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  1. kmkb liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Committing To The Mat   
    I began my yoga journey when I was a freshman in high school and my local rec center offered a gentle yoga flow.  At the time, this was the only class in my small town so I've been supplementing my practice with videos online and lurking yoga communities a bit like this one.  Because of the lack of structure (I basically get on the mat whenever I have time) I've had a few commitment issues with my practice and sometimes I take up to week-long breaks.   I'm at the weird beginner stage where I feel like I could progress to more advanced stages if I could keep up on my practice but I'm a full-time student with a stressful job in the healthcare field.
     
     
    I think I could really benefit from some advice on how to progress on to the next stage!  Advice on everything from committing to a routine to how to loosen tight hips and get my arms and shoulders up to par to go from crow to crane.  I won't get anywhere without practice though, so, where do other newbies get their motivation to get on the mat?
  2. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Committing To The Mat   
    I think 10-20 minutes a day is a great goal!  In terms of commitment, I find its best to play it by ear according to my body and day to day schedule.  If the situation allows for more time then thats great and I'm ready to get on the mat for a serious routine.  But if I only have a few minutes for the day or I'm not feeling up to the commitment of a long session then I'll only do a short routine.  
     
    I think committing yourself to improvement requires slow work.  If you can do 10 or 20 minutes every day then you can start to work on making it a habit instead of an unattainable goal you're always working towards.  Habits require time and steady reinforcement.  If I'm feeling sick one day then I'll aim for 5 minutes of meditation as long as I'm doing it.  A few minutes of sun salutations can be very beneficial towards building a habit to working out and yoga. 
  3. kmkb liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Committing To The Mat   
    This is a great idea!  I'm sure there will be a thread popping up sometime soon about resolutions for the new year.  Sometimes these threads can get a little bit crowded and the sense of togetherness in the group is lost because there are just too many people aiming for too many different things!
     
    I think we should aim to have a group of about 10 or so users who want to make a goal in the new year to casually practice yoga everyday.  I think the smaller group offers more opportunities to really bond and help one another instead of being lost in a sea of replies found on one massive thread.  This is a great idea!
  4. kmkb liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Committing To The Mat   
    This is a great idea!  I'm sure there will be a thread popping up sometime soon about resolutions for the new year.  Sometimes these threads can get a little bit crowded and the sense of togetherness in the group is lost because there are just too many people aiming for too many different things!
     
    I think we should aim to have a group of about 10 or so users who want to make a goal in the new year to casually practice yoga everyday.  I think the smaller group offers more opportunities to really bond and help one another instead of being lost in a sea of replies found on one massive thread.  This is a great idea!
  5. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Committing To The Mat   
    I think 10-20 minutes a day is a great goal!  In terms of commitment, I find its best to play it by ear according to my body and day to day schedule.  If the situation allows for more time then thats great and I'm ready to get on the mat for a serious routine.  But if I only have a few minutes for the day or I'm not feeling up to the commitment of a long session then I'll only do a short routine.  
     
    I think committing yourself to improvement requires slow work.  If you can do 10 or 20 minutes every day then you can start to work on making it a habit instead of an unattainable goal you're always working towards.  Habits require time and steady reinforcement.  If I'm feeling sick one day then I'll aim for 5 minutes of meditation as long as I'm doing it.  A few minutes of sun salutations can be very beneficial towards building a habit to working out and yoga. 
  6. Wildore liked a post in a topic by kmkb in Committing To The Mat   
    Thanks for the prompt reply, Wildore! I was feeling so inspired I got off the computer to do a little yoga right then!

    I am interested in some sort of an accountability group or forum thread. New year's resolutions are going to be creeping up soon, so there should be plenty of interest...
  7. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Committing To The Mat   
    I think 10-20 minutes a day is a great goal!  In terms of commitment, I find its best to play it by ear according to my body and day to day schedule.  If the situation allows for more time then thats great and I'm ready to get on the mat for a serious routine.  But if I only have a few minutes for the day or I'm not feeling up to the commitment of a long session then I'll only do a short routine.  
     
    I think committing yourself to improvement requires slow work.  If you can do 10 or 20 minutes every day then you can start to work on making it a habit instead of an unattainable goal you're always working towards.  Habits require time and steady reinforcement.  If I'm feeling sick one day then I'll aim for 5 minutes of meditation as long as I'm doing it.  A few minutes of sun salutations can be very beneficial towards building a habit to working out and yoga. 
  8. kmkb liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Committing To The Mat   
    I began my yoga journey when I was a freshman in high school and my local rec center offered a gentle yoga flow.  At the time, this was the only class in my small town so I've been supplementing my practice with videos online and lurking yoga communities a bit like this one.  Because of the lack of structure (I basically get on the mat whenever I have time) I've had a few commitment issues with my practice and sometimes I take up to week-long breaks.   I'm at the weird beginner stage where I feel like I could progress to more advanced stages if I could keep up on my practice but I'm a full-time student with a stressful job in the healthcare field.
     
