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  1. MrBalloonHands 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!
  2. KatieD liked a post in a topic by KristiSmithYoga in Youtube Video Request   
     
    With respect, can we keep it about the yoga, please? Candace rocks it in videos, and she is very generous in how she shares her yoga with us. If she thinks that there is merit in having her less-flexible husband star in her videos designed to help less flexible folks, why not? These types of comments do not add to the discussion.
  3. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in April Yoga Project   
    I hope you feel better and heal quickly!!!  I know how tough it is to injure oneself.  Hopefully you will heal fast and well, especially since you already take good care of yourself and exercise regularly!  I hope you feel better tomorrow.  Good wishes!
  4. KatieD liked a post in a topic by Robbie in Yoga Without The Spiritual Aspect   
     
    Just to echo many of the responses already, but this^ is certainly not true of everyone that does yoga. Some individuals have chosen this path, but in my experience it is actually a small proportion of yogis that experience yoga as a gateway to religion. I have certainly never heard of anyone converting from one faith to another after practising yoga.
    I love yoga because for the most part it is inclusive, non-judgemental, liberating, tolerant and accessible. You are not "betraying" yourself or any faith by practising yoga. Anyone that claims otherwise doesn't understand how personal yoga is.
     
    I myself am an atheist, a cynic, a sceptic and an all round curmudgeon when it comes to religion, yet I embrace yoga without any fear of hypocrisy. Okay, I sometimes have to consciously stop myself silently mouthing 'wtf' and rolling my eyes with some teachers, but I choose to do those classes because they are great teachers and I don't have to agree with everything they say.
     
    I have to confess that I do have one small(ish) shrine to David Hasselhoff, but I can't blame yoga for that one. 
  5. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Standing Split   
    I was just looking for the answer to your first question on Candace's blog and found this: http://yogabycandace.com/blog/2013/8/8/how-to-do-a-standing-split.  I'm glad I checked, because I really didn't know the answer to the hip question.  As for the muscles, I have NO clue.  My answer is always the abs lol.  Seeing as how the core is so important to pretty much everything, it's my go-to answer  .  I hope someone else will chime in on that one!
  6. KatieD liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Struggling With Flexibility Vs Anxiety   
    The post KatieD is referring to is this one. Is the anxiety stemming from the anger/frustration of not feeling like they're getting anywhere? Or is the yoga sort of uncovering this underlying current of anxiety you've always had? Either way, I think it's really important to try to get out of your own head. For example, if I let my anxieties/fears/frustrations start talking, it's all over. It can actually ruin my entire day if I give those little voices a microphone. Remember that there is no real end goal. Truly. Even the most beautiful handstand or split or whatever will still have somewhere to go. What I mean by that is even if someone can get into the most gorgeous, full split, that's not the end. There are still a billion variations that person could go and work on. And I don't say that to make you feel as if you'll never "get there" - but rather to say that no matter where you end up in your pose, there's always somewhere else to go and it's really about the journey, the work, the sweat and tears and all that it takes to overcome your self doubts and expectations and the constant pressure we put on ourselves to be more, do more, etc etc etc. When we quiet those voices and just simply breathe and work in whatever pose we're in, no matter how deep we are in the pose, the yoga starts to work. The breath starts to be the boss. And nothing else matters. 
     
    Ok so all that sounds really out there, and doesn't really offer any real advice so here's what I suggest: 
     
    -Start with a meditation to just quiet all the thoughts. Visualize a light switch to your thoughts and mentally flick the switch off for the duration of your practice.
    -Then, practice.
    -Take a picture of a pose you're working on where you feel like you are stuck or aren't seeing progress. 
    -Try one of the monthly projects and keep taking a pic of yourself in that pose each week. With consistent practice, you will see progress. And sometimes just seeing that there is progress can reignite a whole need sense of self assuredness and relief. 
     
    We're here for ya! 
  7. mimisouth 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. mimisouth 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 Anahata in How Do You Get Your Heels Down In Squat/garland?   
    Ahimsa, practice kindness to ourselves.
    Everyone, your heels already touch the ground in Malasana, believe me they do. Don't force the heels to the ground, raise the ground up to meet your heels. Roll up the edge of the mat or put a block under your heels. Anything under the heels so the heels are comfortably supported. If it is comfortable to stay up on the balls of your feet that is fine too.
     
    Find a comfortable place and practice the pose correctly. Over time what ever body part is tight will loosen up and then you will need to reduce the support under the heels to find a comfortable stretch in the pose.
     
    The author of the the article below is very well respected, Paul Grilley. And very worthwhile reading
    11. ASSESSING RANGE OF MOTION IN SQUATTING POSES
    http://www.paulgrilley.com/resources/paul-s-writings/53-assessing-range-of-motion-in-squatting-poses
     
    links to describe the pose
    http://pranayoga.co.in/asana/malasana-garland-posture/
    http://www.astrolika.com/yoga/malasana.html

     
    If you have any questions I will try my best to help.
  10. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Standing Split   
    I was just looking for the answer to your first question on Candace's blog and found this: http://yogabycandace.com/blog/2013/8/8/how-to-do-a-standing-split.  I'm glad I checked, because I really didn't know the answer to the hip question.  As for the muscles, I have NO clue.  My answer is always the abs lol.  Seeing as how the core is so important to pretty much everything, it's my go-to answer  .  I hope someone else will chime in on that one!
  11. mimisouth 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!
  12. mimisouth 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!
  13. KatieD liked a post in a topic by beccadanna13 in Standing Split   
    Thank you for your help, Katie! I had reviewed that post as well. Based on it saying "inwardly rotate the lifted leg" I believe the hips should stay square and not open up. 
     
