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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Hey all! I wish you a happy new year 2018 and all the best!!!! :-)
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    yoga exercises for men's health 1. STANDING FORWARD FOLD Uttanasana, or Standing Forward Fold, opens the back of the legs, the hips and the back. Making this pose even more appealing for non-bendy men is that it’s easily modified. If you can’t reach the floor, keep your hands on your thighs, calves or ankles or use blocks to shorten the distance. In addition to stretching muscles, Standing Forward Fold lowers blood pressure, eases headaches, improves circulation and helps you sleep better. And if you allow gravity to do its job in this pose and relax your head and neck, you can also reduce the tension you carry in your upper body. 2. Warrior One This iconic posture stretches men where they need it most—the hips and shoulders. On top of opening these tight areas, Virabhadrasana is a strengthening posture. It builds the muscle of the thighs along with the areas around the knees, which means more stability and protection for sensitive joints during high impact sports. Want more powerful shoulders? Try holding this pose for 10-15 breaths and you’ll never again question whether yoga is physically challenging. 3. CHAIR POSE Back to that question about whether yoga is physically demanding for tough guys? Chair pose, or Utkatasana, may bring even the macho-est man to tears. Chair pose works the quads, ankles, butt and shoulders, while also opening the chest—helping you develop greater stability. It’s also useful for improving flat feet and stimulating the abdominal organs. 4. UPWARD FACING DOG The other dog posture, Urdvha Mukha Svansana, can help to open the chest and strengthen the back and arms. This posture will help anyone who sits behind a desk or a wheel for far too many hours each day by opening the abdomen and hip flexors. For men who also enjoy more strenuous forms of exercise, Upward Facing Dog is a great way to warm up and get the muscles stretched and blood flowing before expecting the body to go all out. Up Dog also helps anyone struggling with breathing difficulties. 5. BOAT POSE Another amazing strengthening posture, Boat pose, or Navasana, will give you rock hard abs as it also strengthens the hips flexors and spine. This posture is particularly beneficial to men for what it does to stimulate the prostate gland and even just raise awareness and reduce tension in the pelvic region. If you’re the type of guy whose key to your heart is through your stomach, you’ll enjoy boat pose for its ability to stimulate the digestive system and keep everything moving smoothly.
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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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    Good morning, everyone! I have a question about leading a yoga session without having your teacher cert. ***Disclaimer: I am coming here with this question because I absolutely do not want to be irresponsible or put someone at risk for injury! I just love yoga and want to get my feet wet teaching to see if it is something I would enjoy. The area I live in has not quite jumped on the yoga bandwagon. Most of the classes available are offered in gyms and are multi-level inclusive (not that that's a bad thing, but classes on specific types of yoga, workshops, etc. are in short supply). So, I have always practiced yoga on my own, using supplemental materials such as the YBC blog, videos, and now, Namaslay. I've been thinking about getting my teacher cert., to make yoga more accessible in my area, but am currently a stay at home mom with a small child, so that's not in the cards for me at this point in my life. Lately, I've been toying with the idea of perhaps leading a small group in informal sessions such as at the park on the weekends (I would make it clear that I am not certified). There would be no charge for the sessions, and it would mainly be a way for a small group of people to come together and experience a "basic" yoga flow. However, without my certification, I don't want to be irresponsible and I also don't want to be held liable on the off chance that an injury takes place (I saw some posts on yoga teacher insurance.) I guess what I am basically asking is this: 1. Is it irresponsible to lead a session (I don't want to call it a class since I'm not certified) without certification? and 2. Could I be held liable for any potential injury? I appreciate any thoughts/comments. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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    Hmmm...okay, let me see if me got it right (LOL)... if I said "I went to an incredibly amazing workshop lead by @YogaByCandace this weekend, which I learned a lot of new stuff and had a wonderful time. I can't wait for the next workshop!!" that would be correct, right??
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    Yep, I think it's ok provided you don't teach what you don't know, you make it really clear you're not certified, and do it with friends rather than promote it as a class. <3 @LarryD517 - Somewhat unrelated, but I always wondered about me vs I and my cousin explained it really well. If you can chop off the other person from the sentence and your pronoun you're using for yourself makes sense, then it's right. For example - Jenny and me are going to the store. That's wrong because if I say "Me is going to the store" it doesn't make sense. So it has to be Jenny and I are going to the store. If I say, The teacher demonstrated crow pose to Jenny and I, it wouldn't work because "The teacher demonstrated crow pose to I" doesn't make sense. So in that case, it would have to be The teacher demonstrated crow pose to Jenny and me. The more ya know!
