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  1. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in March Yoga Project   
    Hey everyone!  I've promised myself to spend more time on my mat for this challenge and I'm feeling freaking fantastic so far!  I've chosen dancer's pose and I'll be honest, I really dislike that pose.  I feel like a rather uncoordinated flamingo when attempting it lol.  That is the reason that I chose it; I need to improve and get past the dislike.  For whatever reason, I struggle balancing in this pose (but not in others, oddly enough).  I need to focus on my shoulder flexibility, as well as back and hips.  Here is to improvement!!
  2. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in March Yoga Project   
    Hey everyone!  I've promised myself to spend more time on my mat for this challenge and I'm feeling freaking fantastic so far!  I've chosen dancer's pose and I'll be honest, I really dislike that pose.  I feel like a rather uncoordinated flamingo when attempting it lol.  That is the reason that I chose it; I need to improve and get past the dislike.  For whatever reason, I struggle balancing in this pose (but not in others, oddly enough).  I need to focus on my shoulder flexibility, as well as back and hips.  Here is to improvement!!
  3. KatieD liked a post in a topic by femmefatalekris in March Yoga Project   
    i noticed candace sneaking in my least favorite pose, savasana, on the suggested schedule...it's like she knew i only do 3 minutes   
     
    silence is punishment for me lol
  4. KatieD liked a post in a topic by starslight in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    I haven't been doing the project because, well, I'm bad at projects, but I completely agree with Shannon on the non-physical benefits of yoga practice. I've practiced a little bit in the morning with Candace's videos for the last three days and it's done so much to help me out of a major depressive episode. My depression's still with me and likely always will be, but I'm so much better today than I was a week ago.
     
    Maybe I'll make doing just a little bit every day and building up some consistency my own little project.
  5. KatieD liked a post in a topic by Shannon in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    I wanted to thank you for this challenge. I've been very quiet, and haven't posted any pictures, but I've been practicing with this challenge and it's been lovely. Also, you must have been correct when you answered my question about easy pose, because I have found that working on opening my chest has helped. The more metaphorical aspects of heart opening has been something I have needed to spend some focus on, and so it has felt good. Also, I participated in a holiday challenge at my gym that began in November. So suddenly I look up and I've been consistently working on fitting exercise in a busy and stressful life for four months, which is an achievement all on its own.

    I (over)reacted at something at work today, and even though I couldn't quite keep myself from crying, I do credit the yoga I've been doing with being able to exist inside the moment better than I might have done, and even though my productivity was easily derailed after and never really recovered, I am grateful that I haven't beaten myself up over it and actually feel that tomorrow is a new day. I will start with your morning meditation video, though, that's for sure! Thanks, and I'm looking forward to March.
  6. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    I guiltily admit to not practicing as diligently during the Feb. challenge as I have the last two.  For whatever reason, my body has seemed rather reluctant and my energy levels have been quite low.  Rather than practicing 6x a week, I'm down to 2-3x a week.  On the upside, I am still practicing, listening to my body, and practicing mostly restorative yoga with my challenge pose thrown in.  I am still seeing progress albeit at a slower rate than past challenges and you know what?  I'm fine with that.  I'm learning to listen to my body and give it what it needs. 
  7. KatieD liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    Good for you!! That's what it's all about - listening to and honoring your body. 
     
     
     
