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  1. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in Prenatal Yoga - Alternatives to Twists?   
    Hi Candace! I know you are not certified in prenatal yoga, but hopefully this question is still answerable.
     
    I am in my first trimester, and I am definitely still feeling good enough to keep up my regular practice. I have found appropriate modifications for many common asanas that I'm not comfortable with (e.g. supported bridge for wheel, modified cobra for upward-facing dog), but I'm really mystified about what to do instead of deep twists.
     
    I don't feel comfortable doing ANY kind of deep abdominal twists--I'm sure it wouldn't hurt the baby, but it just physically doesn't feel great. So when I've been doing videos with twists, I've just been sitting or lying in place! Can you think of a couple of things I could do instead of a deep twist other than just standing or lying there?
     
    Thanks!!
  2. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in Prenatal Yoga - Alternatives to Twists?   
    Hi Candace! I know you are not certified in prenatal yoga, but hopefully this question is still answerable.
     
    I am in my first trimester, and I am definitely still feeling good enough to keep up my regular practice. I have found appropriate modifications for many common asanas that I'm not comfortable with (e.g. supported bridge for wheel, modified cobra for upward-facing dog), but I'm really mystified about what to do instead of deep twists.
     
    I don't feel comfortable doing ANY kind of deep abdominal twists--I'm sure it wouldn't hurt the baby, but it just physically doesn't feel great. So when I've been doing videos with twists, I've just been sitting or lying in place! Can you think of a couple of things I could do instead of a deep twist other than just standing or lying there?
     
    Thanks!!
  3. KristiSmithYoga liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in Youtube Video Request   
    Not a video request, but a post request: Can you do more of the "Common Mistakes in --- Pose" posts? I can't tell you how helpful it is to have those visuals in my mind during my practice! I particularly like how they're photos with all the little arrows--it really helps me see the differences between the correct pose and the less-correct version, and I like that I can really look at the picture for a while, rather than a video that keeps moving.
     
    Thanks so much, Candace! I recommend your blog constantly!!
  4. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Agreed, mimisouth!
     
    AFM, I've had quite a setback with my headstand--I am a little afraid of it now, after I fell, so less wiling to be playful and test my balance. My pinkie is still painful when I put weight on it too, so perhaps I have minorly sprained it after all. Ah well, I have no problem being patient--I've spent nearly thirty years on this planet in an upright position, haha, so there's no rush.
     
    On a more positive note, I did the new arm balances video (love love love!) and actually kind of did grasshopper on both sides! I fell over in, like, half a second, but I got into the pose and felt the feeling of balance. (You know what I mean? Like, you're not actually balanced, but your body is understanding where and how it could be balanced?) So that was fun!!
  5. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Agreed, mimisouth!
     
    AFM, I've had quite a setback with my headstand--I am a little afraid of it now, after I fell, so less wiling to be playful and test my balance. My pinkie is still painful when I put weight on it too, so perhaps I have minorly sprained it after all. Ah well, I have no problem being patient--I've spent nearly thirty years on this planet in an upright position, haha, so there's no rush.
     
    On a more positive note, I did the new arm balances video (love love love!) and actually kind of did grasshopper on both sides! I fell over in, like, half a second, but I got into the pose and felt the feeling of balance. (You know what I mean? Like, you're not actually balanced, but your body is understanding where and how it could be balanced?) So that was fun!!
  6. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Yikes, had a little setback with my headstand! I was practicing away from a wall yesterday, and started to tip forward. In the split second I had to decide what to do, I decided to just roll forward like a somersault... without really thinking about the fact that my hands were bound in front of my head and I was going to roll right over my hands. (I have a bit of modern dance background, and I used to practice inversions a lot, so I am pretty used to rolling down into somersaults.)
     
