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  1. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Little Known Brands That We Should All Know About   
    I haven't tried dragonfly or electric and rose but I'm an XS in teeki and sweaty betty and the XS in Alo fits me perfectly.  
  2. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Yogalove in Little Known Brands That We Should All Know About   
    I've only just seen your reply Candace - sorry! i haven't tried Wellicious yet, they do stock their stuff at yogamatters now so I will definitely try it. We have just got a Lululemon in my city now too so things are slowly getting through!!
    I'm putting a pair of Alo Yoga leggings on my Christmas list, can I ask you ladies about sizes? I'm an XS in Teeki, Sweaty Betty and Dragonfly, and a P in Electric and Rose. Does that equate to an XS in Alo or an XXS?!
    Thanks!
  3. marcia liked a post in a topic by Yogalove in 100 Day Meditation Challenge   
    Hi All
     
    Just wondering if anyone has done a 100 Day Meditation Challenge before?
     
    I'm starting today - it's a gorgeous sunny day, perfect for a quiet spot in the park on my lunch hour   
    I'm taking some meds at the moment which are making me feel scattered, jittery, anxious and highly strung which is so unlike me it's pretty awful. I heard about these 100 day challenges over the weekend so thought i'd give one a go as i'm sure a daily meditation will help.
     
    Any tips?
    Any nice meditations I should try?
    Anyone else fancy joining in?!
     
    Here are the guidelines from the Wildminds website:
    The aim is to support people to meditate daily for 100 straight days. There aren’t any “rules” as such, but we suggest that a “sit” should consist of a minimum of five minutes of practice, which could be sitting or walking practice. Ideally, though, you’d do at least 20 minutes of meditation a day. A “day” counts as the period between waking and sleeping, so if you sit after midnight before going to bed late, that still counts.
  4. Robbie liked a post in a topic by Yogalove in Mudra Schmudra   
     
    I've had a very similar experience using some mudras, though rather than electrical for me it's more a surge of energy, the same as after a great asana class.
     
    I am fascinated by the spiritual side of yoga - the chakras, mudras, subtle body - but am also a bit cynical about it so I couldn't believe it when my teacher incorporated Prithvi Mudra into the meditation at the start of our Yin class and I noticed I definitely felt more grounded. Then a few weeks later another teacher I go to incorporated Padma Mudra into the class and I felt a really uplifting energy - crazy!! Although my teachers usually start their classes with Jnana Mudra and I have to say, I don't feel any benefit from this one.
     
    Whilst I don't know much about mudras, on the basis of my experience so far I definitely want to learn more so I really enjoyed the blog posts Candace - thank you! And I really like your example above, i'll try that.
     
    I've found a similar experience with chanting - AUM doesn't really affect me, in fact being tone deaf I feel quite awkward, but on a few occasions in workshops I have chanted the Bija Mantras and much to my surprise, felt really energised and a bit of an internal 'buzz' afterwards.
     
    I guess you just have to give these things a go to see if they work for you 
  5. marcia liked a post in a topic by Yogalove in 100 Day Meditation Challenge   
    Hi All
     
    Just wondering if anyone has done a 100 Day Meditation Challenge before?
     
    I'm starting today - it's a gorgeous sunny day, perfect for a quiet spot in the park on my lunch hour   
    I'm taking some meds at the moment which are making me feel scattered, jittery, anxious and highly strung which is so unlike me it's pretty awful. I heard about these 100 day challenges over the weekend so thought i'd give one a go as i'm sure a daily meditation will help.
     
    Any tips?
    Any nice meditations I should try?
    Anyone else fancy joining in?!
     
    Here are the guidelines from the Wildminds website:
    The aim is to support people to meditate daily for 100 straight days. There aren’t any “rules” as such, but we suggest that a “sit” should consist of a minimum of five minutes of practice, which could be sitting or walking practice. Ideally, though, you’d do at least 20 minutes of meditation a day. A “day” counts as the period between waking and sleeping, so if you sit after midnight before going to bed late, that still counts.
  6. Robbie liked a post in a topic by Yogalove in Mudra Schmudra   
     
    I've had a very similar experience using some mudras, though rather than electrical for me it's more a surge of energy, the same as after a great asana class.
     
