If you referring to Yoga as Asana practice which is common mis interpretation in the West then Asana practice is not for everybody. Here are some horror stories:
So please don't take your first "yoga" class in the gym or level 3. Mostly likely it'll be bad.
Much bigger definition of Yoga particularily Hatha Yoga is Asana+Meditation+Pranayama. Last two are more powerful and accessible to mostly everybody with minimal harm when done under proper teaching.
I'm certified 200h YWTT soon to be 500h YWTT.
I have only done bikram yoga, that's the kind done in a seriously hot room. I've loved every minute of it. Actually, I should be doing it nowadays too;) it's great cuz you don't really feel as if you're working out and yet you get pretty visible results. Easy way to cut weight quickly if you wanna lean out and get cut. Your flexibility goes through the roof. And, don't know if there's more to this than what I've figured but, I've gotten a pretty killer sexual performance boost from regular hot yoga work;)
I do the yoga classes at my 24 hour fitness as they're free before snowboard season. It makes my first day on the mountain feel as good as mid season. My balance is on point and I feel "loose." The teacher does matter. I've been to 3 different teachers there and only 1 was good. The other two I almost left during the class they were so bad and annoying. I wouldn't say it's the end all be all but if you have some free classes in your gym it's worth adding some to your regular workout
Edit: I just realized this but I do a handful of the moves I learned in yoga class on a daily basis before bed at night. Mostly stuff to loosen up my back and shoulders. So yeah, it's worth going a few times to learn the moves. The basics are pretty easy to learn and do stretch you out.
Yoga has always been wonderful for me. The only thing I can think of was when I was late in my pregnancy and had symphisis pubis dysfunction, if we did any hip openers, I would be in some serious pain after class. But after the first few times, it was my fault for not going, "hmmm, perhaps I should skip this pose."
I fainted during a session of Bikram Yoga - If you have low blood pressure, like me, it is not the right king of yoga to practice... My Bikram yoga instructor was a little crazy too and tried to force people who were unwell to stay in the class. I get the theory (you have to let your body recover before leaving the room because of the change of temperature) but still, it was a little upsetting.
Practiced vigorous ashtanga and prana flow based yoga has relieved me of joint and muscle pain, given me mental calm, increased my strength and flexibility dynamically, and more. I was a circuit training guy for many years, and still am occasionally, but have now made yoga my primary form of exercise. There are many forms of yoga that are not scientifically sound in their physical application, or generally boring though. This does seem to be a very positive byproduct of the agricultural revolution, which possibly led to hinduism, vedanta, and yoga being created ( my concept, no offense ). Yogic exercises can be morphed into achieving any kind of fitness result you'd like with the right application. I believe it to be a predecessor or accompaniment to gymnastics.
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