    Everyone! We're approaching the end of the month and I'd like to showcase your progress, if you'd be so kind! If you have a picture (bonus points if it's a side by side comparison using an app like instacollage) that you're willing to share on the blog, just use hashtag #YBCbackbendshare and I'll post it soon!
  8. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    I guiltily admit to not practicing as diligently during the Feb. challenge as I have the last two.  For whatever reason, my body has seemed rather reluctant and my energy levels have been quite low.  Rather than practicing 6x a week, I'm down to 2-3x a week.  On the upside, I am still practicing, listening to my body, and practicing mostly restorative yoga with my challenge pose thrown in.  I am still seeing progress albeit at a slower rate than past challenges and you know what?  I'm fine with that.  I'm learning to listen to my body and give it what it needs. 
  9. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Any Ybc Ambassadors Out There?   
    I'm in the states and it bites that I couldn't attend even if I wanted to (week-long babysitters don't exist lol).  I did share on FB though and I will share again through pinterest in just a moment.  Best of luck that you fill up your spots!!
  10. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    I guiltily admit to not practicing as diligently during the Feb. challenge as I have the last two.  For whatever reason, my body has seemed rather reluctant and my energy levels have been quite low.  Rather than practicing 6x a week, I'm down to 2-3x a week.  On the upside, I am still practicing, listening to my body, and practicing mostly restorative yoga with my challenge pose thrown in.  I am still seeing progress albeit at a slower rate than past challenges and you know what?  I'm fine with that.  I'm learning to listen to my body and give it what it needs. 
  11. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Any Ybc Ambassadors Out There?   
    I'm in the states and it bites that I couldn't attend even if I wanted to (week-long babysitters don't exist lol).  I did share on FB though and I will share again through pinterest in just a moment.  Best of luck that you fill up your spots!!
  12. femmefatalekris liked a post in a topic by KatieD in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    So I decided to come into this project a bit late.  I was feeling VERY blah and icky all last week so I only practiced 2x.  Yesterday my energy was completely back though so I did a small practice.  Lovely!  I've chosen pigeon pose (with the ultimate goal king pigeon) as my hips are craaaaazy tight.  I loved the January project and I can definitely notice a major increase in my overall strength (especially upper body and core!).  I know that if I made that much progress in a month in my problem areas, I can definitely open up my hips and become more flexible.  Here's to everyone working hard and having a wonderful time!
  13. femmefatalekris liked a post in a topic by KatieD in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    So I decided to come into this project a bit late.  I was feeling VERY blah and icky all last week so I only practiced 2x.  Yesterday my energy was completely back though so I did a small practice.  Lovely!  I've chosen pigeon pose (with the ultimate goal king pigeon) as my hips are craaaaazy tight.  I loved the January project and I can definitely notice a major increase in my overall strength (especially upper body and core!).  I know that if I made that much progress in a month in my problem areas, I can definitely open up my hips and become more flexible.  Here's to everyone working hard and having a wonderful time!
  14. femmefatalekris liked a post in a topic by KatieD in February Project: Heart Opening Yoga   
    So I decided to come into this project a bit late.  I was feeling VERY blah and icky all last week so I only practiced 2x.  Yesterday my energy was completely back though so I did a small practice.  Lovely!  I've chosen pigeon pose (with the ultimate goal king pigeon) as my hips are craaaaazy tight.  I loved the January project and I can definitely notice a major increase in my overall strength (especially upper body and core!).  I know that if I made that much progress in a month in my problem areas, I can definitely open up my hips and become more flexible.  Here's to everyone working hard and having a wonderful time!
  15. KimK liked a post in a topic by KatieD in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I can't believe that 2 weeks have already passed.  My sad core strength and even more pitiable upper body strength have both increased substantially during these past 2 weeks and I definitely feel like celebrating.  Rather than choose one pose, I opted for two and practice chaturanga and Utthita hasta padangustasana C daily.  I can also lift my legs MUCH higher.  While chaturanga is definitely my weaker pose, I have seen so much progress in just being able to get into the pose and hold it for longer than a breath.  My progress may seem small, my confidence and personal happiness in my practice have bloomed.   