    I love this pose but it challenges me both physically and mentally which is why I chose to work on it. I do believe abs have something to do with it. I also think it may be the butt and lower back? I could be way off here. I'll keep working at it! 
  14. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Standing Split   
    I was just looking for the answer to your first question on Candace's blog and found this: http://yogabycandace.com/blog/2013/8/8/how-to-do-a-standing-split.  I'm glad I checked, because I really didn't know the answer to the hip question.  As for the muscles, I have NO clue.  My answer is always the abs lol.  Seeing as how the core is so important to pretty much everything, it's my go-to answer  .  I hope someone else will chime in on that one!
  15. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in April Yoga Project   
    Hey everyone!  I think I'm going to work on a bunch of these poses lol.  Forward fold, as always, because no matter what I cannot seem to get my wrists flat.  I think it is a mixture between tightness in the wrists and hamstrings both.  I'm also going to focus on my standing splits and my wheel pose.  Wheel pose is going to have to wait for a bit of time, however.  My right shoulder is super tender for some reason so I'm going to wait for it to feel better before I start going into wheel regularly!  Good luckr and safe progress to everyone participating!!
     
    By the way, today's workout was wonderful.  I liked the simple pace for everything, and I was able to do it all outside.  B-E-A-UUUU-TIFUL!!
  16. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in April Yoga Project   
    Hey everyone!  I think I'm going to work on a bunch of these poses lol.  Forward fold, as always, because no matter what I cannot seem to get my wrists flat.  I think it is a mixture between tightness in the wrists and hamstrings both.  I'm also going to focus on my standing splits and my wheel pose.  Wheel pose is going to have to wait for a bit of time, however.  My right shoulder is super tender for some reason so I'm going to wait for it to feel better before I start going into wheel regularly!  Good luckr and safe progress to everyone participating!!
     
    By the way, today's workout was wonderful.  I liked the simple pace for everything, and I was able to do it all outside.  B-E-A-UUUU-TIFUL!!
  17. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in April Yoga Project   
    Hey everyone!  I think I'm going to work on a bunch of these poses lol.  Forward fold, as always, because no matter what I cannot seem to get my wrists flat.  I think it is a mixture between tightness in the wrists and hamstrings both.  I'm also going to focus on my standing splits and my wheel pose.  Wheel pose is going to have to wait for a bit of time, however.  My right shoulder is super tender for some reason so I'm going to wait for it to feel better before I start going into wheel regularly!  Good luckr and safe progress to everyone participating!!
     
    By the way, today's workout was wonderful.  I liked the simple pace for everything, and I was able to do it all outside.  B-E-A-UUUU-TIFUL!!
  18. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by KatieD in How Do You Get Your Heels Down In Squat/garland?   
     
    This for me as well!  I have noticed that since I've been practicing, my feet have been able to come closer to the floor.  To get them completely flat, I have to spread them farther than hip distance.  I know that my calf muscles are tight, but they are getting better (along with my hips).  I don't have any better ideas, aside from continuing to practice and stretching out.  If anyone finds anything please share!
  19. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by KatieD in How Do You Get Your Heels Down In Squat/garland?   
     
    This for me as well!  I have noticed that since I've been practicing, my feet have been able to come closer to the floor.  To get them completely flat, I have to spread them farther than hip distance.  I know that my calf muscles are tight, but they are getting better (along with my hips).  I don't have any better ideas, aside from continuing to practice and stretching out.  If anyone finds anything please share!
  20. KatieD liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Youtube Video Request   
    You got it, KatieD! Look for it within the next few weeks.
  21. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Youtube Video Request   
    Hey Candace!
     
    First off, THANK YOU for all of your guidance and advice for those of us on our yoga journey.  I know that you have posted a yin yoga sequence on your blog, and also created a video for everyone.  Would you be able to recommend a few more poses and how to adapt them for a yin practice?  I recently discovered yin and I have fallen in love with it, but am unsure as to how to adapt a pose (and what poses in particular!).  Any advice would be appreciated!
     
    Thank you again!
  22. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Youtube Video Request   
    Hey Candace!
     
    First off, THANK YOU for all of your guidance and advice for those of us on our yoga journey.  I know that you have posted a yin yoga sequence on your blog, and also created a video for everyone.  Would you be able to recommend a few more poses and how to adapt them for a yin practice?  I recently discovered yin and I have fallen in love with it, but am unsure as to how to adapt a pose (and what poses in particular!).  Any advice would be appreciated!
     
    Thank you again!
  23. KatieD liked a post in a topic by Anahata in Yoga During Menstruation   
    This topic has been bothering me. I am not upset or anything like that, curious maybe. Something just doesn't sound quite right about the idea of not practicing yoga because of any reason actually. I can't understand where the idea in that book (and many others) came from. Maybe from the idea that yoga has traditionally been a male practice. But following along with that line of reasoning doesn't really make sense either.
     
     So I looked for information from someone who is a qualified to speak on the subject. I looked for someone who is medically qualified, teaches or practices yoga and is also a WOMAN Hopefully this link works, you may have to scroll down to page 30. And yup, it says yoga is a good thing. So our smart girls in the posts above followed their intuition and were right!
    Link to article
    Edit: tidy up long link
  24. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Yoga During Menstruation   
    I completely go with the "no reversing the flow" idea.  Aside from inversions, are there any other poses that are not recommended for the same reason?  I usually practice mostly restorative yoga during that lovely week anyway.
  25. KatieD liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Youtube Video Request   
     
     
    Hey you two!  I just realized upload time would be SIGNIFICANTLY shorter if I posted the vid on instagram. From there I was able to embed it into the post. See what I mean in today's post. It's really fast (only because instagram allows 15 secs or less) but at least you get to see what's going on.