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Adriana Lima Didn't Take Yoga Seriously — Do You?

Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima is pregnant with her own little angel. The supermodel is thrilled to be pregnant with her first child, but she's had to modify her fitness routine because of her growing belly. Adriana was a boxing enthusiast before she had a bun in the oven, and the fatigue and sickness she's endured have pushed her toward a form of fitness she used to shun — yoga. She admitted to People magazine,

I'm doing yoga now. I didn't used to take it seriously, but now I realize it's really good way to get some exercise – and it's fun.

It's not the first time I've heard someone say they don't consider yoga a serious workout. What's your take?

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Yoga can definitely be a workout! Flow and power yoga can make me sweat and I can feel my muscles beginning to shake in certain poses. My arms and shoulders and back are so toned from yoga. It's excellent for the core too. My husband laughed at me when I said I use power yoga as a workout two times a week and I got him to try it. He couldn't hold the poses and would have to rest. He was so sore for days after I made him try power yoga.
Advah Advah 8 years
Not a workout? Try Ashtanga and get back to me. Cjstraus, I actually like that no one is either "good" or "bad" at yoga. Some people are more flexible than others, but from the moment my legs are straight I don't care if my hands touch the ground or not (in some poses).
marisa99 marisa99 8 years
I think yoga can be a great workout, but not for me. I've yet to find a class or DVD or guided workout that makes me want to come back again and again.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
"i didn't used to take it seriously"...
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I do Vinyasa flow twice a week (an intermediate class on Weds and advanced class on Sundays) and it is beyond challenging - I always ache after my classes and I've already seen a major improvement in toning my arms in the few months I've been going to class. I used to take a Hatha class which I found frustrating because it wasn't challenging enough, but flow is just right for me and it is indeed, an intense workout. I always secretly chuckle when huge bodybuilding guys come into the class thinking they'll be able to do everything and instead find they have to stop 3 or 4 times throughout the class. The poses we do are killer and you have to have a very strong core to maintain them.
BeautifulHealth BeautifulHealth 8 years
If you take a challenging vinyasa yoga class or a power one, it IS a workout. I challenge those who disagree to take a 90 minute Dave Farmar yoga class...
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I incorporate a little yoga into my sessions a couple of times a week, but I do it for my cool down. It doesn't make me feel like I've accomplished very much, the way that more intense activity does.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I'm such a mellow, daydreamy person to begin with that a standard yoga session doesn't really do it for me. I always keep waiting for the next move to happen, so I rely on workouts that stimulate and challenge me mentally as well as physically. My Type A sister, meanwhile, loves yoga because it calms her down.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
I absolutely consider it an effective workout. I once made the mistake of attending a 2 hour class that moved from one stretch to another without pause for the full 2 hours - there were women there who were able to do every position; they were standing on their heads, balancing on their hands, wrapping their legs around their necks, it was amazing! And everyone was definitely working up a sweat.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't really take yoga seriously as a primary workout because I don't feel like it's challenging enough for me. Maybe it was the class I took or the instructor, but my muscles didn't feel much different afterwards and my heart rate didn't go up much. I like it as a sort of accessory workout in addition to my normal stuff because I like the stretching/flexibility aspect of it, but I'd never consider it as a replacement for my normal routine.
kia kia 8 years
Yoga is as serious as you take it. You can reap benefits no matter what style you are doing but you need good instruction to be aware of your body mechanics.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
A good yoga class is a serious workout for the body and really good for my mind. I enjoy it just as much as more fast-paced workouts (jazz dance, ultimate, biking), and it has had great effect on my body.
miamixo miamixo 8 years
Yay for including Adri! I don't consider yoga a hard workout but I do enjoy it.
Mila_83 Mila_83 8 years
I really wanted to like yoga and tried several different classes and instructors...didn't work for me.For some reason I didn't feel comfortable during work out and could not wait to get out.I prefer more active and fast-paced work outs-running,swimming,playing volleyball or spinning...something that leaves me tired,sweaty and satisfied
poptart-princess poptart-princess 8 years
i still don't take it seriously and i can't stand it, along with pilates, even though i do pilates to help keep the benefits of my running and weight training in check. i do think for all people, both of these systems can make improvements in the mind and body, because stretching is essential and it can help you learn to focus and relax. but considering it your "workout" is kinda ... lame.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
Yoga and pilates are the only things I would consider doing as a workout. But really, anything can be a good, challenging workout if you push yourself to reach your goals and take it seriously.
Chloe-X Chloe-X 8 years
I think yoga is definitely a serious work out! I love it!
cjstraus cjstraus 8 years
I voted no. Yoga doesn't do it for me. I think it's because I end up getting frustrated and annoyed that I'm not that great at it. So my mood is way worse after a yoga class than before. Also I never really feeling engaged during the class. However, I do adore pilates and definately feel lifted after a session. I definately need something that gets my heart rate up to make a difference though.
watereatsrock watereatsrock 8 years
Yoga has given me a fantastic body, so its doing the job.
Anais18 Anais18 8 years
Yoga is totally a workout... I love it, it shapes up the whole body and relaxes the mind :-)
Retro23 Retro23 8 years
I've only done Bikram hot yoga, and I find it to be a good work out.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
As for me, it not about not taking yoga seriously as much as it's about yoga being unsuitable for me. I took yoga classes for over a year (with a very good instructor), and I had a hard time with the class. It was too-slow paced, and I often dozed-off during class. :) I spent over a year in that class because I wanted to give it a good chance. Well, I decided to go back to my more vigorous workouts -- dancing, jogging, biking, weight-training, etc, and I never looked back. In my opinion, yoga is not for everyone.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Unless it's hot yoga, or some forms of flow yoga, then no. I went to a regular Hatha yoga and actually emerged cranky because it was so much less challenging than my other workouts.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
If you take a challenging yoga class, it can be a great workout. My muscles will hurt (in a good way!) more from a challenging yoga class than if I put in some solid time at the gym. You just need to find the right class and instructor to really push you towards strengthening your yoga practice.
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