mimisouth liked a post in a topic by AnaTeresa in Maintaining a personal asana practice
I've been trying to design my personal practice for a while.
At first I would try to remember some class sequences but ended up stuck somewhere.
Later I tried the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series sequence but could't do half the poses.
What I've learned in the process is that the best approach is to build it in blocks.
Meaning so, start with a small practice, get used to it and then grow up a bit.
My practice is divided in 10 minute blocks.
On a good morning I have 60 minutes available to practice (I prefer practicing in the morning before going to work). What I'm doing now is: 10 minute warm-up 10 minute sun salutation 10 minute standing asanas 10 minute seated asanas 10 minute meditation 10 minute savasana On a bad morning: 10 minute warm-up 10 minute sun salutation 10 minute seated asanas 5 minute meditation (this may be skipped on a bad bad morning) 5 minute savasana On a really bad morninhg: 10 minute warm-up 5 minute seated asanas 5 minute meditation The warm-up is: ragdoll, downward-facing-dog, cat-cow and child's pose The standing asanas are selected from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. Sometimes instead of doing those I do a YBC sequences The seated asanas are also selected from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. I don't like to follow videos because that would make me following the teachers pace. So I prefer printed sequences and have it near my mat so when I'm finishing a block I can look to it and see what to do next. The YBC sequences I use are for example this ones: Heart pumping yoga sequence Yoga for core strength You can find the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series sequence on the internet with a simple search, like this image. Hope this helps
mimisouth liked a post in a topic by nicoleboteler in Daily Practice at Home
I have been practicing yoga somewhat consistently for the past 6 months or so and I was wondering what people do every day, what poses do you incorporate every time you practice, do you have a goto sequence? I am doing this at home and usually just pick a random video of Candace's and it feels good, but I would love to have more of a guideline or loose structure to go on in advancing my practice. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Candace got me into yoga and I love everything I learn about it and am hungry for more, just need something to keep me going and getting on the mat everyday instead of skipping a session because I can't decide what to work on that day.
Thank you in advance!
mimisouth liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in YBC App Development
Hey friends! I wanted to pop in and let you know I have a meeting with my app developers soon and I'll be bringing some ideas to them to improve it. If you have any requests or ideas, just put them here and I'll bring it to them and see what they can do.
Mimi had mentioned some sort of way to track your progress or activity, so I'll be bringing that up. Any other ideas just let me know. <3
mimisouth liked a post in a topic by Anahata in What is something you'd like to tell your teacher?
Thank you for teaching us that the only one that can judge me is me.
Thank you for insuring our mat will always be a safe place for us.
Thank you for teaching us that when we come to our mat there are never any demands or expectations placed upon us.
Thank you for teaching us the poses have no beginning or end. If we want to sit in Dandasana today that is fine. If we want to sit in Marichyasana G someday that is fine.
Thank you for teaching us to follow our own breath not yours or someone else.
Thank you for all the little things you said, we still remember.
Thank you for apologizing to us when you made a mistake.
Thank you for teaching us we deserve teachers that care about our practice as much as we do.
mimisouth liked a post in a topic by freshyogi in How do you know if you are doing the meditation correctly?
First you must know " What is MEDITATION? " before you start meditating.
Meditation is journey from sound to silence, from movement to stillness.
People have different concepts about meditation. According to many, meditation is concentrating on something. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, meditation is deconcentration. Meditation is accepting this moment – living every moment totally. However, the result of meditation is improved concentration.
When the mind is engaged in some activity, it gets tired. So any type of concentration, contemplation or any activity in the mind can drain your system. Meditation is that which doesn't drain you, but just gives you deep rest. It is almost like sleep, but not exactly sleep. Meditation calms the mind and gives it deep rest
How to Meditate?
1. There is no need to get into any particular posture, unless you feel like it. Just keep your spine straight. While meditating if spine bend , don't think that you were doing wrong, it may happen. Whenever you become aware that your spine is bent , again straighten your spine.
2. Do not position your attention in any particular way.
3. Let whatever happens happen. Let the random thoughts come. You can't control thoughts. Remember whatever you resist, it persists.
4. Any time you notice yourself doing anything intentionally, stop. Doing anything intentionally means something you can voluntarily control, and therefore can stop. If you cannot stop doing something, then it's not intentional, and therefore you don't need to try to stop doing it. So, Anything you can stop doing, stop doing.
Some examples of things you can stop doing are:
(a) Intentionally thinking
(b) Trying to have equanimity
(c) Trying to keep track of what's going on
(d) Trying to focus on something specific
(e) Trying to meditate
(f )Let go of doing anything like this
5. Keep doing nothing for at least 10 minutes, or as long as you like.
It's not as easy as it seems , but practice will make you perfect.
Everytime you meditate your experience will be different. There is nothing like RIGHT or WRONG in meditation.
Whenever you feel SLEEPY or taking a NAP after meditation , you were not meditating (You were SLEEPING). If you feel +ve energy, deep rest, calm mind, fresh, enthusiastic etc after meditation you were meditating.
mimisouth liked a post in a topic by Sarahkelit in Yoga Mat Washing Machine
Question for everyone if there was a yoga mat washing machine placed in the studio you most often frequent that washed sanitized and dried your mat in 1 minute using green cleaners (100% organic) and hospital grade uv lights but it cost 3 dollars a wash would you use it?
mimisouth liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in What Are The Poses You Like The Least?
There's no shame in bending your knees. Actually, it's what you're supposed to do. Many people feel like they have to emulate the beautiful photos that they see on the covers of magazines, Instagram, etc. The reality is, for new practitioners, many poses will be impossible to achieve without modification. It's preferable to bend the knees and keep a straight back...even if you can't bend all the way over. A good prep for forward fold is legs up the wall. I've been doing it ten minutes a day, every day.
If this is all you can do...great!
mimisouth liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Overstretching?
How do you know if it's overstretching vs. Regular delayed onset muscle soreness, especially if it's new to you? Are you not feeling any discomfort when stretching? Don't push past discomfort, just back off but keep at the "edge" of discomfort. Otherwise, if you notice that you can easily hyperextend (e.g. double-jointed), you might not feel anything and just need to back off visually (keep microbends or muscles around the joint engaged).
mimisouth liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Do You Keep A Schedule?
I am trying to get more organized as my workload grows. I have a planner I use and love. It really helps keep things organized. And I am a big fan of to-do lists for all the 'soft' items. I'm finding as I get older little things are slipping my mind (remembering to email so-and-so, take the laundry out, etc) so I put that all on my to-do list. And crossing things off the list is my favorite thing ever
mimisouth liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Candace's book "Namaslay"
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