Yoga or Pilates?

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Spatchie
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
What's the difference?  Is one recommended over the other for fibro?
Thanks,
~Ang~
coping with fibro since July 2004
Officially diagnosed with fibro and restless leg - March 2009
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SleepyBug
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I love yoga. Pilates HURTS! I've tried it a couple of different times, and oh man was I sore afterwards. As far as the difference, Yoga is a gentle stretch of all of the muscles that involves a lot of standing postures, whereas the Pilates that I tried was mainly lying down and focusing on the core muscles in the abdomen.
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/6/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Yoga, ABSOLUTELY! Pilates burns up the glucose in the cells faster than we can metabolize more and leads to lactic acid build up and a depletion of malic acid. This leads to extreme muscle pain. Better to do soft, gentle stretching, easy swimming, walking or other non-strenuous exercise than vigorous stuff. We don't have the reserves for big time exercise and it will put you in bed for a few days if you try.

Slow and easy does it! Build up your tolerance slowly. That's what works for most fibros. Your mileage may vary.
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Spatchie
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   Posted 4/6/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks!  Looks like Yoga wins.  Think I'll go to my local Half Price Bookstore to see if they have any videos. 

  It's funny, but I can't do too much or too little.  I was hurting all last week, then started feeling better Sat and Sun.  Over the weekend I did light work around the house, like cleaning out drawers, and felt better.  Today I'm back at work just sitting in front of a computer all day and I feel aweful.  I need gentle but sort of steady movements or I stiffen up.

Sounds like I need to do yoga at work. yeah    Not sure my boss would like that.  Actually, he'd probably laugh.


~Ang~
coping with fibro since July 2004
Officially diagnosed with fibro and restless leg - March 2009
Mother to two wonderful kids, born 1999 and 2002

Post Edited (Spatchie) : 4/8/2009 1:37:05 PM (GMT-6)


K9
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   Posted 4/6/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I LOVE Pilates! I have a couple of DVDs - four now I guess at different levels. I still do the beginner level and a couple of the exercises I can't do. But I really think if I go gently and watch myself, that it will build up my core and thus my back will be stronger...and it's a good stretch too.

I leave out the exercises where you roll back - they're hard on the neck even with a mat.

I did Yoga once and almost died the next day from the back pain....but that's a clinical study of one, so don't mind me!
I have Fibromyalgia, and nothing else!
I take Lyrica 225 mg/day and Tramadol (150mg time-released) and amytriptilene 7.5mg


puppylover
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   Posted 4/6/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   

You can do both.  Years ago I went to a trainer because I wanted to do Yoga. She said I was not strong enough in the'core' and should start with Pilates.  She was a trained physical therapist and started me very slowly with Pilates.  She eventually started me with yoga.  Now I do both.  I do some yoga everyday even if just a little.  I do pilates about 3 days a week.  When I worked with the trainer she adjusted stuff for me.  It is NOT supposed to hurt.  Neither is yoga.  I can still hear her saying, "this is not a competition".  Do what you can WITHOUT hurting.

 

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/7/2009 12:10 AM (GMT -7)   
You can find some great flexibility yoga moves here:

Flexibility Series

They are from a professor at Michigan State and he always told me to take a mild analgesic about 20 minutes before class and only start with 3 repetitions of each move in the beginning. This series is mostly for joint mobility and is lots of simple movements and bends. No weird postures or poses. Almost all is done on the floor in a sitting position with lots of rest periods built in.

Try it! It's free!
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leemadd
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   Posted 4/7/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
YOGA for me

K9
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   Posted 4/8/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
The thing with yoga for me was...it didn't hurt while I was doing it. But the next day and in particular the 2nd day after...I was in so much pain I wanted to take a pill and end it all!
I have Fibromyalgia, and nothing else!
I take Lyrica 225 mg/day and Tramadol (150mg time-released) and amytriptilene 7.5mg

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