Meugenio

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  1. aprilharry liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Natural Make Up Products   
    Okay, I know $20 for one eye liner pencil is a lot, but I really like INIKA's organic and natural eye liners. I got the green lagoon color as a sample in my Birchbox and later bought the sapphire color. They go on really smoothly and come with a sharpener. My only problem is that, since I have oily skin, I have to use a primer on my eyelids before using it. But it's a great product and definitely worth the money.
  2. yogajedi liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    I am super excited about this forum! Reading from the greater Toronto area, Canada and can't wait to read some wonderful posts here =)
  3. afriske liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Favorite Tea?   
    My favorite tea of all time is Tazo Zen tea, just the perfect blend of green tea, lemongrass and spearmint. I drank it every morning while teaching; my students knew it was my favorite so I never ran out of tea from them!
  4. Robbie liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in If You Like Indie Music...   
    I just wanted to share my favorite indie music radio station with you, no matter where you're located. Indie88 is a Toronto-based station that plays great indie music and you can listen to their live stream here: http://indie.streamon.fm/ If you enjoy listening to artists such as Florence + the Machine, Feist, Alt-J, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, MGMT, Vampire Weekend (and so much more than I can list here), you'd definitely like this station and the music they play. Happy listening! =)
  5. yogajedi liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    I am super excited about this forum! Reading from the greater Toronto area, Canada and can't wait to read some wonderful posts here =)
  6. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Ybc Originations   
    Hey there! 
    Sure, happy to share! Mostly I just blogged and blogged for years even though I had no readers. I have a background in teaching so during my own yoga teacher training I had all these ideas I wanted to share and thought a blog would be a good place for them. I was mostly doing it for myself, just to get these ideas out - no real end goal with where I wanted to go with the blog. I always approached the blog as a job since I was moving all the time for my husband's job and didn't really have much going on for myself. I set specific hours for myself for blogging and kept to them. I also was always teaching regularly and pointing students in the direction of the blog. I was active on social media and acquired some readers that way. It was a super slow rate of growth but the people who read the blog are awesome, likeminded people, and I'd rather have those readers who are truly interested and add to the YBC community. If I had just posted 'filler, fluffy' stuff with highly clickable titles just to get clicks, I wouldn't have attracted the type of people I want, you know what I mean? For photography, I invested in a great camera (started with a rebel 2, and then upgraded to a canon 6d) and played around until I figured out how to use it. Over time, I've learned what photographs will be highly pinnable, and what are best for social media promotion and what should just be tossed out. Reviewing products came as the readership grew, and I always try to make sure it's a natural, organic fit for the readers/blog and only if it's a benefit to all people involved. (You wouldn't believe some of the pitches I get - had a casino the other day want to sponsor a post...uhhhh not a natural fit!) There's really no quick way to make it all come together I don't think - just lots of consistent work blogging about stuff you really, truly love and would write about even if people weren't out there reading it. 
     
    I'm hoping to do more US-based blogging retreats/workshops, just finishing up the spring things before planning the next adventures. I have looked into webinars but the blogging workshop is really, really hands on and requires partner work and I just don't think it'd be that effective without the big round table discussion I envisioned when I designed it. But we'll see, I might offer one to one consulting. 
  7. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by EricaKaye in Yoga Class Pet Peeves?   
    I took a class with an instructor who played music through her phone. I enjoy a class with fun music BUT she forgot to silence her text/call/etc. alerts so the music was interrupted continually with this annoying pinging sound. It ruined an otherwise great class  
    My number one pet peeve is people walking on my mat. The studio I go to is not crowded so there is really no reason to walk across someone else's mat. Drives me nuts and totally ruins my yoga induced zen if someone walks on my mat at the end of class!!     
  8. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Ouch, That F@%#*?^ Hurt!   
    Bahaha bet she's just loving that!  I went through something similar when Greg tore his ACL and I had to do everything
  9. Danielle liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Sequence Timing?   
    Thanks for your help, Danielle! =)
  10. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by Danielle in Sequence Timing?   
    I know for me I learned/ absorbed a lot of this when I had to observe classes during my teacher training.  To be honest when I'm taking a class I'm totally not aware of the time and how long we spend on each "segment" of the class.  When I was doing my observation time I made sure to take note of how long teachers spent on warming up, cooling down, standing, etc. and often write down the sequences so I'd have an idea of how long different sequences took when I started to plan my own classes.
     
