Does anyone do yoga on a regular basis?
My reason for asking is because my hip flexors are toasted from squatting 3 times/week on the SS program. Zen Monkey posted this in a recent thread http://www.wannabebig.com/article.php?articleid=305 and I perform these stretches a few times/week.
I used to do a lot of martial arts (taekwondo) and was very flexible, but there aren't any good studios in my area. I do have a yoga studio very close to the house and thought I'd check it out. Anyone have an opinion on this??? (There's a loaded question!)
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I used to do yoga once a week. I enjoyed it and it certainly helped my flexibility. I've been meaning to start up again, but I haven't gotten around to it.
That said, I've seen some people argue that yoga promotes flexibility in all the wrong places by focusing on lumbar flexibility, which is actually a part of the body that is designed for stability. The argument goes that this can cause the potential for injury - kind of like if you were to bend a paper clip back and forth - especially if you are regularly loading the spine with heavy weights.
I plan on starting it next week or so.
Only just noticed this thread. I started a yoga course last year about the same time I got back into weight-training in a big way. The two perfectly complemented each other, as my flexibility increased, significantly helping with form and recovery in weight-training and my general strength increases helped a lot with some of the more advanced yoga positions. It felt like I was attacking my body in a much more holistic way and has enabled me to identify and work on problem areas I otherwise probably wouldn't have noticed until it was too late. Its amazing how much just a one and a half hour session a week makes to your overall flexibility. I generally go to one class a week and then do one more session at home on my own during the week. It works well. Plus you'll find its fun to be the only big dude in a room full of yoga chicks and wimpy men. Especially once your more flexible than most of them too.
After reading this I think I'm going to try it out.
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Current Weight:175 (10/28/08)
I dont do yoga but I do extensive stretching and ever since I started things have been great.
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I think yoga is good for the general population, but I'm not so sure for lifters. You want specific flexibility, not general. Excessive flexibility around a joint could actually lead to more injury. Although, it's probably better to be a little too flexible than a little too inflexible.
I do Yoga, especially for my knee. Helps keep the pain away.
Yoga isn't about bending your legs over your head. It's actually quite peaceful and invigorating and I think it goes just fine with weightlifting.I think yoga is good for the general population, but I'm not so sure for lifters. You want specific flexibility, not general. Excessive flexibility around a joint could actually lead to more injury. Although, it's probably better to be a little too flexible than a little too inflexible.
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I do yoga a lot also - it helps me get stronger, I think, and more flexible. It's a perfect complement to the weight training IMO.
I finished 9 weeks of yoga, and I can say that it has helped me with some things. I got incredibly tight hamstrings to a point that it is frustrating and it has in turn gave me some minor back problems. Between Yoga and some physio I have been doing it has gotten better, but it is taking some work.
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