     
    I think I could really benefit from some advice on how to progress on to the next stage!  Advice on everything from committing to a routine to how to loosen tight hips and get my arms and shoulders up to par to go from crow to crane.  I won't get anywhere without practice though, so, where do other newbies get their motivation to get on the mat?
  9. Wildore liked a post in a topic by HDee in Committing To The Mat   
    Just this week I decided to really commit to my practice by placing it first and foremost in my day.  Since I am great at procrastinating, this has been working out quite well.  Plus I start the day off nicely stretched and in a relaxed state of mind.
  10. Wildore liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Committing To The Mat   
    I totally agree. I love getting excited the night before and planning my practice for first thing in the morning. I think it's also really important and helpful to remember how good you feel after practicing yoga. I read something that said, "You'll never regret practicing yoga; you'll regret it when you don't." Thinking about that quote and how good I feel after yoga keeps me committed to the mat. I hope it helps you too! =)
  11. Wildore liked a post in a topic by Turi in Committing To The Mat   
    This is such an important topic I think - and inspiring too to read your thoughts about it. 
    I´ve been struggling with finding a time for myself to practice. Living in a house with more kids than rooms, it´s difficult to establish a regular practice. And I already get up at 5.30 every morning, if I have to get up any earlier my kids will have to tug themselves in at night, because I´ll already be in bed sleeping, when they go to bed!! 
    This week I changed some routines, so that I can do 15 minutes every morning just to stretch and wake up the body. 
    But I still struggle with figuring out how to do more of the longer sessions, that are probably the ones that will allow me to se some improvement in my practice... 
  12. Wildore liked a post in a topic by KateR in Committing To The Mat   
    Putting it in your calendar is a great idea! You're more likely to work for and achieve your goals of they're written down. I'd recommend writing down your goal yoga schedule- 15 minutes three times per week, or whatever you decide- and putting it somewhere you see every day! I started a personal blog where I can post pictures and chart my progress (based off someone's suggestion in the YBC forum!). It's nothing formal, but I'm hopping that the idea that someone may see it and the "public" commitment will push me to be more consistent and stick to my own goals!
  13. Wildore liked a post in a topic by Melanie in Committing To The Mat   
    I have practiced yoga for several years with varying levels of commitment. I have had months when I practiced daily, and months when I neglected my mat, and months where I practiced somewhere in between the two extremes. Between parenting, working, taking care of a household, and all of life's other busy-ness it is too easy to let go of the priority to take care of myself. About eight weeks ago, I vowed to commit to my practice once again, to explore why I so often break the commitment even though I reap amazing benefits, and to work toward a daily practice. I am currently practicing five days a week, both at home and at a local studio.
     
    Good luck to you, Wildore! I think that 3x per week is a great goal, but I know for me, I have to get to my mat every day, even if it is for just a quick meditation, a ten-minute video, or a couple rounds of sun salutations. I think it helps me keep it a priority.
     