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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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    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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    This is one of my issues with my disordered eating that I work on. One of the things my therapist and I have developed, especially as she does yoga as well, is to switch my pose to something more body friendly and one of strength (say, one of the Warrior poses or Tree) and then bring myself back to my intention, saying it out loud. It can be just under my breath, whispering it or saying it with intention as I practice at home. It breaks the cycle of thought and brings me back to why I am doing what I am doing - to be at peace with my body. I have the tendency to fixate, so by physically taking myself out, I break the fixation. Hopefully that helps a little.
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    I recently purchased the Manduka ProLite, and my hands slide every time I use it (before my palms even start to get sweaty). I've been using it daily for 3 weeks without much improvement. The package insert from Manduka mentions a sea salt scrub, but I'm a little nervous about taking a scrub brush to my not-so-small investment. Has anyone tried this? Any other suggestions to speed up the "break-in" process?
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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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    Return to your breath. Listen to the rhythmic, oceanic sound, especially during "ujaya" breathing. Take at least four seconds on the inhales (during passive poses, like resting in downward dog) and try to make the exhale even longer. If you concentrate on breathing you won't focus on "other stuff" The meditation that instructors lead at the beginning and end of the class .... are skills to train you in clearing your mind. You can use these skills any time you wish.
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    Hi my name is Peter and I am living in Santa Cruz, California!
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    Hi everyone! I see there is a lot of confusion between nose and mouth breathing and some people recommend mouth breathing over nasal breathing. So, just thought of sharing this here to make it clear. Proper breathing technique is a bridge between your body and your mind. Concentrating on the breath works as a nexus, a focal point to unite our awareness and action in common point linking all three. Breathing is fundamental in all kinds of yoga sessions because it activates the parasympathetic nervous system allowing the relaxation response to take over and helps in establishing more profound inner gaze and meditative state. Not only the nose should do breathing but also inhalation should be directed towards the back of the throat and it should be slow, even and measured. It is extremely important to use nasal breathing in our yoga practice for following four reasons:- 1) To center the mind. By focusing on the breath, drawing it out, it allows you to stay in a specific state of mind (calm and focused). 2) To keep heat regulated in the body. 3) Cooling effect on brain. 4) It diminishes distractions and allows the practitioner to remain self-aware and grounded in the practice. In addition, we should not breathe out through the mouth, but exhaling should be done only through nose. When we breathe out through the mouth, we are wasting energy, even though there are some specific exercises in yoga where mouth breathing does happen. Mouth breathing can contribute to the following: misaligned bite, bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and nighttime urination. Air exhaled through the nose creates back pressure when one exhales. It slows the air escape so the lungs have more time to extract oxygen from them. Therefore, it is more appropriate to breathe out through the nose. Moreover, breathing through nose allows the body to use its natural filtering system and following the nasal path, the breath flows in through the nose up through the brain, flowing down through the throat to the rest of the body up through the stomach out mouth. This is the body’s way of cleansing itself and providing the other nutrients of breath. Therefore, Majority of Yoga poses promotes nasal breathing. So what’s the big deal in nasal breathing?
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    @YogaNoob I would say to practice a minimum of 2x a week to truly experience the benefits of yoga. I practice daily, and this may sounds sort of abstract to you right now but you will learn as awareness increases: do what FEELS good. Your body might need different things at different times but it is really good at asking for what it wants if you listen. Good luck!! Ask as many questions as you need!
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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.
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    I typically work on upper body one day and lower the next, with pretty consistent core work. Sometimes I just do full body after a restorative day. It really depends. But a lot of the yoga flows I do really work the whole body anyway!
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    Either/or is fine, it's all personal preference depending on how you feel. If you are going to have an active recovery day, then foam rolling and stretching would be great. If it's going to be yoga, choose something restorative like yin or gentle yoga. It's definitely better not to just lay around all day on the off day. Going for a short walk is a good alternative to a more active recovery day. If you're working out often and then just lay around all day on the off day you might feel pretty terrible when you're ready to get back into working out.
