Yoga For Weight Loss

Mandy asks…

Whats a good at home yoga videos or workout videos for someone with a bad back?

I have moderate back pain when i get stressed or tensed. Yoga usually helps, but the classes are so expensive. Whats a good tape to do at home?

I also really need to lose some weight, and would like to be able to do it at home. a short but effective video would be great.

Author answers:

There are several DVDs out there that specifically target your back. My experience is that you need to be very, very cautious in your approach when practicing yoga for back pain. It can be immensely helpful, but when pushed too far, too soon, it can aggravate the back.

I think the best ones out there (I haven’t seen them all, but you can do a search on amazon on ‘yoga back dvd’ to get an extensive list) are likely to be the Viniyoga Therapy series: Viniyoga Therapy for the Low Back, Sacrum and Hips and Viniyoga Therapy for the Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders. They haven’t been out long, but the exercises Gary Kraftsow uses in these DVDs have been used in studies on back care and came out as winners.

You say your stress and tension causes your back pain, it is likely it is also contributing to your weight problems. See articles like this http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/165/7/828 that support that theory. Finding some stress relief yoga tapes may be a good idea too, there are several short ones out there (try a search on amazon with ‘yoga dvd stress’).

However, if you want to do more of a workout type yoga to help with the weightloss (besides the stress relief), doing a short DVD isn’t going to do it. You’ll need to build up to more than 40 minutes of moderate exertion per a session to get fat burn going in your body. For weight loss I recommend combining stress relief yoga (especially in the evening) and strength-and-stamina yoga.

I would do the back therapy ones for a while first, though, until your back feels stronger and you have a good feel on what poses work for you and how to modify poses that don’t. Then add stress-relief and then move on to more physically demanding yoga.

Good luck on your journey!

Charles asks…

How do you do Yoga at home?

I want to try out some home Yoga, but I don’t know how. Anyone know any good Yoga sites which show you how?

Author answers:

Http://www.yogatoday.com/ has a variety of free, one hour, good quality instruction, streaming videos.

Namaste’,
dwb

Nancy asks…

What is the best way to learn yoga at home?

I’ve always been interested in yoga, but to I have to go to a yoga class or can I just teach myself by researching it and doing it at home?
Also are there any tips you can give me in yoga?
Thanks!
How much do yoga classes cost to join?

Author answers:

I definitely recommend taking some classes. After you are familiar with the postures, you can practice at home, too, but having a live teacher is best so they can make corrections.

Look for studios in your area online. A lot of studios have beginner packages so you can try out the different types of yoga they offer and different teachers. Often, these are punch cards – 5 classes for $30 or something, and you can go any time you want so you can find the classes you like.

You can also check out your local rec. Center. A lot of these also offer yoga classes, often drop-in, and also often cheaper than a yoga studio.

It’s hard to say how much it will cost. It varies pretty widely depending where you live, how many yoga studios there, and even the type of yoga. Even if it’s pricey for you, you may only need to pay for 10-20 classes before you have enough of an understanding to practice at home, at which point it will be free!

Tips for yoga – remember that every body is different, and not only are some ppl more flexible than others, but you’ll also find this within your own body. For example, your hips might be flexible, but not your shoulders. Be patient with yourself and be open to trying new things.

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