I've spent the past couple of days looking through various types of Yoga, but I'm probably even more confused now than I was before I typed Yoga into google!
I have a bit of a problem with my lower back, not helped by being about 3 stone fatter than I ought. it's one of the reasons I stopped running some years ago. however I'm not a big fan of what I've become and seriously need to do something about it. I've tried a few times over the past couple of years and failed, gone back on the fags and chocolate and put more weight on.
Anyway I don't expect Yoga to be a miracle cure for the old back, but if it can help then it's got to be worth a punt? (and if it can help me being a bad tempered git then that'll be a bonus too)!
but where do I start? there are Christ knows how many differing types! I'm erring towards Hatha. but to be totally honest I've not got a clue.... can somebody help? (I'd prefer something without the chanting... will feel a big enough prat without that thanks!)
In my experience, Hatha is the most beginner-friendly type of yoga.
The amount of chanting or time spent lying on the floor in the dark (I mean, meditating) varies between instructors, the only way to tell is to try out a few different classes and see which one you prefer.
Can not help with the yoga.
However regarding the bad back, this is something I experienced last year and was totally out of action for a month. When things did begin to improve I found the only real exercise I could handle was swimming. Nothing furious, but a gentle breaststroke really did help with the discomfort and was good to be exercising until things improved and I could get back to running.
My boyfriend started doing yoga after putting his back out hoovering a few years ago. It has been such a positive experience for him and I have recently started attending classes with him.
I wouldn't worry too much about the differnt types. The most important thing is to find a good teacher you get on with. Try a few classes out.
xine267 - can cope with the lying on the floor in the dark (but will "they" be able to cope with me snoring??)
Solent - did my back a quite a few years ago, after getting over the initial problems I was still able to run 70 odd MPW. but every now and again I had a bit of a relapse, though I now don't think this was running related. Swimming was always good, used to use it as recovery. but (and this will sound really pathetic) I'm too fat. never really been bothered by what I look like but until I can shift a bit There's no way I'm exposing my middle bit to the world...
Roundy - Good to hear about the bf and yourself, will have to see if I can find somewhere I that I can drop in and have a look see.
I'd try a few classes too, to see which you get on with best, some teachers are much better explaining than others.
I do pilates and Iyengar yoga. I started doing pilates first and found that was most beneficial to my back as it strengthen my core which supported my back better, it's also made a difference to my running and enabled me to get back into shape quickly after a recent hysterectomy. I find some yoga poses quite uncomfortable for my back but Iyengar yoga uses props such as blocks and bands which definately make it easier.
Just need to find somewhere reasonably close to home... most appear to only cater for pregnant ladies.
Another vote for yoga. I think it's helped me mostly with core strength and overall flexibility.
Everybody seems to deliver a slightly different class (even within the broad headings -- hatha, iyengar, ashtanga, bikram, "power", etc), but in my limited experience, I've found that ashtanga seems to be more physical. Don't be surprised if you have to try a few different instructors before you find one that works for you.
I wouldn't suggest doing yoga from a video or a wii to start out. There are often subtleties to the poses that an instructor can help with. And they'll tell you if you're doing it really wrong. An instructor can also offer alternative poses that won't stress your back.
You certainly need an instructor at first to tell you what you should be feeling, and where, and to give you slight alternatives if you have injuries.
Thanks for all the advise, really appreciated.
Can anyone recommend a class/instructor in the Walsall/Sutton Coldfield/Tamworth areas?
my main problem is I work 4 on 4 off, and when I'm on shift I don't get back home till19:30 ish.
I did ashtanga yoga for a while and it was great for general aches and pains and flexibility. Ashtanga is quite physical, it is about the flow of a selection of postures in a set order.
However my friend who has a bad back was told not to do yoga by her chiropracter who advised pilates. She found that very helpful.
Hadn't really given pilates much of a thought TBH. maybe it's something to consider.
theBorne; there's a Iyengar yoga school not too far away, in Brum so I might check them out. was beginning to think lyengar was possibly the way to go anyway.
many thanks to all for the comments.
I'm tempted to suggest that, if you are worried about chanting then you don't have a back problem!
If chanting gets rid of your back problem then CHANT! But seriously, yoga (any type yoga) will probably help. Well it did with me anyway. "Cat and Cow" is a good start.
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