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  1. yogafire liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Emotional release during yoga class   
    In my experience, and from everything I've read, the type of emotional release most often experienced tends to be more closely related to some deep-seated emotions (anxiety, fear, personal insight regarding one's life, a sense of peace and inner calm, etc.) than anything resembling sexual arousal. As the article points out, during yoga practice these emotions - which had been at best rather vague - tend to burst out and make themselves known, possibly forcing us to confront our emotions in a different way.
    As for the hips/pelvis being put in a certain position and it leading to sexual arousal and/or similar reactions ... let's just say that if that was the case going to the gynecologist would be a very different experience than what it tends to be for most of us. Gynecological check-ups is something many of us simply put up with for the sake of our health and it's far from enjoyable.
  2. msinkblot liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Body proportions in yoga   
    I have relatively short arms and I believe that impacts my practice. I'm not sure if that's the reason why crow pose, for example, is a perpetual challenge. Flying pigeon doesn't seem to be an option and I wonder if that's one of the reasons why kapotasa isn't happening just yet.
    Of course, my upper body strength is not what I'd like it to be, but you could argue that possibly my short arms make a lot of the upper body strength poses more difficult or awkward. I'm mostly okay with twists and backbends as my flexibility helps me move my body deeper into the poses without relying on my arms to make the poses easier. 
    I also find I have to adapt many standing poses as I my hips and thighs are somewhat wide. There's no way that standing with my feet together is a viable option.
  3. yogafire liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Emotional release during yoga class   
    In my experience, and from everything I've read, the type of emotional release most often experienced tends to be more closely related to some deep-seated emotions (anxiety, fear, personal insight regarding one's life, a sense of peace and inner calm, etc.) than anything resembling sexual arousal. As the article points out, during yoga practice these emotions - which had been at best rather vague - tend to burst out and make themselves known, possibly forcing us to confront our emotions in a different way.
    As for the hips/pelvis being put in a certain position and it leading to sexual arousal and/or similar reactions ... let's just say that if that was the case going to the gynecologist would be a very different experience than what it tends to be for most of us. Gynecological check-ups is something many of us simply put up with for the sake of our health and it's far from enjoyable.
  4. yogafire liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Emotional release during yoga class   
    In my experience, and from everything I've read, the type of emotional release most often experienced tends to be more closely related to some deep-seated emotions (anxiety, fear, personal insight regarding one's life, a sense of peace and inner calm, etc.) than anything resembling sexual arousal. As the article points out, during yoga practice these emotions - which had been at best rather vague - tend to burst out and make themselves known, possibly forcing us to confront our emotions in a different way.
    As for the hips/pelvis being put in a certain position and it leading to sexual arousal and/or similar reactions ... let's just say that if that was the case going to the gynecologist would be a very different experience than what it tends to be for most of us. Gynecological check-ups is something many of us simply put up with for the sake of our health and it's far from enjoyable.
  5. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Yoga & Blogging, Your Lifestyle Balance   
    Hi! Congrats on your sweet baby on the way! How exciting! 
     
    I wish I could say I had some magic secret but I totally don't. I never feel like I have enough time in the day. I just try to chip away at all the stuff I have on my plate because here's the thing: I'm always dreaming up new stuff to do - all these big ideas and fun plans, and they never stop! I think that's just part of being an entrepreneur? 
     
    There are some rules of thumb I live by during the work day, though: 
    do work in increments of your age. This is something I learned in grad school for teaching. Kids (and maybe adults?) can focus on one project for the length of time that equals their age. So if they're 12 years old, they can focus solidly for 12 minutes and then they need to have a second to shake it off, get up, walk around, talk with their friends, whatever, and then they can work again for another 12 minutes. So for me, I work for 31 minutes straight, and then get up, make some tea, and then sit back down for another 31 minutes to work. I don't really time myself - I usually will just start to get fidgety around that time mark haha. Give that a try - I find it helps me to be more productive.  do your least exciting tasks first thing in the morning. Then they're out of the way and as the day goes on and as you feel more tired you can do the tasks you enjoy doing. get enough sleep make time in the day to do things you love. Now that I'm not working out for a goal, it's not a job and is back to just being a thing I really enjoy doing. I don't care if I have too much work on my plate, I'm not going to skip what I love. I need that mental release, you know? create a separation of work/blogging and real life. At the end of the work day, I shut down my computer and refuse to check emails or do any work-related stuff until the following morning. I have the best job in the world and I don't want to resent it, you know? Plus, life is too short to be constantly working. Drawing that line means that I can be fully present with I'm spending time with my friends, or cooking dinner for myself, or watching tv. When I'm fully present, I can fully enjoy the moment without distractions. That's all I got for ya! I hope that helps! <3 
  6. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Emotional release during yoga class   
    The responses can go either way - positive or negative. Regarding the negative, trauma can be emotional (the fight/flight response makes a lot of sense) and / or physical.
    From the yoga journal article I cited above:
     
