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Heniek

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Warrior Posts: 210
"I get out of bed at 5am"
It was too cold to do yoga outside
A few winters back at Shangrila Yoga after an indoor class wearing tank top and shorts looked out the window, the outside deck studio has the canvas roof cover taken off and there was 6 inches of snow. I couldn't resist going out there in bare feet for some standing poses and downward dog movement. Then did some Tai Chi Chuan, it felt amazing and I became very happy. My apartment building has a large green area in front, also in shorts and tank top went out for Tai Chi Chuan but did wear me Converse high tops.
 

Laura Rainbow Dragon

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Bard from Canada
Posts: 447
"Striving to be the change."
A few winters back at Shangrila Yoga after an indoor class wearing tank top and shorts looked out the window, the outside deck studio has the canvas roof cover taken off and there was 6 inches of snow. I couldn't resist going out there in bare feet for some standing poses and downward dog movement. Then did some Tai Chi Chuan, it felt amazing and I became very happy. My apartment building has a large green area in front, also in shorts and tank top went out for Tai Chi Chuan but did wear me Converse high tops.
I have done yoga in the snow too--but only standing poses, and definitely with shoes on.! And a coat. And long pants. Gloves too. I'm no polar bear!
 

Nevetharine

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I'm really struggling to figure out what my long-term workout strategy should be. You know, the one I need to keep up until I'm 90 - if I don't get hit in the head by a drunken pigeon and die of brain bleeding before that.

There's a couple of things I know I should do, strength training is one. But I just don't want to. I don't like doing it in the traditional sense so much, squats, lunges etc. anymore.

So okay, yoga it is. But now I'm wondering, should I confine the power routines to Thrice a week, for the whole body?

Or would it be better to find classes that target specific groups of the body and rather do 5 power yoga classes a week? But then, what areas specifically do I need to find videos for?

I know I'm overcomplicating this. And it often leads to not doing anything whatsoever. Or doing it for a day and then stopping because suddenly it's not good enough anymore and I need to do something that's "better". Which also ends up not being enough, and then we keep going around that cycle. Blah. Why???
 

Laura Rainbow Dragon

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"Striving to be the change."
I know I'm overcomplicating this.

Yup. You've said both your goal and your challenge is long-term adherence. So pick the schedule that's going to be easiest/most enjoyable for you to stick to.

When I was teaching BodyFlow I did the same 60-minute class (approximately: 5-minutes Tai Chi, 10-minutes Pilates, 35-minutes power yoga, 10-minutes meditation) every day, sometimes two or three times in the same day. I kept this up for 3 years, during which time I was also running competitively (competing in 10-12 middle distance--i.e.: 5K and 10K-- road races per year), and doing a considerable amount of hiking and biking as my sole means of transportation. This likely isn't the ideal training schedule for a competitive power lifter, but it worked great for me. If your goal is general health and happiness, and your body is conditioned to be able to handle working out every day, it is perfectly fine to do full-body bodyweight strength training every day.

Choose classes/instructors/styles of yoga that you enjoy, first and foremost. Do these classes as often as you want to. See how it goes. If you feel that parts of your body are being overworked and/or undertrained, adjust your schedule accordingly. It doesn't need to be complicated at all.
 

PetiteSheWolf

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Alchemist from France
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Hello all. I am pondering getting back into more yoga next year. For background, I will still definitly go to the gym for a yoga class/week (good teacher, corrects us well), as well as a bodybuilding class (BodyPump), and probably a light aquagym.
I am thinking of adding yoga , about 20 minutes, more days in the week. I "know" on youtube channels Adrienne, Bird, Bad Yogi and Eckhart. Oh, I also like a lot DownDog yoga. I used to be at Yoga International too (the month-long July practice was from one of their programs) but they had such a price hike I ... hesitate to get back.
But ... how do you contruct a coherent practice from those different sources - that the different days complete each other ? Any other resource?

ETA : my main goals would be working on my balance, as well as keep knee well-protected and core strong. Hope it may help!
 

Laura Rainbow Dragon

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"Striving to be the change."
Hello all. I am pondering getting back into more yoga next year. For background, I will still definitly go to the gym for a yoga class/week (good teacher, corrects us well), as well as a bodybuilding class (BodyPump), and probably a light aquagym.
I am thinking of adding yoga , about 20 minutes, more days in the week. I "know" on youtube channels Adrienne, Bird, Bad Yogi and Eckhart. Oh, I also like a lot DownDog yoga. I used to be at Yoga International too (the month-long July practice was from one of their programs) but they had such a price hike I ... hesitate to get back.
But ... how do you contruct a coherent practice from those different sources - that the different days complete each other ? Any other resource?

ETA : my main goals would be working on my balance, as well as keep knee well-protected and core strong. Hope it may help!

