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Old 05-10-22, 10:53 AM
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Yoga

I definitely need to start chanting me some Namaste. My lack of flexibility needs to be addressed. Does anyone who does yoga/serious stretching exercises use any of these commercial/structured programs, or just YouTube it? I had gotten an ad for an outfit out of Canada that seemed pretty impressive. Although there is no shortage of this topic on YouTube. Thank you all.
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Old 05-10-22, 02:10 PM
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As I age I find it very important to stretch and I've started doing it after every workout. I don't do any special programs and I only stretch on my own, but I do a full body stretch, including trying to do a full splits. At the gym I use one of these...

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Old 05-10-22, 07:19 PM
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^ Those types of stations are exceptional, for providing so many hand holds and foot holds. All sorts of stretches are possible, and one can generate noticeably greater force with many of them, while also maintaining better balance. Great stuff.


For various yoga movements, take a look at these. While most of these are far too advanced for these old bones, and they will be for most people who aren't well beyond "intermediate" stages, I find it's a good reference. Same website, but there's a section on primary yoga poses and a section on poses for flexibility.

https://www.sensational-yoga-poses.com/poses/

https://www.sensational-yoga-poses.c...exibility.html
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Old 05-10-22, 08:09 PM
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I only do quad and glute stretches off the bike (20 second each pose). NEVER use the backrest of your chair when sitting in front of your computer or working.

For back stretches, I do it entirely on the bike. Begin the first five minutes of the ride in small gears, minimal resistance, riding SLOWLY while hands on the drops with elbows bent. Relaxed, not tensed in that position. You shouldn't feel any pain, soreness, feeling overstretched when doing it. If you do, back it off a bit. Pedal at high rpm cadence but otherwise legs relaxed and at low power output level (recovery level effort).

I did some yoga before but found the above to be better for me.
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Old 05-11-22, 07:30 AM
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fwiw - I do a handful of yoga stretches but Wifey goes to traditional classroom type yoga classes, at the gym. she also does zumba classes. during lockdowns, etc., she did the same using zoom meetings with her laptop
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Yoga is amazing. They have good apps out there that allow you to customize a guided workout. Even at the noob level it's hard af.
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Old 05-12-22, 12:47 PM
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You don't have to do yoga to stretch. They are related but not mutually exclusive.
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Old 05-30-22, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by work4bike View Post
As I age I find it very important to stretch and I've started doing it after every workout. I don't do any special programs and I only stretch on my own, but I do a full body stretch, including trying to do a full splits. At the gym I use one of these...

I avoid stretching after workout. It has caused cramps and even muscle injury.

I do stretch but only before workouts. Not after.
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Old 07-15-22, 11:26 AM
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Mrs. Road Fan and I take a yoga group lesson once a week (90 minutes) and I have for about 10 years. Cost is about $14 each / lesson. I don't really have a perspective on what are beginner poses versus intermediate or advanced. We do Iyengar yoga, which has levels for nearly sedentary seniors up to mid-80's (at least, depends on ability), and a '30's mom just started bringing her 11 year old. Props are recommended for those needing them.

Having a qualified teacher is a really important part of getting a good start. The positions can be extremely beneficial, but also can be harmful if done incorrectly. A big part of it is getting enough supervised experience to recognize when your self-practice is more than you can handle or exceeds your comfort level. I don't see how you get that from a website of Youtube. "Just do what you can do" is important, but you have to learn to recognize the level of effort or stretch you could get into. Your capability grows - only this last year am I getting close to touching the floor with my knees locked, and learning to relax in a head or shoulder stand, to just be there and breathe.

We stretch a lot in this class but do not do it much at home. But all our physical activities, even getting up from the TV chair to get another beer, are a lot easier! Some of it is just increased strength, but that's not a bad thing, right?
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Surya Namaskar is a perfect yoga flow for cycling
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Old 09-22-22, 06:39 AM
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FYI... stretching doesn't have to be coupled to an Eastern religion like it is with yoga. I.e., yoga is tightly coupled with Hinduism.

Thus, if you'd like to improve your flexibility w/o the religious overtones, I've found "primal movement" to be helpful way to combine flexibility and strength training all-in-one. As a cyclist, our core and upper bodies are typically very weak, so it's helpful to increase strength as well as flexibility. A quick search for "primal movement" should return all sorts of free videos.
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Old 09-24-22, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
FYI... stretching doesn't have to be coupled to an Eastern religion like it is with yoga. I.e., yoga is tightly coupled with Hinduism.

Thus, if you'd like to improve your flexibility w/o the religious overtones, I've found "primal movement" to be helpful way to combine flexibility and strength training all-in-one. As a cyclist, our core and upper bodies are typically very weak, so it's helpful to increase strength as well as flexibility. A quick search for "primal movement" should return all sorts of free videos.
The world of yoga has many aspects, variations. Some being very 'spiritual' and some tied to Buddhism, Hinduism and a few other eastern religious currents.
Hatha Yoga is what most of us recognize as the form of yoga we are exposed to - the combination of movements and poses and personal 'intent' we get in classes, studios, etc.
The advantage of Hatha Yoga is that it has a very long tradition and history of doing, learning and instructing. Primary is the internal focus awareness of the self, which doesn;t require a 'religious' intent. Also Primary is a physical experience which is well balanced to address the body's integration of all physical and mental aspects.
You mention 'primal movement', I'll add 'Foundation', and I'm sure there are more variants of all these.
The major plus I find from Hatha Yoga IS the strong foundation of instructional strength. In the years I've done my yoga practice and also attended 'classes' with a variety of 'instructors', I continue to learn new things about myself, my being. In spite of the differences of each instructor, their general direction and application of yoga to their participants have been centered on each participant's current state, their needs, and finding ways to help each integrate their physical and mental being towards a more 'holistic' form. This is generally not an easy thing to convey. But yoga, over the long period seems well constructed for that task.
In any case, Yoga, like cycling, can be different things to each of us. Those who want to add some 'religious' aspect can easily do so, but not required.
Yoga, if done with a group or 'instructor', is best done 'In Person', not video. Yes, video is convenient, but quite a bit less effective in conveying the full aspect of what yoga can bring to a person.
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Old 09-26-22, 01:20 PM
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Good yoga is great. Made my legs stronger!
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Old 11-17-22, 11:43 AM
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I follow this channel. My back gives me fits during the winter if I dont complete some yoga on a regular basis. https://www.youtube.com/@GentleYogaandWellness
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