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  1. The two types of meditation that work best for me is slackline Yoga and Counting the breath. I've tried many other techniques but, usually end up getting super impatient or have a hard time staying focused. With slackline yoga you have to be present the entire time, the moment your mind starts wandering you will know instantly because you'll come off the line. It's really an incredible practice for stilling the mind, finding focus and balance. Here's an intro video to slackline yoga if interested. Here are my two favorite counting the breath meditations to create peace and focus: 1. Erich Schiffman-counting down backwards from 50 2. Thich Nhat Hahn Counting Your Breath: Making your breath calm and even is called the method of following one’s breath. If it seems hard you can first begin by counting your breath. As you breathe in, count 1 in your mind, and as your breathe out count 1 and so forth. Continue through 10 and return to 1 again. This counting is like a string which attaches your mindfulness to your breath. The exercise is the beginning point of becoming completely conscious of your breath. Without mindfulness you will lose count. Once you have reached a point where you can truly focus your attention on the counts, you have reached the point where you can abandon the counting method and concentrate solely on the breath itself. Also, any of Thich Nhat Hahn's books are excellent if you are wanting to learn more about mindfullness and meditation. They are simple to understand and delightful to read. As mentioned previously a good way to make it consistent is to sit for a realistic amount of time. For most of us five minutes is doable. Commit to doing meditation for five minutes each day for a week at a set time everyday (I prefer first thing in the morning when I wake up) and see how it goes. Of course, try the suggestions you are most drawn to for meditation in this thread for yourself. And decide which works best for your needs.
  2. Hi Michel, That is wonderful you are interested in learning AcroYoga. It's an incredible practice and wonderful compliment to Yoga. I've been practicing AcroYoga for six years and teaching it for two. When first starting out with an AcroYoga practice I highly recommend attending a beginner class or workshop with a qualified teacher. This will teach you proper safety and alignment which makes the practice way more fun. Looks like your location is California. There are many top teachers there. If you want to share where in California you live I'd be happy to recommend teachers and AcroYoga Facebook community pages to connect you. Also, here are some other great resources for learning AcroYoga: Yogabatics 10 Part Instructional Video Series: Learn To Do AcroYoga! http://acroyogatalk.com/t/online-resources/49 Let me know how it goes for you. Kendra
  3. Hi Tiff, Its inspiring to read about your personal journey. My Yoga journey began when I was a little girl, as my Mom introduced the physical practice to me. I also grew up on three different Native American Reservations in the Southwest so was introduced to the sacredness of nature and ritual at a young age. Being a student of Yoga I've explored vinyasa, hatha, restorative, anusara and turbodog Yoga. It's helped me through heartache, life transitions, physical pain and loss. My personal favorite practices now are strength based practices with an inward focus. I like to do a home practice and take online yoga classes since I'm traveling currently have mostly used YogaGlo and Turbodog Yoga classes. Though, am curious of Candace's offerings. As for which classes I choose its normally a consistent style which at this time is TurboDog Yoga with some restorative mixed in when I need a more restful practice. I see Yoga less as a regimented routine and more as a practice so, really try to practice as much as I can regularly even if its just for 15 minutes a day. Other things I do outside of Yoga are Slackline Yoga and AcroYoga. The YogaSlackers teachings (slackline yoga and AcroYoga) have been truly trans-formative in my life. The practice of Slackline Yoga keeps me super present, is challenging and meditative at times. To me, our Yoga practice can be tested only in relationship to others. So, my fiance and I have a regular practice together of AcroYoga. We also practice with other people within AcroYoga communities we visit. It's been truly a safe place to deal with my fear of judgement, obsession with competition and being hurt/hurting someone else in my relationships. And its super fun! In addition, I follow and have studied Ayurveda, which is a sister science of Yoga, all about healthy lifestyle and diet. This has been extremely empowering in understanding when I feel weird or when something is out of balance and then be able to self heal. For the longest time I thought I was some weirdo with something wrong with me and Ayurveda has truly revealed what my imbalances are, there cause and how to bring myself back into balance. As for improving poses, trying the pose many different ways and strengthening what is weak works well for me. For example, to improve handstand - I'll do core and wrist strengtheners, headstand, forearm balance, handstand against the wall - in splits, legs together, backbend variation, etc. Then I also like to do shoulderstand on the slackline and on a person in AcroYoga. It works for me. Is there a specific pose you are working on that you would like some help on?
  4. At a yoga class I'm usually thinking please stop talking when the teacher is continuously going on and on about things that are not relevant.
  5. Hi~ I'm Kendra and am currently reading this from the Philippines. Excited to connect with everyone