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    YBC is in the 17th place! Congrats @YogaByCandace!!!! The complete list: http://blog.feedspot.com/yoga_blogs/
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    I was always super intimidated to say anything to my teachers because I just felt like it would be weird, but having been a teacher myself and having had people come up and say thank you (or even more than a thank you), I know how much it really means. I have had people stumble over their words, cry tears of thanks, and simply say thank you and never once have I been weirded out. We ALL struggle with our own insecurities and as a teacher, especially a new teacher, there is so much we worry about (even though we know we shouldn't). Do the people like this sequencing? The music? The tone of my voice? Am I speaking loudly enough? Am I talking too much? Are they weirded out by my silence? It's really very easy to get sucked into your own insecurity and irrational thoughts, so when people offer feedback, I always appreciate it. Except for the time that one girl said my yoga wasn't "real yoga" and stormed off. I could've done without that. Hahahahaa. Edited to say: I have also received cards, emails, comments on social media, etc. I will say that cards are my favorite because it's physically in your hand and you have to sit and really take a moment to absorb what's been written. It really blows me away when I get a card because with our busy lives I know it takes a lot for people to sit down, find a pen, and think out what they want to say. I keep them and always look back on them when I've had a tough day on the work front. So if there's a option, a little handwritten card would be my vote.
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    I don't think yoga solves ED, but it can be used as a tool to help learn to cope with some of the problems that come with having problem with eating issues, not just ED. This is a bit personal, but I think it will help you understand by what I mean by that. Two years ago, on June 5, 2014, I lost my grams to a stroke. It took her six months to succumb to that stroke and it was very painful to watch her die. Two months later, my great-aunt, one of her only surviving sisters (and undoubtedly my favorite) passed from cancer and then about a month later, my brother basically said at midnight (of course), "Hey, guess what! You're all becoming grandparents and an aunt!" and his girlfriend was 20 weeks pregnant. Having autism, that was just what broke everything. My eating patterns, which had been out of whack since December 2013 - when my grams had her stroke - really careened out of control. I lost something like 15 pounds and for someone who was 95 pounds, that was weight I couldn't lose and my behavior really got out of whack. I started equine therapy February 2015 and regular therapy May 2015 to help with my eating and was diagnosed with disordered eating. I started doing yoga at home to help me learn calmness because I could not handle being around my nephew as he was just too loud. The crazy loudness can trigger me to not eat. The bonus is it helps stretch out my muscles for equine therapy. I've learned when I'm feeling stressed, I have to go do some yoga to recenter. Just folding myself over helps switch my attention from, "It's getting too crazy, let's not eat anything to try and get some attention," to, "Okay, let's focus on myself and my breathing. Feel how my hair swishes and plays on the floor." It's silly but it works. I'm about 3 or 4 pounds shy of where I need to be now, but it's okay. I'm not going to get it all in 15 months, but I'm not skeletal anymore. I have the word "strength" tattooed behind my right ear to help remind me of my grandma (there's a few stories behind that!) and to listen to myself. Was that really long? I hope that wasn't long and emotional. I sometimes feel I get really long.
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    Thank you all so much for your input! All of you gave such great advice. I may check into correspondence classes like YogiKris suggested, and in the meantime, perhaps I can manipulate my husband into letting me work with him Thanks again, to all of you!
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    Hello, my name is Giovanni, im from Mexico, Im 25 years old and i love dogs, (the one training to become a professional surfer is Sam) , I love fitness, i love nutrition and exercise, living an healthy lifestyle, have a general health. I always train for symmetry in you body, power, strength, speed, but i was feeling slow recovery and i never stretched for more that 5 minutes before working out, until i decide that it was time for a change, i was reading the whole benefits of yoga, its just amazing how every aspect of you health is related with mental peace, breathing and focus on feeling how every breath run through you body, im a complete beginner in this world, it´s just my first week sometimes my poses are alike the ¨common mistakes in this pose¨ hahaha, but im looking forward to increase my flexibility and become an advanced member of this forum, the feeling after practice just for 20 min its just amazing, im strongest and my sleep its better, l stay focus on my work and school a lot more, im faster and i really need flexibility for surfing, i love surfing waves, and yoga give a lot more core stabilization and mind control, my flexibility its just poor and i need to work much more on that, im feeling muscles that i didn´t knew that i had hahaha........... im up for a 39 day flexibility challenge, thanks Candace, ¨just like always honor your body¨
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    Hi there! I'm putting the finishing touches on the forum and going to go through and start some posts and hopefully get a little convo going. I love knowing where people are checking in from, so I'll start it up - I'm Candace and I'm reading this from the Czech Republic.