    I am fascinated by the spiritual side of yoga - the chakras, mudras, subtle body - but am also a bit cynical about it so I couldn't believe it when my teacher incorporated Prithvi Mudra into the meditation at the start of our Yin class and I noticed I definitely felt more grounded. Then a few weeks later another teacher I go to incorporated Padma Mudra into the class and I felt a really uplifting energy - crazy!! Although my teachers usually start their classes with Jnana Mudra and I have to say, I don't feel any benefit from this one.
     
    Whilst I don't know much about mudras, on the basis of my experience so far I definitely want to learn more so I really enjoyed the blog posts Candace - thank you! And I really like your example above, i'll try that.
     
    I've found a similar experience with chanting - AUM doesn't really affect me, in fact being tone deaf I feel quite awkward, but on a few occasions in workshops I have chanted the Bija Mantras and much to my surprise, felt really energised and a bit of an internal 'buzz' afterwards.
     
    I guess you just have to give these things a go to see if they work for you 
  7. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Mudra Schmudra   
    ...along those lines...does chanting do anything?
    I never do it...it feels like being part of the "Borg collective" 
     
  8. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Mudra Schmudra   
    So this may be a little controversial to post on a yoga forum, but it has been on my mind recently; I don't see the point of hand Mudras.
     
    In my yoga class last night the teacher was commencing guided meditation and said to place our hands in "A Mudra of our own choosing, depending on what we wanted from the meditation", and I though to myself, I don't know which to choose because I as far as I can tell, the position my hands are in make no difference whatsoever to the quality of my meditation. And then coincidentally today Candace posted a blog about the different Mudras for meditation. So rather than hijack her blog post with my cynical musings I thought I'd start a topic in here instead and see if anyone can offer me some justification.
     
    Are these hand positions actually doing anything, or are they just yoga's equivalent of throwing up a gang sign? Discuss......!

  9. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Mudra Schmudra   
    Remember, I'm a guy...when I'm not in yoga, I only think of one thing, which, shall remain unmentioned (but, since I'm a guy, you should easily be able to figure out what that is).
    Guys are programmed differently than gals.
    Gals get flexibility...guys think of only one thing at a time
  10. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by starslight in Mudra Schmudra   
     
    I really relate to that. Practicing and focusing only on the physical aspect feels--to me, at least--almost like...stealing, I guess? Or at least disrespectful. But at the same time, I fear that the more I learn the less I'll want to participate in any aspect of the tradition.
  11. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by Jasmine in Meditation Techniques For A New, Individual Practice?   
    I just watched a video on YouTube called "how to meditate & why most people fail" by Noah Elkrief. I am hoping after watching that video it will be my lightbulb moment. Meditation can be frustrating for me because I get caught up in stressing about how many thoughts are running through my head and how I am "supposed" to be feeling relaxed, calm, mindful. He explains how we cannot control our thoughts, and there is no point in placing judgement on ourselves for something out of our control. It goes for about 20 minutes and I really got something from it.
  12. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by juliewa in Meditation Techniques For A New, Individual Practice?   
    This is a great topic, I would love to hear if any of you have kept trying since you posted. I have started the 30 day meditation thing by doyouyoga on YouTube & I'm totally loving it, but I feel like I will have a really hard time moving to a self-guided practice. I've been eyeing this wrist mala we sell at my work for a few weeks, I'll have to try that.
  13. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by Raphie in Meditation Techniques For A New, Individual Practice?   
    Hey everyone, 
     
    I'm really not an expert, I just started this summer to meditate and It's really hard 'cause (probably like every of us) I think to much! But, I discover that if I meditate on the morning before doing anything it's easier because my mind is already calm (or sort of!). I just sit on my yoga mat with a blanket on my shoulders! ; ) It really works ! I think about all the things I'm grateful to have in my life and just focus on my breath ! I noticed that my day is completly different when I'm doing that !
     
    If I'm too excited before a meditation session I'll do some yoga routine !
     
