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  1. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in 31 Day New You Yoga Program   
    I'm joining in this challenge!  I'm starting today and I've decided that I'm going to work on whatever pose(s) speak to me day by day.  Overall I tend to focus on upper body strength, core strength, and hip flexibility so my poses will likely center around those areas.  My overarching goal with this challenge is to become more consistent in my practice.  I've been able to pull down my stress levels with my practice but I keep stuttering out after a few days.  I'm hoping that this challenge will help me develop a pattern and stay consistent!
  2. KatieD liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in July Project - De-Stress!   
     
    oh my goodness, what a cutiepie!!!! 
  3. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in July Project - De-Stress!   
    Hey everyone! I haven't checked in in quite some time, but I am enjoying this project immensely. In the middle of my workout today (outside as it is gorgeous today) I had a very inquisitive visitor. She somehow snuck through the fence and stayed to watch for quite a bit lol. I thought I'd share with all of you!
  4. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in July Project - De-Stress!   
    Hey everyone! I haven't checked in in quite some time, but I am enjoying this project immensely. In the middle of my workout today (outside as it is gorgeous today) I had a very inquisitive visitor. She somehow snuck through the fence and stayed to watch for quite a bit lol. I thought I'd share with all of you!
  5. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in July Project - De-Stress!   
    Hey everyone! I haven't checked in in quite some time, but I am enjoying this project immensely. In the middle of my workout today (outside as it is gorgeous today) I had a very inquisitive visitor. She somehow snuck through the fence and stayed to watch for quite a bit lol. I thought I'd share with all of you!
  6. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in July Project - De-Stress!   
    Hey everyone! I haven't checked in in quite some time, but I am enjoying this project immensely. In the middle of my workout today (outside as it is gorgeous today) I had a very inquisitive visitor. She somehow snuck through the fence and stayed to watch for quite a bit lol. I thought I'd share with all of you!
  7. CoffeeAndYoga liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Struggling With Flexibility Vs Anxiety   
    I definitely went through something just like what you're describing.  I had been practicing for close to a year, 2-3x a week, and I felt like I was done.  I love yoga, and felt as though I had finally found the kind of workout my body and mind needed, but then I started feeling hopeless.  I could watch an instructor get into a pose but there was just NO WAY that was happening for me.  At all.  And I felt like it never would.  Headstand?  What a joke.  I felt as though I had no endurance.  I found myself attempting poses/longer videos and getting so angry that I couldn't keep up or do the full expression.  I always thought that I had pretty decent flexibility, and while I knew that my upper body and core strength were not great, I didn't think they were half bad.  Well, I was wrong lol.  I think I hit a place where I realized that just how limited I was and that hit me REALLY hard emotionally.  I felt like I had been doing all of this work and it had been for nothing.  You know what though?  It was for something.  I read one of Candace's posts about thinking positively about yourself.  Saying "I can" instead of ANYTHING else.  Every time I practiced, I stopped shooting for the full expression of a pose and rather attempted to do my best.  I made a very real effort to stop feeling envy when watching an instructor do something so effortlessly.  Instead, I told myself, "I CAN do that.  I just need to work really hard."  I made a very conscious choice to go into a practice and listen to what my body was saying.  I learned that I could push my body a bit more in some poses and in others that just wasn't going to happen.  And you know, I learned to be content with that.  I learned to accept my body as it is, beautifully flawed and always improving as long as I try.  I've learned to set aside any and all expectations when it comes to yoga and to just go with the flow.  I don't always succeed, but I try really hard to stay positive and open to myself.  I hope this helps you in some way (and that it made sense!).  Don't give up on yourself.  I'm rooting for you!
     
    P.S. Try Candace's strength challenge.  I had never practiced that much in my year-long journey at that point, but I made every effort to stick with it.  It kicked my behind, but I've never seen so much progress so quickly in my life.  I went from holding chaturanga for half of a breath to holding it for more than 5 breaths.  It was also the first time I ever successfully got up into headstand.  If I can make that much progress in a month, you can too!
  8. CoffeeAndYoga liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Struggling With Flexibility Vs Anxiety   
    I definitely went through something just like what you're describing.  I had been practicing for close to a year, 2-3x a week, and I felt like I was done.  I love yoga, and felt as though I had finally found the kind of workout my body and mind needed, but then I started feeling hopeless.  I could watch an instructor get into a pose but there was just NO WAY that was happening for me.  At all.  And I felt like it never would.  Headstand?  What a joke.  I felt as though I had no endurance.  I found myself attempting poses/longer videos and getting so angry that I couldn't keep up or do the full expression.  I always thought that I had pretty decent flexibility, and while I knew that my upper body and core strength were not great, I didn't think they were half bad.  Well, I was wrong lol.  I think I hit a place where I realized that just how limited I was and that hit me REALLY hard emotionally.  I felt like I had been doing all of this work and it had been for nothing.  You know what though?  It was for something.  I read one of Candace's posts about thinking positively about yourself.  Saying "I can" instead of ANYTHING else.  Every time I practiced, I stopped shooting for the full expression of a pose and rather attempted to do my best.  I made a very real effort to stop feeling envy when watching an instructor do something so effortlessly.  Instead, I told myself, "I CAN do that.  I just need to work really hard."  I made a very conscious choice to go into a practice and listen to what my body was saying.  I learned that I could push my body a bit more in some poses and in others that just wasn't going to happen.  And you know, I learned to be content with that.  I learned to accept my body as it is, beautifully flawed and always improving as long as I try.  I've learned to set aside any and all expectations when it comes to yoga and to just go with the flow.  I don't always succeed, but I try really hard to stay positive and open to myself.  I hope this helps you in some way (and that it made sense!).  Don't give up on yourself.  I'm rooting for you!
     
