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Yoga or tai chi?


#1

So I’ve basically decided that my worst symptom is my balance/equilibrium. Its constant but varies based on different “triggers” anxiety being a big one I think. I really need to add some kind of activity into my life because I’ve been avoiding it the last 9 months. And I wanna do something that will help my balance, I’m just wondering what would be best. Does anybody have any suggestions or positive experience with this??
Thanks!!


#2

I’d say tai chi for what you’re seeking, having done both. G’luck.


#3

I have been told tai chi as well and having done both, i agree…

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#4

i totally enjoyed yoga before this mess started and tried it afterwards and felt horrible! i nearly fell over and felt dizzier. i think you should try it though and good luck!


#5

Definitely try yoga. The key I think is to take it slowly and to find a class that is at the appropriate level of vigor for you. I did yoga before I got the dizzies, and I have taken it up again in the past few months. It was tough at first (mentally too because I felt inadequate compared to my level of fitness and skill prior to MAV). But I really think it helps me as long as I don’t tax myself TOO much–I stick to the somewhat more gentle yoga practices rather than the 90 minute power yoga class I did before MAV hit. Good luck!


#6

I agree, try the yoga. I do half hour sessions at home. But I started out taking yoga at the hospital where I work. This was good because I learned in person the proper moves and breathing. Now I can do it at home. Give it a try, I also lost weight and I am actually continuing to lose some more I hope. Good Luck!

Karen


#7

My neuro recommends tai chi, as he reckons the flowing aspect of the movement is more beneficial for equilibrium issues


#8

I don’t have any to suggest, but I’m sure you can find 'em. How you do it is at least as important as the moves themselves, I believe, so if you can find a teacher/class I think you’ll be better off than if you start with video alone. This said, I don’t know your situation, so please don’t think I’m presenting this as an absolute requirement.


#9

I found I had to change my yoga routine. I just couldn’t do some of the poses, way too off balance. So I did a little tweaking of a very basic routine, kept the poses in order, and it helped alot. I used a tape (yes it’s old) called Basic Yoga for Dummies.

Having said that, however, I am really interested in learning Tai Chi. Would love a dvd for beginners, have some on my Amazon wish list right now. It really looks like the kind of exercise we need with this condition, and also I have heard of some phenomenal healings of other conditions. Our minds have an awful lot of control over our bodies and our health.

If anybody knows of a good dvd, please share!

K