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  1. Tyra liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Grunting and farting during yoga practice   
    While I'm certainly not an authority on the topic of acceptable behavior, I feel anyone willing to put in the effort...and we all know how difficult yoga can be...deserves respect.
    Whether someone is overweight or not, attending a class is a personal struggle to improve themselves and should be praised.
    Grunting might be offensive to you, but it's the individual's way of dealing with the strenuous nature of the pose (most professional athletes grunt...watch a championship tennis match).
    Flatulence is natural and at times, especially during some poses, can't be prevented. 
    My advice is to learn to accept it.
    If it's too much to bear, try another class or move to the far side of the room.
    The worst thing you can do is to tell the person of your discomfort as they'll be embarrassed and will feel awful. I'm sure they knew they made the noises (and are probably embarrassed already), so what can be gained if you tell them?
    There are millions of people out there and given enough time, I can find something that each one does that annoys me. If I let it get to me, I'll be miserable 24/7.
    Better to find the beauty in their struggles that they are attempting to overcome and honor their accomplishments...then to get annoyed by a noise.
     
    I imagine the "noises of passion" one hears during close interpersonal intimate behavior (I'm trying my best to put it delicately) doesn't offend anyone, in fact, the sounds significantly enhance the pleasure of the shared experience.
    As to the other noise...who hasn't burst out laughing at an inappropriately timed (be it their own or a friend's) "gas leak"...I don't think I can hear that sound without laughing...enjoy it with a smile...and move on
    Celebrate life and enjoy the sites and sounds...don't let little things ruin your day.
  2. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Tyra in Big Yoga Festival   
    Wanderlust was on this weekend in Sydney, and I had major envy seeing photos all weekend! But in reality I do think it would be just an experience, rather than deepening my yoga practice (which I guess is what Candance said?) I'm very spoilt with small class sizes, practising with my mat just a couple inches from someone else would be distracting.
  3. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Tyra in Piriformis Injury: Poses With No External Hip Rotation   
    Well, I have my first yoga injury! A bit over a week ago I had a weird sensation in my deep bum/upper leg area when doing sugarcane pose, and I saw a physiotherapist yesterday who said that I have aggravated my piriformis. I need to spend a lot of time doing trigger point release work and he said that I can continue to do yoga but to avoid poses that make it worse (so mainly avoiding hip openers, and standing postures like sugar cane, dancer etc).
     
    Now I'm having trouble thinking of what I can do!
     
    So far I think I can do:
     
    Downward facing dog Heart openers (camel, wheel etc) Chair Hero Chatarunga Child's pose  
    Poses I'm avoiding:
     
    Half moon and Sugar cane Dancer Warrior 3 Any wide straddle forward fold Poses building to lotus (I actually think I've been forcing this a bit lately, leading to fatigue prior to my sugarcane incident) Handstand (because I tried the other day and it hurt)  
    I'm not sure about warrior 1 and 2, or triangle. Or sun salutations!
     
    I'd love some other ideas - my mind seems to be going blank right now!
  4. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Tyra in Hands On Manipulation?   
    One studio that I attend actually has a question on the enrolment form asking whether you're happy to be assisted/adjusted during practice. I am more than happy being adjusted/assisted, but I appreciated the question!
  5. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Tyra in Big Yoga Festival   
    Wanderlust was on this weekend in Sydney, and I had major envy seeing photos all weekend! But in reality I do think it would be just an experience, rather than deepening my yoga practice (which I guess is what Candance said?) I'm very spoilt with small class sizes, practising with my mat just a couple inches from someone else would be distracting.
  6. Tyra liked a post in a topic by Anahata in Crow Pose, Crane, Bakasana Numerous Teachings   
          YBC Crow Pose Crow Pose … How to do crow pose …   http://yogabycandace.com/yoga-poses-2/crow-pose   YBC Common Mistakes in Crow Pose common mistakes in crow pose … , learning how to do crow pose was a pivotal moment in my personal yo ga practice. All of the sudden... http://yogabycandace.com/blog/common-mistakes-crow-pose?rq=crow      
     
  7. knic liked a post in a topic by Tyra in My Struggle To Follow Along A Yoga Video   
    I sometimes find that if I watch a video by a new teacher I will find it harder to follow along with again. Each teacher has their own way of describing poses and transitions, so once you've practiced with the same teacher (either in real life or online) a few times you have to think a little bit less about what they're saying!
     
    So maybe if there's a teacher that you like (such as Candace) work on their slower style videos first, and then progress to their faster ones?
  8. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Tyra in Big Yoga Festival   
    Wanderlust was on this weekend in Sydney, and I had major envy seeing photos all weekend! But in reality I do think it would be just an experience, rather than deepening my yoga practice (which I guess is what Candance said?) I'm very spoilt with small class sizes, practising with my mat just a couple inches from someone else would be distracting.
  9. EricaKaye liked a post in a topic by Tyra in In A Yoga Slump! Help Me Find My Way Out!   
    Is there any sunshine at all where you live right now? Have you considered that it might be seasonal affective disorder? I don't know much about it (I live in Australia  ) but it could be affecting your mood and making you feel like you're in a slump.
     
    Maybe try yin yoga for a little while? You don't need much energy for it but it feels amazing!
  10. Laura liked a post in a topic by Tyra in Bikram Yoga   
    I have a special place in my heart for bikram. It was like my gateway drug for regular yoga! I actually found it less intimidating than other forms of yoga because it was quite trendy at the time and a lot of my friends were doing it.

