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  1. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by keziah in What Did You Do Today?   
    I'm a newbie here but have practiced at home for about 3 years.  Always add a pose to Vinyasa routine (my routine takes about 50 minutes) that I can't do in hopes that one day I will do.  At almost 60 years, some poses are just plain out of reach.  Still.  Latest attempt is Baby Grasshopper to hopefully lead to Big Kid Grasshopper.  No joy yet, my core is still weak and gormless but I live in hope. 
  2. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by keziah in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    One sad day I found I couldn't touch my toes, not only my toes but my shins.  Stiffness had snuck up as stealthily as the years.  I was in my mid-fifties and didn't want to be consigned to the stout matronly-figured trash heap just yet.  Remembered a class I'd taken in my 30's.  The instructor was 80 years old and could wrap her feet behind her head.  Not only that but she hadn't taken up yoga until she was 50.  Unfortunately I wasn't ready for yoga then so I didn't pursue it but standing there with my hands reaching ineffectually for those toes I remembered.  If she could do it why not I?
     
    Well, so I'm not wrapping my feet behind my ears but I do do a mean headstand.  Happily yoga isn't just about the asanas.  As so many others have said, it starts to permeate the rest of ones life.  The attempts at meditation have been most instructive.  The inner chatter, the continuous inner chatte,r is so exhausting.  I hadn't realised how little breathing space I give myself.  Although I am not *good* at meditating, regular practice has made me far more mindful and observant of the workings of my mind.  I am better at stopping the loop of endless memory reruns as well as anticipating what might happen while missing what actually IS happening right NOW. 
     
    Oh, and I have a firmer butt. 
  3. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by keziah in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    One sad day I found I couldn't touch my toes, not only my toes but my shins.  Stiffness had snuck up as stealthily as the years.  I was in my mid-fifties and didn't want to be consigned to the stout matronly-figured trash heap just yet.  Remembered a class I'd taken in my 30's.  The instructor was 80 years old and could wrap her feet behind her head.  Not only that but she hadn't taken up yoga until she was 50.  Unfortunately I wasn't ready for yoga then so I didn't pursue it but standing there with my hands reaching ineffectually for those toes I remembered.  If she could do it why not I?
     
    Well, so I'm not wrapping my feet behind my ears but I do do a mean headstand.  Happily yoga isn't just about the asanas.  As so many others have said, it starts to permeate the rest of ones life.  The attempts at meditation have been most instructive.  The inner chatter, the continuous inner chatte,r is so exhausting.  I hadn't realised how little breathing space I give myself.  Although I am not *good* at meditating, regular practice has made me far more mindful and observant of the workings of my mind.  I am better at stopping the loop of endless memory reruns as well as anticipating what might happen while missing what actually IS happening right NOW. 
     
    Oh, and I have a firmer butt. 
  4. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by keziah in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    One sad day I found I couldn't touch my toes, not only my toes but my shins.  Stiffness had snuck up as stealthily as the years.  I was in my mid-fifties and didn't want to be consigned to the stout matronly-figured trash heap just yet.  Remembered a class I'd taken in my 30's.  The instructor was 80 years old and could wrap her feet behind her head.  Not only that but she hadn't taken up yoga until she was 50.  Unfortunately I wasn't ready for yoga then so I didn't pursue it but standing there with my hands reaching ineffectually for those toes I remembered.  If she could do it why not I?
     
    Well, so I'm not wrapping my feet behind my ears but I do do a mean headstand.  Happily yoga isn't just about the asanas.  As so many others have said, it starts to permeate the rest of ones life.  The attempts at meditation have been most instructive.  The inner chatter, the continuous inner chatte,r is so exhausting.  I hadn't realised how little breathing space I give myself.  Although I am not *good* at meditating, regular practice has made me far more mindful and observant of the workings of my mind.  I am better at stopping the loop of endless memory reruns as well as anticipating what might happen while missing what actually IS happening right NOW. 
     