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    Hi cheyb! First of all, the simple fact you ask the question (in the forum and to yourself) means you aren't not irresponsible. I think if you do it with friends just to see if you like to teach before doing a teacher training, it's ok. You know we also do that when we are in a teacher training. When I was in my training, I was teaching a private class to one of my friends every week. I was not paid and she knew I had no certification but I needed to train myself and to be in teaching conditions to learn to explain the postures in English (which is not my mother tongue). Another girl in the training was doing the same with her boyfriend. If this is with people who know you and trust you and you need it to make sure you really wanna become a yoga teacher it's not bad. But if you want to teach a regular session, even with a small group, I think it's better to get a certificate. Because the basics of yoga are the most difficult to teach like adho mukha svanasana or Utthita trikonasana or virabhadrasana, etc. These are some poses you find in every yoga class for beginners but these are some of the most difficult to explain (more difficult than crow pose for example). Most of all, being a teacher is more than teaching, a teacher is kind of a therapist for some students who come with an injury or a cancer or different personal issues. Do you know it is possible to do teacher training by correspondance courses ? I don't know how it works but it does exist. Maybe it would be a good option for you if you really want your diploma but you can't leave your kid (which is understandable). If you really want to get this diploma, you will find a way, I'm sure. Maybe ask some help to Universe, during your meditation ? Also, if you have some doubts, let me tell you the teacher training will motivate you more and more to become a teacher. You'll go deeper and deeper into yoga so it's really amazing and you want to share all of this with the entire world haha. So, in my opinion, it's fine if you teach yoga to relatives, friends, maybe workmates (without being paid) to make sure you enjoy to teach. But I would advice you to get a diploma if you want to promote your class/session and teach to groups and strangers. I hope my answer helped ?
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    Good question. I've been practicing for a couple of years, taking two classes on the weekend and working out on my own during the week at my office complex' gym. Last year, I invited a couple of co-workers to join me. They were less experienced than me (or is it I...I hate those two...I always get confused which one it is) and neither took formal classes, so I was the teacher. I weighed the question you are asking. They clearly understood that I was not a formal teacher. I worried about liability, to the point of printing out a standard exercise disclaimer...but didn't do anything with it. As long as you're not charging them, disclose your level of expertise and you have a relationship with them so you both understand the full nature of your lessons...I don't think it's irresponsible. It's no worse than going for a run and advising them to hold their arms in a way that there's not excessive swinging, etc. But you have to know your trainees. I wouldn't engage with complete strangers as you might trip across someone litigious. Others will chime in, but when I asked @YogaByCandace the very same question and she was okay with how I handled it. On the plus side...it was a lot of fun and they benefited greatly.
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    Hello everyone! I am from England and I was drawn to yoga / meditation after going through some difficult times several years ago. Life can have a strange way of taking you to exactly where you need to be - the right place, right time and perfect circumstances led me down this beautiful path and I haven't looked back. I am a completely different person and hope to spread some of the joy that I am lucky enough to be blessed with. Life is full of challenges and I believe that through yoga / meditation we can really establish ourselves and develop strong roots. With this grounding it is much easier to face these challenges that life throws at us. The journey has been interesting and recently my partner and I established an online blog and mindfulness shop - Japa. Through our business we hope to spread positive life ideals and bring more light into this world. Our blog covers mindfulness, the environment and travel and whilst I do not want to push any commercial venture in this forum, our shop serves as a platform for artisans in developing countries to promote their beautiful mindful products. So Hello everyone! It is lovely to be a part of this forum and I look forward to learning from all of the wonderful people that make up this community. I hope (fingers crossed) that I might be able to contribute and help others also. Love and Happiness
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    Hello, I discovered this place by complete accident while walking around a local bookstore and saw the book. I really like how Candace shared her story of struggling with health issues because I have been doing that myself. With the new year coming up I want to try and get back into yoga for multiple reasons. I'm a Bharatanatyam dancer and I need to get more flexible and be able to hold balancing poses for much longer than I already do. I also have been found myself getting way too tight in the hips and legs recently after long days dancing. I also want to make sure I maintain my limited flexibility while weight training. I'm going to try doing the 39 day flexibility program working towards the splits and then will transition to the dancer's pose.
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    I'm not a teacher, but I volunteer at a NFP where we use horses for therapy. In my experience, when the clients say "no," it is often because they are scared. They are scared, anxious or their system has gotten too much information or something along those lines. It makes sense; ponies and horses are animals with brains. They can be scary. Not everyone is very gung-ho and says, "OKAY, LET'S TRY THIS!" like, well, me. I may not always yell it out, I may be a little timid about trying it out, but gosh darn it, there is no, "I can't" in my vocabulary. For the "Nope, can't do this" people we always encourage trying. We bring out the most bombproof, sweetest pony in the barn (Chance) and start with just having them get into the arena. Now, can you get near Chance? Touch him? Pet him? Basically, if you find people struggling, slow it down and encourage trying, but don't go so out of your way everyone suffers. Then your practice suffers.
