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Yoga for the obese

According to my BMI of 32, I am considered obese. After reading so much about the benefits of yoga, I have decided to give it a try. I've tried 2 yoga videos in the past, but they were too complicted and turned me off immediately. I figured back then that yoga was for those who were thin (didn't have the belly bulge getting in the way) and somewhat flexible.

Can anyone recommend a good yoga style and/or video for beginners?


Mon. Feb 20, 8:19am

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go for pilates

Instead of yogo I recomend pilates.

Monday, February 20, 2006, 8:42 AM

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Yoga is good

I am also considered obese (BMI 33%) But still quite fit and healthy. I take yoga and pilates. Yoga is an individual practice. You don't have to do everything exactly like the person on the video. Take it to your own comfort level. You can use yoga blocks and bands to help you. Everyone has a starting place. I bet the instructor has been doing yoga for at least 10 years. Start slow and do what you can. Your flexibility will increase with continued use and progression. Make sure you are starting with hatha yoga. I recommend Rodney Yee. Go to your library and try different videos till you find one that is right for you. As for the pilates that the other poster recommended, it has some similar qualities to yoga but not the same. If you don't feel comfortable with some yoga moves, you will definitely not feel comfortable with some of the pilates moves (rollovers, anyone?)

Monday, February 20, 2006, 9:03 AM

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be trained by a professional

I would suggest starting by attending classes given by a professional. after you learn the basics of form, you can do the exercises on your own, but you really need to learn proper form before you embark on your own. I really like yoga. It's a great supplement to other exercise because it keeps you streteched and flexible.

Monday, February 20, 2006, 9:58 AM

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when I weighed more, I had a lot of trouble with "downward dog" because my wrists would start to ache -- the simple solution an instructor told me is to use my sneakers like yoga blocks. This allows your wrist to be more extended.

Monday, February 20, 2006, 11:18 AM

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man boobs obese yoga

I would love to do yoga but unfortuneatly my man boobs stop me...man boobs are definetly a problem puffy and swollen nipples should be dealt with immedietly ..

Friday, October 21, 2011, 7:02 PM

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