    Hope to share more with you guys ! : )
  14. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by angieeatspeace in Meditation Techniques For A New, Individual Practice?   
     
    These are all really good tips. 
    I think what has helped me in my practice is to remember not to judge it too harshly. I used to worry too much that I didn't "do it right" or "meditate for real" on a given day.  As long as you are making time for it that day, you are doing something good for your heart, body and mind.
  15. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by Turi in Meditation Techniques For A New, Individual Practice?   
    I am no expert either, but I use various mindfulness techniques, that I teach to others as part of my job. One thing, I emphasize to them and to myself when I get frustrated is this: Meditation is like any other exercise in that 1. you have to keep doing it to get good at it and 2. the more you do it, the better your body will know what it is and get there faster. It is like creating paths in the brain: the first times you do it, they´re just small paths through dense wood, it´s hard to move forward and it doesn´t feel rewarding. The more times you travel the same path, the easier it will get. The path will widen, you will travel with more ease. Meditation is a hard path to travel in the beginning, the hardship of moving forward is SO far from the experiece, we are looking for, but it will get better, it will get easier, if you keep doing it. 
    I think there are a lot of good ideas in the tips, you list, yogafire.
    I think the trick (that sounds easy but really is hard) is to find the balance between sticking with a strategy to allow for the body and mind to adjust to it so that you can tell if it actually works for you, and trying out another, if it doesn´t work for you, so that you can find your own practice. I´m not there yet 
  16. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Meditation Techniques For A New, Individual Practice?   
    I am not an expert by any means but I think meditation is like anything else you do for your health - there is no right or wrong. You have to do what works for you. If it stresses you out, don't do it. Meditation is meant to help you in being mindful and staying in the moment when done as a daily practice so if it calms your mind that is the right way for you. If you are trying a new technique doing it a few times should show you if it is right for you or not. One thing mentioned in the original post was changing techniques during a meditation and that I don't think would be very effective. You can do different types throughout your day or week. I quite often will do 4 or 5 meditations in a day and each one will be different depending on what I want or need from it.
  17. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by afrinak in Meditation Techniques For A New, Individual Practice?   
    A couple of things work for me:
    1. While focusing on the breathing, focus on a very specific part of the breath. Sometimes I focus on the rising and falling of my belly (usually do this one before a yoga class), or something like the sensations at the nostrils. 
    2. Pretend the only thing you can know about or think about is the sensations right now. I like this during savasana, just feeling my body against the floor, and twinges in my muscles, subtle sounds in the room. It helps me realize there's actually a lot to think about in just my present experience.
  18. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Meditation Techniques For A New, Individual Practice?   
    I use mala beads. I find them especially helpful when I'm really stressed out and my brain is all over the place. Having something to physically touch and knowing that there's an "end" just somehow calms my thoughts and lets me totally focus. 
     
     
     
    At some retreats I've done, if I know the group is comprised of beginners, I'll do the first few meditation classes with music because I've received feedback that it's "easier" to meditate with music. Then later in the week I'll play OM chanting and then I'll introduce silent meditation. It's a nice way, too, over the course of the week, to build up a couple techniques to call upon after. 
  19. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Meditation Techniques For A New, Individual Practice?   
    I haven't been able to start a regular practice.  The longest I've meditated consistently was for 21 days, using a guided meditation "challenge". I've heard a bunch of different techniques and was wondering if some are rooted more in zen buddhism, yoga origins, or random new age trends. I also remember reading somewhere that meditation shouldn't be a "separate practice" but be part of the yoga practice.
     