    Oh, and I have a firmer butt. 
  5. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by keziah in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    One sad day I found I couldn't touch my toes, not only my toes but my shins.  Stiffness had snuck up as stealthily as the years.  I was in my mid-fifties and didn't want to be consigned to the stout matronly-figured trash heap just yet.  Remembered a class I'd taken in my 30's.  The instructor was 80 years old and could wrap her feet behind her head.  Not only that but she hadn't taken up yoga until she was 50.  Unfortunately I wasn't ready for yoga then so I didn't pursue it but standing there with my hands reaching ineffectually for those toes I remembered.  If she could do it why not I?
     
    Well, so I'm not wrapping my feet behind my ears but I do do a mean headstand.  Happily yoga isn't just about the asanas.  As so many others have said, it starts to permeate the rest of ones life.  The attempts at meditation have been most instructive.  The inner chatter, the continuous inner chatte,r is so exhausting.  I hadn't realised how little breathing space I give myself.  Although I am not *good* at meditating, regular practice has made me far more mindful and observant of the workings of my mind.  I am better at stopping the loop of endless memory reruns as well as anticipating what might happen while missing what actually IS happening right NOW. 
     
    Oh, and I have a firmer butt. 
  6. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by keziah in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    One sad day I found I couldn't touch my toes, not only my toes but my shins.  Stiffness had snuck up as stealthily as the years.  I was in my mid-fifties and didn't want to be consigned to the stout matronly-figured trash heap just yet.  Remembered a class I'd taken in my 30's.  The instructor was 80 years old and could wrap her feet behind her head.  Not only that but she hadn't taken up yoga until she was 50.  Unfortunately I wasn't ready for yoga then so I didn't pursue it but standing there with my hands reaching ineffectually for those toes I remembered.  If she could do it why not I?
     
    Well, so I'm not wrapping my feet behind my ears but I do do a mean headstand.  Happily yoga isn't just about the asanas.  As so many others have said, it starts to permeate the rest of ones life.  The attempts at meditation have been most instructive.  The inner chatter, the continuous inner chatte,r is so exhausting.  I hadn't realised how little breathing space I give myself.  Although I am not *good* at meditating, regular practice has made me far more mindful and observant of the workings of my mind.  I am better at stopping the loop of endless memory reruns as well as anticipating what might happen while missing what actually IS happening right NOW. 
     
    Oh, and I have a firmer butt. 
  7. keziah liked a post in a topic by KimK in What Did You Do Today?   
    I may not always get to my mat but I seem to always do yoga poses throughout the day.  During the holiday I was baking cookies and waiting for them to get out of the oven I was in tree pose...at first my dad thought it was a little strange but then he said "I should be doing more stretches like that" and when I am at work I find myself waiting for something and either doing forward fold or intense side stretch.  Today I am going to be doing 15 minutes morning yoga for tight hips and super excited about it
  8. keziah liked a post in a topic by mmosier71 in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    I started at the end of November 2014. I was always interested in yoga, seeing all the slender, bendy, flexible people contorting themselves into a human pretzel actually appealed to me somehow. What really gets to me is the beauty of the body in this movement and the balance and strength that it takes in inversions. As an artist I felt the need to not only witness it but to be a PART of it.
     
    I also had thought about it as a method of weightloss. I've tried gym and I lose my motivation. I would love to do more with my diet....but chose not to due to my husband(he's super picky). And doing crazy workout exercises just don't appeal to me. The thought of getting super sweaty and feeling like your heart is going to explode and you are just punishing yourself....yeah, not for me.
     
    But, yoga...Yoga... YOGA!
     
    I just love it! I get done with a session (for example the 31 Strength Challenge) and I still want to do more! Yet, after 3 minutes of crunches, jumping jacks, etc and I want to just roll over and die. 
     
    I have (in only a month) definitely noticed a difference in the way I carry myself. I am more mindful of what is around me, what I do, what I eat. Not only is it strengthening me physically but it is doing a fantastic job mentally! I have been doing a daily practice anywhere from 15-40 minutes at home practicing with videos. Living out in the boondocks of Northeast PA means not many classes around to choose from. There is a hot yoga class but the times just never work out for me. I turned to pinterest at first and then discovered Yoga by Adrienne (she babbled too much for my taste) and then stumbled upon YBC (JACKPOT!). I have tried Tara Stiles but find that her music in the videos distracts me. I like the option of just listening to the voice and having the choice of music if I choose.
     
