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  1. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia
     
     
  2. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia
     
     
  3. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia
     
     
  4. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia
     
     
  5. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia
     
     
  6. Julia liked a post in a topic by femmefatalekris in Bad Yogi   
    i very rarely can do yoga without music...robin thicke pandora station is usually the only way i get through sequences
    sometimes i fall asleep during savasana 
    when it's suggested i do a pose for 3-7 breaths, i always do 3
    sometimes halfway through a sequence, i'll grab a snack just because
    i lose focus easily
    i do yoga at home by connecting my laptop to the tv...when we've been in a pose i dislike too long, i find myself yelling at the tv "Come on!" 
  7. Julia liked a post in a topic by nfenchak in Bad Yogi   
    http://yogabycandace.com/blog/2014/9/4/confessions-of-a-yoga-teacher-im-bad I love this post! And I love your red lipstick Candace! You rock it!
     
    I'm really bad, like super super bad.
    I love meat
    hate flowery yoga talk (once I was in a class w/ a sub and there were 3 college aged guys in the class. The 60 year old teacher at one point said something like "lift your ankle towards your uterus" I immediately lost focus, looked at the guys and actually snorted out loud at the look on their faces.)
    I like normal music - chanting makes me nervous. My teacher has some Indian rap songs and I love them, even though in my head I make the words sound English w/ weird made up lyrics.
    I hate meditation - I do fall asleep and wake up startled when I start to snore.
    Whenever I go into a place that has a budda statue I want to dress it - put on a fun hat, sunglasses, fake mustache...
    I totally notice all the cute yoga outfits and have to find out where they were bought
    When someone falls during class - I laugh as soon as I know they are ok...
     
    What makes you a bad Yogi
  8. Julia liked a post in a topic by keziah in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    One sad day I found I couldn't touch my toes, not only my toes but my shins.  Stiffness had snuck up as stealthily as the years.  I was in my mid-fifties and didn't want to be consigned to the stout matronly-figured trash heap just yet.  Remembered a class I'd taken in my 30's.  The instructor was 80 years old and could wrap her feet behind her head.  Not only that but she hadn't taken up yoga until she was 50.  Unfortunately I wasn't ready for yoga then so I didn't pursue it but standing there with my hands reaching ineffectually for those toes I remembered.  If she could do it why not I?
     
    Well, so I'm not wrapping my feet behind my ears but I do do a mean headstand.  Happily yoga isn't just about the asanas.  As so many others have said, it starts to permeate the rest of ones life.  The attempts at meditation have been most instructive.  The inner chatter, the continuous inner chatte,r is so exhausting.  I hadn't realised how little breathing space I give myself.  Although I am not *good* at meditating, regular practice has made me far more mindful and observant of the workings of my mind.  I am better at stopping the loop of endless memory reruns as well as anticipating what might happen while missing what actually IS happening right NOW. 
     
    Oh, and I have a firmer butt. 
  9. Julia liked a post in a topic by pony in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    I literally stumbled onto the yoga scene a couple of years ago. Bottom line is that right now yoga and Tai Chi are the only 'exercises' my doc will allow me to do.
     
    Sounds crazy but a wicked injury and auto immune issues have pretty much destroyed the last 5 years of my life. I'm physically allregic to exercise, lol.
     
    I do yoga because it allows me to be active without doing damage.
     
    And it gives me something that's mine.
  10. Julia liked a post in a topic by KimK in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    My first experience with yoga, I was a freshman in college, I was in a high stress major and had mainly sleepless nights.  Not only did I gain 20 lbs my first year in school but because I was under so much stress my stomach could no longer process any diary.  I became lactose intolerant to the point that I had to read the ingredients on everything I ate and if it said "contains milk" I could not have it.  I went to the doctor to get everything checked out and she said if I imagined my stress better I could ween myself back onto diary products.  So I made a few adjustments in my lifestyle and incorporated yoga and within a year I could have a glass of milk (it was awesome!).
     
