LarryD517

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About LarryD517

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    Male
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    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)
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    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. Round? It'll be tough if you attend a class. I use and recommend this mat https://www.amazon.com/Jade-Harmony-Professional-Yoga-Midnight/dp/B000ECBQXE/ref=sr_1_1?s=exercise-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1494605999&sr=1-1&keywords=jade+yoga+mat Pricey, yes. Worth it, yes. You get what you pay for...don't skimp on the mat
  2. Hmmm...okay, let me see if me got it right (LOL)... if I said "I went to an incredibly amazing workshop lead by @YogaByCandace this weekend, which I learned a lot of new stuff and had a wonderful time. I can't wait for the next workshop!!" that would be correct, right??
  3. Sun, May 21, 2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT Sign up information here
  4. May 20 9:00-11:00 AM Sign up information here
  5. Sept. 16, 2017 1:30-4:00 Sign up information here
  6. Good question. I've been practicing for a couple of years, taking two classes on the weekend and working out on my own during the week at my office complex' gym. Last year, I invited a couple of co-workers to join me. They were less experienced than me (or is it I...I hate those two...I always get confused which one it is) and neither took formal classes, so I was the teacher. I weighed the question you are asking. They clearly understood that I was not a formal teacher. I worried about liability, to the point of printing out a standard exercise disclaimer...but didn't do anything with it. As long as you're not charging them, disclose your level of expertise and you have a relationship with them so you both understand the full nature of your lessons...I don't think it's irresponsible. It's no worse than going for a run and advising them to hold their arms in a way that there's not excessive swinging, etc. But you have to know your trainees. I wouldn't engage with complete strangers as you might trip across someone litigious. Others will chime in, but when I asked @YogaByCandace the very same question and she was okay with how I handled it. On the plus side...it was a lot of fun and they benefited greatly.
  7. Please see Candace's Blog page for details
  8. You have no idea how relieved I am that you posted this. I have reasonably good hip flexibility. I still think of myself as a newbie (2 ½ years of daily practice), but ankle to knee and lotus come relatively easy to me. I get frustrated watching the class easily plop down in malasana while I struggle holding my arms all the way forward as a counterbalance. I found two great articles, ones that hit home with me http://www.debbiedaly.com/anatomy-of-the-squat.html http://www.paulgrilley.com/resources/paul-s-writings/53-assessing-range-of-motion-in-squatting-poses Apparently, it might be the bone atop my foot not allowing the shin bone to angle forward. Not saying that I can't improve my Achilles or hip flexibility, though. I imagine some yoga instructors understand this, but from my experience, not all of them
  9. Sign up link at the bottom of this page http://yogabycandace.com/yoga-workshops/namaslay-yoga-workshop-chicago-october-29-2016
  10. It can take forever, thats not the answer you're looking for, huh?...LOL. You should investigate "yin yoga". (See http://www.yinyoga.com/) The vinyasa classes you're probably attending, will flow (relatively quickly) from one pose to another, with an emphasis on the athletic side of the practice (for example down dog, step forward, high lunge, warrior 1, warrior 2, etc.), which will be fun, get you to sweat and you'll feel like your muscles "got their money's worth". But that's not what you want... you want to increase your flexibility. Yin yoga is very slow, holding positions for up to five minutes, or more. Few boutique studios will attract "soccer moms" for a $30 forty five minute class that includes meditation, four poses on each side and then a couple of ohmmmms...so they typically don't emphasize yin. What are yin poses? How do they help with flexibility? They are poses that you stay with for such a long time that the muscles or tendons relax and you get very deep stretches or twists. For example, pigeon. In a typical flow class, you may stay in the position for up to a minute (come on people!!! we need to do a more chaturangas!!) . Next time you're practicing at home, try staying in pigeon for five minutes, try ten. Assess how you feel after a minute, then see how that sensation changes the longer you hold the position. Try legs up the wall, for five minutes, then a few variations (cross ankle over knee and then slide heel down wall) each for a few minutes. You won't sweat, you won't feel exhausted, you're heart rate monitor might go into sleep mode and you won't be able to boast a 1000 calorie day. But, over time, you'll build up your flexibility (with the emphasis on "over time"). Did you ever play with Chinese handcuffs? The harder you pull, the more resistance you'll encounter, but the more gently you proceed, the looser the trap. Same with your hamstrings. If you think like it's an athletic competition and try to fight...you'll lose (every time). Get to a resistance point (when your body starts fighting you) and stop, then take slow deep breaths, calm your mind, relax...tell you body "it's okay", wait ten seconds and slowly move deeper, until you hit the next stop...lather, rinse, repeat... Guys typically are less flexible, especially if your athletic, since running, spinning, etc. tends to tighten up the muscles. I started yoga three years ago at age 56, doing it (nearly) every day of the year. I do legs up the wall for a minimum of five minutes at the beginning of every practice. Progress? I'm more flexible, but still bend my knees in fold, etc. Every body is different, depending on how your shoulders and scapula are constructed, you may not be able to. Recognize and accept your own body's limitations and work within your abilities. I've been trying reverse namaste for 2 years and can't get close...I've seen women do it the first time they try. Warning, zen ahead...proceed at your own risk... --> yoga isn't complaining about what you can't do, rather it's about celebrating what you can. It's not about achieving that perfect pose (you know, the ones that people post on Instagram), but understating what is happening in your body. It's a lifetime pursuit. Some days you'll make progress (I used to time myself and set a goal of holding pigeon for 30 seconds...now I mentally complain if the instructor doesn't hold it long enough)...other days the body won't cooperate. Don't worry about it. At the beginning of class, many instructors will lead a meditation and work through breathing techniques, pay attention and focus on the practice. You're allowed to use them on your own at any time you want during the session. You can meditate during warrior 2 (and maybe you'll be able to ignore your thigh muscles crying "uncle!"). If you practice on your own, don't worry about the flows, try spending 45 minutes just doing slow deep stretches. You may know how to stretch...but do you know how long to stretch? If you're a guy with a competitive personality, you will have to understand that you can't power through the tightness. It will come, but slowly. Just be patient and positive. One more thing, take your timeline, fold it carefully, putting it safely in an envelope, then seal the envelope and gently place it in the recycling bin or shredder. (see link in my signature #3)
  11. Return to your breath. Listen to the rhythmic, oceanic sound, especially during "ujaya" breathing. Take at least four seconds on the inhales (during passive poses, like resting in downward dog) and try to make the exhale even longer. If you concentrate on breathing you won't focus on "other stuff" The meditation that instructors lead at the beginning and end of the class .... are skills to train you in clearing your mind. You can use these skills any time you wish.
  12. For further details or to sign up please see http://yogabycandace.com/yoga-workshops/namaslay-yoga-workshop-london-uk
  13. Please see this discussion
  14. What works with one brand, may not work with another. Always check with the mat manufacturer as to cleaning instructions. Some mats (Jade, for example) should be cleaned with warm water only as they can trap the soap (or shampoo, etc.) and become slick
  15. Take your pick https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=hatha+yoga+chart&FORM=HDRSC2&PC=APPL