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Old 21st September 2012, 06:23 PM
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Old 22nd September 2012, 09:44 PM
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I've done yoga for years. Iyengar style because I had friends who were Iyengar instructors and no other reason.

The sessions were only ever talked through exercises for fifty minutes followed by a relaxation cool down (guided meditation) for ten minutes. I love it. It reduces stress, its a light CV workout, and it makes it easier to focus at others times. Its also an enjoyable process which I don't find with lots of other forms of exercise.
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Old 28th September 2012, 12:18 PM
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When I was 17 I did yoga twice a week for about 3 months at the local yoga centre. It was woo central, but on the other hand I actually grew 2cm taller and stayed that way.

Since your in Melbourne you might want to look at http://stillnessmeditation.com.au/ This place seems to do mediation with out the woo.
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Old 2nd October 2012, 12:36 PM
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G'day mate. I am still figuring out exactly where I am with atheism, but re your Yoga concern-

I have had anxiety for 10 odd years, which got quite bad 5 years ago till the present. Symptoms include shortness of breath, panic attacks, regular heart palpitations (like.. bad), swollen thyroid at times, bleeding gums. It amazes me how an essentially irrational mental condition can have such an impact on the physical body!

Seven weeks ago I started yoga at a place in Melbourne, out of desperation- I become a father soon, and when I have a (usually) 2 week bout of bad anxiety, I can survive the working day, then I am useless. Which wont work very well once baby is here. I have always been sceptical of yoga.

The improvement in my condition has been remarkable in a short space of time. I am no longer aware of my heart most of the time, my breathing is much better, I'm not spitting blood.

Find the right place. I think that 'yoga' and 'science' can coexist quite happily. Where I go, there has been no talk of crystals, deities or anything that sits wrong with me (so far).

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Old 2nd October 2012, 01:06 PM
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Old 2nd October 2012, 01:14 PM
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Welcome to the forum campbellshaw.

Perhaps you'd like to post an intro in Welcome New Members, so we can all "say g'day"?
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Old 14th August 2015, 09:31 AM
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I did my own yoga for years without having attended a class for at least 10 years before that. Altogether I've practiced for hundreds and hundreds of hours, perhaps over a thousand, but only attended two classes in the last 20 years or so. It gives a lot more freedom to just do your own
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Old 14th August 2015, 10:17 AM
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Since old thread came up I will add 2c

It is hard to say if yoga/meditation helped with my stress/anxiety/depression as a sample of 1 is kind of useless. But it is frequently recommended by psychiatrists in my experience and I find an easier form of exercise to commit to than others that I always lost motivation with.

The key (for me) was finding an instructor that doesn't talk about the Woo garbage as that just made me aggravated (not helping to relax), which I did, every now and again he is sick/away and the owner of the center fills in and carries on about energy channels etc.. Normally if I see my instructors car isn't there I drive off and don't go that week, thankfully it isn't too often.

I would do it at home as I have been doing instructed sessions weekly for a year and know plenty of stretches etc, but I lack the motivation to do it at home.

It definitely helps flexibility and core strength.

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Old 14th August 2015, 06:18 PM
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In relation to Joele's last point (core strength), I'm aware that it's frequently employed by serious/professional athletes.
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Old 14th August 2015, 07:11 PM
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Having tried yoga now, and pilates, I still pull muscles. If I were doing it everyday I think there would be somebeenfit, however at such low intensity, and it's conflicts with my other exercise regimes (dancing) I can't justify the time expended
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