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    My husband usually lays in savasana with a bolster under his head, while I'm generally sitting next to him quietly whispering to him...most likely annoying him greatly! If I'm alone I generally sit and focus on my breathing, especially if it's a heated room as I like to adjust to the temperature before class begins. Like Candace experienced, in my old Bikram classes I would see people strut in and start performing these really good postures so I would sit there and watch them
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    I practice yoga twice a week with the same instructor and group of (mainly) women. It is an open-level class with a wide variety of experience in the room. I typically practice in the front of the room so that I can focus on my own experience instead of staring at others, however, my yoga instructor has started using me as a model for poses. Whenever we are doing a pose that she is not demonstrating, she says, "look at Davy, she's doing it right," or "if you want to see the full extent of the pose, look at Davy." This is both Ego stroking (oh I'm doing it right) and Ego intimidating (don't look at me it makes me nervous). They say you meet yourself on the mat, and in those moments I see myself the most clearly. Obviously this makes me uncomfortable; I do not want the spotlight, have never sought it out, and shy away from people after class who want to ask me questions about my practice. However being able to face an uncomfortable situation from the safe place of my mat makes me more able to do it in the rest of my life. So, I've taken this as a learning experience and I haven't said anything to the teacher about how it makes me feel. But what is worse (in my opinion) is this constant, insidious attention, comparison, and idolization of me has created a negative atmosphere within the class. I have experienced slightly snide remarks after/before class from a few of the girls. Other girls put me on a pedestal and clearly feel like they need to be "as good as me". I don't want them to compare themselves to me, ever, but especially not in a yoga class when they should be focusing on themselves. How "good" they are at yoga, is not the point. In fact, getting into the pose fully, is not being good at yoga. Honoring your body, connecting with your mind, body and spirit, focusing on your breath, loving yourself: that is being "good" at yoga. I want to be a yoga teach some day and it breaks my heart to have so many women doing such a disservice to themselves and having it be perpetuated by their teacher. So my question is, what do I do? How do I address this issue? Quite honestly, I feel like leaving the class. Not only for the sake of others, but also for my sake. I don't feel the safety that I should within the walls of a yoga studio. But I am learning, I do gain something from the class and I understand that teachers are human and bring their own insecurities and hang-up into the studio. So what would you do?
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    This is such an awesome question. I'm looking forward to hearing what other people do. I have chronically tight hips, so I usually will do rag doll pose, or something similar. I swear a Before Yoga scene would make a great SNL skit or something. I used to go to this hot yoga studio. I was a regular and so I'd see the same people come to class and everyone had "their" space in the room, and before the class started you'd have people pretty much competing with each other for the perfect handstand or doing full out handstand push ups, and then others would be sitting in split chatting with others, and some people would be in savasana with one eye open giving the chatters The Look. Haha, what a group!
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    Hi There. What do you guys usually do before class starts. Most people I see often go straight into savasana, but that seems to make me too tired for my practise. As soon as I unroll my matt, I have to jump right into gentle hip openers/ forward folds and sun salutations.
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    Hello Candace. Let me say first that I am a fan. Love your style, your voice, your practicality. It suits me well. Much as I would love to attend yoga classes as I used to when I lived in San Francisco, that is no longer possible now I live in a remote village in the south of Spain. I have been trolling youtube for a while trying different people's offerings but nothing really worked for me till I found you. I normally work out in the morning and have been doing your 30 minute restorative yoga session to try to get back into mobility. I cannot find anywhere to move on to and would love a 30-45 minute mixed basic yoga workout for older returnees. A flowing workout that includes sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses, and recumbent poses. I know it may seem like a lot to ask but I need a general stretching all over to get my fitness back. Thanks for listening! Di Cartajima, Spain
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    When I arrive I just take my place , maybe sit in a comfortable possition and work on my breathing and trying to quiet my mind after I work a bit on my thights since they are so thight
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    We have the regulars in our class and we all have our spots! My waiting for class to start is a catch up with fellow yogis.. I never see my fellow yogis other than at yoga.. I've been going to this class for over 2 years and I still don't know names!!
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    For anyone interested ...here is the video answer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQxwqTNlWUo
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    Hello Forum. Introducing myself as instructed. I live in a tiny village in the Andalucian mountains near Ronda.
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    I can relate to that. I'm beginning to feel like I might not be one of those people who can self-motivate every day. It's a constant struggle to get set into motion, and lately I just haven't been getting there at all. The only downside I've found to the "break it into small bits" advice (which I, of course, hypocritically dispense to others) is that if I fail to get even the first small bit started I just beat the ever-loving crap out of myself--like, how much do I suck if I can't even do something easy? If I could afford a life coach or something I bet I could leverage my people-pleasing tendencies into getting some serious work done.
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    My yoga teacher always says, if you do nothing, always do a dog, every single day for the rest of your life. He's being a bit sneaky there though, because often a dog will lead into another pose and then another.... On a side note, although sort of related... I'm the biggest procrastinator in the world. Still working at curing this terrible affliction. But the advice is to chunk things down into smaller manageable bits. It does work, although ideally I need to employ someone to give me a huge initial kick up the backside to set me in motion.
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    The studio I go to is small and the atmosphere is very friendly and casual since you see the same faces all the time. I usually chat with my neighbors while I do gentle seated forward folds, hip openers or spinal twists to warm up. But I will say-even in our small studio everyone has "their" spot in the room! People are territorial about mat placement lol!
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    I'd be really interested in something like that as well. I was following along with a yoga video on Amazon a while ago with "For Absolute Beginners" in the title and at one point the instructor flowed right into upward-facing dog without any instruction or preparation and without offering any alternatives. I'm glad I already knew that pose was a no-no--I can barely get off the ground in cobra before my lower back starts tightening up--because I could've really hurt myself trying that.
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    Where's the line between a healthy and dangerous pose? The first time I tried Hero's Pose ... ...my knees didn't like it. I imagine that one might hurt themselves trying this pose Since then, I've been trying this pose using a block for support. What is your thought on potentially harmful poses? How about a blog post..."poses beginners should avoid"?
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    Lol, that last sentence made me think and pause. Spot on. And that's all tied to perfectionism or nothing isn't it. I think it's all about accepting one's limitations and not beating yourself up too much I guess. I love the following quote, and ought to tattoo it on my forehead or something (in mirror writing of course ): Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. All I need is a time machine and a whip, and to have a little chat with my younger self....
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    From a teacher's perspective, I'm always amazed by how well the groups mesh together. Yoga retreats tend to attract the same kind of people - open minded, kind, friendly. Nearly everyone who comes to my retreats comes alone (although I've had couples come, sisters, and best friends as well). Because the retreats are small and they're in a really unique place, people often go in groups to spend the free time together exploring. Between that time just exploring and hanging out, and our group meals, I find that people wind up becoming great friends in such short period of time. At the end of the retreat, it's like you have a handful of new friends from all over the world. Lots of fun!
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    Hi there! Been a follower for about a year. Alexis from San Jose, CA.