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    I scrubbed the dickens out of my Manduka pro mat using coarse sea salt and a very stiff scrub brush a couple of times, but it didn't see to help all that much. I would still recommend doing it and also maybe using a strong dish soap to get the film off. The two things that made a difference for mine was leaving it out in the sun all day (on a not too hot day) a few times, and giving it a weekly wipe down with an antibacterial cleanser wipe. Also, I make sure to wash my hands before my practice since that seems to improve the grip. For me, the slightest bit of oily moisture makes it slick although it is much better now a year in. It takes a lot to hurt these mats so really don't be afraid to abuse it a bit, as it seems to like it!
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    This is a most ridiculous way to answer this but are they traditional boat shoes or "water shoes" boat shoes - the kind of shoe literally made to go into the water and get wet? [It's ridiculous, but for some reason, different kinds of "boaters" - from my dad the kayaker to those the ones with the engines all describe different shoes as "boat shoes."] If they are traditional boat shoes with rubber soles and leather uppers that are oiled, they are traditionally worn with no socks, but can also be worn with low-cut ankle socks, no show socks and crew socks in a poly-mix or cotton if you cannot live without your socks (depending on your activities.) Your feet actually breathe better without socks when wearing leather shoes, so I've never understood the socks + leather shoes thing. Shoes made to go in water? No socks or get gortex socks. I mean, have you ever had wet socks on your feet? * shudders *
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    Hello Well, I would recommend to wear a loose tank top covering butt and the front. Best!
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    Everyone starts with tight hamstrings, welcome to the club How long do you sit in poses? The best beginner advice to hamstrings I can give is to do legs up the wall for a MINIMUM of five minutes a day every day of the year (if possible). Read up on yin yoga. Unlike the trendy "boutique” yoga studios where they race from pose to pose...to give you that sweaty, "go for the burn" alternative to SoulCycle, a slow, pensive practice where you stay in each pose for a few minutes will help your body open up and relax. Make sure your back is a straight as possible. The goal isn’t to touch your toes, it’s to bend at hips with a straight back. If you only go forward a little bit...great! Celebrate that. Bend your knees and stay there for minutes at a time. The straighter your back, the more you will feel it in your hamstrings If it’s in the budget, attend classes or take a private lesson to learn the best way to work with your body's limitations See the third tip in my signature for tips on hamstrings.
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    Hi everyone, I'm new to yoga and actually got started by watching candace on YouTube. In starting to take it more seriously now and practice more frequently . I was hoping for opinions on my first mat to buy. I have seen some round mats and would love to know if any of you guys use them, recommend them etc and why? Thought it would be good to get an insight before I part with my money! Thanks!
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    I currently do horseback riding (English Equitation mostly. I'm learning a little bit of dressage and starting to get into jumping), yoga, YouTube Krav Maga workouts, and walking my dog. When I do my horseback riding lessons at the NFP, I tack up and down and ride my horse. If you aren't familiar with tacking horses, it requires a lot of strength and endurance, especially if you have to groom them first, which I have to do with Kadena (the horse I ride) as she often isn't used in lessons before I come. The procedure often goes as thus: using a hoof pick to clean out debris in the hooves (you must get the horse to give you their feet first. You must hold the hoof in one hand, clean it with the pick in the other), with horses with large white areas such as Kadena - you need to use charcoal to lift any noticeable stains then use a curry brush to dig out dead fur, sand, dust, hay, etc. A hard brush then sweeps this debris away. This is followed by a soft brush to smooth the hair. A comb or hair brush is used to detangle the mane and tail (my favorite part.) That entails grooming. To tack, I put on a basic saddle blanket and even it, then a fleece saddle pad followed by the saddle, which weighs about 30 pounds (it's heavy.) The girth is strapped onto one side, I walk over to the other and strap it to the saddle on the other side, then tighten accordingly. Since Kadena wears a nose strap, I take off her harness, affix her bridle that way, then adjust my stirrup leathers, then I put her harness on her bridle hook and take her out to the arena to ride. It takes about 30 minutes. Good strength training. I also stretch out her legs before I ride her so she doesn't injure herself and stretch them after once I've got her tack off.
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    Hello, I am Alisa and I am reading from Las Vegas, Nevada. Good to see that this forum exists!
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    Such a great book it is. All the topics explained precisely. Thanks for sharing.
