Originally Posted by Kimia
I am really excited about starting my first class next week. I've done Pilates before and really enjoyed it so I'm wondering what kind of results/changes should I be expecting? Also how much should I practice to get optimal results?
I'm not doing Yoga to lose weight or anything like that, I'm at my happy weight but I could do with strengthening up a bit. My body isn't very firm although it's not fat either if that makes sense. I'm already pretty flexible but obviously could be better. I'd love if my arms were stronger and more toned looking so hopefully that will improve.
Any help would be great !
I find yoga great as a mental workout as much as a physical workout. It really helps to calm the mind, in my experience. This is why I favour yoga classes in a studio as opposed to in a gym. I find that studios are a nicer environment for practising yoga what with the scented candles and all that that they usually have. Not everyone likes this aspect of yoga though!
There are lots of different styles of yoga - some more vigorous than others! I would suggest trying a few different styles to find the one that suits you best. Sometimes people hate their first yoga class because it's not the right style of yoga for them. If you're looking for a more physical workout, ashtanga or iyengar might be a good match for you. Some studios have offers whereby you can do as many classes as you like for a week/month, which would let you get a feel for the different styles.