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  1. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Emotional release during yoga class   
    This idea of emotional release is yet another fascinating aspect of yoga. I have heard teachers and students talk about it before, but during my practise I have only ever really experienced the emotion of frustration for not being stronger or more flexible - I'm not sure that qualifies as the same!
    That being said, I went through a period of noticing a release of anger after yoga classes. These would be very enjoyable and relaxing yoga classes that would leave me very blissful, but then on the car journey home, the first person to cut me up or pull out on me would send me into a sudden rage frenzy! It would come out of nowhere and completely take me by surprise - effing and jeffing at little old ladies crossing the road in front of me! At first I though it was anger because they were ruining my hard earned peacefulness, but it was such a disproportionate and intense reaction that I began to think there must be more to it.
    After doing some research into it and reading articles similar to the one referenced above, my conclusion was that it was indeed the same phenomenon, just with a delayed onset. By being so peaceful and relaxed during yoga, I was allowing tension, stress and trauma held in the body and mind to be released. It appears that it doesn't want to leave without putting up a fight.
    I could go into more depth about the self analysing psycho-babble theories that I now believe, but now when it happens I react differently. I recognise it and understand it better. I still let it happen because I think the release is important, but by being more aware of why it is happening I am better able to cope with it. Then when I get home, I take it out on a punch bag dressed as an old lady
  2. Robbie liked a post in a topic by KateZena in Emotional release during yoga class   
    I had to laugh and grimace @LarryD517's comment because I can see why you think that. Men and women do live different lives. I think if that were the case, having any doctor - whether our OB/GYN or an emergency doc - looking down there for an exam wouldn't be nearly as troubling for us women. For so many, it brings so. much. anxiety. We can really love our gynecologists and still get so anxious when our gynecologist needs to examine those parts. I think so much of it is culture. We barraged with messages that being a girl is shameful; having periods is shameful. So, yoga exercises dealing with the hips and groin really bring out those feelings of shame and anxiety for women.
    I had a very unique upbringing where I had one part of my family that made all of that womanly stuff a bit under the rug and the other side made it very positive and it was literally a celebration. It was spliced. So, when I got that womanly stuff, I had no idea what I should be - shamed? Happy? This twisted mentality toward those things shows in my hip movements in yoga. I'll be content and happy in certain hip openers like the pigeon, but I'll be extremely distressed in something like doing the log pose. I become very uncomfortable, anxious....that shame comes out. It's something I need to help with my horseback lessons, but I try to keep it short and lighthearted and then do something I love, like pigeon or even something even happier to me - swan arms (totally a ballet thing, but they make me smile.)
    And I've definitely dealt with what @Robbie deals with when I'm done with yoga, an intense massage or horseback riding - extremely calm then I'll snap at the first person who talks to me or if my dog trips me. Snap once and I'm back to normal.
  3. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Emotional release during yoga class   
    This idea of emotional release is yet another fascinating aspect of yoga. I have heard teachers and students talk about it before, but during my practise I have only ever really experienced the emotion of frustration for not being stronger or more flexible - I'm not sure that qualifies as the same!
    That being said, I went through a period of noticing a release of anger after yoga classes. These would be very enjoyable and relaxing yoga classes that would leave me very blissful, but then on the car journey home, the first person to cut me up or pull out on me would send me into a sudden rage frenzy! It would come out of nowhere and completely take me by surprise - effing and jeffing at little old ladies crossing the road in front of me! At first I though it was anger because they were ruining my hard earned peacefulness, but it was such a disproportionate and intense reaction that I began to think there must be more to it.
    After doing some research into it and reading articles similar to the one referenced above, my conclusion was that it was indeed the same phenomenon, just with a delayed onset. By being so peaceful and relaxed during yoga, I was allowing tension, stress and trauma held in the body and mind to be released. It appears that it doesn't want to leave without putting up a fight.
    I could go into more depth about the self analysing psycho-babble theories that I now believe, but now when it happens I react differently. I recognise it and understand it better. I still let it happen because I think the release is important, but by being more aware of why it is happening I am better able to cope with it. Then when I get home, I take it out on a punch bag dressed as an old lady
  4. Robbie liked a post in a topic by HGB in Gentlemen - how do you avoid panty lines when wearing tight yoga pants   
    Hey all!
    our "Yoga Ladies" had a similar discussion (see below). Thus, I wanted to start this discussion for men. I hope it will be interesting for you all.
     
