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  1. Oh yeah - I've heard the old weight training line many a time. That said, I do sort of agree. There's a school of thought that says we ought to incorporate a strength element into our daily routine, because in today's modern society we are far less likely to encounter resistant-type movements which would have been normal in everyday living prior to the convenience of the modern lifestyle. That's why I do incorporate hand stand push ups, one-hand push ups, pistols and chin ups into my practice. But yoga? The bottom line for me is that it makes me feel fantastic, and can still move like a child even though I'm in my 40s. To me we are just upstart monkeys anyway, and yoga enables us to keep swinging from the trees, but without the tree. Well, that's my warped way of looking at things anyway. Monkey don't use barbells, but they sure as hell stretch, invert. climb and back bend
  2. Great article, yeah, that's going to take many reads to digest properly. Seems like it's incorporating PNF stretching? I hear people say that when they're doing the splits it often takes a couple of minutes for the muscles to stop freaking out until they can relax into the pose - more a case of letting go rather than forcing. Although within time that period gets reset, so you can 'stretch' farther into the pose in a shorter amount of time. As I understand it (i.e, I might be talking about of my backside) the stretch of the hams is all in the mind (central nervous system); that a corpse will never have tight hams. I remember a gruesome story of a wrestler. He didn't land properly and ended up in the partial splits. Then his 'opponent' dived on top of him his hams just ripped straight off the bone.
  3. I watched this youtube vid where this guy is really into the health benefits of urine. He shaves with his own urine and falls asleep at night in a pee-soaked beanie, because, apparently, it's good for the scalp.
  4. Don't forget that time when you put your shoes on. Don't squander the opportunity
  5. Lol, that last sentence made me think and pause. Spot on. And that's all tied to perfectionism or nothing isn't it. I think it's all about accepting one's limitations and not beating yourself up too much I guess. I love the following quote, and ought to tattoo it on my forehead or something (in mirror writing of course ): Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. All I need is a time machine and a whip, and to have a little chat with my younger self....
  6. My yoga teacher always says, if you do nothing, always do a dog, every single day for the rest of your life. He's being a bit sneaky there though, because often a dog will lead into another pose and then another.... On a side note, although sort of related... I'm the biggest procrastinator in the world. Still working at curing this terrible affliction. But the advice is to chunk things down into smaller manageable bits. It does work, although ideally I need to employ someone to give me a huge initial kick up the backside to set me in motion.
  7. Ah, interesting points there Anahata, and I never thought of the counterpose aspect merely by the act of switching sides. Yeah, I'm dying to try the backbend and forward bend aspect of it as well, although I'm guessing I won't be able to really do that until I'm on the floor. Blimey, it's a versatile pose, which I've never really thought through tbh. One of the things I'm doing is lunging in front of a wall, with my back leg against the wall. Initially it was a killer on the psoas (?) but now find it really easy, and can't wait to incorporate that aspect of it as well. But again, I'm not low enough yet I guess. Does my head sometimes though; how strange the body works. I can sit all day at my desk in fire log pose and can do a pretty intense forward bend in it as well. I can also do cobblers with both knees on the ground no problems. But can I do a decent lizard? Can I do a half decent Wide-legged seated? Nope
  8. Haha, that's a good way of putting it Thanks a lot Candace, I'll be sure to make this pose into one of my split staples then. God help me!, both my backside and my hams are going to be on fire now.
  9. Thanks a lot Candace, yes, that's exactly the problem; I've seemed to have developed quite a bit of movement in the back area and tbh, when I'm in that position for long enough I feel I could slip down even more, but it's a combination of fear and that pesky front leg (but hey, I'm living up to my username I guess lol). But damn, you've just linked to my all-time hated pose I think. No, in all seriousness I will embrace it and make it part of my routine now. The way you described on how to use blocks and keeping the toes curled is exactly how I'm doing it, so this is good to hear (although I do flip my back toes out when I'm in my edge).
  10. Since November I've been devoting at least an hour a day mainly to the front splits. I've made slow but steady progress (started about 11 inches away from the ground (!) lol, but now about 6 inches). What I've noticed is that most of the stretch seems to come from the back leg (and my backside!) and have always had a slight bend in the front leg. Do I need to focus more attention to the front? Or will the slight bend sort itself out when (if!) I get to the ground? Atm, I'm taking things slowly; 'sitting' in the split shape for extended periods of time and mainly concentrating on getting the hips straight and the knees properly aligned, rather than striving too much. So I'm wondering should I work to get that front leg straight as well, before going for the lower form? Cheers.
  11. I've never had the candle experience, that sounds awesome. My pref would have to be Yin yoga as well. I also like plenty of inversions and intelligent use of props. I hate shavasana because I always end up falling asleep, snoring and embarrassing myself.
  12. I recently changed to vegetarian. Now trying to do the whole vegan thing, although I'm really finding it hard going atm (I love my garlic cheese too much ) The reason I became vegetarian was because of the whole cognitive dissonance thing, I just felt like a hypocrite. Now I'm starting to get that way when I stray off the vegan path. That said, it's great that people are not judging on here. One thing that really annoys me though is the whole political/ideological driving force behind the 'science', be it rampant capitalism, animal rights or lobbyist. You can literally read one scientific paper here and then get completely contradictory advice from another science paper there. Does my head right in. So, I figured, I might as well do what they do in the blue zones - and they all mainly eat a plant-based diet, with legumes, nuts and exercise (yay yoga).
  13. About 3 months ago I decided to centre most of my yoga around the front splits. So atm it's a lot of lunges and it's cousins. But there's also that one where you go from a lunge and then straighten the leg back (sorry, don't know the name). I have to say, I've found this one pose amazing in lengthening my sad hams. Also, and I don't know if this is good practice or not, but I often do forward bend with really bent knees so my head is almost touching my shins, and then very gently and slowly straighten my legs (so it's sort of doing it all in reverse). Again, I've found this really useful.
  14. Oh, that would be awesome if you could and greatly appreciated! I'm probably the laziest yoga student in the world tbh, and always looking for 'hacks' where I can do yoga anywhere lol. This might sound a bit stupid, but I put a few yoga blocks each side of the sink so I can do hams when I'm washing up I've looked at that vid btw, very nice. I think that's a one I will follow when I'm shattered. Cheers.
  15. I wish someone could do a comprehensive shoulder routine that you could do at your desk. Hint hint @ Candace Not talking about strength here but getting rid of all those horrible knots! I want to be deknotted lol