    I fell out of my routine for a few years and just recently stepped back into my yoga practice because I wanted to work on my flexibility and meditation.  I was never really flexible as a kid, even when I was in gymnastics, and to find out that my husband can touch his toes and I couldn't...I decided to change that
  11. Julia liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Selling My Yoga Studio To Pursue ‘Other' Dream   
    Hi there! Aw, my heart breaks for you, as I seriously feel like I can sense the sadness through your post. But I am so happy for you that you've decided to pursue your dreams. 
     
    I have seen on yoga studios for sale on yogafinder.com - that might be an option. 
     
    Would it possible to hire a manager to run the studio while you're away? Wish I were in California, I would do it! Maybe put an ad on craigslist or something similar and as people call in you could explain the situation in more detail. 
     
    A part of me also agrees with Julia above - I think honesty is the best policy, but I understand the fear that other studios might sweep in and take your members. That being said, you have already earned their trust, you have developed a beautiful community of people, and there might be someone within your community who would be willing (and able!) to step in and help out or perhaps knows of someone who may be interested in buying it. 
     
    Do keep us posted as to what course of action you take. Wishing you the best
  12. Julia liked a post in a topic by Jhocy in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
     
    Amen to that!  My husband keeps urging me to take up running, or jogging, anything really that is slightly faster than a brisk walk, but I just can't bring myself to enjoy it.  My knees and ankles pounding together as I hit the ground makes me feel like I will damage the turf or that it will damage me!
     
    Saying that, I once got my husband to follow one of Candace's videos and he was cursing under his breath as he tried to stay in the extended side angle pose!  He's not as tough as he thinks he is, despite playing basketball and jogging twice a week.  I know it's not a competition but when he saw that I could stay in those poses longer than he could, I think he saw me in a different light.
  13. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia
     
     
  14. Julia liked a post in a topic by fshliz09 in Upgrading My Yoga Mat   
    I've had the same Jade Yoga mat for years now...and I think since I've finally committed to the mat I can justify getting a new mat and since the holidays are coming up maybe Santa, aka my boyfriend, will get me one
     
     What do you think the next awesome mat would be? I personally like it to be a little thicker because my knees are not so great. I was looking at the Manduka black mat Pro but i'm just not so sure I'm at that level yet...
     
     
  15. Julia liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    I started almost by accident. I was in my early twenties and had barely done any exercise (running to catch public transportation isn't an Olympic sport *yet*) since graduating high school. Unsurprisingly enough I'd gained a bit of weight, which I wasn't happy with. I tried using our stationary bike, but it got boring very quickly. I had a very busy schedule with university, which led me to dropping out of doing tae kwon do and a going to the gym was out of the question as I'm no good around loud noises and, thanks to years of phys ed classes, I loathe running.

    Late one night I ran into a Rodney Yee yoga class on TV and I decided to give it a go, based on the faint memory that while I'd done very poorly on my phys ed classes (know anyone who's ever failed a phys ed test? Now you do) I'd been fairly flexible. I wasn't. Or at least I wasn't while trying to do yoga in my jeans. I decided to try again, this time in my pyjamas, and I did a little less poorly. In fact, I actually liked it. I bought myself a book and started learning at home. I was eventually able to take proper lessons, which I truly enjoyed and from which I learnt a lot while I was able to attend. I eventually built a fairly consistent home practice, to the point where I do yoga every day - sometimes just a shorter sequence, sometimes a full hour or a little more, sometimes a more challenging ashtanga flow, sometimes something calmer. It changes up with my mood and what I need in the day. I also do a few minutes of yoga before going to bed, which has helped me with my insomnia.

    I'm always looking to improve my practice. One of my favourite things about yoga is how you're always learning and how even the seemingly more simpler poses have something to teach you, even if you've been doing them for years. The more I practice the more I can pay attention to the little details, improve on my alignment, etc.

    One of the best thing about yoga for me is how it changed my relationship with my body. After years of being miserable while exercising (and thus avoiding it like the plague) I found a way to enjoy and be truly grateful for what my body is capable of doing. Doing yoga isn't a chore or something I have to remind myself to do, but something I actively look forward to every day. It has also helped me immensely when it comes to dealing with my chronic depression and anxiety. It's been a wonderful constant, a time in my day when my brain will quiet down and I will feel truly at peace with myself no matter what's going on with my life. It has also taught me how to be compassionate towards others and myself, which is no small feat.