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    I freaking love, love, love Candace's new book. Ive been a follower for maybe 2 -3 years now, and have been looking forward to a book with basically her do this not this cut outs. This is so much more - I love her off the mat peices - it's showing us her journey and how she learned so much gratitude from things that have killed other people and if not physically killed them, their spirit for sure. she talks about listening to her body (which to me is a huge thing yoga teaches us). THANK YOU CANDACE (yep, I'm yelling, happy yelling) Nadine
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    Hey Candace! I like your website (blog + forum + videos) very much! :-) Your videos helped me so much! I very much hope that more people use your forum. It is a very good medium for conversation! :-) Best!
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    I loved reading your background! What I noticed again and again throughout your post, though, is that it sounds like you're so hard on yourself. Stop that, my friend! Yeah, your progress was slow, but who cares?! You birthed a HUMAN! That's a superpower right there! You're unreal, and I know your old CF fam would agree. So, moving forward, no more of that "I can't" stuff ...although, I totally hear you about irrational anxiety. I get inexplicable anxiety whenever I have to drop into a CF box. I can snatch, clean, DL, do dubs, boxjumps but no matter what I always go into the box with my heart racing, anxiety through the roof and near tears. I DON'T KNOW WHY! I can do nearly all the movements (hello muscle ups, I'm coming for you one day!), but it doesn't matter - I fa-reak out for no reason. No reason! Never once has anyone at a box done anything to make me feel like I don't belong, yet I'm my own worst enemy with this anxiety...and then by the time the wod comes around, I can barely get through it because the anxiety has pretty much gassed me! Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I get the whole irrational anxiety thing. 100%. Here's what you'll get if you go to a real, live class with an awesome instructor: you'll have someone right there to help you with alignment issues. think about this advantage in terms of CF. If you had a home gym and were to do a wod, that'd be fine, but how much better would it be to have a coach right there to make sure your oly lifts are on point? over time (unless the studio is the bomb dot com), you'll find a sense of community much like you had at CF. the mindfulness aspect of it is unbeatable, and when you're a newbie, I think it's easier to tap into the mindfulness aspect when you're with a group rather than on your own (but that's just me) If I were you, I would identify some goals with what you want to accomplish with yoga. If you're looking to build strength, take a power yoga class. Power yoga is often a little bit slower than a vinyasa class and you'll hold poses to build up a bit of a burn before moving on. If you're looking to build flexibility, I would suggest a yin class. Yin is very, very slow (you might do 6 poses in one hour) and has you using props to support yourself. There is very little effort involved. It is extremely relaxing, excellent for anxiety and fantastic for developing flexibility. Another thing you might want to do is learn the basics (although to be honest, it sounds like you probably already know the basics) but do a few yoga videos online. You're totally right - my classes are a bit more advanced than Adriane's (love her, though!), so you could do a few power yoga, no-mat yoga, vinyasa yoga (just google 'yogabycandace no-mat yoga' or 'yogabycandace vinyasa' and a bunch of options will come up or you can download our free app (just search yogabycandace - no spaces - in the app store) and all our videos are up there. If you were to do a bunch of my power or vinyasa videos, I would say that you would be well prepared to take an in-person, faster paced class anywhere and not have to worry about not knowing what you're doing. Bottom line: get rid of the idea that you suck right now. You don't. You're freaking awesome, and you have nothing to prove when you walk into that yoga class. Walk in with your head held high and your mind and heart open - you can't lose. (And let us know how it goes if you end up going!)
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    Up on the blog today... New Jersey Core of the Matter Yoga Workshop http://yogabycandace.com/blog/new-jersey-core-of-the-matter-yoga-workshop The workshop will be at my local fitness center in Short Hills, NJ (30 minute train ride from Manhattan). If the opportunity to meet @YogaByCandace isn't enough for you...I'll be there!! I'll be available after the class for photographs and to sign autographs
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    I keep forgetting to update to put this, but I thought you guys would like to see a physical picture of how much I've changed over the past year and 3 months. This all from going to therapy (I was doing trauma therapy really for the first six months before stepping down gradually), yoga and the horse lessons. The first picture was me near my absolute lowest weight ever, the middle is about half way there, and the one on the right was taken on Friday. I don't go on a scale often (I try to limit it to once every two weeks so I don't obsess), but Friday is me back to my original weight from 2 years ago. You can see most of the change in my face and arms.
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    Do any of you have periods in which you just stop practicing after a life change? Recently I came back from Singapore and I experienced such a physical /emotional / spiritual overhaul there that it came upon me like a tide change. Upon returning to Montreal, I haven't actually done my daily practice. Partly because I realize I was unconsciously using it as a way to 'exercise', and not to really be calm (although it did make me calm). I've been interested in perhaps pursuing a softer, yin practice and I've been exploring pranayama. But I find it's kind of hard to explore that side of yoga... which is what I"m interested in. I have zero motivation to do arm balances (although I still do inversions for fun) or a vigorous 'strong' practice. Ironically I have lost weight... maybe that's part of the reason why I'm not keen to pursue a strong practice. Do you guys have any experience experiencing such a period of 'drought' from physical asana? I really want to go back into yoga, but I don't know quite how to start. I want to enter it from the other limbs... if you guys have suggestions, I'd been so grateful!
