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    I needed a place to put this... and this seemed the best place. I know that there are a lot of topics of Yoga in Social Media... and they aren't wrong, they just aren't for me. Maybe, in my previoius practice... maybe. I love seeing all of the various "challenges".. a whole month or two weeks of balance, strength and other poses that might help to shake up a practice out of a rut. Because we are all in danger of "ruts" in our practices and hobbies. I really enjoy watching people experience yoga.... from the very beginner to the most advanced instructor. I have been invited to join in several of the "pose a day" challenges and I constantly drag my feet to join... I watch... but almost never do you see me in a photo or a "selfie". Maybe I am at a place where my practice is truly between my mat and I....... not between me and anyone else. My mat knows that I am struggling to get back to the most basic of head/hand stands.... I am not compelled to share it with anyone. I'm okay with talking about my practice, the physical challenges I am expereincing and where the world me and the mat me join to move through the world together. I love watching... but I am just not compelled to share. I'm alright with this, honoring the place where my pratice is.... I suppose I need to spend some more time letting go, of the things that don't serve me or my practice. I don't expect a response.... but I did need to share this with other people on the mat.... because you might get it more than someone who doesn't make kissy friends with the floor.
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    I love the conversation this has started, and thank you, SJP, for sharing your thoughts, and thank you, everyone, for chiming in with their own thoughts. I've loved reading this thread. I have definitely been there, SJP, and sometimes still find myself there. I think that's been the hardest part, for me, about making something I love my job. At some point, it really does become work. I sometimes feel like if I need to post because it's part of my job. And a lot of times I feel like a fraud because I am struggling with whatever I'm struggling with and yet sharing my personal practice as if it hasn't taken years and lots of falls and whatever else (although I do try to acknowledge that during breakthroughs). When I'm in the mood, I do enjoy sharing my struggles and progressions on social media because I get to connect with people and feel less alone in my struggle. I get to hear from others who are in the same boat or who have been there before, and that makes me feel really connected to the people in my social network. I love to watch certain people's personal practice. I get inspired by super creative flows and I don't know, sometimes you can just tell what the motivation is behind a post. There are some people who just have the most lovely practice - and I don't mean just the asana, but the whole outlook and way they approach the practice. I really am drawn to that. And other accounts feel like it's solely about publicity (which I understand on one hand, especially if it's for work), but I'm not moved by it or inspired by it so I usually unfollow. When I share my own personal practice, I like to share two types of things: 1) a really cool flow that I think might inspire others who have hit a plateau in their practice or teaching, or 2) something I am struggling with or just learning. I appreciate those types of shares from others, which is why I share those types of things on social media along with other stuff from the blog and my personal life. But I have to be in the mood for it, and sometimes I'm just not. Especially lately - there have been a few nasty comments and I just found the whole thing draining, so I've taken a little break from sharing my personal flows. I have never been a fan of "challenges" on social media because I do feel like they're mostly about the end result and feel they often focus too much on one specific pose rather than the practice as a whole, so when people began requesting "challenges" I called them 'projects' and wrote them up as 'programs' (although Greg has called them 'challenges' here on the forum which I keep bugging him to change haha). Somehow in my head the name made a difference. Since so many people are visual, I had the focus be on how one specific pose changes over the course of a month with consistent practice and invited people to share their journey on instagram or forum if they liked. This served two purposes: 1) it was kind of a nod to the 'challenges' people had asked for and 2) it helped promote the yoga practice, and I'm not going to lie, the blog and video content I've created. But truth be told, it's just one of those things where 'challenges' doesn't sit right with me, 'programs' or 'projects' feels better to me, and ultimately, if it gets people to the mat, then I feel like I've done something good. But yeah, I completely understand not wanting to share, and feeling turned off by the emphasis on sharing on social media. Sometimes it just feels too saturated. When I get to that point, I just take a step back, turn the phone off, and focus on my breath and strive for balance. Thanks again for sparking this convo.
  3. 6 likes
    I echo this sentiment SJP42. I get a lot of motivation from watching, but I am not compelled to share either. I am also someone who regularly makes kissy friends with the floor. Sometimes the floor and I have to get a room
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    I had a conversation with my sister in law about one of the "challenges" I was invited to take part in. Having not ever tried yoga herself, she admitted that she was fasincated... and felt that she might be able to do maybe 3 or 4 of the poses.... We talked about how starting a yoga practice can be as easy as trying 1 basic pose daily, then after a bit, learning to string them together. She was legitimately curious about yoga as a potential weight loss activity. We had an honest conversation about it. I admitted that I would probably let my wife take pictures of me stringing together the first 11 days of this challenge.... and then take 10 more.... and then 10 more, but one pose a day.... was not where I am... and I am not about to call my wife to my mat for a picture mid or end of my practice. I like that this social media yoga has people curious. I like that it has helped folks to get onto a path of wellness and body awareness. I like that it has pushed us to really think about our individual practices and make a point to honor where our practice really is. I get to go deeper... that is important
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    While I appreciate that social media can be a huge positive influence in many people's practice, it just doesn't work for me. I'm super self-conscious and avoid having my picture taken even under the best of circumstances. I tried sharing a few images during one of Candace's earlier challenges and while it helped (I wasn't where I thought I was with a certain pose), I can get the benefits from having an external perspective on my practice without sharing it with the rest of the world. It doesn't help that I love photography and thus would end up stressing out over the quality of the photo, the untidy background and so on. I sometimes get tempted to make a video of certain poses every now and then, but I can't find a decent angle to capture myself doing the pose and I'm not going to break out the tripod just to see if that would help, nor do I want to ask other people in the room to take my picture. I don't want to feel like I'm performing yoga rather than just doing yoga, if that makes any sense. I'm with Robbie and Robert here. As Robbie suggests, what pictures I take of myself live on my tablet and tablet alone. And like Robbie, I'm best friends with the floor: lots of kissy times between me and the floor At the end of the day, we have to do what's most helpful to us.