     
  7. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by Anahata in Hello from sunny Hilton Head Island, SC!   
    Hello! It sounds like Ashtanga might be your thing. This is the video that inspired me: Ashtanga Yoga: Healing and Liberation
    Ashtanga yoga offers much more than the acrobatics. It is one of the origins of yoga from thousands of years ago. This is a Yoga Journal link to the 8 limbs of yoga or Ashta yoga.
    You should know there are some seemingly small and innocent looking things in yoga that can cause some very serious injuries. Like knees literally tore apart over the years, back injuries. It is really important to learn the basics very well first, and this can take years. I write this because it sounds like you may be able to do some advanced yoga poses now which is fine. But there could be some small things that you don’t realize and at some point it may cause a very bad injury. Not meant to scare anyone, just so you are aware.
    Let us know if you have any questions to get started.
  8. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Yoga Nidra and anxiety   
    This used to happen to me when I was in a really bad place mentally and physically. In the middle of my Lyme disease treatment and in a lot of pain emotionally and physically - I would lay down for yoga nidra and a wave of heat would wash over me and I felt like I was suffocating. When I was going through teacher training they said there's no need to really evaluate or mull over the emotions that pop up. Instead, just trust the process and let them come and go just as you would with thoughts during the practice, and as you continue to practice they will eventually fizzle out and you can get back to your innate state of balance and calm. That was a frustrating answer for me because I always wanted to process these things and go over them, but my teachers encouraged me to just let them go, suggesting that going over and over them was a way of attachment. So I tried to let them go, and eventually that reaction stopped coming up for me and now yoga nidra is one of my favorite practices. So I'm not sure if that's super helpful but...there ya go!  
  9. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Yoga Nidra and anxiety   
    I was doing yoga nidra earlier today as suggested by Candace's New You Yoga program* and I started feeling quite anxious and out of it. I started thinking (for any value of thinking because I felt really out of it) that maybe I should call it quits because it started to feel like a full-blown anxiety attack. I couldn't make up my mind, but the phone rang and I had to pick up. I decided to continue the practice, mostly out of curiosity and stubbornness, while also hoping there would be some sort of 'wake up' section toward the end of the session. I was able to carry on, but I can't say it was a very soothing experience.
    Now, this wasn't the first time I did yoga nidra, though it was the first time I did yoga nidra in the middle of the day. Previous experiences only included yoga nidra before bedtime and they all were very relaxing, nothing at all like what I went through today.
    I was wondering if the sudden burst of anxiety I experienced could be considered as normal, that is to say, if strong emotional release is a common effect from yoga nidra practice. If that's the case, I'm curious as to whether anyone have any advice as to how to deal with said strong emotions (anxiety) following the practice. I went on to do my regular yoga practice (a nice flow with some good heart opening poses and plenty of focus on my breathing), but the weird feeling in my chest that anxiety brought along hasn't gone away.
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    *not Candace's actual yoga nidra video. Can't afford it at the moment.
  10. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Youtube Video Request   
    Yep, I don't really believe in 'marketing' yoga as a detox so I don't have any detox videos up - truly, any vinyasa that gets the blood flowing will be helpful to get things moving to flush out the junk over the holidays. Sleep, water and de-stressing also are a plus.  
  11. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Breakfast recommendations?   
    100% agree with you! 
    100% agree with you, and have to say that this is pretty much what I love most about our little community - it's a safe spot to express what works for you and if it doesn't work for someone else you can be sure no one is going to jump down your throat about it.  YAY us! 
  12. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by afriske in Breakfast recommendations?   
    Can't wait for the post @YogaByCandace! Carbs are pretty essential for me to have energy to workout. Thankfully, I have a high metabolism and I'm young! There are some awesome complex carbs that you can add to your diet without the refined grains that really fuel workouts. Oatmeal rocks before a workout. It has good carbs and fiber to start your day off great, digestion wise. 
    I also enjoy making Chia Seed pudding or overnight oats for breakfast. Both fill you up and provide good energy. Avocado toast with egg is also amazing! There are so many variations you can try with this.
    It is my understanding that everyone is different, so everyone will eat different things that will make their bodies feel good. It's kind of an experiment to figure out what makes us feel our best. I have discovered how good fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based protein have made me feel so I'm trying to stick to that, although I still eat meat and dairy sometimes. It's definitely individualized, so what works for one person might not work for the next!
  13. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Breakfast recommendations?   
    Yep! The pictures are crazy. I basically just started eating more frequently. I don't think I was taking in enough calories for the amount of exercise I was putting in. By the middle of the day, my energy was depleted. I would finish workouts and lay in a puddle of my own sweat for like a solid ten minutes before I was sure my own two feet could hold me. I just felt like I had a tough time recovering and zero energy by the time 2pm rolled around. So I started adding more meals and more carbs (things like oats, sweet/regular potatoes, quinoa, etc). You gotta remember I was eating basically just meat and veggies prior to that so I just wasn't eating enough and wasn't eating carbs which I've found to be like human fuel haha. I'll do a full run down on it with photos - it's scheduled to go live Feb 4.
  14. yogafire liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Not in practice   
    Heee! I sure hope yoga doesn't leave that kind of mark on people's homes.
    Wall space can be quite a luxury. Unfortunately, every door in every room has furniture next to it, and odds are I'd fall on it
  15. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Foot Pain   
    The feet are tough because they have a lot of muscles we dont normally use in our typical day to day lives. So the pain you could be feeling might be just general fatigue from muscles you haven't really developed as they start to develop, or it could be that your alignment is off. Here are some things I think may help: 
     