    Here are some things I have found that help me get to my mat regularly:
    I leave my mat out, unrolled, ready to welcome me at any moment. It is in a room that is also used for other purposes; it is not a perfect nor beautifully decorated yoga sanctuary (although I did create a little altar near the mat to make the space seem a bit more sacred and with purpose). The point is, it can be anywhere--the kitchen, the hallway, wherever.  I set my alarm for the same time each weekday, 5:30am, and go immediately to my mat (I do this even if I plan on taking a studio class later in the day.). Some mornings I eagerly go, some mornings the thoughts in my head are like a small child, throwing a tantrum. I go anyway. This is how I discovered Candace. I was looking for gentle morning yoga videos, as short as 10 or 15 minutes. Just something to get me moving on my mat. Somedays 10 minutes only, and I am off to enjoy my favorite cup of coffee. Other mornings, I stay longer, a 30+ minute practice feels good. I think Sun Salutations are a great way to build strength needed for more advanced poses.   I keep a yoga journal. I think this has been the number one tool to keep my motivation high. After each yoga practice, I take a few minutes to write the date, time, where I practiced (@home or @studio/teacher), and the duration. Then I jot down something about the practice: how did I feel, what pose did I enjoy the most, what pose did I resist the most, did I feel focused/distracted, did I have any proud moments in this practice? I don't want to have to skip a day, so it has been a good incentive for me.  I try to keep yoga current in my mind: I read yoga-related or yoga-inspired writing (e.g. currently reading Pema Chodron), I seek out yoga online via video (Candace!), Pinterest, blogs, this forum, et cetera. I am also working my way through the e-book Forty Days of Yoga (http://www.amazon.com/Forty-Days-Yoga-Kara-Leah-Grant/dp/0473239582/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414467712&sr=1-1) which is good read as I work toward my goal of a home practice.  I try to do yoga poses throughout the day: tree pose while washing the dishes; plank pose during TV commercial, downward dog while I am talking to the kids about their homework (they have gotten used to talking to me while I am upside down lol). No, it doesn't replace a full practice, but it helps build strength which I am eager to bring to the mat.  I write it on my calendar, just like any other appointment or important event. I am enjoying reading what inspires others to show up at the mat regularly!
  14. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Huge Giveaway To Celebrate The Yoga Forum   
    My username is Wildore, my real name is Madeline (nice to meet you)!
    From what I've seen so far, this will likely become my favorite online yoga community.  It seems to be relatively new and there's something to be said about becoming a part of a community as it get off the ground.  I love all the areas for discussion about both yoga and everything else!  I get a feel for the users and the content they submit and I can relate to their thoughts and struggles, they aren't those mystical yoga teachers who spend all their time inverted on the mat.  I can relate to the users here much more than I can in other communities I've tried to be a part of. 
  15. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Life/travel/beauty Hacks   
    My desk is always a mess with wires from monitors and speakers and chargers, but my favorite hack for these has to be sorting them using toe separators.  You know, those little foamy things you put your toes in when you paint them to keep them from touching and rubbing the paint?  The wires are still visible against the wall behind my desk but at least their organized and held in one place with pink zebra foam.  
  16. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Life/travel/beauty Hacks   
    My desk is always a mess with wires from monitors and speakers and chargers, but my favorite hack for these has to be sorting them using toe separators.  You know, those little foamy things you put your toes in when you paint them to keep them from touching and rubbing the paint?  The wires are still visible against the wall behind my desk but at least their organized and held in one place with pink zebra foam.  
  17. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Huge Giveaway To Celebrate The Yoga Forum   
    My username is Wildore, my real name is Madeline (nice to meet you)!
    From what I've seen so far, this will likely become my favorite online yoga community.  It seems to be relatively new and there's something to be said about becoming a part of a community as it get off the ground.  I love all the areas for discussion about both yoga and everything else!  I get a feel for the users and the content they submit and I can relate to their thoughts and struggles, they aren't those mystical yoga teachers who spend all their time inverted on the mat.  I can relate to the users here much more than I can in other communities I've tried to be a part of. 
  18. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    Hi, my name is Madeline!  I've been doing yoga  on and off for a few years now, but I've recently taken quite a bit of interest in my practice.  I'm a Wyoming transplant living in sunny Ventura County, California.
  19. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Sea Salt Spray   
    I've used my own homemade sea salt hair spray for a little while now, I can't find the original recipe, but this website has one that's really close to my own.  I like to put a few drops of orange oil or peppermint oil in every time I make a new batch and it's worked really well for me so far!  I have naturally curly hair and for the past year I've been figuring out how I can manage my natural hair.
  20. yogafire liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Recent Noteworthy Reads   
    Yes, I cannot agree with this enough!  I sped through all the books a little while ago and I can't find a new book or series to fill the gap until the next book is released. 
     
    Ender's Game is probably one of my favorite reads even though I think it's considered a kids book? I read through Issac Asimov's foundation series which is supposed to be similar but targeted towards adults and it was good, but not quite on par with Ender's Game.  I think I'm feeling a kick towards fantasy books so does anyone have any recommendations other than Game of Thrones?
  21. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Committing To The Mat   
    This is probably where I go wrong, I need to lower my expectations and three days a week seems like a very easy goal!  I'll take a look through these links as well, thank you for your recommendation!
    I never thought about this!  I moved to a densely populated area so I'm sure there's something like this I can take advantage of!  Thanks so much! 
  22. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Life/travel/beauty Hacks   
    My desk is always a mess with wires from monitors and speakers and chargers, but my favorite hack for these has to be sorting them using toe separators.  You know, those little foamy things you put your toes in when you paint them to keep them from touching and rubbing the paint?  The wires are still visible against the wall behind my desk but at least their organized and held in one place with pink zebra foam.  
  23. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Huge Giveaway To Celebrate The Yoga Forum   
    My username is Wildore, my real name is Madeline (nice to meet you)!
    From what I've seen so far, this will likely become my favorite online yoga community.  It seems to be relatively new and there's something to be said about becoming a part of a community as it get off the ground.  I love all the areas for discussion about both yoga and everything else!  I get a feel for the users and the content they submit and I can relate to their thoughts and struggles, they aren't those mystical yoga teachers who spend all their time inverted on the mat.  I can relate to the users here much more than I can in other communities I've tried to be a part of. 
  24. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Wildore in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    Hi, my name is Madeline!  I've been doing yoga  on and off for a few years now, but I've recently taken quite a bit of interest in my practice.  I'm a Wyoming transplant living in sunny Ventura County, California.