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  1. HGB liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Best Yoga to Lose Weight   
    During weight loss, it's not "no carbs", ... fruits are okay, etc. But none of the "fun stuff"
    If you want to lose weight, give up bread/pasta/cereal/pizza/rice (yes, that includes sushi...you can eat the fish if you want)/potatoes for one month.
    After a few days you wont crave it. After a week you will walk passed a slice of pizza and wont give it any thought. After a month and you've lost 10 to 12 pounds you'll ask yourself why you would ever eat that garbage After a few months you'll be frustrated since none of your clothes will fit Folks always say...
    ...okay, but don't expect to see much weigh loss progress. Ask anyone who is overweight ... would you prefer to take off 20-40 pounds or would you prefer to have pizza from time to time. As a life long overweight individual, I would have taken the weight loss
    I started at 256 (or more?) and dreamed of one day being 210. I thought 200 was impossible. I thought the online charts for my suggested weight (I'm 6'3" tall) were total BS when the said I should weigh 187. When I hit 186 I realized they were 100% correct.  I've celebrated one year under 190 and I attribute it to AVOIDING BREAD PASTA PIZZA CEREAL RICE and POTATOES. 
    Anyone out there prefer a slice of pizza over losing 20-40 pounds?
     
    Now that I've stabilized, I've introduced carbs back into my diet. I practice moderation, but to truly achieve weight loss one needs a different life style and eating pattern.
     
     
    BTW. I'm now 15 pounds lighter than the "after photo" on the right
     
     
    Tell me...do you think giving up bread and pizza is worth it?

  2. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by LittleLotus in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    Hi I’m Angela and I’m reading this from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It’s very snowy here in the uk at the moment. 😊
  3. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by charley5 in Wirting Articles for Yoga Magazines   
    This is very helpful Larry. Thank you!
  4. Linzi liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Hamstring help!   
    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 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. 
     
  5. yogafire liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Arm balance classes by Candace   
    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.
     
  6. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by HGB in Happy New Year from Germany!   
    Hey all!
     
    I wish you a happy new year 2018 and all the best!!!! :-)
     
     
  7. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by BrockLee in Hi from Scotland!   
    Hiiii....
  8. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by soa296 in Hi from Scotland!   
    Hi everyone,
     
    I'm a primary teacher and new to yoga.  Looking forward to learning loads about it!
     
    Thanks 
    Amra
  9. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by yogicgirl in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    I am reading this from Poznan, Poland but I live in Los Angeles
  10. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by HeartSunYoga in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    Hello, I am Alisa and I am reading from Las Vegas, Nevada. Good to see that this forum exists!
  11. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by angelo in Migraines   
    Hello there! I am sorry that you have migraine. I do have migraine as well. But I found a "cure" for myself, which makes the migraines appear very rarely now.
    I started with the migraines when I was around 10 years old and now I am 34. At first the pain was killing me and I didn't know what to do. I actually didn't know what happens at all. After years of pain I started analyzing the problem and found out what happens and the best is that I found WHY it happens.
    I found out the migraine was a reaction of my body. Why? Because I was:
    not getting enough sleep not drinking enough water not eating proper food staying in front of a computer When I became 16, 17 I added those things to the list:
    drinking alcohol (beer triggers my migraine very quickly) smoking cigarettes going to many parties, bars, disco clubs and so on I did this at least 2 times a week and I had a lot of migraine crisis.
    BTW I have a migraine with aura. For those that don't know it is a symptom and you see it with one of your eyes. It lasts for about 30 minutes before the pain starts.
    It looks like this:

    So, after years of analyzing I found the triggers. And I started fixing the problem.
    I used to have pain after every aura. After I started changing the way i live, the pain still appeared but not after ever aura.
    I also used to have migraine crisis at least once every month. I had even 3-4 migraine crisis in 2 days. 
    Not any more. The crisis stopped. Now they appear rarely.
    Of course added something else to my eating diet. I take minerals and vitamins now and then. Magnesium and Vitamin B6 are what I take the most. 
    I found that by reading many studies like those. But remember that I do not recommend you to take anything without asking your doctor first!
    In short this is my story.
    I hope it will help you open your eyes for some of problems that trigger your migraine.
     
  12. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by HGB in Help on thin sweatpant for men   
    Ah, thank you, Larry!
  13. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by Anahata in Yoga Practices - Improving Mobility for Squats   
    Crab Walks! https://gmb.io/squat/ There is a video in there that has all kinds of other good stuff. They teach much like yoga even though it isn't a yoga site.
  14. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by chrysalisyoga in Free e-book - Yoga for Healing   
    Such a great book it is. All the topics explained precisely. Thanks for sharing. 
  15. yogafire liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Beautiful Practice   
    Most yogis respect and admire effort. It's fun to watch a young, lithe, physically fit, trained gymnast perform in class...but it's impressive to watch an older person with limited flexibility grow and develop their practice. 
  16. yogafire liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Beautiful Practice   
    It can mean anything. It's a compliment...what does it mean when someone says "s/he's a beautiful person"? (on Facebook, it seems that every picture posted gets a few "beautiful" replies)
    It can mean...you're results are amazing..or maybe your efforts are impressive (even if the results aren't perfect)...or maybe your poses are expressive and fluid...or it could mean the person is beautiful and wants to share their beauty
  17. LeanandBreath liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Estimated Timeline for Progress?   
    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)
  18. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    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??
  19. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    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.
  20. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    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??
  21. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by YogiAshley in So glad I found this!   
    Hello, my name is Ashley, I'm 29 and I'm a mom and wife and I live in a small town in Colorado. I have chronic illnesses that have lead me to pushing my yoga practice forward in hopes of regaining mobility and strength. Since November, I've been able to stop walking with a cane and have gained muscle, which has helped my joints to not dislocate as often as they usually do. Candace's brand of yoga and her videos have been absolutely perfect for me and have given me so many parts of my life back! I look forward to continuing on in my practice, gaining strength, and getting to know all of you here.  
    ✌?namaste!
  22. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by cheyb in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    Thank you all so much for your input! All of you gave such great advice. I may check into correspondence classes like YogiKris suggested, and in the meantime, perhaps I can manipulate my husband into letting me work with him  Thanks again, to all of you!
  23. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    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.
  24. LarryD517 liked a post in a topic by LadyBonser in Greetings   
    My name is Lady Bonser.  I'm from the Mojave Desert, USA.  Recently an opportunity to learn about Yoga came my way & then continued on its way.  This left me w/a desire to learn more, so Ive started a journey, sailing the openness of the web.  I found this oasis & wish to stop a while, learning from you.
    Be Blessed
    LB
     
  25. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    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.