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  1. Just noticed this poll to vote for the best Yoga You Tube channel. Well, we all know which one that is, right?? https://community.ispo.com/which-is-the-best-youtube-channel-for-yoga/voting-ansehen/b1f2da4762724d21a802b417b1bbe27ffe3ab02c Go vote!!
  2. Posted on facebook and Pinterest boards. I really hope you are able to make ends meet and to enjoy the retreat without worrying about money!
  3. Hi, so I recently realised that part of why I always seem to have problems with my hips is because I have a lazy butt!!! Well that´s a little sad and a lot of funny... but seriously, I am overusing my hip flexors, because I don´t use muscles on my backside, when I should be. So I think a video targeting butt and maybe the back of the legs would be great - I need to wake up those lazy bastards!
  4. I finally got around to uploading my pictures! I definitely see improvement in my flexibility in triangle pose and a lot more accuracy in reverse tabletop. The greatest benefit from this to me though is that I have made daily practice a habit and that I see improvement in my flexibility generally and not just in my chosen poses. A little goes a long way It has been a great motivation to see your pictures and read about ups and downs along the way So to all of us: :flowers:
  5. I have had a rather frustrating week yogawise... Initially I have had shoulder pain, that has inhibited my practice. Then on Wednesday I had a sudden lower back pain that persisted for days. The kind where all mobility disappears and every movement looks like C3PO moving one joint at a time. The shoulder issues are probably related to over doing it in chaturangas. The low back is probably due to my eagerness to see progression in my chosen pose for the challenge; reverse tabletop. Though practising regularly I hadn´t specifically practised that pose so much, so I did Wednesday morning after my regular morning stretcing, which proved to be not enough of a warm up! So now I am doing what I can, which involves nothing that requires any kind of shoulder strength, no standing balances because of the back and therefore no actual training the poses for the challenge. This is all a long introduction to my point: It is all about listening to your body. And to me that is the hardest part of yoga! I try to listen, but I think I may not quite understand the language of my body It´s not like I know, when I overdo it, I will think that I am attentive to the signals from my body during practise and then in the following hours or days it will be clear that I overheard something. Any good ideas for improving this part of the practise? Any one else finding it hard to decipher your body´s reactions?
  6. It is nice to hear that others are familiar with this issue too. And you all make good points about varying the practise, practising patience and letting the yoga work instead of the body. I have tried those things and I do feel a difference. I reach for that point at the end of the comfortzone and when I think I am there I back up just a bit - because I think that´s where my actual point of progression is. So maybe I am in the process of learning to listen to my body
  7. Posted to instagram - a photo of one of my target poses. Reverse table top is off for now while my shoulder is resting. Triangle pose is looking better I think - I am more straight and aligned in my back and I reach further. Yaay!!
  8. Hi! Oh I know about the tendency to store a little extra for the long winter in that area! <a href=http://www.freesmile Although body fat in general will choose for itself where to go, belly fat is to some degree the exception to the rule. I am no medical expert, so this is my best understanding: A number of things can trigger the body into storing extra fat around the waist - especially a diet high in sugar and other non-complex carbohydrates, that will make the blood sugar rise and prompt the body to release insulin. The subsequent blood sugar drop then prompts the body to store fat around the belly. I was actually motivated not by my muffin top but by years of unstabile blood sugar levels with daily drops, that made me nauseaus (and hangry ​ ) to explore this. For me, the easy little trick, that has stabilized my blood sugar, is to never eat carbs alone. Always some fat or proteine to go with it. The fat or proteine reduces the speed the energy hits the blood stream and therefore reduces the effect on the blood sugar. It has done wonders for my blood sugar levels and there fore made it much easier for me to function - the slimmer figure is just an added benefit Good news is: a good diet with lots of veggies, healthy fats and proteines and complex carbs + exercise, sleep and yoga may actually help you rid yourself of the muffintop. And then of course there´s also the possibility of making peace with the muffin top
  9. I have recently been experiencing increasing pain in especially my right shoulder. Coincidentally I read something about chaturangas being very challenging for the shoulder and that you should always be very careful not to lower beneath the height of your shoulder. I have not been aware of that. I am skipping all chaturangas for the time being to see if that helps and so far, it seems to alleviate the pain somewhat. What are your experiences with this? Any one else with the same experience?