    Let's just say I'm very, very grateful for running into that yoga show, all those years ago.
  16. Julia liked a post in a topic by mmosier71 in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    I started at the end of November 2014. I was always interested in yoga, seeing all the slender, bendy, flexible people contorting themselves into a human pretzel actually appealed to me somehow. What really gets to me is the beauty of the body in this movement and the balance and strength that it takes in inversions. As an artist I felt the need to not only witness it but to be a PART of it.
     
    I also had thought about it as a method of weightloss. I've tried gym and I lose my motivation. I would love to do more with my diet....but chose not to due to my husband(he's super picky). And doing crazy workout exercises just don't appeal to me. The thought of getting super sweaty and feeling like your heart is going to explode and you are just punishing yourself....yeah, not for me.
     
    But, yoga...Yoga... YOGA!
     
    I just love it! I get done with a session (for example the 31 Strength Challenge) and I still want to do more! Yet, after 3 minutes of crunches, jumping jacks, etc and I want to just roll over and die. 
     
    I have (in only a month) definitely noticed a difference in the way I carry myself. I am more mindful of what is around me, what I do, what I eat. Not only is it strengthening me physically but it is doing a fantastic job mentally! I have been doing a daily practice anywhere from 15-40 minutes at home practicing with videos. Living out in the boondocks of Northeast PA means not many classes around to choose from. There is a hot yoga class but the times just never work out for me. I turned to pinterest at first and then discovered Yoga by Adrienne (she babbled too much for my taste) and then stumbled upon YBC (JACKPOT!). I have tried Tara Stiles but find that her music in the videos distracts me. I like the option of just listening to the voice and having the choice of music if I choose.
     
    Anyway... long story short, I started for exercise and I do it because I love it!
  17. Julia liked a post in a topic by Jasmine in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    I started quite a few years ago, but only very gentle, basic yoga. It was when my son was little, and I was working a stressful job. I'd come home after wrangling kids, shopping, housework, on top of my stressful 9-5 and I found by the end of the day my poor back and not to mention head were so sore and tired. I started with some very gentle yoga in my bedroom with a candle to de-stress at the end of each day.
     
    Then one day a colleague of mine who was in charge of trying to motivate people to be healthy (she'd bring in fruit in order to try to get some of the men working there to lay off the donuts and into some organic fruit) suggested I come with her to this "Bikram thing" with her one evening. I sort of hated it at first, but ended up going back, and back again. I liked going with her for the company, and then kind of fell in love with yoga as it was really the only way I'd felt graceful or flexible or in some way talented since my old gymnastics days, which I'd given up way too prematurely when I was young. I liked challenging myself as I'm not competitive so haven't enjoyed competitive sports, and loved seeing my progress from week to week. 
     
    It was only really since I discovered Candace's videos a few months ago that I've progressed from being just flexible to being flexible as well as becoming physically strong, which I have always lacked. I'm still working very hard on meditation and mindfulness, and not letting the mind wander during yoga, but for now I'm really enjoying progressing even further in my poses. I've also started doing classes with my husband fairly locally at a new studio overlooking a lake which focuses on not just poses but also mixed with breathing exercises and meditation. I'm really enjoying the relaxation aspects, as well as bonding with that guy that I married 
  18. Julia liked a post in a topic by Jhocy in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    There was a Groupon offer

    Seriously though, I decided to start looking after myself in March last year. I cut out rice and pasta and most carbs from my diet but then realized I needed to get active. I haven't exercised in years and would not be caught dead in the gym so I thought "Yoga!".

    Yes, the Groupon voucher for 10 classes was the deal maker. I went to the classes religiously, walking three blocks from the train station to the studio as my warm up, three times a week. Once the sessions were over, I realized I liked yoga and I wanted to do more, and maybe augment it by actually exercising. Yes, I caved and got a gym membership.

    The yoga classes at the gym did not suit my 9-to-5 lifestyle so I chose to attend the Body Balance classes. It's a mix of tai chi, Pilates and yoga and I enjoyed it immensely. Still, I don't practice at home, mainly because I do not have the space.

