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My Experiences with Yoga

Updated on August 30, 2012

It happened about a year ago. I had some health problems, sometimes I had back pain, sometimes I had problems with my legs, my blood pressure was too high - not the best conditions to go on a long hitchhiking trip I had in mind. So I decided that something had to happen to improve my health. Somebody told me to try it with yoga. I followed this advice, and I was looking for informations. First I found a booklet about yoga which contained some basic informations, but it was not very useful to start with a serious yoga practice. So I started to surf the internet for more informations where I found dozens of websites with instructions for yoga practice, some contained only very basic informations, others were more detailed. The most useful website I discovered was http://www.yogabasics.com/ with some very useful advices about the course including an introduction to the philosophy of yoga, instructions how to start with a serious yoga practice and instructions for more than 200 yoga postures, divided by difficulty level from basic to advanced.

And so I followed these instructions. First I learned breathing technics, and the next step was to choose the right yoga postures. I started with basic postures and thoses for beginners which were not to difficult for me to perform, and those postures which where most useful for the improvement of my conditions. First of all, it was a gradual learning process. I was aware of the fact that my first attempts were not perfect, but from day to day I improved my practice - learning by doing! I also added almost on a daily basis one or two new yoga postures to my practice until I could perform about 30 minutes per day, and by the time my yoga practice became more and more perfect. I confess, during the first days and weeks it was more or less stress to practice yoga, and it cost me some efforts not to give up but gradually it became more and more fun. Don't expect the improvement of your conditions after a few days or even few weeks, every thing takes some time, but just in time - after about three month, when I wanted to go on my trip, I felt that I was ready! My conditions had improved, although they were not perfect at that time. During my trip I continued with my yoga practice, and so I did not run into problems. I really started to feel the benefits of yoga, and so I decided to continue to do yoga after my two month trip. I even expanded my yoga practice, which I did in two ways, by adding new or by expanding the length of the older postures. Today, after almost a year of practice, not only my physical conditions have improved remarkably, I also feel mentally much better. Yoga cannot replace medical care completely but the benefits are remarkably. And there is another benefit - I saved much money which I had to spend on "medicine" before.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most interesting and glad you shared a part about you with us, to be part of something that good is such a pleasure.

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      shalini sharan 

      6 years ago from Delhi

      good for you to start yoga, it is tremendously useful, planning to do it myself :)

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      Rika Susan 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Great that you discovered yoga, Bernd. I think it is very, very beneficial. The effect on breathing and flexibility can be spectacular. I am not surprised that you experienced so many health benefits as a result of this practice!

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Awesome and congratulations on being able to help you through some hard times physically. I am a big fan of yoga! I do it once a week because it is a part of my P90X routine. I too have found so many benefits to the practice!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I've wanted to begin yoga for a long time, but because of my bad back have been hesitant. After reading your hub, I feel ready to give it a try. I will go to the link in your hub first. Thanks for sharing your story. Voted UP!

      vocalcoach~

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      palyabuz 

      6 years ago from Turkey

      in the morning, yoga is best activity before work...

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      Shirley Yanez 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for sharing your valuable personal insight. As a budget lifestyle expert and TV fashion stylist, now well into middle age who teaches how to have the body and life you always wanted (without money) Yoga is the very best free gift anyone, whatever age can give themselves if looking and feeling absolutely fantastic is your aim. If you are looking for a miracle, start practising today.

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      Ben Zoltak 

      6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Isn't Yoga some of the best medicine around?! It has been for me. When my back hurt (sciatic nerve variety) the Doc said well stretch and if that doesn't work we can OPERATE! Hell no! I've been stretching/yoga-ing ever since and my back is fine.

      Namaste.

      Ben

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      billips 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Yoga is one of my favorite daily routines, in addition to cardio. Great Hub. Glad to follow you.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      7 years ago from India

      Hi Bernd - don't know how I missed this hub! I'm so glad you discovered the well being that yoga can bring.

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      li smith ion-eco 

      7 years ago from Hermanus, South Africa

      Thank you for a great hub! Good timing as I started yoga today and I like the encouragement you give!

      Best wishes,

      Li

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      TheListLady 

      8 years ago from New York City

      Bravo for you! You know many men here in the US will not try yoga - yet when I lived in S. Korea and took yoga classes many men did - it was awesome the strength and power and agility of the men. Wow.

      I am returning to it myself and it is a pleasure to steadily make progress and it works!

      Great hub and great to meet you too!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      This movement therapy called yoga reintroduces me to flexing and bending to improve my blood circulation and breathing. I try the simple asanas knee to chest for my backache, neck and eye for eyestrain. A powerful way to heal the body! Thanks for the sharing.

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      Barbara 

      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      hey jup, i love yoga. i should be doing it now. i am a kundalini addict. but my routine takes an hour and i am waiting to talk to my husband who is on the phone. he is going to a baseball game so i must connect before he leaves. this inspires me to continue my practice. i started with iyengar and went to astanga. then i discovered kundalini.

      i like your free flowing words. your english is great. thank you so much for stopping by my petroleum hub!

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Bernd - thanks for this enlightening Hub. You know was a grea follower of BKS Iyengar. I remember my surprise many years ago Chris and I spent a night with Doudou Guirand in Paris. When I awoke I found Chris standing on his head next to the pallet on which we had slept. It was quite a sight!

      Thanks for sharing your experience

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      moncrieff 

      8 years ago from New York, NY

      Alright, I've always been curious what all that yoga mumbo jumbo is. But having no friends who practice it, I didn't venture it. Defintely I'll check it out. Thanks for your insight.

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      nextstopjupiter 

      8 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      loria, start with basic postures, and after some weeks you feel the benefits, and you can upgrade your practice. I am also a middle-aged person who is not very flexible, and my yoga practice helped me to improve my flexibility.

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      loriamoore 

      8 years ago

      I need to try Yoga, just not the hot kind. I am probably one of the least flexible people on Earth and I need to stretch these middle-aged joints out.

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      gusripper 

      8 years ago

      I will visit the web and i tell you the results.

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