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  1. I'm really glad that this is being discussed, because my feelings about this are far from clear cut. Personally, I have some health issues that I have to deal with and I will therefore never be able to do amazing advanced poses. Now, because of my own issues about how I feel about my circumstances, I do sometimes feel alienated by such selfies. I get that this says more about me, but I'm just putting this out there: if I see/follow a yoga account that becomes nothing but show-offy asanas, I unfollow them. This is because I have this sort of mental litmus test: is this yoga? or is it gymnastics? (Gymnastics being beautiful and difficult and totally worthy of respect...but it's not my yoga.) This is not a million miles away from the usual social media discussions, such as the au courant one about Instagram cliches that people post because they'll get lots of likes, such as Diptyque candles and Chanel lipsticks artfully arranged on a marble tabletop next to peonies and a latte. So I guess my yoga v gymnastics dichotomy is about the larger message of how a person is presenting themself. Is there more meaning or significance to the poses they post? Or is it just vain "like" bait? Anyway, not to ramble, but icky feelings about this do crop up for me, for whatever reason. It's not the jelly monster, it's more that I just don't relate to the spectacle and it kinda makes me lose a little respect. In a way, I see how the spectacle puts the non-skinny non-white non-girls off and it kinda frustrates me. And it's hard to define "the spectacle" because I follow a few people who will throw in a yoga selfie in a bikini and in the context of their larger whole, it's completely fine, so I'm not sure where I draw the line. Overall, though, I like when the selfies are more about the struggle it took to get the pose than the pose itself, especially when the asanas are more "accessible".
  2. I scrubbed the dickens out of my Manduka pro mat using coarse sea salt and a very stiff scrub brush a couple of times, but it didn't see to help all that much. I would still recommend doing it and also maybe using a strong dish soap to get the film off. The two things that made a difference for mine was leaving it out in the sun all day (on a not too hot day) a few times, and giving it a weekly wipe down with an antibacterial cleanser wipe. Also, I make sure to wash my hands before my practice since that seems to improve the grip. For me, the slightest bit of oily moisture makes it slick although it is much better now a year in. It takes a lot to hurt these mats so really don't be afraid to abuse it a bit, as it seems to like it!
  3. This topic came up for me once before in the Guided Meditations thread in the Meditations section, so I'll cut and paste my answer (sorry for the repetition)! The Simply Being meditation app is quite good: it's done by the Meditation Oasis people and I've used their guided meditation podcasts for years. Their style really works for me and I have just about the entire archive downloaded to my phone. I also rate Insight Timer, because it incorporates both a plain timer for when you want to meditate in silence and also a library of streamable guided meditations, so you can do whatever strikes your fancy at a particular time. Other apps I like are Breathe and Buddhify.
  4. I have oily eyelids and all mascara smudge on me...except tubing ones, and they are the only ones I will use now. I like Kevyn Aucoin's and L'Oreal's double extension beauty tubes. Not only do they never smudge, they are super easy to remove. You just wet them a bit a lightly rub downwards on your lashes and the tubes just slide right off like little black squigglies. They can be tricky to apply because they are quite wet and clumpy at first, but once you get the knack it's a set it and forget it thing. Otherwise, I use either Nars radiant creamy concealer or RMS uncoverup, Bobbi Brown or Maybelline dream fresh BB cream (the latter is surprisingly good!), Nars Orgasm blush, and RMS buriti bronzer as eye shadow. I'll use whatever felt tip black eyeliner I have to hand, although I quite like the Bourjois triple dot one. On my lips I switch out lots of things, but regularly use Korres lip butter in rose for a tint, or Urban Decay Mrs Mia Wallace which is the best red lipstick ever created.
  5. My crockpot gets used for chili and curries and the usual, but my absolute favourite thing to do with it is to "roast" a whole chicken in it. I just line the bottom of the pot with diced onions, and shove a quartered onion and a lemon in a chicken that I have rubbed down with olive oil, sea salt and herbes du provence, and just put the chicken in the crockpot and cook it on low for 6-8 hours. Amazingly tender and falling off the bone deliciousness and so easy! I do it with just legs or breasts, too, and they also turn out great.