    Greetings!
  5. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Alcohol and Ahimsa   
    I probably drink a lot of alcohol by anyone's standards. I use it as a social lubricant and as an actual lubricant. I'm aware it is pretty terrible for your health, but it makes life so much more fun. It is part of the culture where I come from, and has been responsible for so many of the best memories of my life that I don't think I'll ever end my love affair with it. 
    Alcohol - because no great story ever started with a salad.
  6. Robbie liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Happy Birthday Candace!!!   
    Best wishes for the happiest of birthday celebrations!
    @YogaByCandace

     

     
    Enjoy your day, today and every day!
  7. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Alcohol and Ahimsa   
    I probably drink a lot of alcohol by anyone's standards. I use it as a social lubricant and as an actual lubricant. I'm aware it is pretty terrible for your health, but it makes life so much more fun. It is part of the culture where I come from, and has been responsible for so many of the best memories of my life that I don't think I'll ever end my love affair with it. 
    Alcohol - because no great story ever started with a salad.
  8. Robbie liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Attraction in Class and Teacher Crush   
    What about just saying a very heartfelt thank you for the class and her instruction at the very end of class just to 1) express your very obvious gratitude for the practice, and 2) strike up a non-threatening conversation that'll possibly give you an idea of whether she's interested or not. I'm with Robbie - I'm not against the idea of asking her out, but it might be kind of rough if she says no.
  9. Robbie liked a post in a topic by BlueEyedRanger in Attraction in Class and Teacher Crush   
    Hi
    Backgroud: I was formerly a failed rockstar with substance abuse issues.  I was living out of my car at 31 and things were really not going too well.  The god(esses) have been good to me and I made my way back to school where I had a humble monastic lifestyle and after only a couple years I earned my way into a nice working class career at a laboratory.  I am a lonely guy, I have always attracted flighty emotionally unstable women or been alone, and my then counselor, about 2 years ago, said, "why don't you go to yoga classes?  There's lots of women there and its better than going to the bar."
    Well I have been doing yoga regularly now for 2 years, nowadays I go 3-4 times a week.  I am proud to say that I am sober, kind, physically fit, and productive, and I believe that regular yoga and meditation have played a huge role in that.  I do have a sense of humor about it, my coworkers from India say, "why are you (americans) so serious when you say Namaste?"  Because apparently in India Namaste means "Hello" and nothing more.  Haha. 
    Anywho.  I have to admit I have such a crush on the Saturday teacher.  She exudes compassion and tenderness, femininity and creativity, and she says the most fascinating poetic things.  If I could only tell you how gorgeous she is, and I suspect she is single and possibly a mom.  I feel very embarrassed to have so many feelings for someone who I do not really know and who is just doing her job.  Crushes are for kids, but I just can't seem to shake it.
    Its a very sensitive topic, being attracted to women in these classes.  For a long time I would go to class without my contact lenses in so I could not see too much.  But then I decided I need to face my fears and go with 20/20 vision so I could see with clarity my anxieties, passions, and neurotic thoughts and try my best to purge them through breathing and sweating.
    I could never compare yoga with, say, running, or basketball.  There is no comparison.  Yoga is so much deeper and more thorough.  It is social in a way.  I have to admit I would not want to do it alone, or in an all men's class.  Truthfully the abundance of female energy the room is part of what springboards my strength and energy and willingness to improve myself. 
    I would really like to ask this teacher out to coffee or something, but I feel it would be violating some unspoken rule.  You just don't meet women like that outside of the yoga club.  I don't know where they hide when they are not working out.  In general, there are maybe a handful of datable women there (30-40, not married), but I never really get to say anything to them.  I am just wondering if its appropriate to ask someone out in this context?  I suppose... some girl got my # the other day at the cubbies, but she was like 23.  She is a singer in a band.  That is not happening! I am too old for that.  But she approached me, see?  Its different, its non-threatening.  I was kind of surprised.  I am very anxious about doing anything that is not within the unspoken social rules. 
    Any thoughts?
      
     
  10. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Attraction in Class and Teacher Crush   
    There are clearly unspoken social contracts between teachers and students. I would guess that most teachers will have a self-imposed rule about not dating students. You may find this previous forum discussion interesting and relevant:
     
    However, as a romantic I say go for it! You’re both grown-ups and can handle the outcome with maturity. Just be prepared to never ever go to that class again!
  11. Robbie liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Candace's Namaslay highlighted at Yoga Journal   
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  12. Robbie liked a post in a topic by AnaTeresa in YBC listed as one of the best 100 yoga blogs on the planet   
    YBC is in the 17th place!
    Congrats @YogaByCandace!!!!
     
    The complete list: http://blog.feedspot.com/yoga_blogs/
  13. Robbie liked a post in a topic by KateZena in Men And Yoga   
    With male bras, do you think they open and close in the front or the back? I will not Google this. I will not Google this. I will not....RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO GOOGLE! MUSN'T GOOGLE! DIREWOLF, REEEEEEEEEEEEEEESIST!
  14. Robbie liked a post in a topic by Anahata in Anyone interested in a music topic?   
    We have people from all over the world on this site. Sometimes the city next door often plays completely different music that we never hear, until we go there. We could share our music here. 
    We all have different tastes in music so a brief description of the song will help others choose what they wish to sample.
    I think Youtube links only because some of those music sites attempt to download virus, malware. And they may also be illegal use in some locations.
    Here is three to start
    ARTY - GLORIOUS Dance, Pop
    Loreena McKennitt - The Two Trees Folk, World music
    For some 'variety' Kesha VS Britney Spears VS Beyoncé - Drop Deads Blow The World | theDreamerL MashUp Dance, Pop, the title should say it all
  15. lisa liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Yoga fails   
    Crow is my favourite pose for that. You can feel yourself falling, but you know you're not going to get your hands out from under you in time so.......face plant!
    I was having a headstand competition with one of my daughters a couple of weeks ago and my other daughter wondered what would happen if she shoved me over. Why do shins hurt so much when they collide with furniture?
  16. afriske liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Yoga art requests?   
    These are really amazing. They would make excellent tattoos.
  17. Robbie liked a post in a topic by msinkblot in Yoga art requests?   
    This is for @YogaByCandace, since it's her favourite pose! hehehe. I admit I don't like it though. I don't know why I don't like one-leg balances.