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    Thank you for all your responses! What an incredible and supportive community. <3 I am not trained in trauma yoga nor am I a therapist, so I feel like it would be unethical on my part to do any private training with her. I don't have the tools or knowledge to guide someone with severe PTSD. The studio is part of a physical therapy clinic so her episodes are not contained to just the classroom. It's not the right environment for someone dealing with PTSD on her level. Her episodes are not quiet. She yells and cries loudly. As much as I wish others could be understanding and supportive of her situation, that is just not the case. The other woman who was in class works with patients who are facing death, so yoga is her escape from trauma. That's why she left so quickly after class. I agree that yoga can be therapeutic and offer deep emotional release, but in no way do I believe that it replaces professional therapy. I spoke with the owners of the studio I teach for and they found some great places in the area that offer private yoga for folks who have experienced severe trauma. She was very understanding and grateful for the referral. She acknowledged that a public class was not the right place for her to heal. Again, thank you so much for your suggestions and support!
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    In August, we're going to be offering up a 31 Day Splits Program. In this thread we can share progress, ask questions and support one another.
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    A lot of us struggle returning to our practice. For me it was hard because I shamed myself, but, realizing that everyone has the same struggles too helped inspire me. Have you tried restorative with lots of props? I took a class in a studio - only 3 poses, each held for 30 min (probably a more extreme version of restorative than other places). I was really overwhelmed and fell asleep in some, but, it helped me let go. This was the way I slowly got back into yoga after 3 months of being inactive with an injury and disliking how inactive I felt but not knowing what to do. You could have also lost weight from losing muscle mass from your inversion practice... so don't see it necessarily as indicators you are not taking care of yourself, but, just something that happens from the change in activity. I think you're still dealing with hypermobility, right? Just be careful to remain engaged in the muscles around your joints and not let completely loose if you do yin - the idea is to stay in a pose for 3-5 min to work out the ligaments that surround your joints. That part scares me since my joints are already loose, and I'm looking for more stability. Welcome back from Singapore!
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    Hey everyone i am a new yogi here.. Practicing for couple months now and love yoga so much. It completely made my life so much better and i want to express gratitude to one of my teachers who has been on this journey since the beginning. They have seen the changes i have made and been there every step of the way encouraging and guiding me in this yoga journey, sharing their light in the class. i do say thank you after each class but i want write in words with out it being cliche or weird. I am not sure yoga teachers know how much their students truly appreciate them. they are beautiful people!!!
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    Thats so cool, very often the most valuable gift you can give is appreciation, and people are often reluctant to express it. Well done you a card sounds great, and with be great for the teacher to keep them motivated and know they are doing good. Without feedback it can be difficult for a teacher to know if they are achieving what they are trying to do......and people can be shy about simply saying thanks, and good job!!! Hope it went well
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    Thank you everyone for your kind replies. I decided to express myself in a thank you card. I am giving it to my teacher tonight after class.
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    I know what you mean! Wanting to write my full expression of gratitude and sharing with the teacher, but, not wanting to come off.. too attached or weird like you said. Currently in addition to saying thank you, I specifically share what part of class or their teaching I liked in person, or let them know how they changed my perspective or how they inspired me. For me, being more specific than just a general thank you is more interesting to get to know a person because different things resonate with different people! I think the teachers appreciate the enthusiasm and can already tell how much you get out of it when you keep coming back. I think it'd be completely welcomed and normal if you told your teacher after class (one-on-one) that she's been with you since the beginning, so you want her to know how grateful you are for her being part of that journey. Sometimes I do get the urge to more fully explain how much my teacher has helped me grow. That's harder to say in person for me without stumbling over my words. I've thought about just giving a card writing it all out during the holidays last year. However, I missed some classes at the end of December, so I ended up chickening out. Maybe this year? Otherwise, I've written longer thank you notes only when the teacher left the studio due to life changes, but, it seems silly to wait to express gratitude only when someone is leaving. Anyway, don't be shy to talk to your teacher more after class! I usually say a sentence or two after each class that really impacted me to the teacher, so, it's not a long speech or anything - and some days it instigates more conversation or questions, and other days, it's just simply accepting the thank you and seeing each other later.
