I'm 40, overweight, suffer from depression, and have joint pain. Everyone says to give yoga a try and my health problems will resolve. I'm can't afford classes or a gym membership so I need to find some yoga DVDs or YouTube videos to get me started. Any suggestions? Tell me everything you know. I'm ready to get started today.
Brian Kest's power yoga is pretty good. I have fallen off of my routine, I've been running three miles every other day and could really use some yoga again.
Start out easy, and don't freak if you can't hold the positions. You will ache afterwards, and into the next day, but it's a good hurt. Yoga has amazing physical benefits.
If you could try and find the money to do at least 6 classes to get you going, I'd do it.
It's not a good idea to try it with no instruction at all.
Search youtube for "beginning yoga lesson" or "full-length" yoga lesson. Start easy, and pay attention to what they say about breathing.
Now, what kind of joint pain are we talking about? A bit of stiffness that needs to be stretched out, or are you planning a knee replacement? Because while yoga will indeed make certain aches and pains magically disappear (like my foot and back aches), it won't help everything and might make some things worse. Again, start easy.
If you do find one on YouTube, please post it here.
It may or may not help. BELIEVERS consider it a cure all, but you wont' lose an ounce until you eat less.
is hot yoga okay for beginners?
R6 hot yoga is not good for anyone.
Why? I know someone who's losing inches and pounds like crazy doing hot yoga and she's obese and out of shape (but much less so after 2 months of hot yoga)...
OP, not sure what you can/can't afford but my yoga studio charges about 12.00 for a drop-in class, so I'm sure there are others out there in the same price range. A lot of studios also allow you to pay what you can afford. Whether you start at a studio or on YouTube I hope you do it-it has helped me tremendously.
R8 I guarantee you she is eating less.
But why is hot yoga worse than 'cold' yoga?
Wouldn't the heat help an older more out of shape body adjust?
The heat makes you go further than you normally would, it causes a lot of injuries.
Hot yoga is also a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria.
Hot yoga can lead to dehydration--especially for beginners.
And hot yoga...smells.
If you're overweight and already have joint issues then basic, beginners Hatha yoga is for you. I haven't looked but I'm sure you can find something on YouTube or a cheap DVD somewhere.
Don't push yourself too hard and just do the poses as best you can until you get used to it. Then when you feel you're ready you can move on to more challenging types of yoga. Or not, it's up to you. You might want to just continue with the safe easy poses and that's OK. Yoga isn't supposed to be competitive.
Good advice, r16.
Some yoga studios charge very low fees at an introductory level for the first few classes. Yoga is all about alignment and you really should have someone work with you to make sure you are doing it properly and not hurting yourself.
OP - it sounds as if you really need to improve your diet. Are you avoiding wheat, dairy and nightshade vegetables? Those foods contribute to joint pain and weight gain. The supplement Sam-e can help as well. (It's avaialable in your local CVS or Walgreens. Get the generic. It's fine.)
Good luck and keep at it.
Also check your library for videos and yoga books. I just saw a yoga book on the $1 fr sale rack yesterday at my library.
And... check out the GAPS diet (can get info online free). Might get rid of your depression and also help with energy / weight / digestion. Small learning curve, but easy to make and delicious.
You're my type, OP.
Bend it over just a little.
(Feel as hot as you are.)