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  1. Hey Jasmine! Welcome to my world. Hip opening is my favorite benefit of yoga, and it took me some weeks of consistent stretching/opening to get anywhere, but it was SO worth it. So keep on going even if you don't feel that things are improving - they are. My favorite hip openers are in this video by Candace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=extiI8rRcMc. It's only 15 minutes, and I would do these moves consistently 4-5x a week, and it REALLY helped.I understand your hesitation and discomfort with "sideway" stretches. They made me so uncomfortable too! I'm still not quite there, but in the video Candace shows you how to do frog pose, and I suggest not skipping it. It helps a lot. I guess the sideways part also comes easier as your hips start to open. Three things that made a big difference in general: 1. Loosening the hamstrings with forward bends as well. 2. Giving your hips a rest if they feel sore from all the opening. 3. Doing some light hip openers in the morning, not only at night. I don't know why, but once I started doing that, my progress made leaps.
  2. Hey everybody, How important is it to breathe as the instructor tells you? I find that most of the time my body *wants* to breathe the opposite of what I'm instructed to do. The most prominent example I can give is cat/cow pose....whenever they tell you to inhale on cow and exhale on cat, I really have to fight to follow instructions and keep from breathing the opposite direction. Should I keep breathing as told or do what comes naturally?
  3. Ok, I am just going to answer my own question You guys, I now swear by silicone- and sulfate-free hair care products. Since March, I've exclusively used natural hair care products and I've noticed a significant improvement in overall hair health. It took me a few months to find products that work well for me, but it was worth it. Hair is much shinier and healthy-looking, grows much more evenly, has less breakage/dryness at the ends, and interestingly my dirty blond hair even looks lighter at the roots (the irony here is that I've been coloring my hair for the last 10 years to get a honey-hued shade of medium/dark blonde, which - guess what - is my natural hair color anyway ). As it is, I can strongly recommend giving natural hair products a chance, or trying the no-poo method, which I did for about a month and LOVED as well (hair now needs only 1 washing per week). I've been loving products by a Swedish company called Harologi (www.harologi.se/), which are kinda hard to find even in Europe, but they are AMAZING If anyone else here has experience with their products PLEASE let me know, I am dying to hear from other users!
  4. Yes, I HATE receiving any kind of comment like that when working out, and it never fails to make me feel violated and inexplicably angry, even though I assume the intention was a different one. I know this may sound like a complete overreaction, but comments like the one mentioned above leave me feeling dirty instead of good. I agree with Candace, a compliment can be worded much differently for a different effect. In fact, I also really dislike when people blatantly check me out when I run, which is when I don't want to care about how I look. For this reason, I run at dusk or sunset about 96% of the time. I am aware that I can't control other people's "looking", so I adjust to avoid it.
  5. Absolutely. Four years ago, when I was 26, I decided I was done with choosing between "presentable underwear" and "home underwear". I went out and bought 15 pairs of comfortable, versatile and attractive undies at Intimissimi (my beloved Brazilians ). One of the best purchases I've ever made. I still have most of them, and they work for sports, daytime wear and date nights. So yes Vicky, I love the simplicity and practicality in that...at least in one part of my life is simple!
  6. I swear by seamless brazilian-style underpants. They stay in place nicely and don't cause any "chafing" during yoga...they don't even feel "thongy". To prevent stretching out after wearing and washing often, you should buy higher quality ones (which as usual means higher price). I highly recommend the seamless brazilian bottoms by Intimissimi (http://us.intimissimi.com/product/seamless-cotton-brasilian-panties/157834.uts?keyword=brazilian). Look for at least 13-15% spandex/lycra in the material composition when buying underpants for working out.
  7. Thanks Candace, your reviews were actually super helpful because you wrote a good bit about sizing in there (not the case with other sites). Also, your site is one of the first to show up when you type "Teeki pants review" into Google I ordered the small and they arrived today....and they fit like a glove. My personal take is that the small fits perfectly for my frame (see photo), and sizing up as recommended would probably have been too much. The waistband seems looser than on other yoga pants, but it still provides enough compression. I feel as though sizing up would have been a mistake. Thanks everyone for your input! I really appreciate it!
  8. Thank you for your detailed answer! That actually really helps. I'm always a Lululemon 6 and wasn't sure if a Small would accommodate my height (5'8"). I'm grateful for your input - thanks again!!
  9. Hi everyone, After eyeing Teeki's hot yoga pant selection for quite some time, I'm going for it and will splurge on a pair of cloud print leggings - yay! I've never owned Teekis and am therefore not familiar with the sizing. Internet reviewers seem to be divided over purchasing true to size or one size up. Can anyone let me know what their experience has been, please? I'm an in-between-sizes type of girl (S/M) and have read that the waistband slips down sometimes when you size up. Thanks guys! Paula P.S.: For those of you wondering why I don't just order 2 sizes and return one after trying both on...I have had terrible experiences with companies not accepting returns and would rather just avoid it if possible.
  10. I am not a fan of selfies in general, but that just means I won't be taking or posting any of myself. I do follow yogis who inspire me on Instagram, and that ultimately gets my butt onto the mat some days. However, I will say that I do not care much for the pouty-lipped selfie pose or people looking for confirmation of how beautiful they are on a daily basis (or pretty much anything having to do with the Kardashians). That just turns me off, but then again I find that it usually applies to younger girls/women trying their hand at social media. That said, I will reiterate why I am such a big supporter of Candace and what she stands for: she never seems to be looking for "fans", but rather like-minded people who want to improve their yoga practice and health. That is inspiration to me. As Kristi said above, I also find Candace's scorpion pose progression crazy inspiring! And I love that she does them unapologetically in a bikini. So maybe that is the difference in what turns me off and what doesn't: people who do it for their ego vs people who do it for others. Maybe that sounds oversimplified, but it's what makes me follow someone or not.
  11. Thank you Candace and MrBalloonHands! I just saw that everything was updated under the appropriate category - thank you!
  12. Hi Candace! Could you please update your youtube playlists by adding recent videos? I find that I choose your videos for that day either by length or body part focus. Having all of them categorized would be a huge help actually - thank you. By the way, seeing you master all these arm balance transitions on your recent retreats has given me a major boost of confidence and motivation to keep at it!
  13. Thank you for your answers and feedback! Yes, I do bruise easily! Crow pose is actually the one that causes the least bruises, it's the ones that require squeezing your upper arms with your thighs and causing the skin to rub there. I know I need even more strength to pull off any arm balancing pose. Grasshopper...oh my. I come back to it regularly, only to find that I am not ready for that yet, even though I want to be so badly. Let's see if the bruises become less as I try to become "lighter" during arm balances.
  14. "I have obsessively been watching how to videos for all common or dream yoga poses that I do/aspire to haha." Yes, yes and YES
  15. Hi awarreningermany, I re-launched my yoga practice pretty much the same way you did: online videos at home, supporting my practice with workouts and cardio. I've been doing this for about 6 months now, and what really helped me get somewhere with my practice was identifying poses I had trouble with and working on them separately at the end of a regular yoga sequence. The reason I stuck with Candace was because she often explains where you're supposed to feel a good stretch, and that helps visualize how a pose is supposed to be taken. I am by no means an advanced student yet, but here are 2 tips that I can give you that made a big difference to my practice: 1. After about 3-4 months of self-home-yoga, I liked how well I was improving in terms of keeping up with more fast-paced videos. While that's great, I completely neglected to work on getting the basics fully right, like downward facing dog or chaturanga. Work on those extensively. It really does make sense. 2. HIP OPENERS. Just....do them regularly. You'll see.