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    @LarryD517 I have done classes and activities for other things and my mileage varies. I have social anxiety stemming from Autism which is made worse by the hypersensory problems I have (many Autistics have these problems.) Many people enjoy yoga classes, but for many Autistics you first have to deal with the lighting (which could be for one Autistic could be too harsh or another too dim), then there's the sounds (is there music? Is it too loud? Too soft? An instrument that aggravates my ears?), then the surroundings (mirrors provide distracting glare, are the walls pleasing, are there things brushing at me accidentally, etc etc etc), how many people around you and then after all that....you have the instructor. Is he/she wearing colors that don't aggravate your eyes, does he/she have tags sticking out (something that has driven me to meltdowns) and finally....does his/her voice please you (aka does your instructor not have a voice that makes you want to rip out your eardrums? Is it too loud? Sound like sandpaper? Too gravelly?) Most people don't have that issue with finding things because they aren't thinking of that. That's basically my life. I'm consistently trying to find peace in a world not made for me. Home is a place where none of that has to be taken into account as I know everything and was tailored to my needs. It may not be the best thing, but it works for me. I was a singer for 20 years (4-24) until a teacher broke my singing spirit (I strictly sing in the car now.) Breathing using my stomach is my life; I just breathe more deeply when I do yoga. I often bring my medium sized mirror off the wall if I'm doing something that focuses on one part of the body to check how things look since I did strict Cecchetti ballet (aka Italian ballet) from the ages of 3 to 9.5 (there was a 3 month break for karate.) I understand that I'm not getting the most proper instruction by watching Candace's tutorials because no one is there to correct me if I do something stupid (all I have is a mirror and the connection to my own body), but I know that's where I feel most safe and not bothered by my issues.
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    Hello there everyone! This is Sarah, reporting from Egypt I'm really excited to join you all! I discovered YogabyCandace on Pinterest a couple of months ago and I've been wanting to pick up a challenge and start it ever since. I just didn't know which one to choose until yesterday when I finally picked the 31 Day Strength Project. I started today and I feel great! Thank you so much Candace for creating and sharing all of these Projects. They're so inspiring and helpful! I hope anyone reading this has a great day
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    As someone who had a very unhealthy relationship with food (disordered eating), a part of what I learned in therapy is that often part of our unhealthy relationship with food stems from an unhealthy relationship in life. We overeat (or undereat) because we're stressed from a relationship whether it's with our mom, dad, friend, coworker, etc. When you start to evaluate why you have this unhealthy relationship and you work on it, this is when you can work on your relationship with food. Every person is different in how they will be able to "fix" an unhealthy relationship with food. For me, it came from working on finding the root on why I made food an enemy, why I started putting food into "good" and "bad" groups, why I skipped whole days without eating. What was I trying to gain? What was the root problem? What was going on in my mind that I wasn't thinking about? I'm not the healthiest eater, I admit it. I don't eat a lot of fruits or vegetables because being Autistic presents special challenges. Since I've recovered and stayed in recovery from my disordered eating, I've been back into trying to try new fruits, veggies, and dishes. I eat very organic and simple ingredient foods because of my Lupus. Trader Joes is a lifeline for me for meat, bread and things are simple. But I also allow myself "cheat foods" because I wouldn't be happy without cookies, crackers, cupcakes and my daily Dr. Pepper (or two or three. I'm a caffeine addict.) I drink lots of water and milk to even out my soda. Enjoy every bite you eat. If you don't, then there's a tangle in your web somewhere. You need to comb it out.
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    Racing thoughts like in every day life or during yoga? I have both. What helps me in everyday life is taking out a piece of paper and literally writing every single thing that my mind is thinking about. I'm usually anxious when my mind is racing and just writing all the thoughts out helps me. I keep a bullet journal (Filofax/unjournaling/whatever you call it) with me so I have paper and pen accessible at all times. For yoga (and ironically helps in everyday life), I build a picture in my mind - in vivid detail - of something that makes me utterly happy (or calming) which is normally my dog, Zena. I "paint" a picture of her in my mind. I find it's the only way I don't "sleep" during that "meditation" bit at the end of Candace's videos. 5 minutes of imagining Zena or Scooby (the horse I ride) or something like that.
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    Well hello there! Great to see this thread is still active It's been about 6-7 months since I first started my program and I have learned a LOT! My program is chugging along, and I actually sold out my last beginner session which was a huge success for me. I am not running regular programming over the summer but am providing outdoor classes/event to stay connected to the community until I start up again in the fall. I've found the most registrations for my program come from word of mouth, and most importantly I've been able to retain people who seem to love what I am offering and keep coming back. I'm getting a lot more play on my website and blog as of late, which is the way the internet sort of works I guess. Listing my program on Yoga FInder and Yoga Directory have also lead people to my site at least weekly. As for your note on brand inconsistency, it's honestly something I am still figuring out. I am still teaching other classes as an independent contractor and have those schedules listed on my website - thus the name of the website being mine and not the program. I have recently decided on a direction I am going to move in with my teaching, and it's going to be a bit of a niche that I want to connect in to the Your Best Yoga program and so currently I am in the process of figuring out what to do. Do I make one website with just program info and one that is my other yoga classes and my blog? That doesn't seem right... I think there must be some way to have "Your Best Yoga" be searched and linked somehow to my current site? Do I forget about listing my community classes and change my website name keeping it the same just minus that one page?? Is this just my fear and ego getting in my own way?!?! (I may need to consult a professional.... hahaha ;)) Suggestions are always welcomed! Also, I will definitely check that link out you posted. Thanks! The number one thing I have learned that I had no grasp on when I wrote the initial post in this thread is patience! haha I really wanted to see a big boom of participants and "success" right off the bat and felt that would mean I would be successful moving forward and that was just not realistic for me. I am now relishing in the small successes that are often met with a small failure and so on and so on, but it is a process. I am so happy that over the last 6 months I have grown my participants from zero to a solid 10-12 regulars/returnee's, my website and blog have been reaching people all over the world - so cool to see that info on stats, I've been able to create and grow an email list people can subscribe to and provide a newsletter about upcoming programming (I provide feedback forms at the end of my sessions which include a space for people to let me know what kinds of classes they want to see in the future and leave me their email so I can let them know when the classes happen - it's been great), and I've gained some social media following that has helped spread my messages of "your best is enough". I've also grown as a teacher and student and feel really good about the next direction I am going to take with my yoga teaching career - hopefully that will be up and running by August! I have maintained my day job through all of this so financially I have been able to support myself without putting all the pressure on my program/teaching. I still plan on ditching this 9-5 world, just don't want to be premature about it. So, did that answer your question?? HA! I feel like this was a bit of a cathartic post that is likely not helpful to anyone else, but it's a little slice of my journey thus far! Thanks so much for asking... although you're likely wishing you hadn't now hey?!
