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  1. Hi! My name is Jennifer and I'm from the PNW. I've been doing yoga consistently for the past 8-9 months - about 15 minutes a day. It started as a form of therapy to help me work through Postpartum Depression. It's now my lifeline to sanity! I feel like myself again and when I feel "off" I know yoga will help. I just started reading the Gratitude Diaries as well and my 2016 resolution is to keep a journal which I've been updating every day with at least 3 things I'm grateful for. It's a slow change, but I feel it. I am looking at things more positively now and even when I'm down I find myself thinking of all the positives of the situation. I'm still a beginner - hard to focus too much with a toddler - but I'm using YogaByCandace to take me to the next step. I'm excited to be part of this awesome community!
  2. I think face planting is a step everyone takes After I face planted hard I wasn't sure if I could do it again. So I set a different expectation for myself - instead of lifting both feet, I only lifted one - I did a few breathes on each side. After a few weeks of this I lifted my other foot, but kept my toes close to the ground and went very slowly.
  3. I started with doing at least one pose a day. Once I reached that goal I increased to at least 5 minutes a day. I quickly found it easy to make the time and eager to do so. I'm not sure about supplements or diets - I just naturally felt like I wanted to extend that feel good feeling from yoga into my diet as well and started to think more about what I was eating.
  4. Hi Jenny! I was suffering from bad PostPartum Depression. I also have generalized anxiety disorder. Yoga has helped me tremendously, but in partnership with counseling. I found a Somatic Therapist in my area - she helps me understand my body's reaction to the different stresses in my life. It did take me awhile, though. It's 9 months later and I still have bouts of depression. The thing that really helped was setting intentions for myself and really making the meditation part of it a priority. Before and after every practice I will say, for example, "you are strong and beautiful - each movement in this practice will be to feel strong and beautiful". With each transition, pose, I remind myself of this intention. At the end I remind myself of the intention I set and reflect on how I feel afterwards. Definitely find a good therapist that fits you and work with them on incorporating yoga into your treatment. Good luck and sending so many hugs your way.