    Anyway... long story short, I started for exercise and I do it because I love it!
  9. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by keziah in What Did You Do Today?   
    My darling husband did The Rites yesterday, not so far today.  We'll see.  Mid-afternoon now so there's still time.  Did yoga yesterday afternoon and noticed, again, how much looser my body is compared to morning yoga.  Am more flexible with less effort.  Anyone else notice that?    Used to do yoga fresh out of bed when I was still working.  Every balancing pose I fell over.  Later in the day, no problem.  Is it just me or do others' abilities/flexibilities change through the day?
     
     Baby Grasshopper today a chuckle.  About a 2cm lift for two breaths one side, and barely off the ground for one crashing breath the other.  But it's always like that starting something new.  Also trying to graduate from crow to crane pose, bit like a disjointed turkey at the moment.  Am sure I saw my cat, who likes sharing the mat, hiding a smile.
  10. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by keziah in Bad Yogi   
    Thank you all for the humour!  Me?  Bad yogi?  Have to be self-motivated as I don't usually attend classes but sometimes I just go through the motions.  Like Jasmine and femmefatalekris I lose focus easily.  I do the poses but I'm not really there. I also get antsy if I don't have music playing. 
  11. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by keziah in What Did You Do Today?   
    My darling husband did The Rites yesterday, not so far today.  We'll see.  Mid-afternoon now so there's still time.  Did yoga yesterday afternoon and noticed, again, how much looser my body is compared to morning yoga.  Am more flexible with less effort.  Anyone else notice that?    Used to do yoga fresh out of bed when I was still working.  Every balancing pose I fell over.  Later in the day, no problem.  Is it just me or do others' abilities/flexibilities change through the day?
     
     Baby Grasshopper today a chuckle.  About a 2cm lift for two breaths one side, and barely off the ground for one crashing breath the other.  But it's always like that starting something new.  Also trying to graduate from crow to crane pose, bit like a disjointed turkey at the moment.  Am sure I saw my cat, who likes sharing the mat, hiding a smile.
  12. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by keziah in What Did You Do Today?   
    My darling husband did The Rites yesterday, not so far today.  We'll see.  Mid-afternoon now so there's still time.  Did yoga yesterday afternoon and noticed, again, how much looser my body is compared to morning yoga.  Am more flexible with less effort.  Anyone else notice that?    Used to do yoga fresh out of bed when I was still working.  Every balancing pose I fell over.  Later in the day, no problem.  Is it just me or do others' abilities/flexibilities change through the day?
     
     Baby Grasshopper today a chuckle.  About a 2cm lift for two breaths one side, and barely off the ground for one crashing breath the other.  But it's always like that starting something new.  Also trying to graduate from crow to crane pose, bit like a disjointed turkey at the moment.  Am sure I saw my cat, who likes sharing the mat, hiding a smile.
  13. keziah liked a post in a topic by Jasmine in What Did You Do Today?   
    I showed my 60 year old mother grasshopper pose, it being my 'goal' posture, and she said "what? I don't even understand how you get your leg up there, how does that even work?"   Honestly I think people of all ages should be doing some form of stretching at the very least, especially as we age. I've given her a beginners yoga DVD but she hasn't used it yet. My Dad used to do Tai Chi and admits he used to be far more flexible until he stopped going.
  14. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by keziah in What Did You Do Today?   
    How I wish I'd discovered yoga at your age, Candace.  But then I was too busy shooting myself in the foot and sabotaging every attempt to be healthy physically (running, eating what is now called 'clean') by my unhealthy smoking, drinking too much, etc.  Talk about a split personality!  Taken that long to kind of heal that dichotomy.  Yoga has this insidious and surprising ability to improve everything about one's life, not just the physical.  If I'd only known! 
     
