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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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    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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    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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    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/