  10. I think the reason why I am suddenly experiencing pain after doing chaturangas for months with no pain, is because I finally somewhat mastered the transition for chaturanga to downward dog without touching the mat in between. I must have compromised something while paying attention to something else! That is very often a challenge for me - that I cannot integrate the whole pose, but have to be attentive to each bodypart separately. Thanks for the tips, Candace. Somehow I have missed the Tips for Chaturanga post until now
  11. Agreed!
  12. It really can be so frustrating to be unable to do what you want to because of injuries. I agree with Candace, that there is a chance for personal growth in the situation (if there´s no other silver lining, there´s always personal growth, right! <a href=http://www.freesmile) Maybe it is an opportunity to focus on breathing, alignment and other more subtle parts of the practise? I jope it is nothing too serious and that you´re back in the game soon
  13. Just made a smoothie with sharon fruit/ kaki fruit and youghurt this weekend, just added a bit of lemon juice and a few dates - mmm, if you´re looking for breakfast that tastes like dessert, that is not a bad choice!!
  14. I agree! Yoga and meditation is a way of controlling my attention and that way give myself a break. When running, it´s the only time I let my mind decide for itself where to go and that is so liberating in another way. Sometimes I come up with solution to problems while I run, other times I realise that I have been concerned about something without realising it.
  15. Try searching Candaces page for articles on bone compression - maybe from the descriptions there you can get an idea of whether that is your issue. Hope it helps
  16. Oh the dream of being more organized, I know that one too. I usually blame the lack of organized and pre-prepared meals in the fridge on the size of the fridge - it is so space consuming to have all those thing made ready. Not at all about me being too tired, lazy or rather wanting to hang out with my family than with the kitchen
  17. That´s just not what you´re looking for in yoga!!
  18. In my family we also eat very differently. I don´t eat much meat or starch, my husband does. The kids also have their favourites and things, that they don´t particularly enjoy And that´s not an issue, we support each others choices and go the extra mile to ensure that everybody gets what they need and like. I will say it is time consuming to have to cook so differently. I eat a lot of vegetables and they take time to prepare. It´s an investment that I think is totally worth it, but it´s also a challenge in a busy every day life. For me, the commitment comes from realising how much better I feel when I eat like this. My husband, who has known me while bloated and tired, of course sees the improvement, which makes it easy to support my choices. That may be my good advice - to get an understanding of each ohers reasons and motives and support each other in doing what is right for you. Good luck
  19. Just did the strength and flexibility video , feels really good after a long day hunched in front of the computer!
  20. I have encountered that not as yoga but as a generel strategy to help reduce conflicts and add more joy into everyday life. It does feel crazy, when you start out just laughing out loud for no reason, but you can´t help it, you have to laugh at yourself laughing!! The woman, who taught me and a group of friends, made the suggestion that in a relationship you should have a "red nose-rule": whenever an argument is going into that fase, where it´s not constructive at all, you´re just digging deeper, if one part brings out the red clown´s nose and puts it on, the argument will end. You really can´t be angry with someone, who´s looking at you wearing a big, round, red nose!! (and now I finally had a reason to use that emoji!!).
  21. So today I did my regular morning gentle practice and 15 minutes of chest and shoulders in the evening. Both very nice I do think I´m feeling the effects of practising more regularly. Isn´t that great, how exercise can make you feel so much better even though you don´t expect that?
  22. All those sound GOOD!
  23. I have been taking it easy today after getting off to a good start in the weekend and actually feeling a bit sore after that. Which makes me wonder: Candace, you have included ret days in your program. Are there any guidelines to estimate how often you need a rest day? And is a rest day completely yoga free or is a bit of gentle stretching a good idea on a rest day? Nice to hear that you are all motivated and feeling good
  24. I have been considering my game plan for this challenge. I want to do more than 15 minutes a day, but I also realise that aiming to follow the programme that is suggested will just set me up for disappointment. So this is what I will try: I will continue to do my generel morning flexibility yoga. And then I´ve chosen three of my favourite Candace videos: The latest Strength and Flexibility (30 min), The Sciatica (30 min and targets ALL my spots!) and 15 minutes for chest and shoulders. I hope to find time for at least one of each a week, wouldn´t mind doing more, but to keep myself motivated, I have to be realistic. What are your plans??