mrsjoe24

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  1. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by brenskip55 in Emotional release during yoga class   
    Absolutely. Hip openers can make us feel very vulnerable, and those deep stretched can really bring up a lot for some of us. I find that I'm more susceptible to those flooding emotions when I haven't been practicing regularly, but it could also just mean that there is something really crazy going on in my life. I'm so sorry to hear that you walked out feeling heartbroken. My best advice is to try to sit with that feeling for a bit. Just watch it, try to understand it. And be ok with it. Just as all emotions, eventually it will pass. I find that this doesn't happen to me all that often, but rest assured that I've cried through many a savasana or half pigeon. you are not alone my dear
  2. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by mimisouth in Emotional release during yoga class   
    I've heard others say that hip opening poses can release all sorts of emotions although I've never experienced it myself.  I think it's very normal..
  3. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Yoga Everyday?   
    Agree that it's a personal decision but also want to talk quickly about the idea of yoga not just being strict asana. A good savasana is a still yoga. A little meditation is still yoga. Pranayama in the morning (or any time, really), is still yoga. So I say, find a balance in your physical practice. Cultivate a practice that incorporates yin and yang yoga and of course the pranayama and meditation as well.
  4. afriske liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Gaining Strength   
    So the day after I posted this I got really sick and spent the next two weeks battling it. Then my first day back to yoga practice I pulled something in my lower back. Oi vey. -.-

    Taking a power yoga hiatus until I can get myself back into the groove. 

    <3 <3
  5. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Gaining Strength   
    Hi Candace!
    Yes, I can get set up properly. So that gives me encouragement. I'm just not able to lift my body up yet. I'll try to do a video with tomorrow's practice. I don't have an instagram (shocker! ?). Could I post the video reply on here? I could always make an account otherwise. ?
    Thank you for the reply, ❤.
  6. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Gaining Strength   
    Hi Candace!
    Yes, I can get set up properly. So that gives me encouragement. I'm just not able to lift my body up yet. I'll try to do a video with tomorrow's practice. I don't have an instagram (shocker! ?). Could I post the video reply on here? I could always make an account otherwise. ?
    Thank you for the reply, ❤.
  7. Laura liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Evolving practice   
    Hey-o Everyone!
     
    I've been thinking extensively about my personal yoga practice and how to grow it into it's next form. I'm quite interested to see what fellow yogi's are doing and have done to grow in each step of their own practice. 
     
    A bit about my journey:
      Many years ago I started taking a yoga class at a summer camp I was in. Following the conclusion of the camp I bought a yoga-pilates video that I'd wake up early every morning and follow through. It had 3 sections of area specific routines then a full body routine so I would alternate through them. 
      Fast forward, life got busier, I changed priorities and set down yoga for a few years.
      A couple of years ago I slowly injected it back into my life. I found YBC on youtube and it's been a non-stop blessing since. Until now, my yoga plan consisted of hopping online and browsing for a YBC video that fit my fancy for the day, I'd go through it, and that'd be it. 
      I deal with chronic pain and as I've continued in my practice I've begun to use it as a remedy. The pain always returns in the morning but like Pavlov's dog when I feel the pain my reaction is yoga. It's become a wonderful necessity that I look forward to. Now that it's a routine I'm looking to mature my practice.
    ...
     
    With that said, what has your yoga journey looked like? How have you evolved it? 
     
    Are there certain videos you follow on regimented days as you work to better that specific routine? Do you go for flow one day and alternate with power or balance? Are there specific things you do outside of yoga (other types of exercise) with intent to better your yoga? Do you go through a class or video then also practice on specific poses? How do you work to improve your poses? 
     
    ...
     
    My main goal here is to see what others' practices look like and seek out things I can incorporate into my own practice. Thank you for letting me scrape your minds.  

    <3 
    Tiff
     
  8. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by kcharts in Evolving practice   
    Hi Tiff,
     
    Its inspiring to read about your personal journey.
     
    My Yoga journey began when I was a little girl, as my Mom introduced the physical practice to me.  I also grew up on three different Native American Reservations in the Southwest so was introduced to the sacredness of nature and ritual at a young age.  
     