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    I don't think it's a sin in any way, yoga is a way to speak to and seal your conversation with God. If not then its a way to connect with yourself at the betterment of yourself so how can that be a sin?! You don't have to chant in Sanskrit or anything if you don't want to. Classes or your own practice doesn't have to mean something holy or in this case a sin, it can be a way of finding what feels good in YOUR body
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    Hi everyone! After years of taking a yoga class every now and then and not really getting into it, it has now become an essential part of my life. And I'm loving it! Thank you Candace for being you and for everything that's on this website! It's the reason I've gotten into yoga.
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    Thank you Thank you for teaching us that the only one that can judge me is me. Thank you for insuring our mat will always be a safe place for us. Thank you for teaching us that when we come to our mat there are never any demands or expectations placed upon us. Thank you for teaching us the poses have no beginning or end. If we want to sit in Dandasana today that is fine. If we want to sit in Marichyasana G someday that is fine. Thank you for teaching us to follow our own breath not yours or someone else. Thank you for all the little things you said, we still remember. Thank you for apologizing to us when you made a mistake. Thank you for teaching us we deserve teachers that care about our practice as much as we do.
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    Well I would say to all teachers, please tell people to try to be on time, and not dropping in after 20 minutes. To my teacher who recently moved away I would like to tell her that I really listened to her during class and took it all in, often carrying it with me for days and her advice often helped me to improve my practice. Even though it usually took some days for it all to sink in. And that, although we did not interact much at all and I am not the chatty person before, after or during class, she became a part of my practice and I cried in the car after her last class.
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    Hello everyone! Joining you here from Orlando, FL! Thanks for creating this forum, I am excited to be part of the family
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    Candace always gives good advice. I like to think of the core as the entire torso. Here is a couple of anatomy pictures from something called Core Training for Athletes http://www.varietytrainer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/images-1.jpeg http://www.varietytrainer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/125819-004-39548B68.jpg You can see they have placed more emphasis on the back of the torso than the front-side. Two things I can add; One is time. It takes a long time of consistent work to build that strength. The other is try sitting up straight and tall when ever you are sitting. Even just tall straight sitting for one or 2 breaths at a time to start and repeat all day long. Then slowly increase the amount of breaths. Eventually sitting tall will become natural and slumping into the lower back will feel awful. It may seem hard to believe but eventually it will happen. This will build up a really strong core and stamina. And good overall balance for front, back and sides of the torso.
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    The core is a weird thing. I think a lot of people think that the core just means the mirror abs, but really, the core (at least for me) is about what's deep, deep within the trunk. I think it might be worth looking into firing up your core first thing when you're practicing over the next week or two. Start with a core practice like this or this, and maybe practice uddiyana bandha. Essentially, learn how to connect with your core. From there, start engaging it when you're doing poses or transitions within your practice that incorporate core strength, like stepping to the front of the mat from downward dog, or in poses like tree, where you can tap into that deep core strength by bringing the belly button in and then upward a bit for more stability in the pose. But not all poses need to have core engagement - you just need to hone in on which need it and which don't. Trust yourself as you figure out which require it, and enjoy the process.
