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    #2349758 - 02/18/04 01:06 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I'm interested in learning Yoga for spirituality, rather than exercise (but I'm not in shape at all). Would group classes be any good for helping me? I go to college, so I can take a Yoga class over the summer semester or something. Is it better to learn it by yourself if you're not doing it to exercise? I have no idea where to start to learn Yoga, so any help is appreciated.

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Re: Yoga [Re: Letto]
    #2349797 - 02/18/04 01:13 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I have no problem with this thread being here. Let me know if you would like it moved.

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Re: Yoga [Re: Letto]
    #2349925 - 02/18/04 01:47 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I definitely suggest visiting any groups in your area to see if you can find one to suit you, as well as studying on your own.
Having a social group is a benefit in itself, and if you can find people who think in a way you can live with, great. However, there is a great diversity of opinion and attitude among yogis, and you might not find a group you can live with. Even a group more focused on the physical aspects could benefit your private spiritual persuit.

A good book, dealing mostly with the physical side of yoga, is Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter.

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Re: Yoga [Re: Letto]
    #2350451 - 02/18/04 03:38 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I would say that while yoga is good for your body physically, anybody who approaches it as a method to get into shape is soon going to want to quit. Yoga is a spiritual discipline - I liken it to meditation with the body. To learn - well, yes, it helps to take a class so somebody can physically show you the postures. I would also recommend taking some classes in some form of meditation as well, as you will probably find the two complement each other. Myself - I took some classes in both, but now prefer to practice alone, or with a few close friends. I found the class atmosphere too "crowded" in a sense to really be able to still my mind. But I would definitely recommend taking at least a few classes, to get a general idea about things. If you want some contact info for classes in your area (I have no idea where "Northern Kakalak is... :smile: ), send me a PM and I can try to get some numbers through people I know.

Hope your spiritual pursuit goes well!


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Re: Yoga [Re: Letto]
    #2350479 - 02/18/04 03:44 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

yoga is spirituality through exercise. Yoga helps calm the monkeymind by training and knowing your body. Even if the class or program is secular, it is still a spiritual path. dig?

More advanced spiritual yoga is possible; you'll need to know the postures and techniques first. Your body must also be quite flexible and in shape as well. An intro will do you good - even if its not taught by a yogi master.

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Re: Yoga [Re: Xochitl]
    #2350798 - 02/18/04 04:44 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Alright, thanks guys. I'm going to look into some group lessons, preferably smaller groups.

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Re: Yoga [Re: Letto]
    #2351128 - 02/18/04 05:55 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

You should try Hatha yoga, this is the form of yoga most associated with mediatation. It is good exercise but mostly about breathing

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Re: Yoga [Re: Letto]
    #2351135 - 02/18/04 05:56 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

a lot of the group classes do the breathing wrong apparently, and breathing is an important part of yoga

but its probably the best place to start
its worth taking up :smile:

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