    P.S. Try Candace's strength challenge.  I had never practiced that much in my year-long journey at that point, but I made every effort to stick with it.  It kicked my behind, but I've never seen so much progress so quickly in my life.  I went from holding chaturanga for half of a breath to holding it for more than 5 breaths.  It was also the first time I ever successfully got up into headstand.  If I can make that much progress in a month, you can too!
  9. KatieD liked a post in a topic by MrBalloonHands in Live Chat is LIVE   
    Hi YBCers,
    I went ahead and activated the live chat tab at the index of the forum page. If you find yourself online at the same time as other members, it can be a quicker and more efficient way to hold a conversation with one another. A few people had requested the feature and we are happy to have it. 
     
    Clicking on the "Chat" tab just below the YBC logo with automatically enter you into the chat room. Once you have entered you can simply join the conversation. There is a button to the right of the page that also allows you to move the chat room into a separate window that will make it convenient to continue chatting live and surf the forum at the same time.
     
    If you want to leave the chat but stay on the forum, be sure the click the "leave chat" button on the right side of the chat page. 

  10. KatieD liked a post in a topic by KristiSmithYoga in Which Verbal Cues Do You Find Most Helpful?   
    This is a great topic - thanks, yogafire!
     
    For down dog I like the cue "let shoulder blades melt down the back", as it's the visual that helps me I am not a fan of cueing the breath into body the limbs because I think it's one of those eye-rolling cues for a lot of folks. Instead, I may say something like "bring your awareness to your toes" I usually just remind students to unclench the jaw, but I like the tongue tip Can't wait to see what others say. Also, ditto yogafire's quoting femmefatalekris comment about Candace's motto "if it's in your practice..." Can't get enough of that one.


  11. KatieD liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in May Project   
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Well okayyyyyyyy - round of applause for all my headstand/handstand people!!! Major breakthroughs - I'm so happy to hear about them here on the forum! So proud of you! 
  12. KatieD liked a post in a topic by Mamadances in May Project   
    I have to say I am so excited.. It's only day 14 and I missed some days with 5 de mayo and moms day and all. But today I went into handstand and didn't tiuch the wall and stayed up for a breath!!!! and then during my practice I switched hold on king dancer and didn't loose balance ! Huge things for me.. I really feel way stronger so rapidly?! and man my core after all this boat practice :0
  13. KatieD liked a post in a topic by yogafire in May Project   
    Wow! Getting up with "off" leg without kicking blows my mind.  That just makes an already huge accomplishment even more impressive.
  14. yogafire liked a post in a topic by KatieD in May Project   
    For the win!!  Last night was the first time that I successfully got into supported headstand without touching the wall!  I've been scooting back a little bit from the wall this week so I can really push myself and I did it!  No kicking, no wobbling, it was awesome.  Another extra-special aspect is that I went up into it on my "off" leg.  Thank you thank you thank you Candace for providing these challenges!  I don't think that I would've pushed myself this hard without a schedule encouraging me to go farther and work harder.
  15. yogafire liked a post in a topic by KatieD in May Project   
    For the win!!  Last night was the first time that I successfully got into supported headstand without touching the wall!  I've been scooting back a little bit from the wall this week so I can really push myself and I did it!  No kicking, no wobbling, it was awesome.  Another extra-special aspect is that I went up into it on my "off" leg.  Thank you thank you thank you Candace for providing these challenges!  I don't think that I would've pushed myself this hard without a schedule encouraging me to go farther and work harder.
  16. yogafire liked a post in a topic by KatieD in May Project   
    For the win!!  Last night was the first time that I successfully got into supported headstand without touching the wall!  I've been scooting back a little bit from the wall this week so I can really push myself and I did it!  No kicking, no wobbling, it was awesome.  Another extra-special aspect is that I went up into it on my "off" leg.  Thank you thank you thank you Candace for providing these challenges!  I don't think that I would've pushed myself this hard without a schedule encouraging me to go farther and work harder.
  17. yogafire liked a post in a topic by KatieD in May Project   
    For the win!!  Last night was the first time that I successfully got into supported headstand without touching the wall!  I've been scooting back a little bit from the wall this week so I can really push myself and I did it!  No kicking, no wobbling, it was awesome.  Another extra-special aspect is that I went up into it on my "off" leg.  Thank you thank you thank you Candace for providing these challenges!  I don't think that I would've pushed myself this hard without a schedule encouraging me to go farther and work harder.
  18. yogafire liked a post in a topic by KatieD in May Project   
    For the win!!  Last night was the first time that I successfully got into supported headstand without touching the wall!  I've been scooting back a little bit from the wall this week so I can really push myself and I did it!  No kicking, no wobbling, it was awesome.  Another extra-special aspect is that I went up into it on my "off" leg.  Thank you thank you thank you Candace for providing these challenges!  I don't think that I would've pushed myself this hard without a schedule encouraging me to go farther and work harder.
  19. yogafire liked a post in a topic by KatieD in May Project   
    For the win!!  Last night was the first time that I successfully got into supported headstand without touching the wall!  I've been scooting back a little bit from the wall this week so I can really push myself and I did it!  No kicking, no wobbling, it was awesome.  Another extra-special aspect is that I went up into it on my "off" leg.  Thank you thank you thank you Candace for providing these challenges!  I don't think that I would've pushed myself this hard without a schedule encouraging me to go farther and work harder.
  20. yogafire liked a post in a topic by KatieD in May Project   
    For the win!!  Last night was the first time that I successfully got into supported headstand without touching the wall!  I've been scooting back a little bit from the wall this week so I can really push myself and I did it!  No kicking, no wobbling, it was awesome.  Another extra-special aspect is that I went up into it on my "off" leg.  Thank you thank you thank you Candace for providing these challenges!  I don't think that I would've pushed myself this hard without a schedule encouraging me to go farther and work harder.
  21. KatieD liked a post in a topic by Hildegard in May Project   
    I'm thoroughly enjoying this challenge. Crow pose is slightly better: at long last I have better balance (when I fall it's to the front of the mat rather than to my weak side), though doesn't last very long yet. Same goes for grasshopper: I can lift the back leg and put it down with control, but extending it it's beyond my abilities at the moment.