    For the first few months I often wrote out my class plan and then did the class myself to "test" to timing, but after awhile it became a bit more intuitive and I can plan a class having a general idea of how the timing is going to work out.
  11. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by Robbie in What is the best yoga mat?   
     
    Was that a deliberate pun Candace? 
    I hope you're getting commission, because I just ordered one too. No more downward slipping dog for me!
  12. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in What is the best yoga mat?   
     
    I've had the Jade Harmony Mat for a few days now and I'm obsessed!! It really helps propel your yoga practice when you have a great mat. It was a bit of a splurge for me but 100,000% worth it. It's the best grip I've felt on a mat, even when sweaty. It has a natural rubber smell but it isn't overwhelming. I'm cleaning it with a homemade mixture that contains essential oils so I'm sure in time the rubber scent will lessen. I'd advise any starting yogi to take that leap right out of the gate and get the best mat in your price range. I can see it making the difference between yoga being something like a laid back, occasional type thing and a serious long-committed practice. <3 
     
     
    Thank you, Candace for this forum. It really helped my decision on my new mat by having everyone's opinions on different mats.
  13. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by Jasmine in Yoga Clothes   
    I'm in Australia and our Target has really good activewear really affordable. Kmart's clothes are good, too. Have you got department stores like that which have an activewear section? You're definitely not alone, in fact, I've only got a few decent brands of yoga gear - and I always get them either in some amazing sale or I request them for birthdays and Christmas. I'd have to say most of the students in my classes wear very plain leggings and tshirts or singlets and it's pretty rare I see the amazing prints and brands.
     
    Also, you could possibly scour ebay or similar for some second hand ones. I've found a few goodies there - people buy or are given even Lululemons in the wrong size, never wear them, and then sell them super cheap!
  14. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Yoga Clothes   
    I totally second Jasmine's suggestion of checking out eBay. I've bought like-new lululemons for super cheap there. 
  15. Robbie liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Men And Yoga   
    Just wanted to share this with y'all because I thought it was an awesome video. =)
  16. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Men And Yoga   
    This is great, and the first guy to speak is Marcus "Lord Veda" one of my yoga teachers here in London! 
  17. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Yoga During Menstruation   
    haha was using Greg's computer and once again 'liked' things thinking I was already logged in, haha. Anyway! The reasoning depends on who you ask, I think. 
     
    My yoga teacher said practicing inversions are usually a no-go because it's "not healthy to reverse the flow". Some people will stop practicing completely for the entire cycle, and some will just avoid inversions.
  18. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by Jasmine in Yoga During Menstruation   
    I would imagine it has something to do with some sort of moon cycle (or something like that).. I have no idea. I remember in Kathryn Budig's book she wrote to not practice during menstruation because big, bulky pads don't look good under leggings and inversions would be uncomfortable but I find at that just peachy keen lovely time I really need to stretch and exercise to make myself feel human after the worst day 1 is over. There's no way I'm taking a week out of every month to not do things I enjoy because someone else thinks it's a bad idea. 
  19. Robbie liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Men And Yoga   
    Just wanted to share this with y'all because I thought it was an awesome video. =)
  20. Robbie liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Men And Yoga   
    Just wanted to share this with y'all because I thought it was an awesome video. =)
  21. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by mimisouth in What is the best yoga mat?   
    Ooh la la.. I so want a Jade harmony mat...
  22. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in What is the best yoga mat?   
    Let me know what you think! It's slowly taken over the number one spot (which was previously held by the black mat pro)
  23. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in What is the best yoga mat?   
    I'm excited to say I bought the Jade Harmony Mat today!! I'll have it on Wednesday!! Freaking out a bit. >.<
  24. PaulaH liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Hip Opening   
    I like to do hip openers because I can physically feel tightness and discomfort in my hips and low back if I don't do them. It just feels good to me and my body feels better and more open. I feel like an old lady creaking around if I don't hahaha! =D
  25. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Mudra Schmudra   
    I am loving this thread! You guys are the best. Totally feel free to hijack any blog post, although I have to say I do like it better over here because I think we'd get more of a discussion going, which is really the best part of it all.   I am in the middle of packing up everything and moving back to the US so my thoughts are all over the place right now - I hope this post makes sense. 
     