    Movement: the toes (this is an OLD post, haha, but still relevant)
    Take a look at this graphic for the foot so you're sure where to press.
    Whenever you have time like if you're watching tv at home, try to incorporate this (last photo) more often. It's a great stretch for the feet.
    Yoga for feet video
    This tip for warrior legs will save your knees (and may be impacting your feet)
    Hope that helps!
  16. ZillaRac liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Not in practice   
    Most upper body strength pose tend to be the bane of my existence. Crow pose, even after all these years, it's hit and miss (mostly hitting the mat as I tend to fall on my forearms or to the side). Forearm stand isn't happening, same for flying pigeon and the like. Handstands I haven't even tried and don't even plan to try (when people suggest practicing against a wall I can't help but wonder as what their homes look like. There's not a single free wall in my entire flat for me to practice against).
    On the other hand, Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana is something of a comfort pose, as is bird of paradise.
    I know yoga is a journey, and I know for a fact that my body is both stronger and more flexible than when I started, but sometimes it's easy to get discouraged. Confidence comes and goes, which is why it's important to learn to let go and simply be in the moment - something I'm working on for my own peace of mind.
     
  17. ZillaRac liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Not in practice   
    Most upper body strength pose tend to be the bane of my existence. Crow pose, even after all these years, it's hit and miss (mostly hitting the mat as I tend to fall on my forearms or to the side). Forearm stand isn't happening, same for flying pigeon and the like. Handstands I haven't even tried and don't even plan to try (when people suggest practicing against a wall I can't help but wonder as what their homes look like. There's not a single free wall in my entire flat for me to practice against).
    On the other hand, Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana is something of a comfort pose, as is bird of paradise.
    I know yoga is a journey, and I know for a fact that my body is both stronger and more flexible than when I started, but sometimes it's easy to get discouraged. Confidence comes and goes, which is why it's important to learn to let go and simply be in the moment - something I'm working on for my own peace of mind.
     
