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  1. Thanks. it is great how a yoga practice can affect you so deeply. My teacher is hopefully coming back in 6 months time so I will tell her then.
  2. Oh no without water I think you won't last very long :). Yes the cucumber tasted great, but still, food was a bit if a disappointment, although I did start to eat like the fast never happpened afterwards. But it got me thinking of how we project feelings on food, how we use food to avoid being bored or feel certain things, stress-relief etc. And when you do not have food or other distractions such as drugs or smartphones, to distract you, you are forced to be present and face whatever you are feeling. It is very hard. Other hings I experienced during the fast was that my skin became very clear and soft. And I now know that I can last very long without food or coffee, it is not a physical need but a mental one. Oh and I do crossfit and of course got much weaker after the fast but regained the strength quite quickly. I did not do crossfit during the fast but I did attend a yoga class on day 2 of the fast and it was the best yoga class I have ever been to. We were outside under a sky sprinkled with stars and i was simply very very present. It was lovely. '
  3. Oh yogafire I never saw this reply, sorry. yes I did do it and it went well. But I do recommend everyone to not work during a water fast. I entered ketosis within 24 hours and the first two days were very hard. Most difficult was the coffee or notbeing able to drink it it gave me such headache. I did not take any supplements during the fast, only drank water with lemon and pink salt. I was tired and very bored, but when I needed the energy I got it. When i was just sitting or lying down, I felt very very tired. I had my last meal on Sunday night and broke the fast on friday morning with some cucumber (I stopped a bit earlier than planned as on the Friday morning i almost fell over). It was mainly a mental struggle that taught me a lot, especially what importance with give food in our lives. I had no problem at all breaking the fast, stomach was completely fine. It was a good experience, although hard. And it somehow left me a bit disappointed with food. During fast I fantisised about all the food i wanted to eat and how wonderful it would feel, but when i started eating again I felt disappointed "was that it?" I remember thinking to myself. I checked my vitals during the fast, blood pressure was ok, pulse a bit high, temperature slightly higher than normal and blood sugar stable, lowest was around 3.7. I lost almost 5 kilo but gained 4 of them back quickly (water weight).
  4. Well I would say to all teachers, please tell people to try to be on time, and not dropping in after 20 minutes. To my teacher who recently moved away I would like to tell her that I really listened to her during class and took it all in, often carrying it with me for days and her advice often helped me to improve my practice. Even though it usually took some days for it all to sink in. And that, although we did not interact much at all and I am not the chatty person before, after or during class, she became a part of my practice and I cried in the car after her last class.
  5. I was wondering if anyone here has embarked on a water fasting (meaning only water for x number of days). I read this 21 day water fasting experiment journal http://personalexcellence.co/blog/fasting/ and got so inspired that I plan to do a 5 day water fast starting second week of December. I am paleo/low-carb and plan to reach ketosis (eating a ketogenic diet and check with urine sticks) before I start fasting so I do not have to waste days for the body to adjust. This will be no problem as I have been in ketosis several times before. The easiest way to reach ketosis is through a combination of intermittent fasting, eating a diet consisting of 80% fat and the rest as much protein as possible and as little carbs as possible. Usually I eat avocados, eggs, fish, chicken, leafy greens and drink coffe with coconut oil and sometimes butter. This in combination with high-intensive crossfit ususally brings me into ketosis within 48 hours. And ketosis feeels gooood. I also plan to cut down on coffee as I do not want to battle caffeine withdrawal symptoms during the fast. This will be a tough one, already cut my consumption from 4 cups/day to 1 and I feel it (although I must say, I sleep much better). I need to go to the office as usual and on day 4 there is an Embassy reception I cannot say no to, but I really have no idea what my energy levels will be like. Which makes me nervous. Thanks to my diet I have a very stable blood sugar but I am still a bit nervous and preparation is key when it comes to fasting. So, anyone here done something similar and could give me some advice?