For balance training I like this routine. (It's also great core work and will strengthen your legs to protect your knees!) ;)

With YouTube videos you pretty much need to do the work yourself of hunting around for what's there to put together a suitable schedule, although some channels have useful playlists. In addition to the ones you've mentioned, I like Kino MacGregor. Kino is strong on technique and cueing and has a lot of content on YouTube. She does talk quickly, but I know you have lived in the States so I'm thinking could handle her. She has some YouTube playlists that might be useful for what you are looking for too, such as Quick Yoga Core and 20 Minute Yoga. I also like Patrick Beach and Carling Harps. (I prefer Carling's teaching style, and most of the videos on their YouTube channel feature Patrick, but they are both strong teachers.) It doesn't look like they've posted anything new to YouTube in a while, but they have some good content there, including a good selection of core-focussed classes with Patrick.

The sites behind paywalls are generally easier to navigate re: finding content geared to a specific focus due to their class search functions. I use Yoga Download these days. The advertised price for their full access pass is US$120 per year but they frequently run sales. (I pay only US$60 per year, and my subscription renews at that rate. I think I got that offer through signing up for one of their free challenges, which they run periodically.) I like YD for its wide variety of classes with solid content and also its class search functions, which make it easy to search for what I want on any given day. Under the "STYLE" filter you can select "FREE CLASSES" to check out some of their content and see if it's a good fit for you. If you find a class that you like you can use the "VIEW ALL CLASSES" link at the bottom of the right-hand column to view all classes they have by that instructor, so you can see if the instructor(s) you like have a lot of content on the site or only a few classes. The annual subscription also allows one to download classes for offline viewing, which is often helpful for me.
 

PetiteSheWolf

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Alchemist from France
Posts: 336
Thank you very much @Laura Rainbow Dragon , your comments are very useful. Thanks for pointing at those additional people and their playlists (those are very practical, I use them for Adriene too). I'll go get a look at Yoga Dowload - unless I am missing some rebates for Yoga International.
Just for a little explanation, my intro / dive into yoga dates from my years in Buffalo NY, and they were teachers from Yoga International. A darling couple ran the place , he also taught meditation so having his own meditations with his voice on the site was a very big pull for me ;) ; and she taught yoga / oversighted ; we are still keeping in regular contact via facebook and snail mail. So Yoga International is a bit of emotional attachment, LOL.
 

Laura Rainbow Dragon

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Bard from Canada
Posts: 447
"Striving to be the change."
'Tis the season for new year's yoga challenges!

Yoga Download is offering a 23-day yoga challenge beginning on January 1: New Beginnings
The YD challenges offer a variety of classes taught by different instructors, with three different options to choose from each day. Typically there are options for different lengths of classes with at least one class suitable for new practitioners and one class for more advanced students.

Adriene Mishler (Yoga With Adriene) is offering a new 30-day program beginning January 1 too. In the YWA 30 Days of Yoga Series you get one new class each day, for 30 days, all taught by Adriene, and centred around a specific theme for the month. 2023's theme is "Center".

I'm sure there are lots more new year's offerings out there. What have you all seen?
 

Laura Rainbow Dragon

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Bard from Canada
Posts: 447
"Striving to be the change."
Omstars (Kino MacGregor's subscription-based yoga channel) is offering a free 30-day challenge for the new year, running from January 1-30. Classes are taught by Kino and other instructors on her channel. It looks like most will be pre-recorded classes, but the January 1 class is the full Ashtanga Yoga primary series, taught live by Kino (via a Zoom meeting). That class starts at 9AM Eastern Standard Time / 2PM UTC. Omstars is also offering a free live Meditation & Reflection class at 10AM EST / 3PM UTC on January 1 (but a full primary series would typically run longer than an hour, so I'm guessing it's not possible to do both).

Links:
Feel Good Flow Challenge
Full Ashtanga Primary Series Live Class
Sunday Ritual: Meditation & Reflection Live Class
 

Laura Rainbow Dragon

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Posts: 447
"Striving to be the change."
I've decided to tackle the Omstars challenge this month. (Mostly because I have a subscription to YD, so I can do their challenge classes next month.)

The Omstars challenge includes 30 pre-recorded classes, plus yesterday they also offered access to a full Ashtanga Primary Series taught live by Kino. This was my first time doing the full primary series. I was intellectually familiar with what the series entailed previously, but it didn't really sink in for me just how many chaturangas are involved until I actually tried to do the thing! (I skipped a lot of them in the second half of the class.) It was an interesting experience, and definitely a good workout, but not something I'd ever be tempted to practice six days a week long term. (I like more variety in my yoga practice and also smoother, more creative flows.)

I did not do the Day 1 pre-recorded class yesterday, since the 90 minute full primary was enough for me for one day. So I'm a day behind already, and likely will fall another day behind on my birthday, when I'll do my "52 for 52" workout instead of the regularly scheduled stuff. This is fine. The pre-recorded classes are shorter (mostly ~ 30 minutes). So I can likely double up on some days.

I did the Day 1 pre-recorded class today. It was much more accessible for me than the Primary Series. (I could do all of the poses in today's class. Some of the Primary Series stuff I had to modify significantly.) The cueing was very counting-heavy (I'm not sure if this is an Ashtangi thing or just a Kino thing?) and Kino had extended difficulties with her mic twice which (oddly for a pre-recorded class) were not edited out. Still, it was a nice little workout that left me with enough in the tank to still do the other things I have on my schedule for today. (And I appreciated not being asked to jump back and through--or attempt to jump back and through, in my case--between every single flipping pose!)
 
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