    Lol, I do NOT recommend that to anyone! I have a knot on my neck where I rolled over my hands, and the worst part was, I totally crushed both of my pinkies! I actually thought I had broken the bottom pinkie because it was SO swollen yesterday, but I splinted it overnight and the swelling went down a lot, and I have almost full range of motion back, thank goodness!
     
    Anyway, do not do what I did, haha! Have a wall there or at the very least, do NOT roll forward!! I'm not really injured, but I am going to take a few days off from interlacing my fingers, since the one pinkie is still a bit swollen/bruised. Maybe I'll work on tripod headstand instead, haha.
  7. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Agreed, mimisouth!
     
    AFM, I've had quite a setback with my headstand--I am a little afraid of it now, after I fell, so less wiling to be playful and test my balance. My pinkie is still painful when I put weight on it too, so perhaps I have minorly sprained it after all. Ah well, I have no problem being patient--I've spent nearly thirty years on this planet in an upright position, haha, so there's no rush.
     
    On a more positive note, I did the new arm balances video (love love love!) and actually kind of did grasshopper on both sides! I fell over in, like, half a second, but I got into the pose and felt the feeling of balance. (You know what I mean? Like, you're not actually balanced, but your body is understanding where and how it could be balanced?) So that was fun!!
  8. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Agreed, mimisouth!
     
    AFM, I've had quite a setback with my headstand--I am a little afraid of it now, after I fell, so less wiling to be playful and test my balance. My pinkie is still painful when I put weight on it too, so perhaps I have minorly sprained it after all. Ah well, I have no problem being patient--I've spent nearly thirty years on this planet in an upright position, haha, so there's no rush.
     
    On a more positive note, I did the new arm balances video (love love love!) and actually kind of did grasshopper on both sides! I fell over in, like, half a second, but I got into the pose and felt the feeling of balance. (You know what I mean? Like, you're not actually balanced, but your body is understanding where and how it could be balanced?) So that was fun!!
  9. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Agreed, mimisouth!
     
    AFM, I've had quite a setback with my headstand--I am a little afraid of it now, after I fell, so less wiling to be playful and test my balance. My pinkie is still painful when I put weight on it too, so perhaps I have minorly sprained it after all. Ah well, I have no problem being patient--I've spent nearly thirty years on this planet in an upright position, haha, so there's no rush.
     
    On a more positive note, I did the new arm balances video (love love love!) and actually kind of did grasshopper on both sides! I fell over in, like, half a second, but I got into the pose and felt the feeling of balance. (You know what I mean? Like, you're not actually balanced, but your body is understanding where and how it could be balanced?) So that was fun!!
  10. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Agreed, mimisouth!
     
    AFM, I've had quite a setback with my headstand--I am a little afraid of it now, after I fell, so less wiling to be playful and test my balance. My pinkie is still painful when I put weight on it too, so perhaps I have minorly sprained it after all. Ah well, I have no problem being patient--I've spent nearly thirty years on this planet in an upright position, haha, so there's no rush.
     
    On a more positive note, I did the new arm balances video (love love love!) and actually kind of did grasshopper on both sides! I fell over in, like, half a second, but I got into the pose and felt the feeling of balance. (You know what I mean? Like, you're not actually balanced, but your body is understanding where and how it could be balanced?) So that was fun!!
  11. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Agreed, mimisouth!
     
    AFM, I've had quite a setback with my headstand--I am a little afraid of it now, after I fell, so less wiling to be playful and test my balance. My pinkie is still painful when I put weight on it too, so perhaps I have minorly sprained it after all. Ah well, I have no problem being patient--I've spent nearly thirty years on this planet in an upright position, haha, so there's no rush.
     