  18. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by afriske in Yoga and depression   
    Hi!
    Like others here, I definitely find yoga and meditation extremely helpful for my mental health. But it wasn't the only thing I did, because with things like depression and anxiety, which can be super crippling, you have to attack it from all angles. However, it was extremely monumental in self-care and self-help with the issues I've had and has become a great way to check in with myself. It allows you to have some power in your thoughts and in turn your actions towards yourself. Now it's a permanent part of my wellness routine and I don't know where I would be without it! 
  19. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by brenskip55 in Yoga and depression   
    This is a great topic. I started yoga to meet physical goals, but ended up sticking with it because of the huge difference it made in my well being. As a lifelong anxiety sufferer, I find that yoga doesn't cure my depression/anxiety, rather it gives me the tools to cope with it. I've been practicing since 2009, and I still go through bouts of depression (even just in the last month!), but I'm able to identify more closely with the temporary nature of the present moment, connect with my breath, and pull myself out of it. I've learned that I will always encounter times like this, just as I will always encounter times of joy and wonderment.
    Hang in there, keep with your yoga practice, find a good counselor/therapist to work with, surround yourself with all the beautiful people in this world, and when times get tough just focus on breathing one breath at a time. Sending you all my love and support.
     
  20. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Not in practice   
    It's a discovery each day!
    I also like Warrior 2 - it makes me feel most grounded. Now I like doing all lunges - I've received a ton of alignment cues this past year to make me feel more confident I am getting the most out of the poses - they make me feel like I counteract the stiffness from constant sitting from work.
    The inaccessible ones for me due to lack of strength are:
    arm balances, even crow pose. I can only do baby grasshopper if that counts, but that's because it uses one leg. forearm stand and handstand Then there are the twisty bound poses that still boggle my mind. I'll be ok with them never being in my practice.   Example: how the top arm goes through in Bound Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Baddha Ardha Matsyendrasana).
    I used to do things in my practice, and then realized I had some joint pain that made me back off and find modifications, or do an alternative. As afriske already mentioned, what feels right for the body can change every day. Knowing yourself and what is in and not in your practice for that day is key!
    If my wrists and shoulders are feeling wonky:
    Modify full vinyasas to on my knees and low cobra Do forearm stand with my hands clasped (easier on shoulders) instead of handstand Repeat bridge instead of full wheel due to shoulder issues Try out crow pose once, twice, or not all depending on my wrists I skip these entirely due to neck pain:
    Shoulder stand Supported headstand (a little disappointed about this because I can balance in this pose but not in forearm stand yet) Camel (or I only go back a little so my head doesn't fall back) If my quads or knees are weak:
    I put a block in between my knees for bridge pose to remember to engage my legs and not splay outward For bow pose, if I don't feel warmed up enough to lift using my quads instead of pulling my knees, I will just do locust Wow, the number of modifications I've made over the years is greater than I realized after I listed them out! But I'm glad - developing this self-awareness has been one of the greatest things yoga has taught me. I don't blindly follow the teacher now or the rest of class.
     