    Today I haven't done yoga yet but had a serious, hopefully non-nagging conversation with my 68 yo husband, who has Parkinsons, about the benefits of doing some yoga every day.  A ten minute committment (to the Tibetan 5 Rites) is insurance (appealing to male logic) like insuring the house and car.  Wonder if I got through....
  15. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by keziah in What Did You Do Today?   
    How I wish I'd discovered yoga at your age, Candace.  But then I was too busy shooting myself in the foot and sabotaging every attempt to be healthy physically (running, eating what is now called 'clean') by my unhealthy smoking, drinking too much, etc.  Talk about a split personality!  Taken that long to kind of heal that dichotomy.  Yoga has this insidious and surprising ability to improve everything about one's life, not just the physical.  If I'd only known! 
     
    Today I haven't done yoga yet but had a serious, hopefully non-nagging conversation with my 68 yo husband, who has Parkinsons, about the benefits of doing some yoga every day.  A ten minute committment (to the Tibetan 5 Rites) is insurance (appealing to male logic) like insuring the house and car.  Wonder if I got through....
  16. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by keziah in What Did You Do Today?   
    I'm a newbie here but have practiced at home for about 3 years.  Always add a pose to Vinyasa routine (my routine takes about 50 minutes) that I can't do in hopes that one day I will do.  At almost 60 years, some poses are just plain out of reach.  Still.  Latest attempt is Baby Grasshopper to hopefully lead to Big Kid Grasshopper.  No joy yet, my core is still weak and gormless but I live in hope. 
  17. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by keziah in Bad Yogi   
    Thank you all for the humour!  Me?  Bad yogi?  Have to be self-motivated as I don't usually attend classes but sometimes I just go through the motions.  Like Jasmine and femmefatalekris I lose focus easily.  I do the poses but I'm not really there. I also get antsy if I don't have music playing. 
  18. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by keziah in Bad Yogi   
    Thank you all for the humour!  Me?  Bad yogi?  Have to be self-motivated as I don't usually attend classes but sometimes I just go through the motions.  Like Jasmine and femmefatalekris I lose focus easily.  I do the poses but I'm not really there. I also get antsy if I don't have music playing. 
  19. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by keziah in What Did You Do Today?   
    I'm a newbie here but have practiced at home for about 3 years.  Always add a pose to Vinyasa routine (my routine takes about 50 minutes) that I can't do in hopes that one day I will do.  At almost 60 years, some poses are just plain out of reach.  Still.  Latest attempt is Baby Grasshopper to hopefully lead to Big Kid Grasshopper.  No joy yet, my core is still weak and gormless but I live in hope. 
  20. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by keziah in What Did You Do Today?   
    I'm a newbie here but have practiced at home for about 3 years.  Always add a pose to Vinyasa routine (my routine takes about 50 minutes) that I can't do in hopes that one day I will do.  At almost 60 years, some poses are just plain out of reach.  Still.  Latest attempt is Baby Grasshopper to hopefully lead to Big Kid Grasshopper.  No joy yet, my core is still weak and gormless but I live in hope. 
  21. keziah liked a post in a topic by nfenchak in Bad Yogi   
    http://yogabycandace.com/blog/2014/9/4/confessions-of-a-yoga-teacher-im-bad I love this post! And I love your red lipstick Candace! You rock it!
     
    I'm really bad, like super super bad.
    I love meat
    hate flowery yoga talk (once I was in a class w/ a sub and there were 3 college aged guys in the class. The 60 year old teacher at one point said something like "lift your ankle towards your uterus" I immediately lost focus, looked at the guys and actually snorted out loud at the look on their faces.)
    I like normal music - chanting makes me nervous. My teacher has some Indian rap songs and I love them, even though in my head I make the words sound English w/ weird made up lyrics.
    I hate meditation - I do fall asleep and wake up startled when I start to snore.
    Whenever I go into a place that has a budda statue I want to dress it - put on a fun hat, sunglasses, fake mustache...
    I totally notice all the cute yoga outfits and have to find out where they were bought
    When someone falls during class - I laugh as soon as I know they are ok...
     
    What makes you a bad Yogi