  6. Seems like cultural appropriation has become soewhat of a hot topic in the yoga communicty: http://yogadork.com/2015/11/24/uproar-after-college-yoga-class-canceled-for-cultural-appropriation-but-have-they-gone-too-far/
  7. Oh what a great topic lol!! Ok here are my very often recurring thoughts "What my --- looks this werid when I do warrior a? Why does my --- look this WEIRD!?" "I am thirsty. Can I drink water now? No one else is drinking water, why is no one else drinking are they freasks? Is there a rule against drinking water during yoga class??!! Yeah I am sure there is a rule and I keep breaking it and now everyone knows I actually do not know ---- about yoga" "Yeah look at me getting that leg up high, much higher than -Miss I am so awesome at yoga- oh effit now I did it again comparing myself and thinking unyoga-thoughts and everyone else is in zen and I am stuck in worldly stupid thoughts that will never bring inner peace. Crap."
  8. Here some more information: http://www.ketotic.org/2012/05/keto-adaptation-what-it-is-and-how-to.html
  9. Hi thanks! Well basically on a ketogenic diet you keep the amount of carbs to under 20g-day so cheese, cream, nuts etc is allowed. However to reach a state of ketosis and get this kind of high that people who experience it are talking about, you try to zero out carbs almost completely and limit protein as well (the fat in your diet should keep you full). Dairy is known for disturbing ketosis and nuts are sometimes blamed for triggering cravings and so on. So a good snack would be keto balls (butter cocoa powder, coffee, coconut flakes etc) or salami or similar. Thanks for your tips, yeah I eat a lot of eggs. problem with the rest is that I live in southern Africa with import restrictions on food so I have to really go back to basics.
  10. I guess I'm not the only intermediate student focusing on arm balances and poses which look cool and paying less attention to master the poses that appear easy, but takes time to get a physical grip on. But anyhow I got my mind set on the peacock pose but no matter how many step by step instructions I follow I can't do it. After almost breaking my nose several times I admit it I'm not ready yet. So my question is how to "prepare" the body for this pose? Not how to get into it but to achieve the whatever body parts need to be strengthen or opened. I guess. .core? Perhaps balance and eh..? I would be so so happy to be able to do this one.
  11. Hey I thought I had replied weeks ago must have missed to press post button. Thanks for the good advice and for sharing.
  12. I do 10-15 minutes of yoga every morning and add a 5 minute breathing meditation if I have time. Believe me, the focus it gives you and the vitality you feel will be worth spending time on. For a while I suffered from wifi-issues and just did a couple of sun salutations but once I had access to good Internet I started live-streaming again. I have a couple of favourites on youtube (simply search for 10 min of morning yoga) and Candance has several videos that I use (for example 10 min yoga for neck and shulders when I feel sore, 10 min of morning yoga and breathing). She also recently posted a 15 min fullbody video I am eager to try.
  13. Hi everyone After years of going turning more and more paleo, and of short periods dabbling with atkins and low carb high fat I am quite deidicated to keto adaptation and reach ketosis. I bought the keto testing strips and managed an almost purple by zeroing out the carbs for a couple of days, eat plenty of fat and moderate amount of protein. typical day: morning: bullet-proof coffee, lunch: one chcken leg, dinner; fried eggs and bacon. Of course I experienced brain fog and a weird tummy, cramps in legs and difficulties sleeping. But after a while I also noticed a mental strength and focus and I did better than ever during crossfit and yoga passes. And I lost some weight (probably mainly water). Then I went to Europe and spent considerable amonts of time on trains and planes and well....time to get on that ketosis bus again. Anyhow, low carb high fat I have no problem with, if cheese and nuts are allowed I am good but I really want to reach that dark-purple ketosis state meaning my choises are very limited diet-wise and my biggest problem is the snacking. I need to snack or drink something tasty, it is my akilles heel. I should mention I am an ex-smoker and as a kid I thumb sucking was a great issues to my dentist. So it is not really the hunger or the cravings but most likely..bordeom or something. So any suggestions on how to handle snack cravings while trying to phase into ketosis? Zucchini-chips someone said.
  14. Oh after weeks of searching I finally found my class at the back of a cultural centre. We are outside in a serene setting but under a roof if that makes sense. Very mixed group all quite experienced (I have like a 70 yr old lady next to me she is awesome) not too much chatter. The teacher is great always giving options on how to approach a pose in a less or more adanced way. And there's music .
  15. Oh thank you so much, life is as it is and difficult times make you appreciate the good ones even more. I think that's a great advice re focus on where emotions are stored I'm gonna look for some heart opening flows .