  21. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by afriske in Not in practice   
    Same here. There are poses that just aren't in my practice because I am not at that level. Also, the poses in my practice can change from day to day and sometimes I will practice wheel and sometimes it will not happen for me that day because of my back and wrists. It's all about what's best for you.
    I'm getting to the point where headstand is a regular part of my practice because I can almost hold it now. Almost. It's pretty exciting when you get to add new elements to your practice.
    You can also try shoulder stand for an inversion as well! 
  22. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in day 6 of 31 day new you yoga program and im starting to feel defeated. is this normal?   
    This breaks my heart! The last thing I want is for you to feel defeated. Here are some thoughts: 
    are you eating enough prior to practicing yoga? With two kiddos to take care of and a full schedule of your own, adding in power yoga will require extra energy, so maybe just check to be sure you're eating enough throughout the day prior to yoga? (but avoid eating 1-2 hours before yoga.) if you want, feel free to post your crow pose on instagram or the app - I'm happy to take a look and can usually give a tip or two that can help.  I am in the middle of writing a post called "I don't give a s#it about handstand" and basically I'm just explaining that I seriously couldn't care less about the final pose. The final pose means nothing to me. But the time and effort and sweat and yes, the tears, it took to get there? That's the juicy stuff. That's the stuff I live for. The wobbles, the quick second I'll meet with the full expression of a pose before tumbling out of it - I love that more than I love when I finally nail it. Like, just watching that video almost brings me to tears because it is SO hard for me to do and I'm still not really even doing the full scorpion pose, but it represents so much hard work and dedication and is a nod to my practice over the last few years. It is so highly personal to me, and at the end of the day, I just have to appreciate the journey and all it has taught, as cheesy as that sounds.   My advice to you is to fall in love with this process. If we were perfect at everything we did on the very first attempt, life would be so lame. You are a strong, amazing woman who has a lot on her plate. Give yourself a break and remember the schedule is just a suggestion. Do what works for you and what doesn't? Skip it.
  23. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Ladies - how do you avoid panty lines when wearing tight yoga pants?   
    I went shopping today and I couldn't find any yoga-specific trousers, so I ended up buying a pair of Everlast pants/leggings. Everything else I tried on was way too tight and uncomfortable and unflattering enough to make me want to flee the changing room. It felt like I was wearing a self-confidence destroying garment, not a pair of exercise trousers It makes me wonder what the yoga pants you get in the US are like, especially when it comes to the fabric. Are they all super clingy and thin, like tights?

    I also looked for a pair at H&M, but I couldn't find anything to my taste and comfort level. H&M exercise bras are fantastic, though. Great support, super colourful. I'm thinking about buying an exercise tshirt, too. It gets so cold in the mornings!

    I'm Chilean ☺
  24. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Ladies - how do you avoid panty lines when wearing tight yoga pants?   
    This is one of the reasons why I find yoga pants uncomfortable. For some reason they make me feel like I'm walking around in my underwear, in tights. I also find thongs deeply uncomfortable (ha!). I've always suspected that they are more comfortable for people who have narrowed hips than I do, mostly because I've yet to find a pair that works for me

    Having said that, since it's getting super cold (below freezing most mornings) in my part of the world and I might consider joining a yoga studio in the future, I think the answer for me will be to wear a pair of shorts on top on any eventual yoga pants I buy. That way any possible underwear lines will be covered and I won't feel so naked. I'm just super selfconscious, what can I say?

    FYI: in my part of the world, going commando is actually called gringo-style. Go figure!
  25. Lydia liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Yoga poses and emotional release?   
    I don't have any background in psychology, nor do I know if there have been any scientific studies done on the subject, so anything I say is related to my personal experience and understanding. 
    Yoga helps me with depression and anxiety because it encourages me to stay present in the moment and focus on my breathing. By focusing on my breathing, keeping it steady, making sure that inhales and exhales are of equal length there's not much room for anxiety to take hold. It keeps my heartrate steady, which also helps with anxiety. By encouraging me to focus on the present moment, there's not as much room for the darker, more damaging depressive thoughts to take hold. Since those thoughts tend to focus on the future (things I believe I won't achieve) or the past (mistakes I believe I've made), learning stay present at any given moment makes me realise that said thoughts are just speculation, my brain working overtime rather than reality. It also helps me focus on my problems one at the time, for their own sake, rather than dread the eternal list of things I need to do.
    As for the physical aspect of my practice, it also encourages present moment awareness. I find it easier to let go of my thoughts and worries when I'm doing my asanas - my mind and body are working together for one goal. Heart opening poses help me with anxiety as they make sure I take deeper breaths, which is calming, and they help me release the physical sensation of having a knot in my chest that comes with anxiety. There's a very vivid and physical sense of release. Inversions also help me focus (or teach me the importance to stay focused and accept my limitations at any given moment, no judgment). My psychical practice also allows me to see progress, which is sometimes harder to perceive when it comes to my mental health. 
    I'd love to say that being able to work on headstand or bird of paradise or one legged wheel is inspirational when it comes to other aspects of my life (I.e.: I can do things I thought were beyond my reach), but that's not quite how my brain works. It helps, certainly, but I get a bigger emotional and mental health benefit from everything I've learnt regarding staying present and not being judgmental toward myself.