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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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    Does anyone else have that regular student who regularly farts in Happy Baby?
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    Hi Candace! I'm Sarah and I live in Leeds in the north of England .
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    Hi Candace , love this idea of being able to share and learn from other people's experiences , and I'm reading from Los Angeles, California
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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 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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    That is AWESOME, so happy for you!!! The struggle is for sure very real. I held a yoga class in LA once with sponsors and everything, and not one person showed up. How embarrassing. I've had to cancel workshops due to no sign ups. I've had people tell me my teaching style wasn't "real yoga," people have been inappropriate towards me, I have had people blame their injuries on me, I've been told I'm too big, too small, not a "real" yogi because I meat, etc etc etc. I have lost hundreds and at one point even $1,000 on retreats where I didn't get enough sign ups to cover the cost of the venue and food. This summer I had a legit quarter life crisis - total meltdown in the middle of New York City - the result of too much stress, pressure and work. The struggle is very, very real. But I believe in what I'm doing, and I know that there is literally no limit to the business I envision for myself and things keep falling into place so I'm happy. 98% of the time I love the grind. I really think we can do anything we work towards and put our mind to, so keep workin' at it!! #wegotthis
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    During weight loss, it's not "no carbs", ... fruits are okay, etc. But none of the "fun stuff" If you want to lose weight, give up bread/pasta/cereal/pizza/rice (yes, that includes sushi...you can eat the fish if you want)/potatoes for one month. After a few days you wont crave it. After a week you will walk passed a slice of pizza and wont give it any thought. After a month and you've lost 10 to 12 pounds you'll ask yourself why you would ever eat that garbageAfter a few months you'll be frustrated since none of your clothes will fitFolks always say... ...okay, but don't expect to see much weigh loss progress. Ask anyone who is overweight ... would you prefer to take off 20-40 pounds or would you prefer to have pizza from time to time. As a life long overweight individual, I would have taken the weight loss I started at 256 (or more?) and dreamed of one day being 210. I thought 200 was impossible. I thought the online charts for my suggested weight (I'm 6'3" tall) were total BS when the said I should weigh 187. When I hit 186 I realized they were 100% correct. I've celebrated one year under 190 and I attribute it to AVOIDING BREAD PASTA PIZZA CEREAL RICE and POTATOES. Anyone out there prefer a slice of pizza over losing 20-40 pounds? Now that I've stabilized, I've introduced carbs back into my diet. I practice moderation, but to truly achieve weight loss one needs a different life style and eating pattern. BTW. I'm now 15 pounds lighter than the "after photo" on the right Tell me...do you think giving up bread and pizza is worth it?
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    I am usually an incognito forum reader and not a participator. I've decided, however, that this is a safe environment to put myself out there. Here goes. I have been considering going through yoga teacher training for awhile now. I am 46 years old. I've been practicing yoga on and off for about thirteen years. Interspersed with my practice, I've worked toward and completed other athletic challenges (a marathon, Tough Mudders, etc.). I might be facing a mid-life crisis, but about 9 years ago, I quit my teaching job and moved my family for my husband's job. Because I was 72 months pregnant (hahahaha) when we moved, I took a little time off to help my toddler daughter adjust to the move and to stay at home with my baby son (a wonderous opportunity for which I am grateful). My mother also became ill with early onset dementia around that time, and I've been doing as much for her as I can (including placing her in a residence for care and remaining free of full time work to be with her as much as possible.) In the end, staying home made sense due to a variety of family-related reasons. Did I warn you that I've been holding a lot back lately, and here it all is? No? Sorry. (Ah, the freedom of near-anonymity!) So, fast forward. Here I am. The kids are getting big. I am getting restless. There has been blogging about training for events and about life. Very non-directional. I took a photography class. I teach knitting. I love yoga. Yoga helps me get through the angsts I encounter. I love that yoga gives me the opportunity to bring "bad ---" to my life that marathons and Tough Mudders have brought me up until now. It helps me to be calm. I love it. I am a good teacher, or so I've been told. Right now, though, I'm floundering. I have the lovely opportunity to take a mulligan in my career life. I didn't love teaching school. I wish I did, but I didn't. Subbing from time to time is more than enough. However, I want to help people to enjoy life and to feel success. I think that is why I like teaching knitting. My dream is to have my own studio, have a blogging presence, and to help people who are struggling (PTSD? Caring for a sick family member? Foundering in life?). Here, I feel like I stumbled upon this soul-fortifying community that Candace has created for a reason. My husband and I both feel like I should "go for it" career-wise and find something that helps to fulfill me. Am I crazy to consider becoming a yoga teacher? Or, if I'm not crazy, is it a viable option at my age? Please give your honest feedback. I am more than ready to find my next calling and to get started. Thank you, Candace, for this space. I feel that this new community for me has enriched my life.