    I have since learned that even the most brief of yoga practice every day helps both my body and my mind. I like that I focus on the breath and the pose more than on that last email at work that I forgot to reply to! At home, I sometimes find myself doing a plank, a downward dog, maybe a bit of cat and cow to ease the pain in my back but I know I need to be more consistent and more focused about my practice so I have agreed with myself to start the Strength Challenge from this weekend. I am late to the party but will be catching up with everyone.
  19. Julia liked a post in a topic by blueswampmusic in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    I stumbled on a youtube video called "Standing spine twist" and thought I would try it. I have been dealing with back issues for over 20 years and just thought why not? I did it everyday for two weeks straight and couldn't believe the release it generated. Since it was also attached to yoga videos I started digging around in the beginner section until I found some I was comfortable with. I have been doing it almost daily since then (April 2014). The improvements are incredible. I haven't had not even a spasm since then. Yesterday I ran a chainsaw and split wood all day. That would usually leave me wrecked the next day. But today I got up and did 2 of Candace's videos and practiced headstands. Also for the first time my nose touched my knee in forward fold. 9 months ago I couldn't hardly tie my shoes. I can't imagine I would ever stop but rather keep creating more and more distance from my previous physical self. Thank you to all who encourage and especially those who work hard to post videos on how to do this. It has changed my life.
  20. Julia liked a post in a topic by mimisouth in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    I originally started yoga many years ago mainly to take my dad who wanted to keep up his flexibility and really enjoyed it. But I only ever did one class per week.. Which really wasn't very effective.

    Then I moved and found a really challenging class and our teacher suggested looking up Tara Stiles on YouTube to help with practice at home. I've been doing home practice daily for nearly 12 months and can see a real difference in my strength and flexibility. In the last 6 months I have been trying to explore other aspects of yoga and trying a bit more mediation.

    I like how yoga is so diverse; you can have strong yoga, restorative, mediative according to your personal circumstances.

    I like the easy flow of Tara Stiles yoga but wanted to find other yoga styles and challenges. I came across Kino MacGregor and Ashtanga yoga which I enjoyed and eventually found Candace - yeah.. I don't do so much Ashtanga yoga now but still practice daily even if only 10 min restorative / meditative...

    I would really like to see some vast improvement in my yoga practice and I think this is the year to build my core as this I believe is the sticking point for me for deeper development.
  21. Julia liked a post in a topic by starslight in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    I started doing yoga because it seemed like a good way to get in better shape that didn't require too much stuff, a lot of space, or a high ceiling. This only worked for a little while. Because I wanted to lose weight so badly, I would force myself to do strenuous practices on days when my depression was bad and I wasn't really up to it. When I'm not really up to it, I get frustrated and angry at myself when I can't keep up or when a pose doesn't feel right or when my wrists still hurt even after reading every tip ever written about avoiding wrist pain. Basically I ended up hating myself and yoga, stopped exercising altogether, and put on another ten pounds. When I fail, I fail spectacularly.
     
    So I don't look to yoga to help me lose weight anymore. I know it can help others do that, and I'm genuinely glad for that, but if I put that expectation on my yoga practice I'm going to ruin it with my crazy and end up with no yoga and no weight loss. Eventually I'd like to be able to physically challenge myself again, but right now all I'm looking to yoga for is to help me be a little happier and a little saner. Which it does, on the too-infrequent occasions I'm motivated enough to actually do it.
     
    That's so rad you were able to get to a better place, Julia. It's really helpful to hear it's possible.
  22. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia
     
     
  23. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia
     
     
  24. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia
     
     
  25. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Julia in Why Do You Yoga? How Did You Start Doing Yoga?   
    Hi everyone,
     
     
    I joined this forum a few days ago and found many helpful and inspiring posts! Thank you so much for that, Candace and YBC community
     
    I am in the process of reflecting how yoga changed my life and am very interested in hearing other people's experience with yoga.
     
    I started doing yoga two years ago to (re)connect with my body after many years of dieting and over-exercising. I started by watching yoga videos on youtube but it took some time until it "clicked" and yoga became indispensable to my life
    Since that time, yoga has not only helped me to change my body image but it also made me more compassionate and emotionally and mentally strong. Something I would have never believed possible. 
     
    Why did you start doing yoga and how? How have you changed since practicing yoga for the first time?
     
     
    Julia