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    Hey fellow YBCers! I've booked my retreat to Kenya for this summer, I'm super excited about it. Just looking for anyone else that is attending! Can't wait to meet everyone there
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    It can take forever, thats not the answer you're looking for, huh?...LOL. You should investigate "yin yoga". (See http://www.yinyoga.com/) The vinyasa classes you're probably attending, will flow (relatively quickly) from one pose to another, with an emphasis on the athletic side of the practice (for example down dog, step forward, high lunge, warrior 1, warrior 2, etc.), which will be fun, get you to sweat and you'll feel like your muscles "got their money's worth". But that's not what you want... you want to increase your flexibility. Yin yoga is very slow, holding positions for up to five minutes, or more. Few boutique studios will attract "soccer moms" for a $30 forty five minute class that includes meditation, four poses on each side and then a couple of ohmmmms...so they typically don't emphasize yin. What are yin poses? How do they help with flexibility? They are poses that you stay with for such a long time that the muscles or tendons relax and you get very deep stretches or twists. For example, pigeon. In a typical flow class, you may stay in the position for up to a minute (come on people!!! we need to do a more chaturangas!!) . Next time you're practicing at home, try staying in pigeon for five minutes, try ten. Assess how you feel after a minute, then see how that sensation changes the longer you hold the position. Try legs up the wall, for five minutes, then a few variations (cross ankle over knee and then slide heel down wall) each for a few minutes. You won't sweat, you won't feel exhausted, you're heart rate monitor might go into sleep mode and you won't be able to boast a 1000 calorie day. But, over time, you'll build up your flexibility (with the emphasis on "over time"). Did you ever play with Chinese handcuffs? The harder you pull, the more resistance you'll encounter, but the more gently you proceed, the looser the trap. Same with your hamstrings. If you think like it's an athletic competition and try to fight...you'll lose (every time). Get to a resistance point (when your body starts fighting you) and stop, then take slow deep breaths, calm your mind, relax...tell you body "it's okay", wait ten seconds and slowly move deeper, until you hit the next stop...lather, rinse, repeat... Guys typically are less flexible, especially if your athletic, since running, spinning, etc. tends to tighten up the muscles. I started yoga three years ago at age 56, doing it (nearly) every day of the year. I do legs up the wall for a minimum of five minutes at the beginning of every practice. Progress? I'm more flexible, but still bend my knees in fold, etc. Every body is different, depending on how your shoulders and scapula are constructed, you may not be able to. Recognize and accept your own body's limitations and work within your abilities. I've been trying reverse namaste for 2 years and can't get close...I've seen women do it the first time they try. Warning, zen ahead...proceed at your own risk... --> yoga isn't complaining about what you can't do, rather it's about celebrating what you can. It's not about achieving that perfect pose (you know, the ones that people post on Instagram), but understating what is happening in your body. It's a lifetime pursuit. Some days you'll make progress (I used to time myself and set a goal of holding pigeon for 30 seconds...now I mentally complain if the instructor doesn't hold it long enough)...other days the body won't cooperate. Don't worry about it. At the beginning of class, many instructors will lead a meditation and work through breathing techniques, pay attention and focus on the practice. You're allowed to use them on your own at any time you want during the session. You can meditate during warrior 2 (and maybe you'll be able to ignore your thigh muscles crying "uncle!"). If you practice on your own, don't worry about the flows, try spending 45 minutes just doing slow deep stretches. You may know how to stretch...but do you know how long to stretch? If you're a guy with a competitive personality, you will have to understand that you can't power through the tightness. It will come, but slowly. Just be patient and positive. One more thing, take your timeline, fold it carefully, putting it safely in an envelope, then seal the envelope and gently place it in the recycling bin or shredder. (see link in my signature #3)
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    We are please to roll out a new feature at our forums. As you may know, these are open forums where anyone is free to ask or answer any question (within reason, of course). The answers might come from people with a wide variety of expertise or experiences. As such we wanted to offer a spotlight on our members who've achieved the level of Yoga Instructor (in the US, individuals have taken 200 or 500 hour courses in training). An answer to a question isn't necessarily right or wrong based on the level of training, or lack thereof. Good advice is good advice (the same goes for bad advice). However, along with the training, might come a deeper understanding of the issues at place. As such, we wanted to offer our visitors the opportunity to communicate with and benefit from the accumulated wisdom gathered during their training process. Individuals who've announced themselves to this forum's moderators will have the group title Yoga Instructor and a starburst badge icon appearing below their avatar on their profile page as well as in each post they create throughout these forums. Again, the goal isn't to imply that advice from a Yoga instructor is better than advice from a regular forum member. Rather we aim merely to highlight posts from individuals that have achieved instructor status. As with any advice obtained from the internet, you should take it with a grain of salt and employ your own good common sense to assure the information gathered is appropriate for your own personal situation. If anyone reading this is a yoga instructor and wants the designation shown here, please reply to this thread or send me a private message Currently we have the following forum members listed as yoga teachers... @brenskip55 @AnandaYoga @YogaByCandace @heatherlynne @sandrayogawpg @LaurenG @Marija @Yagmur @jeevmoksha @blissedoutnatalie @Lorelei @JenJenJen @YogiKris @Breathe @LissaYyoga @kindtribeyoga
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    For telling teachers if you are a teacher as well... I would say it doesn't matter. Every teacher is also a student. If they know you, then they probably already know you are a teacher. If they don't know you, telling them you are a teacher may make them feel a bit uncomfortable - like they will be judged. I've not yet had any of my teachers in my classes, but that's probably because I'm a new teacher. Although, I did have one of my teachers tell me to let her know when I would be comfortable having her attend a class as she wanted to come, but she didn't want to make me feel extra nervous as I started out.