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    Hey there, my name is Valerie. I have been practicing yoga for about 12 years and have been a certified teacher (RTY200) since 2014. I teach and sub in the small town I live in as well as I have a holistic nutrition and wellness coaching business. I have been working on expanding my yoga community through Instagram and blogging, mainly because I have felt pretty unsupported in my face to face community. I have done some of Candace's 30 day challenges and used her YouTube videos to practice with when I haven't had time to go to a class but wanted to be lead instead of creating my own flow. Thanks for having me!
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    Most yogis respect and admire effort. It's fun to watch a young, lithe, physically fit, trained gymnast perform in class...but it's impressive to watch an older person with limited flexibility grow and develop their practice.
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    Yay! So glad you found us, too, and SO glad to hear you're doing so much better. That is amazing!! Congrats and keep up the great work <3
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    Hi Everyone, I am somewhat new to yoga. I have had my good days and my bad days while at yoga. Some days, I completely forget about the outside world and even everyone in the class and just focus on being present throughout the practice. However, lately I have been having a very difficult time staying focused through an entire class and end up wishing the class would end early. I can't seem to break out of this negative thought pattern. For example. Bending over in a pose and noticing my stomach and small little rolls that form when bending over. From there my mind starts to wander about what I've been eating and how I need to be better about eating healthy (although I am a pretty healthy person). There are times when I can focus back on the mat, however, the next time we bend over the thought process spirals again. I feel like I end up leaving more stressed than when I came to practice. I've noticed this typically happens after a weekend where I went out and probably had a few too many drinks and stayed out a little too late. I don't want to give up going and having a good time with friends... But at the same time I want to continue to see the progression with my yoga practice. Any advice on how to work on this? Thanks
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    Thanks so much for the kind words, Chey, and welcome to the forum!! <3
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    Thanks to both of you for your advice. I've had a look at the "Emotional release during yoga class" topic and although there's some useful information there I can't quite relate to most of the issues it covers there. I've had emotional releases and I completely understand what people write about, but this is something completely different and I can't explain it better than my attempt above... I'll try reading up about it more and have a look at the articles shared in the discussion board. Thanks again for your help.
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    I get overwhelmed easily due to autism, so this is one of those reasons I haven't stepped into a gym to try yoga because one of my coping mechanisms when I'm overwhelmed is I put in ear plugs. There's no not seeing them as they are bright orange as they are wax ear plugs for children (and they don't come in clear!) I'm very picky with music volume as it has to be low or I just get overwhelmed. I prefer silence because I have to concentrate due to how clumsy I am. I have to think or I fall. That's one of the blessings of practice at home I think. I pick what I want. I don't have perfect silence as usually my dog, Zena, is snoring on my bed (I recently got a Sleep Number and I think she likes it more than I do) but it's sound I can deal with. If I fall, I can laugh at myself, right?
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    Thanks for the input! I should probably follow a similar schedule. I started focusing on hamstrings and hips because that seemed to be the most immediate need, but the rest of my body needs work too.
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    I bought the Manduka Pro recently but it was really slippery. This is especially the case once I started sweating just a little bit, and it was impossible to hold poses like downward dog without having my palms slide forward. I did the salt scrub and left it out to air dry. In my next yoga class, I was sliding again. This time, when I did the wheel, I almost slipped and fell out of the pose. This was extremely dangerous as I could have injured myself. I came back and did the salt scrub again, this time with a little bit more water. I also added some liquid soap, which I read about in some forums and it worked for them. I used a Scotch scour pad to scrub the mat. This time I noticed that bits of the mat had come off (black bits), which I discovered to my horror, since nowhere have I read that the mat can disintegrate so easily. On top of that, my mat has not dried. It's been one full day since I did the second scrub down and it is still damp (I left it out to dry in the sun, and then after that, air drying it overnight). It's even more slippery than ever before, almost like a slide. It is impossible to use as a mat. I plan to dry it out in the sun all day tomorrow, but if this doesn't work I am really at my wit's end on what to do. (Probably resort to another mat...)
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    I have this same problem! I bought the mat a few months ago and have been using it daily and it's not AS slippery as it was initially, but it's still fairly slippery. I am always slipping too, even if it's a more gentle practice and I'm not particularly sweaty. I keep meaning to try the salt scrub, but haven't gotten around to it. I would love to hear if anyone else has done it and if it has worked.