    In summary, I don't know what to believe, except that I do believe it is beneficial with regularity.  I figure I should just do whatever works for me, but, I wanted to ask others to share how they meditate.  My questions:
    Do you use any aids or techniques in your meditation practice, and if so, can you share them? Are these techniques I've learned just to help someone new in the beginning to help ground them with a focus to stop the mind from wandering, and a seasoned practitioner just sits silently without these aids?  Is it better to try to stick to one technique and do it for a week, and then switch to another if it's not working instead of rotating through a bunch, sometimes even in the same meditation? In practice, I get tired of doing one technique, and I switch it in the middle of the meditation, and I'm afraid that might be counterproductive.  
    These are the techniques I've learned, some have my experience in sub-bullets:
    Repeat a single mantra, silently, in your head. I can only remember short phrases before I start butchering the sanskrit in my head.  The only one I remember (hence my "favorite") is "So hum", which I was told meant "I am". Guided: Focus your attention on individual muscles and points on your body, starting from the crown of the head down to the tip of the toes with the goal of relaxation. Repeat a two word phrase internally on inhale and exhale, such as "breathe" on inhale "and relax" on exhale. Follow your breath I think I need a better reminder on this.  I think "following" meant focusing on just the breath instead of thoughts. Count your breaths Very simple, but it helped me focus when I went to a one day yoga retreat, and we did a 20 minute meditation with the guidance being "Just sit with yourself and your thoughts, and observe. If it gets too hard, try counting your breaths". I've only done 10 minute meditations before, so once I hit that mark, I got really antsy and then started counting my breaths to calm my mind. Visualize "letting go of your thoughts" as they pop up. Examples: thoughts are leaves that float by on a stream. Thoughts are on balloons that you mentally release that float up in the air. Thoughts are on clouds that pass by while you are lying down on the grass and looking up in the sky. Think about "receiving" enlightenment and "allowing" it to come to you instead of something you are trying to "get". So abstract, but, I think this best describes how the mind can feel different after sitting silently for awhile. Once I felt more "receptive", but it might have been because I felt was feeling warmth from the sunlight in the room. Ha!  
    Wow, I've learned more tips than I realized.  #3-7 I learned from a free 2-hour workshop from a man who studied with Zen Buddhists.  #4 and #5 are ones I heard repeated in yoga classes.
  20. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by YogiRishi in Post Meditative High   
    I have quit alcohol and drugs too since I found yoga to be a better 'high' for me. I'm happy you came across that self discovery / Realization
  21. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by krystaLEE37 in Post Meditative High   
    Hi all I don't have a question this morning, I am just feeling amazed at the post meditative/yoga workout high! I am somewhat new to all of this (around 6 months-ish) and am a recovering addict. Having been dependent on chemicals in the past, I never thought I would never be able to feel a natural high as I was so numb inside when first getting sober a year ago. I can't even compare drugs & alcohol to the way I feel after doing a nice strenuous yoga workout ended with savasana followed by meditation. And who would guess that something that feels this good has absolutely NO negative effects or consequences! I am just feeling so peaceful, the perfect way to start my morning I am super grateful that I was able to open my mind to this lifestyle. Some people need Alcoholics Anonymous or Narc. Anonymous as their daily medicine to stay sober, and I was told for a long time that those options were the only way one can possibly stay sober and I feel that is definitely false, because yoga and meditation are the keys to my living a healthy life. And I am super super grateful for that!! Just wanted to share how I am feeling this morning with like-minded people Have a wonderful Thursday everybody!
  22. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by Yogabliss in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    Loving the feeling of getting back to my practice , feeling super motivated, but still taking it slowly since my airways are still on the mend
  23. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by Laura in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
     
    Thanks Candace Wooow, a mini split, so today's hip flexors sequence will be perfect!
  24. Yogalove liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    So awesome to come on here after a few days of travel to see you guys chit chatting. I've been checking in on instagram and am blown away by the crazy amount of awesome that is the #YBCbackbend hashtag. You're all so fantastic. 
     
     
    Totally up to you - arm can be parallel to the floor with palm facing down, arm can be bent sort of like a U with the index and thumb touching, arm can be straight up. make it yours
     
    just like maria said (thx, maria!) 3-7 breaths is great, or until you find your edge
     
    lifting the leg just adds another element of flexibility to the already intense mix of shoulder, chest, armpit, front body and hip flexor. Lifting the leg is like doing a split so if you lift the right leg you'll be looking to increase flexibility in the right leg hamstring and left leg hip flexor (which you're already doing with wheel but it'll be even deeper because you're essentially doing a little split)
  25. Yogabliss liked a post in a topic by Yogalove in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    Inspiring prediciton! I think it's so lovely that you and your son practice together ❤️