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  1. fshliz09 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.
  2. yogajedi liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    Hi my name is Kelly and I am reading this from Calgary in Canada.
  3. yogajedi liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    Hi my name is Kelly and I am reading this from Calgary in Canada.
  4. fshliz09 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.
  5. laceyd liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Guided Meditation Recs?   
    I really like The Guided Meditation Site.com. They have a good variety. If you want a mantra meditation I really like Deva Premal. I also have an iPhone app called "Simply Being" that is really good.
  6. Kelly liked a post in a topic by Anahata in Yoga Quotes & Intentions   
    There was a time when I was struggling with lengthening the backs of my legs - hamstrings. Below are a few ideas that I found very helpful. But this also applies to almost all poses. The hamstrings can be a very difficult muscle group to lengthen. The nervous system has automatic functions to protect muscles and keep them, all muscles, from lengthening further once they have reached their present limit.

    The only place you need to be is where you are now.
    Be present where you are and be comfortable there.
    Only when you are comfortable where you are now will you be able to relax and move forward.
    and
    Find Savasana in every pose (this means there is only certain parts of the body that are active in any pose and the rest of the body should be relaxed, find Savasana)
  7. fshliz09 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.
  8. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Ask A Yoga Question   
    Hi Candace,
     
    Whenever I am in a pose that has my arms overhead, like down dog or childs pose, I struggle with my breath. Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong or what I could do to help this. I keep freaking out my instructors.
     
    Thank you for your thoughts!
    Kelly
  9. Kelly liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Yoga Quotes & Intentions   
    One of my favorites: 
     
    A master in the art of living
    makes little distinction between his work and his play,
    his labor and his leisure, 
    his mind and his body,
    his education and his recreation,
    his love and his religion. 
    He hardly knows which is which.
    He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does,
    leaving others to decide if he is working or playing.
    To him, he is always doing both.
     
    I like to read that as a prelude to a more physical, athletic practice where we're focusing on something like inversions, when people often react with an immediate "I can't" instead of approaching it with a sense of playfulness and just seeing what happens. I try to encourage people to shift their perspective both on and off the mat whenever they come upon these "challenges" and try to see them as opportunities to simultaneously play and work, and just let whatever happens unfold organically.
  10. candace liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Guided Meditation Recs?   
    I also have Insight Timer. I like it too, I just use Simply Being more. I will have to check out Breathe and Buddhify. Thanks Candace.
  11. Kelly liked a post in a topic by candace in Guided Meditation Recs?   
    The Simply Being meditation app mentioned by Kelly is quite good: it's done by the Meditation Oasis people and I've used their guided meditation podcasts for years.  Their style really works for me and I have just about the entire archive downloaded to my phone.
     
    I also rate Insight Timer, because it incorporates both a plain timer for when you want to meditate in silence and also a library of streamable guided meditations, so you can do whatever strikes your fancy at a particular time.
     
    Other apps I like are Breathe and Buddhify, but honestly a lot of the time I just need a timer and some alone time
  12. laceyd liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Guided Meditation Recs?   
    I really like The Guided Meditation Site.com. They have a good variety. If you want a mantra meditation I really like Deva Premal. I also have an iPhone app called "Simply Being" that is really good.
  13. Kelly liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Committing To The Mat   
    Good for you! 15 minutes is better than 0 minutes! Don't be too hard on yourself for longer sessions. In certain aspects of the practice like flexibility, I would say 15 mins  five times a week is better than one hour long session per week. 
  14. Kelly liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Committing To The Mat   
    What about setting an alarm on your phone? You might be able to make a reoccurring alarm for, say, the same three days a week at a certain time. Maybe you just get up 15 mins earlier and do yoga for that 15 mins - it doesn't have to be a crazy long time in order to reap benefits. Think of it as a meeting with your boss and make a commitment not to cancel. If you do, here are some vids I'd recommend: 
     
    5 min morning meditation to have a great day
    15 min morning yoga
    30 min restorative 
    20 min beginner yoga flow
  15. Kelly liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Committing To The Mat   
    Are there any groupon deals or amazon local deals for yoga studios closeby? Last year, I went to a place that offered unlimited yoga classes for a month for $30 (this year it's $40).  So then I went almost every single day to get my "money's worth".  A lot of studios usually have a newcomers deal so you can explore classes to find a teacher you like.  I think other offers were $25 for an unlimited week.  Just a warning that you'll probably be sore the first few days if doing it everyday.
     
