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    Hi all I don't have a question this morning, I am just feeling amazed at the post meditative/yoga workout high! I am somewhat new to all of this (around 6 months-ish) and am a recovering addict. Having been dependent on chemicals in the past, I never thought I would never be able to feel a natural high as I was so numb inside when first getting sober a year ago. I can't even compare drugs & alcohol to the way I feel after doing a nice strenuous yoga workout ended with savasana followed by meditation. And who would guess that something that feels this good has absolutely NO negative effects or consequences! I am just feeling so peaceful, the perfect way to start my morning I am super grateful that I was able to open my mind to this lifestyle. Some people need Alcoholics Anonymous or Narc. Anonymous as their daily medicine to stay sober, and I was told for a long time that those options were the only way one can possibly stay sober and I feel that is definitely false, because yoga and meditation are the keys to my living a healthy life. And I am super super grateful for that!! Just wanted to share how I am feeling this morning with like-minded people Have a wonderful Thursday everybody!
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    Candace, I got a great idea for the March project ....Savasana (with a pillow under the head) while binge watching House of Cards (season 3). That's what I have planned
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    I wanted to thank you for this challenge. I've been very quiet, and haven't posted any pictures, but I've been practicing with this challenge and it's been lovely. Also, you must have been correct when you answered my question about easy pose, because I have found that working on opening my chest has helped. The more metaphorical aspects of heart opening has been something I have needed to spend some focus on, and so it has felt good. Also, I participated in a holiday challenge at my gym that began in November. So suddenly I look up and I've been consistently working on fitting exercise in a busy and stressful life for four months, which is an achievement all on its own. I (over)reacted at something at work today, and even though I couldn't quite keep myself from crying, I do credit the yoga I've been doing with being able to exist inside the moment better than I might have done, and even though my productivity was easily derailed after and never really recovered, I am grateful that I haven't beaten myself up over it and actually feel that tomorrow is a new day. I will start with your morning meditation video, though, that's for sure! Thanks, and I'm looking forward to March.
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    I haven't been doing the project because, well, I'm bad at projects, but I completely agree with Shannon on the non-physical benefits of yoga practice. I've practiced a little bit in the morning with Candace's videos for the last three days and it's done so much to help me out of a major depressive episode. My depression's still with me and likely always will be, but I'm so much better today than I was a week ago. Maybe I'll make doing just a little bit every day and building up some consistency my own little project.
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    Here's where we'll chat about the March yoga project! Announced mañana, my friends!
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    Hey Candace, I've seen your post on spreading the toes (http://yogabycandace.com/blog/2012/11/15/movement-the-toes), though I can't seem to be able to fully grasp this concept. It seems I'm always under or overstretching the toes, and my toe flexibility does not increase despite my gains in hamstring and calf range of movement. Also, among the many Yoga books I've bought I've never seen a single one mentioning spreading the toes. I think such quintessential concept deserves a closer look. Would you mind deeper covering the subject, this time with exercises focused on toe spreading? With more photos, closer shoots of your feet at various angles (dorsal, sides, soles, etc) and a video? Thanks in advance and keep up with the awesome work!
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    I was teaching last night & one guy (who has been to my classes a couple of times now) basically stripped down to a vest and his under pants (!!). I know it was a strong, sweaty flow class, but still! No adjustments for him! LOL
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    So I do not know why this just popped into my head a few years later, and it is kind of late on this thread but I have to post. I had a woman who did not like my music and asked me turn it down. I turned it down like one notch to appease her (the volume was ALWAYS set at the same number, all teachers used it at that volume, and we all had very similar styles of playlists). A few minutes later she went and got paper towels twisted them up and shoved them in her ears. She then proceeded to follow along in class until the last 20min when she did something completely different. I am all for modifying for yourself but it was completely different and very distracting (taking wide legged forward fold and her feet were almost on others mats) It was so weird. I understand that music choices are different for everyone (and that some people hate it), but I am of the belief that you go through a class and just don't go back if it wasn't the class for you. Sometimes it can teach you a lesson about tuning out distractions. BUT she came back a month later.... no towel ear plugs, no changes in my music or volume...
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    I would suggest taking a break from pigeon pose for now. It could just be that your muscles are extra sore and tight from the extra training. This can put extra tension and pressures to different parts of the leg, especially the knee. Remember to always stay in a pain free range when doing yoga. I bet after some days and time for your body to recover and adjust to the extra weight training that this problem will go away. If you are frustrated because you don't want to fall behind in your pose you chose for the project, just mentally let it go and pick up where you left off once your knee has had time to calm down and feels back to normal. Life is full of ups and downs. This may be a minor set back, but by years end you may be in a place where your pigeon pose it the best it has ever been. Life is full of unexpected things. All the best!
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    I guiltily admit to not practicing as diligently during the Feb. challenge as I have the last two. For whatever reason, my body has seemed rather reluctant and my energy levels have been quite low. Rather than practicing 6x a week, I'm down to 2-3x a week. On the upside, I am still practicing, listening to my body, and practicing mostly restorative yoga with my challenge pose thrown in. I am still seeing progress albeit at a slower rate than past challenges and you know what? I'm fine with that. I'm learning to listen to my body and give it what it needs.