    I actually hesitated posting the mudras the other day but the thing is, they're a huge part of yoga and I figured I might as well, even though I do tend to avoid talking too much about the spiritual side of yoga, as I personally think that scares some people off. On the other hand, I know that others gravitate toward yoga solely for the spiritual side of it, so who knows. I wound up following through with my posts because it was a goal of mine to add more meditation into the monthly project and mudras are a way to vary the meditation practice. Sometimes my mind is all over the place during meditation so I use little tricks to keep me focused. I sort of feel like I'm cheating, but whatever. Sometimes I'll do a music meditation, use a mantra, or try different mudras because when I have my hands placed a certain way, I can focus on my breath more. As an example, there's this mudra where you cup one hand in the other and then just connect the thumbs. Sometimes I do that and will start breathing and I'll visualize my breath going in a circle from my right thumb to my right shoulder to my left shoulder to my left thumb etc. I know it sounds kind of nuts but it keeps my thoughts from getting in the way, if that makes any sense, and when I really get into it, I swear it feels like electricity through my body. It's crazy.
     
    As far as whether or not the mudras actually do what they're intended to do, meh, I dunno. But I do like switching the position of my hands every now and then just as a  different way to focus on my breathing.
     
    I sort of feel like this whole "deeper" side of yoga can be a slippery slope and people can be taken advantage of. For example, I sometimes have people write to me asking what they should do because they've got X, Y, Z illness and their yoga teacher said to practice X, Y, Z poses. It drives me up a wall because I believe that if you have a major illness, I think you should see a doctor or naturopath. I specifically avoided posting about mudras that are supposed to "heal" depression, because as someone whose family has a very long and painful history of deep depression, the absolute best thing, in my opinion, that someone can do for depression is get help. Sure, meditate with a specific mudra as a complement to the therapy, but first and foremost, get professional help.
     
    As an aside: I will confess that during my teacher training, I was always super skeptical of chakras. (I still sort of am, shh.) And when our teacher would talk about blocked chakras? It just didn't make any sense to me, and I couldn't relate at all. I do personally enjoy listening to certain types of chanting (om, anything in Sanskrit). It eases occasional anxiety, which I know is weird but don't judge, haha. I remember during training that the chanting did NOT go over well with my class. I actually felt bad for the chanting instructor. She was incredible though. As someone truly "walking the talk," she took nothing personally even though nearly everyone was all        toward her and her chants. So maybe bits and pieces aren't right for everyone? 
     
    It sort of reminds me of when I went to this acupuncturist for joint pain. I could feel an immediate difference after being stuck with a hundred needles, but when he tried to get me to buy the Chinese herbs? I was like, "Uhhhh no." I was fairly certain I could make my own "magic tea" at home and call it a day. But he said something that really stuck with me. He said that acupuncture was just the tip of the iceberg and that the "real healing" involved the herbal medicine as well. 
     
    And it's a lot like yoga. The poses are fantastic and people feel great when they practice them. But that's not all yoga is - the meditation, the mudras, and even the dreaded chanting   - it's all part of the science that is yoga, that began thousands and thousands of years ago. I like the idea of picking and choosing what works for me.