    Headstand is the true core of this challenge. Ever since I decided to stop doing it against my bed I've had to learn how to do the pose all over again - it requires a lot more focus, especially in my core and forearms. I've done more than my fair share of falling over, though I've managed to remain injury-free. All the falling down makes for a somewhat frightening experience (it's no fun falling over, no matter how much I try to control the fall and not panic), which means I really have to commit to the pose, take my time and listen to my body. Maybe I'm going a bit slower than I used to back when I did it against my bed, but at least now I know that no matter which version of the pose I do it's my reality at the moment. It feels very honest, if a bit challenging to my ego.
  22. KatieD liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in May Project   
    I'm so glad that post spoke to you. It's been something that has been really important to me - to try to really use my voice as a way to empower people and encourage people to let wherever they are be enough. I really don't like the guilt-driven images and memes. They do nothing for me and we have enough to worry about. So instead of worrying about being pretty, let's be pretty nice. Pretty smart. Pretty confident. Enough is enough
     
    Go easy on yourself. The 3 breaths are just a suggestion. Feel free to make it your own. Maybe alternate legs and tap the toes for the three breaths? That may modify it a bit for you.
     
    Oh man, so sorry to hear this!!! I know how brutal it is to deal with an injury!! I have been struggling the whole last week with this sprained ankle. Hopefully this passes quickly for you!
  23. Mamadances liked a post in a topic by KatieD in May Project   
    Well everyone, my arms are exhausted lol.  I made up a day off earlier this week today and whew.  My focus pose is headstand, which is progressing amazingly well.  I wasn't even able to get up into the pose a few months ago but now it's becoming easier and easier.  Today I was able to get my legs up and extended without bouncing off of the wall.  Yay!!  However, my shoulders and arms are feeling it.  I actually couldn't even push up into wheel pose later on in my practice!  Sigh.  
     
    By the way Candace, I absolutely loved your May Project blog post.  That resonated deeply with me.  I have worked on developing a healthier and more positive self-image and that post spoke to me.  Thank you for continuing to be a voice of support and strength!
  24. Mamadances liked a post in a topic by KatieD in May Project   
    Well everyone, my arms are exhausted lol.  I made up a day off earlier this week today and whew.  My focus pose is headstand, which is progressing amazingly well.  I wasn't even able to get up into the pose a few months ago but now it's becoming easier and easier.  Today I was able to get my legs up and extended without bouncing off of the wall.  Yay!!  However, my shoulders and arms are feeling it.  I actually couldn't even push up into wheel pose later on in my practice!  Sigh.  
     
    By the way Candace, I absolutely loved your May Project blog post.  That resonated deeply with me.  I have worked on developing a healthier and more positive self-image and that post spoke to me.  Thank you for continuing to be a voice of support and strength!