  18. Robbie liked a post in a topic by msinkblot in Yoga art requests?   
    Here is a picture of what it looks like so far!
     
  19. Robbie liked a post in a topic by msinkblot in Yoga art requests?   
    Thanks Robbie and Afriske! I actually showed them at my wedding, too! I'm still taking requests. I'm working on King Dancer now, been awhile since I've been busy with the wedding!
  20. Robbie liked a post in a topic by msinkblot in Yoga art requests?   
    I'm not sure where to put this so I think I'd put it just in the general discussion forum.
    I'm doing an asana art series and I'd love to know your interpretations/requests of poses you'd like to see drawn. I've attached the pieces I've finished so far. 
    I sort of moved from the quiet poses (supine twist, lotus, child's pose variation) to the fiery poses (eagle, scorpion, crow) and now to the heart-opening poses (king pigeon, now working on kapotasana). My question would be... what poses would you like to see drawn? I was thinking doing one with a series of warriors and also the swan dive from tadasana. Any favourite poses from you guys?
     
     







  21. Robbie liked a post in a topic by msinkblot in Yoga art requests?   
    Here is kapotasana. A pose that I have a complex relationship with, haha. Moving on to king dancer.

  22. EricaKaye liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Breakfast recommendations?   
    Carbs have been demonised for far too long. I blame that Atkins bollocks. If you exercise regularly, you need carbs - human fuel, exactly! I learned the hard way by cycling long distances - you need carbs in your blood stream. When your carb levels run out your body starts on the glycogen stores in the liver and muscles. When these run out you "bonk" and that is what knocks you on your arse. Lack of carbohydrate in your diet is extremely unhealthy. It can lead to insulin resistance, elevated cortisol and even muscle breakdown as the body cannibalises itself for a fuel source. Your grandparents knew it all along - balanced diets people!
    Looking forward to your post on it, I find nutrition fascinating.
  23. Hildegard liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Emotional release during yoga class   
    This idea of emotional release is yet another fascinating aspect of yoga. I have heard teachers and students talk about it before, but during my practise I have only ever really experienced the emotion of frustration for not being stronger or more flexible - I'm not sure that qualifies as the same!
    That being said, I went through a period of noticing a release of anger after yoga classes. These would be very enjoyable and relaxing yoga classes that would leave me very blissful, but then on the car journey home, the first person to cut me up or pull out on me would send me into a sudden rage frenzy! It would come out of nowhere and completely take me by surprise - effing and jeffing at little old ladies crossing the road in front of me! At first I though it was anger because they were ruining my hard earned peacefulness, but it was such a disproportionate and intense reaction that I began to think there must be more to it.
    After doing some research into it and reading articles similar to the one referenced above, my conclusion was that it was indeed the same phenomenon, just with a delayed onset. By being so peaceful and relaxed during yoga, I was allowing tension, stress and trauma held in the body and mind to be released. It appears that it doesn't want to leave without putting up a fight.
    I could go into more depth about the self analysing psycho-babble theories that I now believe, but now when it happens I react differently. I recognise it and understand it better. I still let it happen because I think the release is important, but by being more aware of why it is happening I am better able to cope with it. Then when I get home, I take it out on a punch bag dressed as an old lady
  24. Robbie liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Emotional release during yoga class   
    Wow, that's tough feeling overwhelmed. Hopefully you'll feel lighter after letting them surface. It might help to cry it out if you feel it - that can provide a psychological release. For me, my eyes tear up when I feel any emotional intensity, but after I shed tears, it feels better. Otherwise, I would remain overwhelmed trying to keep my tears contained inside.
    I also read that hip openers tend to release emotions because when we're stressed, our hip flexors are tensed up as a "flight" response to easily sprint away.
    I found this article helpful - I haven't had as an intense emotional release experience, so I read this to better understand: http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/emotions-in-motion/
    Lastly, some people talked about this previously in the thread below, but some of the experiences seem slightly less intense than a complete emotional release.
     
  25. Robbie liked a post in a topic by brenskip55 in Emotional release during yoga class   
    Absolutely. Hip openers can make us feel very vulnerable, and those deep stretched can really bring up a lot for some of us. I find that I'm more susceptible to those flooding emotions when I haven't been practicing regularly, but it could also just mean that there is something really crazy going on in my life. I'm so sorry to hear that you walked out feeling heartbroken. My best advice is to try to sit with that feeling for a bit. Just watch it, try to understand it. And be ok with it. Just as all emotions, eventually it will pass. I find that this doesn't happen to me all that often, but rest assured that I've cried through many a savasana or half pigeon. you are not alone my dear