    Being a student of Yoga I've explored vinyasa, hatha, restorative, anusara and turbodog Yoga.  It's helped me through heartache, life transitions, physical pain and loss.  My personal favorite practices now are strength based practices with an inward focus.   I like to do a home practice and take online yoga classes since I'm traveling currently have mostly used YogaGlo and Turbodog Yoga classes.  Though, am curious of Candace's offerings.  
    As for which classes I choose its normally a  consistent style which at this time is TurboDog Yoga with some restorative mixed in when I need a more restful practice.  I see Yoga less as a regimented routine and more as a practice so, really try to practice as much as I can regularly even if its just for 15 minutes a day.
     
    Other things I do outside of Yoga are Slackline Yoga and AcroYoga.  The YogaSlackers teachings (slackline yoga and AcroYoga) have been truly trans-formative in my life.  The practice of Slackline Yoga keeps me super present, is challenging and meditative at times.  
     
    To me, our Yoga practice can be tested only in relationship to others.  So, my fiance and I have a regular practice together of AcroYoga.  We also practice with other people within AcroYoga communities we visit.  It's been truly a safe place to deal with my fear of judgement, obsession with competition and being hurt/hurting someone else in my relationships.  And its super fun!
     
    In addition, I follow and have studied Ayurveda, which is a sister science of Yoga, all about healthy lifestyle and diet.  This has been extremely empowering in understanding when I feel weird or when something is out of balance  and then be able to self heal.  For the longest time I thought I was some weirdo with something wrong with me and Ayurveda has truly revealed what my imbalances are, there cause and how to bring myself back into balance.
     
    As for improving poses, trying the pose many different ways and strengthening what is weak works well for me.  For example, to improve handstand - I'll do core and wrist strengtheners, headstand, forearm balance, handstand against the wall - in splits, legs together, backbend variation, etc.  Then I also like to do shoulderstand on the slackline and on a person in AcroYoga.  It works for me.
     
    Is there a specific pose you are working on that you would like some help on? 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  9. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Big Move   
    I saw someone on another thread and reached out to her but she lives in another city as well. May be the same person, actually.
  10. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Big Move   
    I absolutely LOVE this thread! I know that we have someone from Australia here - she is coming to the Greece retreat! I'll tell her to come to this thread if she doesn't see it beforehand (she posted in this thread: )Oh bummer, just realized she is coming from Brisbane. 
  11. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Big Move   
    Hi fellow YBC'ers!

    My hubster and I are moving to Sydney, Australia at the end of May. It's set for a short-term contract that is likely to extend.
  12. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Big Move   
    Hi fellow YBC'ers!

    My hubster and I are moving to Sydney, Australia at the end of May. It's set for a short-term contract that is likely to extend.
  13. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Where Are You Reading This From?   
    Hi there!! I'm Tiffany and I'm reading this from Michigan!
  14. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by femmefatalekris in April Yoga Project   
    i love when candace says "if it's in your practice, take a bind" because it reminds me that it's not a race and i can take my time to get certain variations into my practice
     
    well without even realizing it, for the first time, i took a bind in seated spinal twist
     
    im pretty sure i scared my neighbors because i was yelling "oh sh-t, it's in my practice!"
     
    kind of excited...ok carry on
  15. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by Vicky in April Yoga Project   
    Yesterday I recorded my progress from week 2 of the project! I'm really happy that I see a positive change in most of the poses...
    Ok... maybe my middle split looks the same with week 1, but how much cuter do I look with my dog sitting by my side??? hahaha!!!
     
    This week I added camel pose to my practice.. it's a pose that usually comes easy to me. I have read about how it can affect you emotionally but never really felt it until yesterday, where I almost started crying... it was intense...
    I guess it has to do with the fact that I'm missing my family and friends so much and these days (it's Greek Easter tomorrow) remind me of them a lot because we always spent them together in our little village and now I'm away from them... 
    It's been 2,5 years that I moved from my hometown, Thessaloniki, to the island of Naxos (I fell in love and moved here to live with my fiance).. I don't regret it even for a minute, but I think I will never get over the fact that all the rest of my beloved people live in the other side of the country and I can't visit as often as I would like.. 
    Anyway... enough with the sad things... I have a wonderful guy that takes care of me and 2 beautiful/crazy dogs that don't leave me alone even when I want to do some yoga... 
     
    I hope you all had a great week!! 
     