    On a more positive note, I did the new arm balances video (love love love!) and actually kind of did grasshopper on both sides! I fell over in, like, half a second, but I got into the pose and felt the feeling of balance. (You know what I mean? Like, you're not actually balanced, but your body is understanding where and how it could be balanced?) So that was fun!!
  12. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Yikes, had a little setback with my headstand! I was practicing away from a wall yesterday, and started to tip forward. In the split second I had to decide what to do, I decided to just roll forward like a somersault... without really thinking about the fact that my hands were bound in front of my head and I was going to roll right over my hands. (I have a bit of modern dance background, and I used to practice inversions a lot, so I am pretty used to rolling down into somersaults.)
     
    Lol, I do NOT recommend that to anyone! I have a knot on my neck where I rolled over my hands, and the worst part was, I totally crushed both of my pinkies! I actually thought I had broken the bottom pinkie because it was SO swollen yesterday, but I splinted it overnight and the swelling went down a lot, and I have almost full range of motion back, thank goodness!
     
    Anyway, do not do what I did, haha! Have a wall there or at the very least, do NOT roll forward!! I'm not really injured, but I am going to take a few days off from interlacing my fingers, since the one pinkie is still a bit swollen/bruised. Maybe I'll work on tripod headstand instead, haha.
  13. allieoxenfree liked a post in a topic by Jasmine in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I hope your finger is feeling a bit better now allieoxenfree 
     
    I feel I'm finally getting somewhere with grasshopper after my obsessive hip opening. I can finally get my foot up above my elbow to rest on my arm!! I only managed to lift up for a second or two and had my other leg tucked and unable to extend it so far... and I also fell on my face.. but something is happening finally at least.
  14. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Yikes, had a little setback with my headstand! I was practicing away from a wall yesterday, and started to tip forward. In the split second I had to decide what to do, I decided to just roll forward like a somersault... without really thinking about the fact that my hands were bound in front of my head and I was going to roll right over my hands. (I have a bit of modern dance background, and I used to practice inversions a lot, so I am pretty used to rolling down into somersaults.)
     
    Lol, I do NOT recommend that to anyone! I have a knot on my neck where I rolled over my hands, and the worst part was, I totally crushed both of my pinkies! I actually thought I had broken the bottom pinkie because it was SO swollen yesterday, but I splinted it overnight and the swelling went down a lot, and I have almost full range of motion back, thank goodness!
     
    Anyway, do not do what I did, haha! Have a wall there or at the very least, do NOT roll forward!! I'm not really injured, but I am going to take a few days off from interlacing my fingers, since the one pinkie is still a bit swollen/bruised. Maybe I'll work on tripod headstand instead, haha.
  15. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Yikes, had a little setback with my headstand! I was practicing away from a wall yesterday, and started to tip forward. In the split second I had to decide what to do, I decided to just roll forward like a somersault... without really thinking about the fact that my hands were bound in front of my head and I was going to roll right over my hands. (I have a bit of modern dance background, and I used to practice inversions a lot, so I am pretty used to rolling down into somersaults.)
     
    Lol, I do NOT recommend that to anyone! I have a knot on my neck where I rolled over my hands, and the worst part was, I totally crushed both of my pinkies! I actually thought I had broken the bottom pinkie because it was SO swollen yesterday, but I splinted it overnight and the swelling went down a lot, and I have almost full range of motion back, thank goodness!
     
    Anyway, do not do what I did, haha! Have a wall there or at the very least, do NOT roll forward!! I'm not really injured, but I am going to take a few days off from interlacing my fingers, since the one pinkie is still a bit swollen/bruised. Maybe I'll work on tripod headstand instead, haha.
  16. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    Yikes, had a little setback with my headstand! I was practicing away from a wall yesterday, and started to tip forward. In the split second I had to decide what to do, I decided to just roll forward like a somersault... without really thinking about the fact that my hands were bound in front of my head and I was going to roll right over my hands. (I have a bit of modern dance background, and I used to practice inversions a lot, so I am pretty used to rolling down into somersaults.)
     
    Lol, I do NOT recommend that to anyone! I have a knot on my neck where I rolled over my hands, and the worst part was, I totally crushed both of my pinkies! I actually thought I had broken the bottom pinkie because it was SO swollen yesterday, but I splinted it overnight and the swelling went down a lot, and I have almost full range of motion back, thank goodness!
     
