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LarryD517 last won the day on February 6

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About LarryD517

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    Advanced Member
  • Birthday May 17

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Northern NJ
  • Yoga level
    Advanced beginner
  • Favorite poses
    Scale, Tree, Warrior 3
  • Least favorite poses
    Headstand or handstands
  • Pets
    Golden Doodle named Harvey
  • If I won the lottery I would...
    Buy a Tesla, a beach house (okay, maybe two) and pay off my friends' mortgages
  • Favorite books
    Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand); The Power Broker (Robert Caro)
  • Favorite movies
    Memento; Life is Beautiful; Rory O'Shea Was Here; and, of course, Shawshank Redemption
  • Favorite television shows
    House of Cards, Veep, Breaking Bad and Shameless

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  1. I like the Jade Harmony it's very 'sticky' so your foot wont slide. If you want to know what works best for you, go to a studio and ask the other students which they like.
  2. I guess it depends on your personality. Folks with addictive personalities tend to get into patterns, including exercise schedules. Others don't. I've never been a regular, but after noticing how great I feel...and how much I enjoy the classes, I now practice every day. Practicing at home requires more a club or studio is easier as you start to develop friendships and look forward to seeing the people
  3. A competent and trained therapist would be your best option to help you resolve these issues. Please consider so you can move on and enjoy a peaceful co-existence. Please also share your feelings with a relative or a trusted friend. These are very troubling emotions and must to be addressed..., but until you get help, you need to have people who are close to you aware of your difficulties so as to help you avoid making a mistake
  4. I'll make sure she sees your request. Candace recently published Namaslay which contains many step by step descriptions of poses, as well as sequences. It's a great book (if they ever make it into a movie, I've volunteered to play the part of beginner)
  5. Some ideas to consider?
  6. Moderator note...I merged the two posts. No need to have two separate threads on the same topic. Site owner @YogaByCandace maintains a blog that entertains guest bloggers. If you’re referring to print publications, a quick web search using the phrase "yoga magazines" yields plenty of results.
  7. I’ve found that practicing against the wall can make those poses less taxing on the standing leg. The goal of the pose isn’t to get your hand to the ground (you boast that you don’t need a block). Unless you are able to stand with straight leg, hips in line facing the side, shoulder open completely and able to look up to your fingers, like this... ...maybe you should use blocks. If you’re feeling cramp when you do a pose, the body is telling you that you should use a prop. Practice with your back against the wall, like this... ...stay in this position for a minute, focusing on getting your top shoulder and hip flat against the wall. If you can’t open completely, grab a prop, like this ... ... Alternatively, standing with foot on wall can also help strengthen leg and improve balance (revolved shown). Again, the goal isn’t to touch the floor without a prop. The goal is to get the benefit from the full and proper expression of the pose. Listen to your body, pain or cramp is telling you that you’re body is not ready for what your asking it to do.
  8. Not trying to spend other people's money, but, if it's in the budget, I think a private lesson, or two, is the best money someone interested in yoga can spend. Learning the subtleties of body position can be the difference between getting the full benefit of the pose and potentially causing injury (for example, the wrists in Downward Dog). When it comes to soreness as a result of being tight (or possibly doing it incorrectly), a live instructor watching you can assist in the modifications needed. They'll suggest specific exercises you can try, etc. Again, I don't want to spend your money, but a class can cost less than $50, or maybe have a friend join in and split the cost. Candace (site owner) has an excellent series of videos on her YouTube channel
  9. Are you taking live classes? Have you discussed this with your instructor? You might be pushing yourself to perform (or keep up with the more advanced practitioners) Work up to your ability, not beyond Are you doing homework, practicing on your own? A class is a routine that moves relatively quickly from pose to pose, assuming you’re ready for that. You might want to explore “yin yoga”, (google it) a very slow, deep stretch where you sit in poses for 2, 5 or up to 10 minutes. Try working on poses outside of class. If your sore, back off from the exercises or classes and work on other body parts or take different classes.
  10. Everyone starts with tight hamstrings, welcome to the club How long do you sit in poses? The best beginner advice to hamstrings I can give is to do legs up the wall for a MINIMUM of five minutes a day every day of the year (if possible). Read up on yin yoga. Unlike the trendy "boutique” yoga studios where they race from pose to give you that sweaty, "go for the burn" alternative to SoulCycle, a slow, pensive practice where you stay in each pose for a few minutes will help your body open up and relax. Make sure your back is a straight as possible. The goal isn’t to touch your toes, it’s to bend at hips with a straight back. If you only go forward a little bit...great! Celebrate that. Bend your knees and stay there for minutes at a time. The straighter your back, the more you will feel it in your hamstrings If it’s in the budget, attend classes or take a private lesson to learn the best way to work with your body's limitations See the third tip in my signature for tips on hamstrings.
  11. Highly recommended. She’s very entertaining, too!
  12. I've attended a few of Candace's arm balance classes. The workshops are extremely informative, well structured and fun. When I got to something I just couldn't do, Candace offered suggestions, for example, to just focus on the foundation, etc. Candace does an excellent job of helping the student work within their capability and will suggest exercises and modifications to help you overcome your difficulties.
  13. Best suggestion would be to ask people who work at a hot yoga studio or those that attend classes
  14. Candace is in an area with very limited internet access. Apparently there are issues with the app/developer. As such, I think the app has been deleted (not sure if or when it will be resolved). I'll try to get an answer within the next few days and report
  15. I'll reach out to Candace ...