  16. KimK liked a post in a topic by KatieD in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I can't believe that 2 weeks have already passed.  My sad core strength and even more pitiable upper body strength have both increased substantially during these past 2 weeks and I definitely feel like celebrating.  Rather than choose one pose, I opted for two and practice chaturanga and Utthita hasta padangustasana C daily.  I can also lift my legs MUCH higher.  While chaturanga is definitely my weaker pose, I have seen so much progress in just being able to get into the pose and hold it for longer than a breath.  My progress may seem small, my confidence and personal happiness in my practice have bloomed.   
  17. KimK liked a post in a topic by KatieD in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I can't believe that 2 weeks have already passed.  My sad core strength and even more pitiable upper body strength have both increased substantially during these past 2 weeks and I definitely feel like celebrating.  Rather than choose one pose, I opted for two and practice chaturanga and Utthita hasta padangustasana C daily.  I can also lift my legs MUCH higher.  While chaturanga is definitely my weaker pose, I have seen so much progress in just being able to get into the pose and hold it for longer than a breath.  My progress may seem small, my confidence and personal happiness in my practice have bloomed.   
  18. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by KatieD in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    Hello everyone!  I'm Katie and I'm reading this from Ohio (U.S.A.).  I'm so excited to join the forum and get involved!
  19. KimK liked a post in a topic by KatieD in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I can't believe that 2 weeks have already passed.  My sad core strength and even more pitiable upper body strength have both increased substantially during these past 2 weeks and I definitely feel like celebrating.  Rather than choose one pose, I opted for two and practice chaturanga and Utthita hasta padangustasana C daily.  I can also lift my legs MUCH higher.  While chaturanga is definitely my weaker pose, I have seen so much progress in just being able to get into the pose and hold it for longer than a breath.  My progress may seem small, my confidence and personal happiness in my practice have bloomed.   
  20. KimK liked a post in a topic by KatieD in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I can't believe that 2 weeks have already passed.  My sad core strength and even more pitiable upper body strength have both increased substantially during these past 2 weeks and I definitely feel like celebrating.  Rather than choose one pose, I opted for two and practice chaturanga and Utthita hasta padangustasana C daily.  I can also lift my legs MUCH higher.  While chaturanga is definitely my weaker pose, I have seen so much progress in just being able to get into the pose and hold it for longer than a breath.  My progress may seem small, my confidence and personal happiness in my practice have bloomed.   
  21. KimK liked a post in a topic by KatieD in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I can't believe that 2 weeks have already passed.  My sad core strength and even more pitiable upper body strength have both increased substantially during these past 2 weeks and I definitely feel like celebrating.  Rather than choose one pose, I opted for two and practice chaturanga and Utthita hasta padangustasana C daily.  I can also lift my legs MUCH higher.  While chaturanga is definitely my weaker pose, I have seen so much progress in just being able to get into the pose and hold it for longer than a breath.  My progress may seem small, my confidence and personal happiness in my practice have bloomed.   
  22. KimK liked a post in a topic by KatieD in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I can't believe that 2 weeks have already passed.  My sad core strength and even more pitiable upper body strength have both increased substantially during these past 2 weeks and I definitely feel like celebrating.  Rather than choose one pose, I opted for two and practice chaturanga and Utthita hasta padangustasana C daily.  I can also lift my legs MUCH higher.  While chaturanga is definitely my weaker pose, I have seen so much progress in just being able to get into the pose and hold it for longer than a breath.  My progress may seem small, my confidence and personal happiness in my practice have bloomed.   
  23. KimK liked a post in a topic by KatieD in 31 Day Strength Project!   
    I can't believe that 2 weeks have already passed.  My sad core strength and even more pitiable upper body strength have both increased substantially during these past 2 weeks and I definitely feel like celebrating.  Rather than choose one pose, I opted for two and practice chaturanga and Utthita hasta padangustasana C daily.  I can also lift my legs MUCH higher.  While chaturanga is definitely my weaker pose, I have seen so much progress in just being able to get into the pose and hold it for longer than a breath.  My progress may seem small, my confidence and personal happiness in my practice have bloomed.   
  24. KatieD liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Yoga Class Pet Peeves?   
    I literally just sat here saying, "Nooo" repeatedly out loud while reading this. That is inSANE. 
  25. KatieD liked a post in a topic by KateR in Yoga Class Pet Peeves?   
    These are some helpful tips for someone who hasn't been to a class in a "real" studio yet!