    I'm lucky that I found two yoga studios that are within walking distance of my place, so, that helps overcome some humps.  I found out after building a relationship with a certain teacher, I look forward to that class and make it a priority to attend and pause whatever else is going on.
  16. Kelly 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. 
  17. fshliz09 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.
  18. fshliz09 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.
  19. Kelly liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Breathing   
    I had the opportunity yesterday to get trained by a rhetoric coach on how to give speeches, presentations, press conferences and so on and he put such emphasis on the importance of breath. When giving a formal key note speech or whatever it is so important to breath in through your nose and exhale through your mouth (while speaking) and then of course pause inhale and repeat. Inhale thorugh your nose decreases nervousness, prevents your mouth from getting all dry and keeps the nor-adrenalin in place.
     
    Perhaps you guys are all totally aware but I had no clue and really benefited from this and of course my coach repeatedly pointed out what a great practice yoga is for speaking properly. So I simply thought I'd share it with you.
  20. Oak liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Little Known Brands That We Should All Know About   
    It's hard to find nice yoga wear in Canada. There is Lulu, of course, but being a larger girl that is out of the question. There was a nice, affordable Canadian company that made beautiful clothes and I bought a couple outfits that I love but they have gone out of business. Any thoughts?
  21. Reggi liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Yoga For Depression   
    I might have to look into that. I suffered from multiple mental health diagnoses as well as being in recovery from an eating disorder. I have just started a new treatment program that has me weaning off a nasty cocktail of multiple antidepressants and antipsychotics and am almost drugs free for the first time in 6 years. This has me looking for other ways of managing my health (with my treatment teams blessing). I have done yoga in the past as a form of exercise, eating disorders are about so much more than food, but now I find myself drawn to spiritual aspects and the dream of finding that elusive "inner peace".
  22. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Kelly in Yoga For Depression   
    I appreciate the blabber 
  23. Kelly liked a post in a topic by Vanyogalife in Youtube Video Request   
    I love your videos  and this is just because you asked
     
    How to adapt some of the postures (sun salutations, inversions, back bends) for beginners of for people with some physical limitation. I find it is the most challenging part when I teach my classes.
     
    Thank you!!
  24. Kelly liked a post in a topic by laceyd in Yoga For Depression   
    I love that you brought up mindfulness. I too struggle with depression and have been on every antidepressant you can name. I found they all caused more problems for me and started to seek another more natural way. A friend told me about lovingkindness and mindful meditation. I researched and began to practice mindful mediation after my yoga practice. It done wonders for my depression. It's made me more aware of everything and I have found a peace I have never known.
  25. Kelly liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Yoga For Depression   
    It sounds like you're being really proactive in your approach to your health, so that is fantastic. Congrats on being nearly drug free. That must feel amazing.
     
    Yeah the GAPS book is really interesting to me. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome and it basically just talks about the connection between gut health and mental health. She talks about schizophrenia, depression, and more. She actually has a whole section where she talks about eating disorders and how the gut health is compromised differently in a person who is dealing with eating disorders than, say, a person who is a heavy drinker, or a person who has been on antibiotics for a long time, and how that then impacts overall mental health and wellbeing. From there it discusses how to heal the stomach and digestive system, and how through healing, the majority of the symptoms tend to fizzle away. It's pretty fascinating.
     
    Half the time I write about GAPS I sort of cringe because while I have seen incredible, dramatic improvement in my health as a direct result of it, I never want to push anything on anyone, and what might work for me may be totally wrong for the next person, so I apologize for all the GAPS blabber and promise that's all I'll say about the book for now. ::zips mouth shut::