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    I only ever really get annoyed at myself--I'm the one who let my body get this way, after all. As long as you're knowledgeable and compassionate--and you are--it doesn't matter to me what you look like. I think a lot of overweight people would be glad just to be acknowledged. And I think most people recognize that it takes a lot of hard work and discipline to be in good shape. When I see an instructor who's super-fit, I'm not thinking about whether or not they can relate to my struggle, I'm wondering how they got to where they are and hoping to learn from them. It does sometimes feel like yoga instructors have never known what it's like to be inflexible, though. It's frustrating to have to figure out my own modifications for nearly every pose as I'm practicing. Instead of focusing on my breath and how my body's feeling, I'm wondering if I'm modifying correctly and whether or not I'm actually getting any benefits from the pose with the way I'm doing it. I think you deserve a lot of credit for writing here and on your blog about some of the things overweight people might need to do to make a yoga practice that works for them. I've learned some really helpful principles. It's a sensitive subject and tricky to talk about, which I guess is why most of the online yoga instruction I've seen doesn't bring it up at all. I'm grateful that you do.
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    I practiced at home for many years and I totally understand the frustration of knowing you need a little correction but not being able to get it! I would suggest using a variety of videos since different instructors will give different suggestions or cues that might help something click for you. Also, the how-to graphics that Candace posts on the blog are awesome. So are the "common mistake" graphics! Sometimes seeing how NOT to do something is even more helpful than seeing the right way! Do you ever videotape your practice or take photos? Once I started doing this I was able to identify mistakes I was making in poses or see where I needed to make small adjustments. Seeing a picture of your practice can be quite an eye opener! It may also be helpful to read articles online or subscribe to a yoga magazine if that is in the budget. Yoga Journal offers a good amount of free content on their website even if you can't subscribe. Hope this helps!
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    They began testing the fire alarms just as class was beginning and I was trying to bring the class into stillness...not such great timing. It continued the first 10-15 minutes of class. Thank goodness it wasn't during savasana.
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    I often bring my step-son with me to class, he's 10. Sometimes, he falls asleep during class....he also often shouts in his sleep. One day during savasana, he had fallen asleep and shouted No! No! No! It shook everyone up a bit and I had to explain at the closing of class what happened.
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    Hi there! I can't say for certain what is causing the pain in the spine. We always want to avoid any kind of actual pain, so I would suggest resting for a few days or even weeks. Yes, it is normal for some people to bruise a bit in the arms from the weight of the knees, but keep in mind we don't want to rest the knees there, we want to feel a lifting motion through the core and intercostal muscles to hold up the weight of the legs. Over time, you'll build the strength and the bruising will be less and less.
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    Start with squats and lunges without any additional weight - just body weight. But make sure you're doing them correctly - check with a trainer. Then you can add weight.
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    I fell over while trying to teach Trikonasana-now, I normally fall over haha However, I totally keeled over-almost like a tower falling over-that was me-a big trikonasana tower!
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    I discovered Lululemon in 2012. During a trip to DC, I noticed that a lot of girls were wearing super cool looking yoga pants and crops (I'm from Europe). My local friend told me that it was all Lululemon, and that was it: I own 3 pair of yoga pants and 2 long-sleeve tops. What stood out to me about this brand primarily were the sleek and sophisticated designs and colors of their pants - you can't get anything like that in Europe, in my opinion. None of the 3 pants I own have the "sheerness issue", and I think their quality is very good. I love how tailored they are - they make the butt look awesome! (For the record, I saw a pair of "old luon" pants at a friend's house that were bought years ago, and the quality is vastly different from what I own. So I do believe it when people say the quality has declined). The tops seem always much too small.
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    Does anyone here train lower body with weights? I'm trying to grow more muscle (especially in the behind haha) however I found it painful to do yoga after! My knees were so tight and they hurt quite a bit. I suppose I went too heavy with weights, I started last week. I'm doing this type of training twice a week. Does anyone have any good recommended exercises for the legs a glutes?
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    There were quite a few people asking about rolling over the toes. The ‘Ask a Yoga Question’ is getting a bit long and confusing so I started a new topic here. I think if anyone has broken their toe in the past there is a caution not to do this or be very careful. I am not sure about the details so check into it yourself. And for everyone there should never be any pain. And I am NOT a yoga teacher just an average yogi. I always like lots of little learning steps to get there. The easiest way I know to learn this is start in updog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) the tops of the feet on the mat, a normal updog. Then flip (flip not roll) the right foot over. Put all the weight in the right foot on the ball of the foot. Now the top of the left foot will still be on the mat with almost zero weight on it. Lift the hips up into down dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) , as you do this gently let the left toes roll over with zero weight on them. Guess what, you’re done, you just rolled over the toes! You might get a squeamish feeling the first few times you do this but that’s all good. The next step is to gently add a little weight to the left foot as you do this. And switch sides. You can also shift back and forth from downdog to plank - gently roll the toes in both directions. Over time add more and more weight. After your toes get toughened up you will be able to add more weight and roll over both at the same time. If anyone has any troubles just come back here and we will try and work on it.