  16. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in April Yoga Project   
    It's common to be really tight on one side and not the other, yes. A trick for the wrists in wild thing is to be sure that your wrist is in front of your shoulder. That sounds weird and is hard to explain so watch this recent Ask a Yoga Question that shows a demo: https://youtu.be/2-tp-8gG9Bs(go to 3:20). Let me know if that's helpful
  17. yogajedi liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Joints   
    I think you're right. I took the day off since I was feeling weird. Today I woke up much better. Just completed day 3's routine and so far I feel excellent. But I am going to slide into an epsom salt bath with my relaxation essential oils to double up on good things today.  
  18. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Joints   
    Hello!
     
    I'm fairly new at my yoga practice. Quite dedicated. I may take one day off but rarely two. But I keep it simple on the days I practice. A 30 minute video or currently working through the April hip opener routines. Really just trying to focus on making sure I'm doing things right. 
     
    I've always had joint issues. Mainly hip and knee. But especially since starting the April routine (srsly, it's been two days) all my joints are talking to me a bit...wrists, elbows, knees quite loudly. (Thankfully my hips are feeling nice though! )
     
    It's not pain but it's uncomfortable---and it's hanging around. I'm doing all my restorative methods to help my joints calm back down and cooperate but I'm curious if anyone else has dealt with this before.
     
    I'm wondering if it's just my muscles/tendons getting used to me doing the work or if maybe there's something I'm missing/doing wrong? I know it's hard to say without seeing my practice but any advice is mucho appreciated.  
     
    Thanks!!
  19. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in April Yoga Project   
    Regarding day 4's routine: Is it common to be able to wild-thing on one side but not the other? Also I'm having issues collapsing my wrists in poses like this. 
    And the rabbit pose--I think my shoulders/chest are still to tight to properly do this pose. I tried 3 times to mimic it in some form but decided to skip it in case I was doing more harm than good. Is there a variation or is it something I'll just have to keep working on other poses to open up before I can do it?
     
    I'm feeling improvement in my standing splits  
  20. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Joints   
    It could just be your body getting used to all the work you're doing, though it's tough to say for sure, especially if you do have a consistent, regular practice. Have you tried something like an epsom salt bath? That's really nice for joints. 
  21. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in Joints   
    Hello!
     
    I'm fairly new at my yoga practice. Quite dedicated. I may take one day off but rarely two. But I keep it simple on the days I practice. A 30 minute video or currently working through the April hip opener routines. Really just trying to focus on making sure I'm doing things right. 
     
    I've always had joint issues. Mainly hip and knee. But especially since starting the April routine (srsly, it's been two days) all my joints are talking to me a bit...wrists, elbows, knees quite loudly. (Thankfully my hips are feeling nice though! )
     
    It's not pain but it's uncomfortable---and it's hanging around. I'm doing all my restorative methods to help my joints calm back down and cooperate but I'm curious if anyone else has dealt with this before.
     
    I'm wondering if it's just my muscles/tendons getting used to me doing the work or if maybe there's something I'm missing/doing wrong? I know it's hard to say without seeing my practice but any advice is mucho appreciated.  
     
    Thanks!!
  22. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by Jasmine in April Yoga Project   
    I was so disappointed when I saw photo evidence of my standing split a few months ago. I thought my standing splits were far more impressive than the reality 
     
    Looks great!!
  23. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by mrsjoe24 in April Yoga Project   
    Just finished day 2! Got the hubster to photograph my standing splits. (yay for everyone who also chose this pose!)
    It's nice to have the picture proof of the full extension of the poses. I must have the "visualization" down because what my mind thinks and body feels like it's doing is slightly (read: majorly) different from the photographs. ;P 

    Can't wait to see how the progression goes. Best of luck everyone!
  24. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by mhanscom32 in April Yoga Project   
    I feel your pain!

  25. mrsjoe24 liked a post in a topic by kmccain90 in April Yoga Project   
    Hey Kelli,

    Have you tried using a wall? My standing splits is no where near perfect, but I progressed by using a wall. I would start with my foot up the wall and work on bringing my standing foot closer to the wall. It seems to help me keep alignment and get the extra stretch. I hope that makes sense!

    I'm traveling near the end of April and am hoping to be able to still keep up with my routine while traveling. I plan to work on my splits and camel pose as I've been wanting to achieve more progress, but have been avoiding them in my daily practice. I can't wait to see everyone's progress!