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  1. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by helenschki in What is something you'd like to tell your teacher?   
    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.
  2. helenschki liked a post in a topic by brenskip55 in What is something you'd like to tell your teacher?   
    I hear ya on this! I practiced almost exclusively with the same instructor for the first 5 years. She really changed my life and inspired me to become a yoga teacher. I definitely cried after my last class with her before I moved away, and brought her a gift. We actually started to connect more on email after that, but I've always felt sad that I never told her sooner how much her class meant to me. I still miss her class.
  3. yogafire liked a post in a topic by helenschki in What is something you'd like to tell your teacher?   
    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.
  4. yogafire liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Water fasting experience?   
    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. '
  5. helenschki liked a post in a topic by yogafire in What is something you'd like to tell your teacher?   
    That's beautiful.  I did not get the chance to say goodbye to one of my teachers that moved away - the studio said they could not disclose her email address, but said they could forward my thank you note to her via email on my behalf.  I never got a response, but, I was happy I at least wrote it down.  
    Thanks for sharing here - and, if you still wish, consider asking your studio if they can forward a thank you note to the teacher for you (or share the email address if you wish to write personally).  I find it hard to talk after class and express how I feel - I often get nervous, so my words get all jumbled!  So, writing is a better medium for me.
  6. helenschki liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Water fasting experience?   
    You know, I completely misread this post at first and thought it also excluded water, so I had no idea how on earth you would survive!
    Thanks for the update and for sharing how you monitored yourself to make sure you were safe.  Glad you ended it early when you needed it.  Did the first cucumber at least taste more refreshing than any other cucumber before?   The mental struggle is interesting  - was your appetite diminished for awhile, or do you still feel not as satisfied from food still?
  7. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by helenschki in What is something you'd like to tell your teacher?   
    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.
  8. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by helenschki in What is something you'd like to tell your teacher?   
    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.
  9. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Hypermobility   
    Hi Kupo, thank you so much for sharing. I so much agree with you that it somehow dampens the pride, I start to guess that my talent for certain poses is not because I am a yoga prodigy but because some of my limbs allow me to do things before my muscles are ready (if I have understood the discussion correctly?).
     
    I will try to follow your advice and also practice self-restraint. And of course tell my teacher I am so grateful that she pointed this out to me. For me personally this makes so much sense and to push myself beyond my limit, not being in tune with my body and its needs it is something that for me is not only applied to my yoga routine but life in general. This whole hypermobility-issue has really been a good reminder for me on how goals are supposed to be reached and how ego sometimes gets in the way.
  10. afriske liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Jumping Back To Chaturanga?   
    I have also been instructed to do the latter (jumping directly to chaturanga). I have no problems jumping from a squatted position to standing (and then directly half forward bend) but I ain't jumping to chaturanga I "walk" I'll do anything but that is just too scary for me somehow.
  11. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Yoga Student Confessions   
    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."
  12. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Morning Yoga   
    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. cookie118 liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Best Yoga To Release Feelings   
    I saw that Candace is going through a stressful period (I've retweeted and Igd but have private accounts so think you don't get notified) and so am I (big move got married new country new continent new job where I literally have to work my --- off a mum in hospital since October last year constantly life threatening condition and my sister's unborn baby died recently she was 6 months pregnant, sorry somehow it helps to scribble it down).

    Anyhow at times during yoga I get such a strong emotional response that I have to keep myself from sobbing during practice. And although it's a bit embarrassing I cherish it because I generally have difficulties letting my emotions out you know when you just don't know what to feel because subconsciously you pushed all your emotions deep down. But it's not always like that or more correctly it's almost never like that. But I feel I could need some healthy cleansing atm feeling-wise, and wanted to find out if you have any advice on a ehm practice for emotional release. Are there any particularly mindfreeing poses or flows one could use?
  14. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Morning Yoga   
    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.
  15. helenschki liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Ketogenic Diet Snack Craving?   
    Wow, good for you for being so disciplined!
     
    What are the restrictions, exactly?  A snack with zero carbs, high protein?  How do cheese and nuts disqualify you from the dark-purple ketosis state?
     
    I was going to suggest roasted seaweed strips... but I see now there is 1 g of carbs in there, but has the same amount of protein, according to this brand. 
     
