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Yoga and its benefits

Yoga and its benefits

Hi

I have just been talking to my brother in law who has just started Yoga class, he is hoping to become more mobile and supple, I am a bit skeptical although am open to anyone wishing to share their experience and whether or not

1. they kept up with the classes

2.they noticed a difference

3.they found the process generally beneficial

I am looking to develop a plan for my own fitness levels as I get older, I don't want to jog or things like that but am interested in other avenues.

Thanks

Paul

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I have spondylolisthesis and suffered worsening lower back pain and sciatica for twenty or more years. Went from doc to doc and tried different anti-inflammatories and exercises, but nothing worked until I started doing yoga. For the past nine years it's become the first thing I do every morning and the last thing I do before bed. Has helped a lot in dealing with PMR and now osteoarthritis of the hip. I'm 71 and you have to accept that nothing will stop the ageing process, but yoga has definitely helped me deal with it.

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Hi Steve, its interesting that you feel Yoga has helped, I am trying to develop a fitness regime as I age that will benefit with the minimum drug use so its looking very likely that Yoga is something I will look at Thanks Paul

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Hi Paul, I first went to a course of Pilates classes for back pain over ten years ago, and found my pain had gone completely by the end of each session. I have since retrained to become a qualified Pilates instructor myself, and many people have also told me it really helps them manage their pain.

Hope it helps you at some point in the future :-)

Joanna

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Hi Joanna, I haven't looked at Pilates yet , but from all the positive reviews of it I will have to see where I can have a look at it in more detail, thanks for your response

Paul

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I've been practising antigravity yoga for 2 years and wholeheartedly enjoy it and have benefited from it.

dailymotion.com/video/x2hakiy

I perform mobility exercises every day as I have a number of congenital anomalies in my spine in addition to ligament damage in my shoulders and knees etc. and these help me to maintain my range of motion and to sustain the muscular/ligament strength I need to retain my balance and perform the 'activities of daily living'.

The exercise you do willingly and look forward to is that one that will keep you mobile and maintain your strength overall. I hope that you can find something that suits you and that you enjoy.

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Hi

Yes thanks all these posts are really helpful, I will have a look at the video link, food for thought

Thanks

Paul

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Pilates for me, and have been doing it for over 3 years now with good results.

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Hi Yes I am going to look at Pilates, I hadn't thought about it until these replies thank you

Paul

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I've been trying to do yoga for oh, about 2 years, in the hope that it would help with the pain. Go to classes twice a week and do 15-20 minutes a day at home. I have had minimal improvement in terms of ROM, but if I miss my routine the stiffness only gets worse. In the beginning I mistakenly tried to follow along with the younger and more supple people in the class, only to permanently exacerbate the pain in my neck. Now I spend extra time doing the Child Pose or Happy Baby rather than all the challenging poses. Lucky for me the yoga instructor is moving away from the more rigid yoga routines.

So I guess I would say I recommend yoga, if only to maintain the status quo, which is something. I am not a great yoga fanatic or new age-y type, but enjoy it as a means to promote flexibility.

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Hi

Yes from what you say its a little and often routine and selecting what suits you that may work

many Thanks

Paul

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