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    Hi! My name is Almudena and I just completed my 200 yoga teacher traning. I'm excited of making part of this community and sharing experiences with people from different places. I'm in Spain
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    I Candace! I love your blog, I've been following it for more than a year! I've checked some of your video-tutorial, which I find very inspiring, but when I go to the mat I find it hard to follow a video. I prefer to have a a piece of paper with the poses on it to check while I'm practicing. This helps me to avoid distractions (to follow a video I need to touch my phone or my tablet, and sometimes it allows distractions), and it allows me to stay in a pose for as much time as it seems right for me (which can vary from day to day). So, as I like your sequences, I would prefer to have it on a printable format. Some you have done for short sequences, but for longer practices I couldn't find it in your page. If you could do it, I will appreciate it
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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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    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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    What is your business venture? does it inspire you? The reason I'm asking is because with my own business, it's something I have a strong personal interest in and I have a hard time not working on it, and pushing everything else aside. I'm someone who is very bad at multitasking, largely because I'm only really able to mentally conceptualise one thing at any given time. Also I get distracted *really* easily, and when that happens I basically forget everything about the previous task and go off on a tangent. Basically the previous working memory ceases to exist. Because of these things I find changes in physical location, with task relevant stuff in clear sight to be useful. If I can't see something, and it's not a 'habit', it doesn’t exist to me. I also find it essential to totally eliminate detractions if I am to get anything done at all. My workshop is deliberately offline, and I do not have a smart phone because of this. I don't personally understand how the modern world works at all with so many distractions.
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    Your question was what do I think about the judgment people make on 'white girls with tattoos'. I think people who judge others need to find something better to do with their time. That being said, I think the "white girls with tattoos" might mean that you're acknowledging that there might be some sort of cultural appropriation going on and that might be what's holding you back. The om symbol is a beautiful symbol found in many sacred Hindu texts. It's a gorgeous mantra found at the beginning of many prayers as well and your meaning behind wanting it is not that it's a cool looking symbol that you saw somewhere and inked on your body on a whim. There is significance behind it. But I guess depending upon who you ask, it could be considered in poor taste. I'll tell you something. I absolutely love Ganesh. I love everything Ganesh stands for - the lord of good fortune and success, the remover of obstacles. I have felt so drawn to Ganesh for going on ten years now. But I cannot, for the life of me, commit to inking Ganesh on my body. It doesn't feel right to me. However, I also love elephants. They are big yet gentle, loving and emotional and wise and beautiful. Ganesh has an elephant head. So I may, down the line, get an elephant tattoo. I think at the end of the day, you have to live in your own body and make a decision that you know in your heart to be right for you, and understand that what's right for you may not be right for someone else. (ps I have an om tattoo)
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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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    Hi Candace! Love your blog and so glad you've decided to run a forum! I'm Nathalie and I'm reading this from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
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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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    We are proud to announce Candace's book Namaslay is available for pre-order. Please see this blog post for details and links.http://yogabycandace.com/blog/namaslay Really proud of you! If you're going to Amazon directly, please consider using this link which provides a referral commission to this web site (use it for all your purchases!). Link to Amazon's listing for Namaslay Simon and Schuster listing
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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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    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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    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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    This idea of emotional release is yet another fascinating aspect of yoga. I have heard teachers and students talk about it before, but during my practise I have only ever really experienced the emotion of frustration for not being stronger or more flexible - I'm not sure that qualifies as the same! That being said, I went through a period of noticing a release of anger after yoga classes. These would be very enjoyable and relaxing yoga classes that would leave me very blissful, but then on the car journey home, the first person to cut me up or pull out on me would send me into a sudden rage frenzy! It would come out of nowhere and completely take me by surprise - effing and jeffing at little old ladies crossing the road in front of me! At first I though it was anger because they were ruining my hard earned peacefulness, but it was such a disproportionate and intense reaction that I began to think there must be more to it. After doing some research into it and reading articles similar to the one referenced above, my conclusion was that it was indeed the same phenomenon, just with a delayed onset. By being so peaceful and relaxed during yoga, I was allowing tension, stress and trauma held in the body and mind to be released. It appears that it doesn't want to leave without putting up a fight. I could go into more depth about the self analysing psycho-babble theories that I now believe, but now when it happens I react differently. I recognise it and understand it better. I still let it happen because I think the release is important, but by being more aware of why it is happening I am better able to cope with it. Then when I get home, I take it out on a punch bag dressed as an old lady
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    Wow, I'm glad this thread spurred some interesting conversation. In terms of the tattoo, I will get it if I decide I want it for sure. I already have one, so I'm used to the process at the very least. I really feel what you guys are saying about this. I really agree with @yogafire. I feel like I really appreciate the culture and I'm not trying to pretend I'm from the culture, but rather showing how much yoga has changed my life.
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    Thanks, guys! Yeah, I just worry about what people think way too much, but the symbol really is important to me so maybe I will go there and get the tattoo some day. It's not like I'm in a rush haha, but I appreciate your feedback. I definitely don't want to engage in cultural appropriation, and I don't want others to be offended by my tattoos.
