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Everything posted by brenskip55

  1. Hey there friend! Your instincts seem to be right. I have my instructor insurance through Hays Affinity and it only costs me about $120/yeah with the option to add up to 4 names as additional insured. This covers my teaching in a studio - I know the price goes up if you plan to teach other places - your home, schools, public parks, etc. But still - $165 just to add one additional insured?! That's bananas. I do run my business under my own name though, so I suppose that could be part of it? But really you're just a sole proprietorship running a DBA. Can't imagine that would shake things up THAT much. Good luck sorting this out!
  2. Yay!!! Congrats!
  3. I, too have been able to retain that sense of calm - it's pretty magical. So grateful to have had the opportunity to meet you (in real life) as well as all the other amazing ladies. What a trip!
  4. Here's another one
  5. nope. Not much of a neat freak or germaphobe though.
  6. I hear ya on this! I practiced almost exclusively with the same instructor for the first 5 years. She really changed my life and inspired me to become a yoga teacher. I definitely cried after my last class with her before I moved away, and brought her a gift. We actually started to connect more on email after that, but I've always felt sad that I never told her sooner how much her class meant to me. I still miss her class.
  7. Practice pada bandha to help strengthen the feet, improve balance and even lift your arches. If you incorporate this into your yoga practice, and even just when you're standing doing dishes, I think you will start to notice a big difference. Here's a great article on Pada Bandha:
  8. I love this! I've been meaning to try acupuncture for a long time now. Guess it's time to seize the day!
  9. @YogaByCandace or anyone else who knows : For day 13 I want to make sure I understand this right. Do we just do that number of Burpees, Air Squats, and Mountain Climbers back to back for 10 minutes straight? So basically 1 rep would be the whole sequence below all the way through? 10 Min AMRAP 10 Burpees 15 Air Squats 20 Mountain Climbers
  10. @YogaByCandace Just guessing - was your friend talking about a pumice stone? You could use that to remove calluses that have formed, but I'd think you'd want to keep the calluses so that you don't keep breaking skin or getting blisters. .. So maybe I'm thinking the wrong thing.
  11. Yes! I love that one! And it's so true
  12. Yes! Definitely getting that app! Great suggestions @fluffypossum I spent this weekend INTENDING to double up and take a studio class as well as the daily assignment. Of course it didn't happen. I did step outside the norm though and go take 2 super vigorous power flow classes that kicked my booty, so I don't feel too guilty about it. If nothing else, I needed it for a bit of an energy boost to the soul. Nothing beats a packed class with that steady rhythmic sound of ujjayi - My favorite! So, today I'll go for the HIIT workout I missed over the weekend. I'm going to try to recruit my husband to do it with me too - wish me luck! Happy Monday All
  13. My only opinion right now is that I'm super jealous! When I took my 200hr training it was like firehose learning - you can only really hang onto so much information. I'd absolutely love to have the chance to do another training, but sadly, I'm not in the position to commit that much time to it right now. Some day for sure. I think it's a great idea to learn as much as you can. Congrats! I'm curious to know which program you've enrolled in? Again - Jealous!
  14. Well, I skipped Day 2 and Day 3 of the program, but jumped back in yesterday for Day 4 and my first ever HIIT workout. I gotta say, I love it and hate it. Lol I love that it was so quick, and kept it interesting. I only did 3 reps, though, so 15 min instead of 20. My whole body was like jello afterwards and I'm already feeling the after effects in my arms and shoulders. It feels good! I know that today is a rest day, but I think I will probably go back and do either Day 2 or Day 3 tonight, since I got a rest day on Sunday. I'm even going to try to get my husband to do the HIIT workouts with me, since I haven't been able to convert him into a yogi yet. I can already tell this program is going to help my goal pose - handstand. Yahoo!
  15. Yassssssss!
  16. I have yet to do one of the 30 day programs. I'm always 'too busy' blah blah. But I'm in this time! And thank you @YogaByCandace for the way that you presented this program. Nothing bugs me more than the "bikini ready" "swimsuit season" BS that I see all over the place this time of year. It absolutely makes my skin crawl. BUT, I DO want to have more energy, and I want to be stronger and have more endurance. Can't wait to get started!
  17. I think it's so interesting to hear why people come to practice, and then to see what it is that makes them stay. For me, I was brought to yoga for the physical practice, hoping to rebuild strength after having ligament replacement surgery on my ankle. I was using yoga as a tool so that I could get back into dancing. Well, I never really got to dancing, because I stuck with yoga. Of course the physical benefits are great, but ultimately I stayed with my yoga practice because of the overwhelming sense of peace that I was able to find. Not to mention all the tools I've picked up from the practice that help me to fight off anxiety, depression and to cope with the chaos of the world.
  18. I've been thinking about trying acupuncture for a shoulder injury that acts up every once in a while. Let me know how it goes - I've heard such good things just can't seem to find the time to make an appointment. Funny how that works, eh?
  19. You're not insane! I've had similar moments. I always tell people that yoga saved my life and I mean it quite literally! It's a beautiful thing
  20. @Lorelei great idea! I think I land later in the day like 3 or 4. Can't wait to meet you guys for real! I was pretty stoked to find that the best deal happened to be a direct flight - wahoo! All the pieces just keep falling into place
  21. I logged into Trip Tribe and it said to book flights landing anytime between 9am and 5pm at SJO, so I went ahead and booked already... I hope I didn't jump the gun!
  22. @AnandaYoga I don't know anything about tantra yoga at all, so I can't help you there - but I'm curious! What was different about the class? What was it that made it Tantra yoga, and what did you like about it?
  23. Hi @WorldRunner Touching the toes is not a priority, but rather the safety of the low back is priority. So, you are working to release the lumbar spine lower than the tailbone. If bending the knees is what gets you there - awesome! Having the shoulders rounded isn't so much a concern here, but you'll want to release the neck to prevent strain. If the hands don't touch the floor, you can grab ahold of shins or ankles or bring a block under the hands for some support. Also, try widening your stance a bit in order to ease the stretch - that often helps. And then stay there a breathe for a bit. Try your best not to force your forward folds, just try to let gravity do the work. It all comes with time and patience
  24. @AnandaYoga I love that! Ardha Uttanasana is a great one. I know that especially in Vinyasa classes it tends to get lost in the mix, so I like to have my students hold there for a few breaths. It really is a great one!
  25. @msinkblot I loooove a little heartopener in my warrior 1 too! With goal post arms! Such a wonderful feeling. And, agreed - it's always been my arms/shoulders that get the real workout in Warrior II.