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  1. There's no such thing as an exercise that can remove fat from a specific part of your body, your body carries extra fat where it wants to and there's nothing to be done about that non-surgically. You can lose weight that will probably shrink the muffin top. Another thing to keep in mind is to be sure you're wearing good fitting pants, low rise tight pants can make a muffin top on anyone!
  2. I experienced the same thing and identified chaturanga as the culprit. I did the same thing as you, avoided the pose for a while and slowly built it back in while working a lot on form. The shoulder pain went away! I'm now very conscious of my chaturangas. If I go to a particularly fast-paced class, I'll frequently skip them after 6 or so repetitions.
  3. One thing I like to do is to tell myself I will only observe what I'm experiencing real time, in class. Sometimes I'll pretend that I just got consciousness at the beginning of class and there's nothing else in my head that I can observe besides my body, breath, and the class experience. It's a little bit silly but the exercise really helps me to not wander to "Oh when this gets done I'll need to get dinner and then traffic and..."
  4. I tore something in my knee, likely a meniscus tear (getting an MRI to confirm). It happened 6 days ago and I've been yoga free since and I'm starting to hate it! I'm keeping the knee in a brace and trying my best not to bend it so I'm not sure if there's any yoga I can do, even basic poses like table top, down dog, forward fold I want to avoid. Is there anything I can do in this healing period?
  5. This is quite tricky, isn't it? Because yoga requires at absolute minimum time to spend on yourself, something that could definitely be considered a luxury. And while it's certainly possible to build a completely free of cost yoga practice in your own home with no mat, free videos, and your pajamas it isn't really ideal. And how do I practice yoga regularly in a studio without taking on any status? I'm spending like 6 hours a week at a studio, you end up telling your friends about it with the "what did you do last night" question. I leave work and come home dressed in my yoga clothes so my coworkers and roommate see the clothes so am I gaining clothing status? It's all very interesting. If I post a bunch of pictures of me on instagram with #yogathursday #lululemon #chaturanga does that negate what I'm cultivating in class?
  6. I was taught that it's OK to jump back to plank BUT you have to have some bend in the arms. Which I guess makes you maybe 10% of the way to chaturana
  7. A great topic! This is something I think about a lot. Cultural appropriation is an interesting concept, but I do sometimes wonder if we've villian-ized the concept of culture and practices changing over time. Even looking at yoga, "yoga" doesn't mean one thing that one group of people practiced in one way some hundreds of years ago. Look at something like the Bhakti Movement in the Medieval period that brought new ideas into an existing tradition, is that a more valid change of yoga than yoga advertised for fitness in 2014? Yoga has never been stagnant, there's not one guy we can point back to in 100BC and say "If you don't do it like this guy did it, it's not yoga." It's an interesting time of year for this topic with Halloween approaching which swells the discussion of cultural appropriation. It's really easy to identify at halloween because it's literally a costume and taking a whole culture and putting it into one image. But where do I draw the line in yoga? Maybe all the yoga I do is taking pictures of me in dancers pose on the beach and posting them to instagram. What if I have a regular practice, read about the origins of yoga, and post beach pose pictures to instagram? Does it have to do with intention? Overall I come to yoga to try and relieve my mind from stress and create a connection and understanding between my mind and my body, and I guess overall that's more or less consistent with the origins of yoga. But sometimes I come to the mat because I really want to try and nail crow pose to feel proud of that accomplishment, is that wrong?
  8. I recently discovered a lot of my neck and shoulder tension is actually coming from jaw tension. If you're a jaw clencher or teeth grinder, focusing on relaxing that can help a lot. I tend to clench my jaw when I'm doing a particularly difficult pose!
  9. A good mix! In general I like classes that have a slow warm up and cool down, whether it's a fast paced, beginner's, or yin in the middle. Some of my favorite teachers will give a little talk at the beginning about the focus of the class, my studio has themes of the month so they'll often discuss those or a short personal anecdote, I really enjoy that.
  10. I had a little cold already, and I avoided yoga during it. My sinuses tend to sway between way too dry or gross and dripping, neither of which are good for a class. I worry about my sinuses drying out too much. If you're fatigued, seems like you'd have a tough time with even medium challenging poses or flows.
  11. A couple of things work for me: 1. While focusing on the breathing, focus on a very specific part of the breath. Sometimes I focus on the rising and falling of my belly (usually do this one before a yoga class), or something like the sensations at the nostrils. 2. Pretend the only thing you can know about or think about is the sensations right now. I like this during savasana, just feeling my body against the floor, and twinges in my muscles, subtle sounds in the room. It helps me realize there's actually a lot to think about in just my present experience.
  12. I agree about standing split, I can't get my leg all that high and I feel like I'm just hanging out. Half moon feels much better!
  13. One of my favorites too! Such a great stretch after a long class. I also love Warrior 2.
  14. Yay giveaways! I really like the contest rules you set up it inspired me to check out all the posts and now I'm hooked! My member name is afrinak
  15. I practice at one studio with mirrors, one without. I find the mirrors kind of distracting, I find myself worrying about what I look like which isn't helpful in yoga! The classes are pretty crowded there and it's hard to see your form easily. I like to find a single point on the wall to look at during balancing postures, that seems harder to do with a mirrored room.