    Anyway, do not do what I did, haha! Have a wall there or at the very least, do NOT roll forward!! I'm not really injured, but I am going to take a few days off from interlacing my fingers, since the one pinkie is still a bit swollen/bruised. Maybe I'll work on tripod headstand instead, haha.
  17. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
     
    Sounds like you are doing great! I, too, am surprised by how much I've improved in 11 days. I think part of it is that I've chosen a part strength, part balance posture (headstand), so the balance is coming along quickly.
     
    I'll be honest--I have a pretty strong upper body, can easily do chaturanga, even 10-15 pushups, and I STILL have a very tough time rising up into high plank with a flat back. That is a tough one for me!! :)
  18. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
     
    Sounds like you are doing great! I, too, am surprised by how much I've improved in 11 days. I think part of it is that I've chosen a part strength, part balance posture (headstand), so the balance is coming along quickly.
     
    I'll be honest--I have a pretty strong upper body, can easily do chaturanga, even 10-15 pushups, and I STILL have a very tough time rising up into high plank with a flat back. That is a tough one for me!! :)
  19. Yogabliss liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I'm a little late to the party, but I'm here working on headstand! I've been traveling since 12/21 (sheesh) and am heading home tomorrow, so my practice has been wonky but pretty consistent! I am working into headstand by lifting just my hips, then getting legs off the ground a few inches with knees bent, then gradually working to get them straight. I have actually improved a TON this week, so yay! And WOW does this pose work my core!!
  20. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
     
    Sounds like you are doing great! I, too, am surprised by how much I've improved in 11 days. I think part of it is that I've chosen a part strength, part balance posture (headstand), so the balance is coming along quickly.
     
    I'll be honest--I have a pretty strong upper body, can easily do chaturanga, even 10-15 pushups, and I STILL have a very tough time rising up into high plank with a flat back. That is a tough one for me!! :)
  21. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
     
    Sounds like you are doing great! I, too, am surprised by how much I've improved in 11 days. I think part of it is that I've chosen a part strength, part balance posture (headstand), so the balance is coming along quickly.
     
    I'll be honest--I have a pretty strong upper body, can easily do chaturanga, even 10-15 pushups, and I STILL have a very tough time rising up into high plank with a flat back. That is a tough one for me!! :)
  22. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
     
    Sounds like you are doing great! I, too, am surprised by how much I've improved in 11 days. I think part of it is that I've chosen a part strength, part balance posture (headstand), so the balance is coming along quickly.
     
    I'll be honest--I have a pretty strong upper body, can easily do chaturanga, even 10-15 pushups, and I STILL have a very tough time rising up into high plank with a flat back. That is a tough one for me!! :)
  23. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
     
    Sounds like you are doing great! I, too, am surprised by how much I've improved in 11 days. I think part of it is that I've chosen a part strength, part balance posture (headstand), so the balance is coming along quickly.
     
    I'll be honest--I have a pretty strong upper body, can easily do chaturanga, even 10-15 pushups, and I STILL have a very tough time rising up into high plank with a flat back. That is a tough one for me!! :)
  24. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in Favorite Tea?   
     
    I ordered Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice in sachets, and it came today! This tea is soooo delicious! It tastes totally different than teas I've had in the past before... it is so spicy and sweet! Thank you for the recommendation!
  25. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in 31 Day Strength Project!   
     
    Sounds like you are doing great! I, too, am surprised by how much I've improved in 11 days. I think part of it is that I've chosen a part strength, part balance posture (headstand), so the balance is coming along quickly.
     
    I'll be honest--I have a pretty strong upper body, can easily do chaturanga, even 10-15 pushups, and I STILL have a very tough time rising up into high plank with a flat back. That is a tough one for me!! :)