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  1. I am looking to start a meditation practice and I think that mala bead meditation will be good for me. If I have something tangible to focus on, that also has a tangible end I think it will serve me better than just setting a timer and trying to meditate (if people even set timers?) I found some mala beads that I am going to purchase on etsy. What I am looking for is recommendations of mantras to use with the mala beads. I did some research online and didn't find much. Maybe I am looking for the wrong thing. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. Yup I do a lot of "palm facing the windows" "foot towards the door you came in" etc
  3. I just do my best. I work as a physical therapist and have to look at "mirror" right and left all day long and still mess it up all the time. Honestly I just do the best i can. I know one teacher who writes left on her right foot and vice versa! I never stay on my mat the whole time so I move around the room and sometimes will face forward like them if I feel like I need to get squared away with my right and left. I also don't hesitate to ask the class "this is the side that we have not done yet correct?" or say things like "make sure you do the side you haven't done yet" (maybe they screwed up, maybe I did?)
  4. I was also just thinking - I remember being taught in crow to put your knees right on the outside of your triceps and then squeeze in, rather than resting into the arm pit/on the arm
  5. I'm not really sure because I honestly have never had bruising with any of those poses. Do you tend to bruise really easily otherwise? Are you engaging your bandhas? I wonder if you are kind of sinking into your arms and need to be engaging the core in order to "lift up" out of the legs a bit.
  6. I wonder if my toms are the wrong size of something. they are the worst to get on and off it's ridiculous I almost never wear them because of that. I usually wear boots in the winter (not uggs, but same style) and sandals in the summer.
  7. I have a question for Candace or anyone else who has experience teaching private sessions. I have been teaching for three years. Currently I am teaching at a local gym, which has a really strong yoga program. Compared to a lot of gyms I think I am pretty lucky in that they offer a lot of yoga classes, have props available, and I have a lot of regular students. I have been thinking about speaking with the director about offering private yoga classes. The gym obviously has personal trainers and I was thinking about discussing them having a parallel type of program where you can buy a package of private yoga classes. I was thinking along the lines of advertising it as for beginners to get ready for the group classes, for more experienced students who want to start doing arm balances etc, or for people with injuries who may need too many modifications for a regular class. What I'm looking for is advice about how to best market private classes, what the average rate is to charge, and any general advice about teaching in this way (I feel like it would be very different than teaching the 12-18 people I usually teach). Thanks for any help you can give me!
  8. I like the idea of a twisting month!
  9. I love how you phrased that. That is how I feel about my forearm stand! I can do it without a wall 50% of the time but I just cant trust it to always happen and to last. I am really hoping for the same feeling of "anywhere, anytime, no fear" that i have with headstand.
  10. I am sure that others will have better insight, but here is what I do. Initially I based it on knowing how other classes I was taking were structured in terms of time for warm up, standing, seated, balance, cool down etc. I do not plan to the minute when I teach. I know that I want about 10-15min of warming up (centering, childs pose, gentle shoulder stretches, twists, cat cows, rag doll etc). I spend a little more time gradually getting into the standing poses with down dogs, sun's, hip flexor/hamstring stretches etc this I don't usually watch the time for but it is about 10-15min. Then I get into the meat of my standing flow with standing poses, balance poses etc I usually "over plan" this section and have an extra few poses I am okay adding or omitting as needed and try to make this last until there are 15-25min remaining in class. I either do more backbends or seated poses or go relatively quickly into a cooldown depending on the class length. Not sure if that makes sense. I would recommend taking a class you like and trying to model off of it. For example, if you really a 30min video that candace has, go through it and write down general timing: 2min centering, 5 min shoulder stretch, 10min standing flow etc Then you can base a class off of that. I just worked a really long day so that might not make sense...but hopefully it helps.
  11. Wow I am so glad that you asked this question. I did not know that flipped grip was a thing and I have been coming into that position in a super awkward way and was unsure how i would ever be able to do it standing (for dancers vs pidgeon) That blew my mind doing it this morning!
  12. I remember being told in Ashtanga yoga that since we are working to build heat in the body, drinking water during practice will cool the body. I've never really heard much about water in other classes. I don't drink it when I practice for the reasons others mentioned, but I ALWAYS have a bottle with me. When I teach I usually drink anywhere from 8-24oz of water or green tea. Though sometimes I wonder if I use that as a crutch when I teach.
  13. Wow that is insane. Maybe it was a defective one? We have them at my work they are used probably 4-5x/day minimum 4 days a week and they last for years. Either it was defective or you have some super human strength haha
  14. You may find this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028BO94M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0028BO94M&linkCode=as2&tag=yoga06c-20&linkId=6TUPSZCRTIKY4JUG to be helpful for traveling. I alternate using the two (foam roll and stick) and find the stick even works better sometimes. Then you can use two tennis balls put in a sock to work the spine to substitute for the foam roll that way. So much easier to pack up then a foam roller, at least for short trips.