  6. I'm so glad to see my fellow students on here! Student life is so strange sometimes, in that it looks easy to people outside, but the irregular hours and the burstiness of the stress can really pile up on you. I'm basically a professional student, in that I have a few degrees already, but now that I am working on my doctorate I actually get paid to go to school. I wish I could say that I love it every day but I'm in an intensely competitive research department with a hard driving supervisor and I have some nasty deadlines looming so it's hard right now. My research is essentially on how to save the world with money (renewable energy financing/economics). I should be working on my paper right now!
  7. Haha yeah a crockpot (US) = slow cooker (UK), they are plentiful here, and I use the heck out of mine. Electric kettles are also super standard for a British home so I rarely think about mine anymore despite the fact that I never had one in the States. My mom even bought one for my house back home...BUT the London tap water is so hard it is like liquid concrete so I absolutely cannot live without my Brita kettle. It makes such a difference with my tea, I even got one for my office. The only other kitchen thing I think I find super essential is my iron skillet because I'm Southern and because they add iron to anything that you cook in them so they are actually great for your health and don't leach scary teflon chemicals into your food. Oh, and one more Southern related thing: I got a Takeya jug to make iced tea in from loose leaf tea this summer and that was a total game changer.
  8. I've used straight rosehip oil in the past, but nowadays I use a blend akin to Rodin Oil that I mix myself for a fraction of the price. Mine has almond, apricot kernel, rosehip, evening primrose, camellia, jojoba, and calendula (with a some jasmine and neroli if you want that lush Rodin Oil smell) to cover all the bases. I find the trick to getting oils to sink in and leave a glow without being greasy is to apply them to damp skin, so I usually spritz my face with some DIY vitamin c water first and then rub in three drops of oil (more if for night) while it's still moist.
  9. I'm a tea obsessive. I really only drink speciality loose leaf tea and have a ridiculous tea cupboard. My favourites change with the season, but currently I have on heavy rotation some alishan high mountain oolong, some shou puerh that I chip off of a bing, and some really excellent sencha from Postcard Teas. I tend to buy my teas directly from suppliers that go to the individual family farms to buy the harvests because big tea plantations are rife with abuse and ill treatment of their workers, and the quality of hand crafted small estate tea is generally much better. A couple of UK suppliers that I love and trust are Postcard Tea and Comins Tea House, but I'll generally buy from anyone who can tell me the actual name of the guy who grew the tea. I also drink matcha every morning for a pick me up, love it!
  10. The Simply Being meditation app mentioned by Kelly is quite good: it's done by the Meditation Oasis people and I've used their guided meditation podcasts for years. Their style really works for me and I have just about the entire archive downloaded to my phone. I also rate Insight Timer, because it incorporates both a plain timer for when you want to meditate in silence and also a library of streamable guided meditations, so you can do whatever strikes your fancy at a particular time. Other apps I like are Breathe and Buddhify, but honestly a lot of the time I just need a timer and some alone time
  11. Pigeon pose and triangle are both my jam! I also like nice long low cobras to open my chest and tense upper back.
  12. I agree with so many of these peeves, especially the punctuality one. I'm a stickler for being on time. Some of my very personal pet peeves are: music during class (not all of it is bad but I usually find it obtrusive), a lot of talk about chakras and/or chanting (the occasional Om is okay), and the tendency for so many of the classes that I go to to resort to shoulder stand as the final inversion. I have to be careful with my scoliosis/kyphosis, so even though I can do a pretty good shoulder stand, something even as simple as legs up the wall is more beneficial for me. Honestly, with so many people hunched over their desks all day, I don't really get the popularity of shoulder stand!
  13. Hello, I'm another Candace. I had never met any other Candaces until I met this one! I live in London and I'm a long time YBC follower, the 39 day challenge spurred me to create an account on the forums for motivational purposes.