    The biggest difference I found with bikram is that they encourage you to push poses to your absolute limits, and the mirrors mean there's a lot of comparison going on. Once I started other types of yoga I finally understood the "yoga mentality". I'd actually like to go to a bikram class again sometime to see the way I practice it now has changed!
  11. Tyra liked a post in a topic by Anahata in How Do You Strengthen For Forearm Stand If You Need To Avoid Supported Headstand?   
    The way I know Dolphin (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana) to plank is simply starting in downward dog, lowering to the forearms, (which is also the base for a forearm balance). Then an inhale to shift the head and shoulders forward and an exhale to raise the hips back up. Never move the position of the forearms or feet. Other ways may work as well.
     
    Lolasana is an excellent pose for building up strength for all arm balances. Even just lifting the knees gives huge benefit. Some effort must be put into lifting the feet, even if they don't lift off the ground, in order to get all the muscles working properly.
     
    A little caution: I have no way to know where others are at in their practice so I may be giving information that others already know. Pincha Mayurasana (the first forearm balance) is found In the intermediate Ashtanga series. Working through the first 2 Ashtanga series, beginner (also called primary) and intermediate, there is about 100 poses that a person learns before Pincha Mayurasana. Not all 100 poses are required before this. But some that don't seem to make sense at first are required. Things like the foot behind the head poses and Kapotasana, a demanding backbend, are required. I am not able to explain all the reasons why these are required poses but one of the reasons is long-term shoulder injures. The others, not necessarily injuries, are things that can damage other parts of the practice.
     
    If anyone still wants to give it go the first step is 1 million Dolphins and Lolasanas, a little joke but you will need this strength built up to stabilize the back. Uncontrolled arching of the back or neck are part of the warnings from above. And this is also why Pincha Mayurasana is learned before Vrisikasana. 
     
    The next two steps are half way steps. Go into Dolphin with the feet-heels against a wall behind you. That is approximately the right distance, may have to adjust. Then walk the feet up the wall until the legs are horizontal and the torso is vertical. Maybe raise one leg up to vertical. This is another variation of Ardha Pincha Mayurasana. 
     
    The other prep is to go into dolphin and step one foot as far forward as possible. Then lift the other leg into splits, then little jumps with the lower leg to try and get a jump to float or hold. 
     
    I suppose the very first step would be learning how to crash without getting hurt. That is tuck the head and roll onto one shoulder. Be careful of the neck!!!
     
    The Drishti is the nose.
     
    And the Ashtangi exit is jumping or dropping directly to Chaturanga Dandasana - What! that's what it is.  Or you can just lower the legs gently.
     
    And please understand that my post is meant to be helpful. These are things that I have made mistakes with and wish I knew before. Thankfully no injuries but it took a heck of a long time for me to understand why my back was so tight at one point.
  12. Tyra liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in I Am The Teacher's Pet... And I Don't Want To Be   
    I would definitely send the teacher an email if possible. Just ask her at the end of class if she could pass her email on to you, as you had something you want to share with her. I think talking before or after the class will be hard and may be counterproductive. Before the class, the teacher is likely in her own thoughts with the plan of the class and whatever she's dealt with that day. There'll be other students coming in soon and you don't want them to overhear the conversation. After the class, same thing - you'll have too many students in the room still. I'm also concerned that the teacher might be really well-meaning with asking you to demo (although I really, really dislike "look at her, she's doing it 'right'"). If it's all coming from a good place, though, and you tell her how it makes you feel, there is a possibility that she'll feel attacked and instead of being compassionate and really thinking about the points you bring up, she may jump to the defense and let ego get in the way. For all these reasons, I like email. It gives her a chance to read it when she has a moment to herself. It gives her an opportunity to let the ego flare up, then let it die down, then go through the stage of emotions that come up when we're receiving feedback. I think after thinking about it for a bit, she'll be able to understand, and hopefully apologize. It also leaves a paper trail, in the off-chance you need to bring it to the head of the studio, which is my next suggestion. 
     
    If, after the email, things don't improve, I might talk with the head of the studio as well (or heck, I might even cc the head of the studio in the email, because if I were running a studio I would certainly want to know if this was going on). If nothing improves after that, I would find another studio, which is a huge bummer, but I 100% understand how you're feeling uncomfortable, and in my opinion, the highest form of yoga is being in tune with your body, mind and soul, and doing what you need to do to take care of yourself. Do keep us posted!
  13. Laura liked a post in a topic by Tyra in Bikram Yoga   
    I have a special place in my heart for bikram. It was like my gateway drug for regular yoga! I actually found it less intimidating than other forms of yoga because it was quite trendy at the time and a lot of my friends were doing it.

    The biggest difference I found with bikram is that they encourage you to push poses to your absolute limits, and the mirrors mean there's a lot of comparison going on. Once I started other types of yoga I finally understood the "yoga mentality". I'd actually like to go to a bikram class again sometime to see the way I practice it now has changed!
  14. Meugenio liked a post in a topic by Tyra in What is the best yoga mat?   
    I currently use a lulu 'the mat' at home, and 'the unmat' in class. I love them, but I'm currently lusting over the yogasana woven mats, and the yoloha cork mats. I'm really curious to try practicing on a non rubber mat!
  15. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Tyra in What's Your Favorite Pose?   
    I love downward dog. During a challenging vinyasa class it feels great to return to downward dog and to have the chance to catch my breathe and refocus.
  16. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Tyra in Outdoor Yoga   
    I love the idea of practicing outside, but if I was in public I think I'd feel a bit self conscious. The most I've done outside is playing around with handstands!
  17. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Tyra in What's Your Favorite Pose?   
    I love downward dog. During a challenging vinyasa class it feels great to return to downward dog and to have the chance to catch my breathe and refocus.