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    That's a really helpful schedule. Thanks for sharing
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    At first I tried to alternate more active days with days of a more restorative practice, but it felt too vague, like I wasn't getting the most out of my practice. Then I found this site and followed Candace's yoga programs for a while and it worked beautifully. However, for the past few months I've come up with a schedule to help me plan my practice, so I don't have to think too hard about which video to follow. Mondays are heart opening days, Tuesdays are ashtanga/power yoga days, Wednesdays are about deep backbending. Thursdays are about shoulders and forearm balance preparation while Fridays are hip opening days. Saturdays are for focusing on foot balances and Sundays are my wildcard day. Of course, flexibility is allowed and it all comes down to how I feel when I step on the mat, but it feels nice to have this structure for fall back into.
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    To me it would have to be "Momo" by Michel Ende ,ever since I read it years and years ago, it has really stuck with me has taught me to see everyday in a different way , really great novel. "Time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart."
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    Thank you for the feedback! I gave the Manduka a good salt scrub last weekend, but I'm still slipping like Bambi on ice. I'm sure others have success with this mat, but for me it's just not worth the hassle and wrist pain. I came across this pretty comprehensive mat review and thought it might be helpful for others who are blessed/cursed with hands that won't stay put. http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-yoga-mat/ Also found this mother of all mats, but it's pretty pricey: http://liforme.com/us/
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    I have seen some studios and yoga rooms that have mirrors on the wall, I personally have not practiced in a room with mirros, but I wonder if anybody has and wants to share their opinions, how different was your practice from having mirrors to not having them . I wonder if the reflexion is distracting or helpful
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    Crab Walks! https://gmb.io/squat/ There is a video in there that has all kinds of other good stuff. They teach much like yoga even though it isn't a yoga site.
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    Hello, my name is Ashley, I'm 29 and I'm a mom and wife and I live in a small town in Colorado. I have chronic illnesses that have lead me to pushing my yoga practice forward in hopes of regaining mobility and strength. Since November, I've been able to stop walking with a cane and have gained muscle, which has helped my joints to not dislocate as often as they usually do. Candace's brand of yoga and her videos have been absolutely perfect for me and have given me so many parts of my life back! I look forward to continuing on in my practice, gaining strength, and getting to know all of you here. ✌?namaste!
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    I posted my code of ethics here. You can have a look and see if you find some guidance from that. 1.01 Scope of Practice(a) Yoga teachers/therapists provide services, teach, train student teachers/therapists, consult and conduct research with populations and in areas only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their education, training, supervised experience, consultation, study or professional experience. Supervised experience kind of stands out there.
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    You see, @YogaByCandace...I was listening at your workshop and remembered your wonderful advice!!
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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 re-read this thread today. It is interesting, now that I am into Month 3 of my little Sankulpa Yoga business how relevant all the comments are. Right now, my biggest hurdle is MARKETING. I'm sure that is familiar to everyone. The low (or no) budget, get the word out, don't get distracted by all the other work to do and forget to market...... I spend so much time sequencing (what I hope to be) good classes for the nature center that sometimes, I'll get no one show up and THEN remember that I didn't market the class. I know that working at an existing studio will get me more students, but I can't promote my own business if I'm working for someone else, so....Catch 22. I get caught up in writing curriculum and class planning, and it is just easy to forget that it's all for naught unless people know I am out there with something to offer them. So, I think my new thing is going to by Hump Day Marketing. I plan to devote every Wednesday to marketing (exclusively)......checking in on things I have going, looking into new places to promote my business, making and nurturing contacts, etc. SO, this thread just keeps on giving, folks. (I also have to let stuff go, I guess. Makes me sad to neglect my little blog space on YBC, but maintaining my own blog is really all that I can manage now.) I am going to refocus my efforts to check in with the YBC community on a regular basis like I used to do up until mid-summer. Such a positive force here. Love that.
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    I don't have firsthand experience, but my high school friend was suffering anorexia and OCD with exercise. She finally got professional help to let go of control, and now she is a psychiatrist and guest lectures at universities about eating disorders. Yoga can help (see end of this post), but I encourage seeking an individual therapist to help the recovery and maintain it. The timeline really depends on the person - for me, going to weekly sessions, it took me a year to fully understand what was bothering me (a secret I held for decades), another 6 months before I told my sister, and then another year before I was confident in myself to tell my husband. I know it's not the same as an ED, but as someone seeking help for mental health, I just wanted to throw out a possible timeline so no one expects immediate results. Anyway, this is such interesting timing. Speaking to your question, I just finished reading chapter 6 of Anna Forrest's Fierce Medicine. She talked about how yoga helped her bulimia, and she had to figure out what she was really hungry for and do that instead. See the attached excerpt - the dotted underlines are a popular highlight. So, yes, it is possible (like it was for you), but some people will need more outside influences to recover with therapy or other programs. Thanks for sharing your story - these things are not often talked about, and I am glad to hear that you are not afraid to bring it up with your friends.
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    If you still want to get the same amount of protein, you can carry soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs. My trick for soft-boiled is to steam eggs for 8.5 minutes (using a steamer basket, gentler than boiling!). I do it the night before and ice them, then store in the fridge in a container that I take with me to peel them and eat them. Just add more minutes if you don't want them that gooey.