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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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    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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    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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    Hey all! I wish you a happy new year 2018 and all the best!!!! :-)
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Hi everyone, I'm a primary teacher and new to yoga. Looking forward to learning loads about it! Thanks Amra
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    Hi I’m Angela and I’m reading this from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It’s very snowy here in the uk at the moment. ?
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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've attended a few of Candace's arm balance classes. The workshops are extremely informative, well structured and fun. When I got to something I just couldn't do, Candace offered suggestions, for example, to just focus on the foundation, etc. Candace does an excellent job of helping the student work within their capability and will suggest exercises and modifications to help you overcome your difficulties.
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    Hi there! Two years ago, I was be a regular here and would be totally obsessed about yoga. After all my travels and work, I fell out of my routine, and it really hurt me inside as I would really love my practice. I know it takes 21 days to form a habit, and I'm hoping to wake up earlier and start practicing a little bit every morning to get me back on the yoga train! Wish me luck!
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    I am reading this from Poznan, Poland but I live in Los Angeles
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    Hello everyone! I'm Jasmine and I just joined this forum. I love Yoga and I'm here to learn something new from you
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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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    Hello there! I am sorry that you have migraine. I do have migraine as well. But I found a "cure" for myself, which makes the migraines appear very rarely now. I started with the migraines when I was around 10 years old and now I am 34. At first the pain was killing me and I didn't know what to do. I actually didn't know what happens at all. After years of pain I started analyzing the problem and found out what happens and the best is that I found WHY it happens. I found out the migraine was a reaction of my body. Why? Because I was: not getting enough sleep not drinking enough water not eating proper food staying in front of a computer When I became 16, 17 I added those things to the list: drinking alcohol (beer triggers my migraine very quickly) smoking cigarettes going to many parties, bars, disco clubs and so on I did this at least 2 times a week and I had a lot of migraine crisis. BTW I have a migraine with aura. For those that don't know it is a symptom and you see it with one of your eyes. It lasts for about 30 minutes before the pain starts. It looks like this: So, after years of analyzing I found the triggers. And I started fixing the problem. I used to have pain after every aura. After I started changing the way i live, the pain still appeared but not after ever aura. I also used to have migraine crisis at least once every month. I had even 3-4 migraine crisis in 2 days. Not any more. The crisis stopped. Now they appear rarely. Of course added something else to my eating diet. I take minerals and vitamins now and then. Magnesium and Vitamin B6 are what I take the most. I found that by reading many studies like those. But remember that I do not recommend you to take anything without asking your doctor first! In short this is my story. I hope it will help you open your eyes for some of problems that trigger your migraine.
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    This is where I really want to tell you to just go on a horse and learn to post while trotting because doing a posting trot is basically squats, on a horse, at a moderate pace. The only difference is that while riding you don't feel like you are working hard on flexibility, mobility and strength along the entire leg. This is why I can post for 30 minutes (which is easily over 100 squats) but I can't do 100 squats on the ground because the ground puts a lot of stress on the joints and I have cranky knees. However, you may want to check if you are doing your hips and ankles a favor by seeing if you have all of your limbs moving at their best. When I do squatting at home (because yes, I do work on it at home), I make sure to have my feet in the right position because having your feet not in the right place will limit the knees (and knees being cranky means hips will hurt and that's just not fun, right?) This is a great article that explains what you may be doing wrong on your ground ("normal") squats. If you are still finding yourself tight, hip openers! http://reembody.me/read-this-before-you-do-another-squat-then-do-several-after/
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    Such a great book it is. All the topics explained precisely. Thanks for sharing.
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    If your instructors are not sure and your medical checks out I am not sure how much help you can get off the internet. Sometimes yoga does things to us emotionally and subconsciously which may have physical effects. Do you have strong core muscles? Those muscles keep our innards steady, keep everything from squishing and sloshing around. too much.
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    I often find, that if i'm doing a yin practice in particular, where poses are held for longer, I definitely have an emotional reaction. Its nearly always in Pigeon actually. I see it as a positive thing....just maybe an expression of something that needed to come out from the unconscious?? ...Kinda like when your joints crack, and the theory goes, that its gas escaping from the joints...so a good thing. Frame the emotion in a good way first and see what journey it takes you on...hold the emotion with love and then let it leave with love:)
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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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    What does it mean when someone says you have a beautiful practice?
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    Thank you Yogafire! I'm still getting a hang of the lingo. I hope that people see my process and inner growth when they see my practice, not just the postures.
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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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    It can mean anything. It's a compliment...what does it mean when someone says "s/he's a beautiful person"? (on Facebook, it seems that every picture posted gets a few "beautiful" replies) It can mean...you're results are amazing..or maybe your efforts are impressive (even if the results aren't perfect)...or maybe your poses are expressive and fluid...or it could mean the person is beautiful and wants to share their beauty
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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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    I just happened to come across Candace's blog one day while looking for a yoga program and I fell in love with her non-judgmental way of excersie and the fact that she doesn't force you to sit through long periods of meditation. I can't stand to meditate, I'm a busy person and I don't have time to just sit for long stretches and do nothing. (I'm a mother of 2, a subsititue teacher, and a full time student so my time and energy is very limited.) I need to start doing some strength training to incorporate into my workout routine. I also run anywhere from 2-4 days a week and then yoga1-3 times a week (if I'm lucky I might get 4 workouts in or maybe have to skip a week all together.) Running is my main workout but I want to build upper body and core strength so that I can preform headstands and then handstands. What I'm looking for is a female (preferably) with an attitude similar to Candace's. I want to work with dumbbells and resistance bands at home. I am not a gym person (again, limited time) so I would like videos online. Does anyone have any suggestions?