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    I just wanted to support you in honoring yourself and the place in your practice. You don't need to share your progress to have the progress or to have the delight of making progress. Yoga is about oneself. I commend you for honoring yourself.
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    This ^^^. I have to keep my personal practice separate from anything I record for this very reason.
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    SJP, I feel similar with you on many fronts! I didn't participate in any of the challenges until last month, when the theme spoke to me the most because it was focused on mindfulness and reflection. I felt I wouldn't beat myself up if I couldn't follow the schedule or not make any visual progress. It's been almost 5 years for me to finally take video of myself to really see what I looked like (in September's challenge here on YBC). I would warn that pictures may reveal something physically that doesn't match what you're feeling internally (i.e. I felt better than I "looked"). But, it's an informative process, especially when comparing poses that have two sides since our bodies can be asymmetrical, and I can then pinpoint visually what areas are weaker on which side. However, if you don't want to process all that info, no need to take a picture or share it! But, I would say if you change your mind or just want to take pictures for yourself and not share, Candace's photography tip #3 to use the video feature and then take a screenshot is a great way to take a selfie without interrupting your sequence. Social media is one avenue for picture taking, journaling your own progress and looking back at the videos is another, among many other creative options. I sense most find it easier to just post it rather than start a private blog. I guess my point is, don't get turned off from taking pictures of yourself just because of social media because there are other benefits for yourself that don't require sharing. But, don't bother doing it though if looking at your own form is discouraging or creates a disconnect from the experience you already feel on the mat.
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    You are practising for yourself because you enjoy it, without having an end goal. This is the real value of yoga in my opinion, so good on you
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    Larry, I think I know what you are getting at. And, yes, in Yin there are certain types of poses - as Candace said they are poses that could be done in a passive manner - meaning you're using gravity to and props, rather than muscle to hold the pose. There are also different names for the poses in true Yin, since the objective of the pose is different than in a regular yang yoga practice. As far as sequencing of poses, there is no set sequence, the order of poses would vary depending on what you are trying to accomplish with your practice. So yes, if you were to hold firelog then pigeon pose for 5 minutes, that could be considered Yin, IF you are using props in order to move into those postures passively. Check out this site for some more info: http://www.yinyoga.com/ys2_2.0_yinyoga_asanas.php The link will take you straight to a list of asanas (or poses), and as you click on them you will see that some look familiar from your regular yang style yoga practice, but in Yin they have different names. You can cruise around that website to get all sorts of information on Yin yoga. Have fun!
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    SJP42, your post really speaks to me. I have been doing a lot of contemplating lately - and a lot less sharing - about the direction that my yoga practice, social media presence, and blogging are headed. I find myself not wanting to post what is becoming an increasingly personal practice to me. I even find myself not being inspired by others' yoga selfies like I once was. In the end, we get to choose what our yoga is about and whether and/or how we want to share it. Keep doing what feels right to you! You can always do what others are doing in the challenges without posting pictures or updates if you want
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    Thank you, afriske. I'm finding my true joy in working all aspects of yoga. Years ago, when I started... it was all about the asanas. I fell out of my practice and came back, with a different attitude.
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    We may need to add a warning to the site: WARNING, OUR COMMUNITY IS AWESOME AND YOU MAY HAVE FUN. So glad you guys had a blast!
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    I seem to be having so much fun with chat that I'm breaking it! Something I just discovered... if chat is not loading (this seems to happen to me when I sit idle for too long), try signing in on another browser. That seemed to prompt me to kill a script that was running, and then, I was finally able to type in chat, in both browsers! Weird... Please share if there's an easier way to kill the script on demand (shutting down Chrome and reopening did not help for me).
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    I just want to issue a word of caution to you guys about the chat room. I ended up in a chat Saturday night with yogafire and kristismithyoga and those ladies made me stay up until almost one in the morning chatting! Be careful or you might have a great time like I did! ?
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    No need to post it online at all, just keep a directory on your computer with images.
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    Hi Candace! Thank you so much for your videos. I have been active all my life, but I recently was diagnosed with endometriosis which has made doing some forms of exercise more difficult. I started doing your videos every morning in July and I actually feel even more in shape than when I was running or spinning because I have strength in my entire body which helps so much with the endometriosis. I wanted to request a video that might be targeted specifically at combating pelvic pain (so probably could be combined with video above!) and easing pain and tension in your pelvic floor/lower back/upper thighs. Thank you again for your wonderful videos!!