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    I have a digitized copy of Candace's signature. If she permits me, I'll send you a direct message with the JPG
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    Hand to Big Toe Pose -Utthita Hasta Padngusthasana - and fun to say too!! Using a strap to begin, this one I love for teaching students that rooting down through the planted foot and reaching out through the heel of the raised foot helps so much with balance. It's also lighthearted in class as nearly everyone falls a little bit. Good thread!
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    I dont know if this will help but whenever i feel overwhelmed (i dont have ptsd but i haved sobbed in savasana and other poses before due to stressful situations that recently happened in my life. i try to take a deep breathe in and just focus back on my breathing. Can she think of a mantra? Like let on inhale and go on exhale. That was suggested my teachers. It has helped me alot dealing with sadness during a certain poses. Yoga is about healing. This lady apparently is going through some heavy stuff.
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    I think it's interesting in that you say you're not looking for articles on yoga and children. Some of the most helpful articles for me for helping me learn new tools to help with my autism has come from looking at articles for kids! They're often inventive, new and things not often thought of for adults. Aspergers (which HF Autism, what I have, is sometimes referred as even though there is some differences) is often misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD. I go between looking at coping skills for HF autism, Aspergers and ADD. They all work for me. (Differences between Aspies and ADD: http://www.drhallowell.com/add-adhd/additional-addadhd-resources/what-is-the-difference-between-asperger’s-disorder-as-and-attention-deficit-disorder-add/) Having HF Autism, I will say yoga isn't the only thing I do. I do horseback riding once a week to help keep me occupied. If I get stressed out (which happens because I have an 18-month nephew), I have a few ways to cope. I have peppermint oil to remind me to chill out (it's the scent that reminds me of my grams), I have crochet to physically force me to busy my hands and focus attention elsewhere than my stressor and I have what I call my tinker toys (what therapists call "fidgets.") The fidgets help keep my hands busy when I'm feeling anxious. I'm not sure if you've ever tried any, but fidgeting also helps keep you on task (unless you're me and get so into the fidgeting that fidgeting becomes the task.) Here's a few of my favorite "fidgets" if you're interested: https://www.therapyshoppe.com/category/P2070-tactile-tangle-toys-relax-tangle-therapy-calming-fidget-toys This is the tangle therapy. I have the bigger one. (I had the smaller one. I HATED it.) Really good if you are waiting someplace and are super bored. https://www.therapyshoppe.com/category/P2188-panic-pete-stress-relief-ball-fidgets-sensory-toys-office My nephew loves this one. https://www.therapyshoppe.com/category/P1462-mondo-inside-out-ball-tactile-fidget-toy-therapy-sensory-ball My be-all-to-end-all favorite toy. It's so much fun. I really want the nut and bolt twisty one. My other favorite fidget isn't actually a human toy at all. It's a plastic dog toy that has plastic nubs all over it. I love the texture. It reminds me of the big giant ball that House had but it's texturized and I love that. I'm not sure if this is what you're exactly looking for, but while it does focus on children, it does talk about one person's journey. http://yoganonymous.com/the-yoga-of-attention-deficit-disorder
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    Sorry for the late response but it went great!! A bit teary eyed i went and talked to her and said i just wanted to tell you how thankful i am for you and handed her the card. She had big smile on her face and actually read the card then and there and told me how much it meant to her. ????
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    @Hildegard Find a journal that speaks to you, but isn't so pretty that you won't write in it. I had that problem with my last journal. It was so pretty (and the way it closed was rather clumsy) that I just NEVER wrote in it. The one I've have for a couple of days is a turquoise leather one from Barnes & Noble. It really spoke to me. Etsy has some beautiful journals. The pages aren't lined or anything but it's something that's very calming. Buzzfeed has a very good summary of what "bullet journaling" is if you're interested (but you can just write your worries in bullet point style if that's way too crazy for you!)
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    I have posted this quite a few times now. It is a good one. "This is a nice one for the desk. Take your right arm straight up overhead. Bend at the elbow so the forearm lies across the top of the head (do the best you can). Take the left hand and gently pull the right elbow for more stretch. Try to extend the right elbow up towards the ceiling. When you breathe deeply notice how the ‘shoulder stretch’ effects all the way down to the hips. Someday the arm will come behind the head but do not strain the neck. Grab both elbows with the forearms over the head and stretch upwards and back. Try taking your forearm behind and across the middle of your back. Maybe grab your other arm. Do the best you can. Then allow the breath to lift the chest up. When the chest lifts notice the shoulder open, try to get the shoulder to rotate backwards slightly, all those parts are connected. Constant repetition is important. Find a comfortable place in the stretch and let the breath do the work. You will also find it helps tremendously for sitting at a desk all day. Doing these intensely once a week will not be particularly helpful and may cause injury."
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    +1 At my fitness center, I wouldn't say it happens way too often...but it happens,