possible-- not a lot of "burn that flab away" or "let's sculpt sexy butts." [more inside]
I was listening to Putumayo Presents: Yoga, and this track has the same tune as another I've heard, ten or fifteen years ago. Original version was rather shoegaze-y, a midrange man's voice on the vocals.
I'm looking for the best YouTube workout videos/channels, in the 20-60 minute range. Specifics for me inside but I'm happy to also have recs for great videos that don't suit me now but may suit my later, or help other people! [more inside]
What form of yoga is best for a man in his early 50's, in OK shape, doesn't currently exercise and just wants to be limber? Routines that take 15-30 minutes. Nothing too strenuous. Something that can be done in the living room and learned from YouTube videos.
I'm starting Yoga Teacher Training in a month or so. My husband, who is a numbers guy, thinks that it would be fun to take do some comparisons of pre-YTT and post-YTT. Here's some ideas that we had, but we'd like more... [more inside]
I've been giving some thought to becoming certified to teach yoga, or to be a massage therapist, or to be a physical therapy assistant. I'm not sure which one makes the most sense, given my inclinations and limitations. [more inside]
Is yoga and pilates (plus diet) enough to slim down my lower half without bulking up more? [more inside]
Which other songs would you recommend for someone who loves 7/11 by Beyoncé and Yoga by Janelle Monae? [more inside]
I am looking for guidance on how to maximize the effectiveness of my workouts while keeping my overall fitness practice diverse, challenging and appropriate for my body's recovery needs. [more inside]
I'd really like to (re)start doing yoga, but I had a pretty bad experience last time and I can't seem to get myself to go again. Any advice? [more inside]
Going to my first-ever yoga class this Sunday. Late 30s male. What should I wear? And what should I bring with me? I am going to a beginner's class at Pure Yoga on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Thanks.
I want to incorporate stretching as a serious part of my gym routine - not so much as a warm up but for greater flexibility. So I'm looking for interesting and useful stretches or exercises that incorporate stretching plus any resources that you'd recommend. Also, what were these mystery stretches I saw being done at the gym? [more inside]
You guys have given some great suggestions to people for naming their websites and blogs. Can you help me? I'm putting together an online list of eco-friendly places, like permaculture farms and yoga centers, for travelers to visit. [more inside]
I'd like to start biking to my yoga studio. I need to bring my own mat. Talk to me about what works. Difficulty: trail-a-bike hitch precludes a cargo rack. Is there another way to carry it on my bike? I'm also open to mat bags that play nicely with riding a bike. [more inside]
I am doing a creative book project entitled "36 Doors" The book involves doing 36 yoga poses in various and not necessarily famous doorways in the U.S. There are obvious spots (Jefferson Memorial, churches, etc.) along with more unexpected spots (Alice Water's Chez Panisse for examples) Any recommendations would be appreciated.
So I'm just starting Yoga and I have a problem: I'm too tall for standard mats. I'm 6'4" (76 inches, 193 cm). How do I find a long mat that I know is good quality? And how long is long enough, anyway? [more inside]
I'm looking for an equivalent to the You Are Your Own Gym body weight exercises app. I've been using the app for a couple of months now and I really like it - the exercises are explained in good detail and there is a good progression from very easy to challenging. There seem to be loads of apps available but I'm not sure which ones are any good. Which have you found useful?
Is the yoga pose shown in Edge of tomorrow possible? [more inside]
It’s been a stressful year thus far and I really need to get away for a few days, but alas, none of my friends are available for a trip right now. I’d love to go somewhere in mid/late August. I have a bunch of requirements, of course! [more inside]
Where can I find good yoga clothes for men? Mid-length pants and shirts that don't fall all over the place. My old Lululemon stuff was well-designed and held up wonderfully, but they don't seem to make any purpose-designed yoga clothes for men anymore. [more inside]
As sort of a follow up to another user's question about yoga teacher training, how much "woo" is involved in these kinds of trainings? [more inside]
I have a tough time finding the exercise routine I'll stick with consistently. I'm hoping for some recommendations of things to try based on some likes/dislikes – particularly keeping in mind my love for Rodney Yee's "Yoga Burn" video... [more inside]
my google fails me-- Who is the singing on the song, often used in yoga studios, "Durga Shakti" from Craig Kohland's 'Kerala Dream: A Shaman's Dream Project' --- Kohland says the singer's name @13:45 on this Sound's True podcast ...but I can't understand him...."La Shmee"" ?? --more.... (and thanks-) [more inside]
I need to develop a balanced daily workout for the next six months, specifically designed for limited and somewhat unusual spaces. Assume I have no access to traditional weights or fitness machines of any kind and that level ground and traditional cardio options will be at a premium. What 10 exercises can I do to approximate a whole-body workout? [more inside]
Seeking suggestions for a place for a friend to enjoy a relaxing three-day yoga and meditation retreat in a beautiful location anywhere in California. Potential complication: it has to be next week.
Any ideas to help myself continue to be a wandering freelancer while increasing my income and expanding job opportunities? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Looking for recommendations for DIY yoga sessions. [more inside]
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.
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]
Can you relate to my extreme resistance to relaxing? What has worked for you? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Are there minimalist shoes that would allow me to wear my corrective orthotics during normally barefoot activities? [more inside]
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!