  15. One of my favorite analogies for why it is important to foam roll before we stretch is this: "if you have a rope with a knot in it and you pull you are just tightening the knot. if you take out the knot and then pull the rope you are able to get a little more length in the rope" I work as a physical therapist and have my patients using foam rollers/tennis balls/etc. to do soft tissue work before I have them stretch at home and that helps a lot of people understand. You are working to loosen up a restricted area in the tissue before you stretch/work it out. That said there are a lot of scientific theories about what may actually be going on...but we do not really know. I like to foam roll my thoracic spine & my glutes and hamstrings before I practice yoga at home. For the thoracic spine google "thoracic spine foam roll" I like to roll up and down ten times, then drop my hips and extend back over it, repeating 3-5times. For the glutes I go into a figure-4 position sitting on the foam roller and lean to the leg that is crossed over and roll about 10 times up and down 3 rounds (holding 30seconds if I find a really tight muscle knot). Hamstrings and quads are pretty straightfoward for positioning I think, and I like to divide the muscles into thirds. So I will roll my top 1/3 of the quad 10 times, then the middle, then the bottom. If you have questions about how to do it let me know, I teach foam rolling all the time at work.
  16. That's too bad you wont be coming to new england. and I love dogs! too bad the place won't accept them.
  17. I would be totally willing to do it (as long as it isn't near the one week I have vacation this year). I live in New England and hope you come here!
  18. The part about sliding the knees out sounds like a frog pose. But then having the body upright doesn't sound right if it's frog pose. Sounds painfull to me! So I must be thinking incorrectly.
  19. I am obsessed with athleta's "breathe" collection long sleeve shirts (and short sleeves in the summer). They are the only thing I can practice in the whole time, sweatshirts and zipups/jackets I always have to take off because they annoy me. They are $$ but I wear each of them (I have three) 1-2x/week at least.
  20. regarding the computer - make sure it is at eye level! I work as a PT and discuss computer setup with patients all the time. so many of them come back and say that their computer was too low so I tell them to put it on a ream of paper (or however many it takes to get eye level...or spend money on a fancy computer lift). If you look down now you send your head forward, then slouch your back and you have pain (neck, shoulder blade, arm numbness, shoulder pain, elbow pain, lower back pain, sciatica...) while I'm on my soap box - make sure that you can reach your keyboard and mouse with your arms in at your side. I also see a lot of people who have a really fancy chair but the arm rests do not fit under the desk, so then you need to reach way forward and end up not being supported by the chair and/or straining the shoulder. lastly, if you use a laptop for work and use it for hours a day, get that elevated on something to eye level and use a wireless keyboard/mouse
  21. yes!! I wish I could find a decaf that tastes just like it. I am so caffeine sensitive that I can only drink it in the morning, I switch to tazo passion tea and refresh tea in the afternoons.
  22. So I do not know why this just popped into my head a few years later, and it is kind of late on this thread but I have to post. I had a woman who did not like my music and asked me turn it down. I turned it down like one notch to appease her (the volume was ALWAYS set at the same number, all teachers used it at that volume, and we all had very similar styles of playlists). A few minutes later she went and got paper towels twisted them up and shoved them in her ears. She then proceeded to follow along in class until the last 20min when she did something completely different. I am all for modifying for yourself but it was completely different and very distracting (taking wide legged forward fold and her feet were almost on others mats) It was so weird. I understand that music choices are different for everyone (and that some people hate it), but I am of the belief that you go through a class and just don't go back if it wasn't the class for you. Sometimes it can teach you a lesson about tuning out distractions. BUT she came back a month later.... no towel ear plugs, no changes in my music or volume...
  23. Yes. I actually have a great shoulder stand (so I have been told haha) but I just hate it. I don't feel good in it. To be honest (and someone mentioned this as their pet peeve so...) I haven't done a shoulder stand in at least a year plus. I do headstand, or just lie with my hips on a block or scootch to the wall for legs up the wall. Now, I only take headstand if they say "take an inversion of your choice" but I never hesitate to take legs straight up on a block or the wall. Not to mention I see some horrible form and it makes me cringe. I know there is controversy about this opinion but I think it is a pretty unsafe pose for many people andso easy to do wrong.
  24. I have been really focusing on forearm stand (without the wall support - I currently can get up and then get off of the wall for a few breaths but I would love to just get up there!) and dancers pose with both arms reaching back for the foot. I think that this may moticate me to continue to focus on them.
  25. If you are jumping back, you should be going directly into chatarunga, the action of bending the arms helps to absorb some of the shock (at least that's how it's been explained to me) I have never been *taught* jumping back to plank, but I see it all the time and I think I even did it when I first started practicing. I think the reason is that a lot of teachers cue walking back to chatarunga the first time through, then just start saying "walk or jump back to chatarunga" without explaining "walk to your plank and lower down, or jump directly into chatarunga" I hate seeing people jump into a plank it always looks so painful & it drives me nuts when a teacher doesnt correct it. But if you hear "walk or jump" it makes total sense to walk or jump to plank. Maybe I should have taken this response over to the "yoga pet peeves" thread. Haha I didn't anticipate the rant that was coming.