    I have no background on special diets, but my husband focuses on eating high protein snacks with low sugar, so we do:
    Soft boiled eggs (I steam for 8.5 minutes, not boil) - I guess you already eat those for dinner, but might be a change of pace in method cooked Low sugar beef jerky (this Field Trip brand we found that only has 1 g of sugar and 14 g of protein per serving.  But 2 g of carbs.  
    Also, I haven't tried any of these, but are any of these snacks appealing / fulfill the criteria in Candace's giveaway? 
  16. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Peacock   
    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.
  17. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Peacock   
    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.
  18. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Morning Yoga   
    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.
  19. helenschki liked a post in a topic by nfenchak in Best Yoga To Release Feelings   
    I lost my youngest son in accident in our home 7 years ago. My 2 sons and I were diagnosed with PTSD by 2 different doctors over the accident. I tried very hard to do therapy - group, individual, even couples with my husband. Nothing worked the way yoga did. The yoga I took was with a therapist for people who were suffering from anxiety issues and depression. She was a certified yoga instructor and working on her masters in therapy & so she combined the 2. I would spend the entire session with tears just running down my face and then afterward felt a peacefulness I didn't feel from anything or anyone else. It was a flowing yoga, but with focusing on breathing - so I don't want to say it was Hatha or Vinyasa - almost seemed a combo of the two - but it seemed like what really helped was that she knew at certain times the right things to say that allowed me to start to heal. After her series ended (I want to say it was 8 weeks long), I ended up going to a few of her classes at a studio & it wasn't the same, but it was very comforting - there were a few instructors who gave me a similar peace. I think it really opened the door for my healing to start, then I began running and put yoga aside. When I started back up - it was more to help with aches and pains from running & the flows I'm now addicted to. Hope this helps - peace and love to your family. Finding a proper way to greive and heal are the best steps for anyone.
  20. helenschki liked a post in a topic by Jasmine in Best Yoga To Release Feelings   
    oh gosh I am so very sorry for everyone's losses. How terrible
     
    I actually had my first ever tears during yoga during a youtube yin yoga session at home the other day. I've been struggling a little bit with fertility and have to have a minor surgery to fix up a few things and I thought I was being super strong considering I'm already a bit prone to anxiety and depression, then BAM yin yoga - the instructor said something about thinking how lucky you are and I just lost it    I'm not sure whether it was the actual quote, or the fact with yin yoga you hold the poses for so long and you're sort of in a way left alone with your thoughts because you're not really thinking about breathing or your next posture. It certainly worked for me despite never even feeling slightly sad emotions during yoga in the past.
  21. helenschki liked a post in a topic by Wanderer in Best Yoga To Release Feelings   
    Here is an interesting article about why some people cry after a great experience on their yoga mat:
     
    http://blog.yogaglo.com/2012/10/why-are-students-overcome-with-emotions-after-yoga-class/
     
    Here is a more relevant link to your question about emotions and yoga poses:
     
    http://www.melindalippert.com/my-energy-therapy-techniques/yoga-for-emotional-healing-2/
  22. helenschki liked a post in a topic by Shannon in Best Yoga To Release Feelings   
    I am not at all qualified to respond, but I somehow feel compelled to add that I personally have never had a big emotional release in a home practice session, but I have in classes. I think in my case it might be the animal part of myself responding to the support implied by practicing with other people and with someone leading.

    Best wishes to you and your family.
  23. helenschki liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Forearm Stand/pincha Mayurasana   
     
    Totally normal, especially depending on how you hold your hands (are they flat to the ground or in prayer position?) Practice dolphin pose (basically downward dog on your forearms), forearm planks, warrior 2, and supported headstand. Lots of core work as well. Last week's AAYQ did a scorpion tutorial but focused a lot on forearm stand, so check this out and see if it helps: Ask a Yoga Question - Episode 5
  24. helenschki liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Weight Talk And Weird Practice..   
    Aw I'm so glad you found a great little place to practice and with such a diverse group to people. 
  25. PaulaH liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Weight Talk And Weird Practice..   
    So I've been taking this class 5 times now and apart from people talking a lot during practice giggling and complaining during some of the movements I've realised that my biggest concern is the feeling of joining a tight knitted group and being an outsider.

    And I think that when you get that sensation you directly feel uncomfortable and start seeing all the negatives. And it starts eating you up a bit. But it's good practice in terms of creating understanding for myself and others. To notice that I'm actually annoyed because the teacher corrected me so much and that's an ego issue I need to work on or I miss home and dislike everything that's not exactly like how my teacher at home did it. Or the lady who keeps bringing the attention to herself by constantly talking and giggling, she might be really lonely and hungry for validation and to be seen.

    So although this class is not to my liking I'll finish the month I've paid for and use it as an opportunity to work on my ego issues and enjoy the good bits as well as try to be kinder in how I view my peers.