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  1. I also get most of my yoga gear from Marshalls/TJ Maxx and I've found the 90 degree brand to be pretty good. You can also find their stuff on Amazon. I got these leggings a few weeks ago and I really like them, though on me they're not really capris.
  2. I love good old forward bend and pretty much any variation of it. I tend to do it at work as a little break from sitting at my desk. I also love piegon (my hips need the help) and half moon (I love the feeling of so much opening).
  3. Interesting, I've always jumped into plank and then lowered. This is what some of the teachers I've had cued us to do. I think I'm also used to this sequence from doing burpees. Though for me it also depends on what pose I'm jumping back from. If I'm starting from crow I seem to naturally land in chaturanga but if I'm starting from a forward fold I jump into plank and then come down. I don't really understand why jumping back into a chaturanga would be less stressful on your shoulders or back than plank. I actually just played around with both variations for a few minutes and it seems to me that both transitions could result in jamming up your low back if you don't engage your core.
  4. I don't have a Manduka mat but I have older version of this bag from Hugger Mugger and I find it very roomy. I'm able to fit my mat and a couple towels in there. I'm not sure how much bigger the manduka is but it might be worth trying.
  5. Dbrown I'm so glad you asked this! I have very fine hair and tend to get lots of fly aways if I don't wear a headband. I'm going the scunci a try too.
  6. This sounds pretty cool. Both my dancer and standing split could use some help
  7. Splits! I suck at them and they're so uncomfortable. Standing splits don't irritate me as much but I still suck at them.
  8. Downdog against a wall is a modification one of my teacher suggests too. I've also tired some of the modifications in that nerd fitness article. Either way it sounds like you're afraid of falling and I think practicing a method that allows you a bit more control for getting in/out of handstand will help. I find that downdog modification to be pretty easy to get in/out of so that could be a good place to start.
  9. So this isn't really a recipe but I do have a really quick and easy dinner that I'll do when its just me. I heat up a bag of frozen veggies (usually one of those steamer bags), add protein like some beans or canned tuna, add some sauce (my favs are a scoop of tomato sauce or a few squirts of soy sauce and sriracha), and stir it all up in a bowl and eat. This isn't fancy but it is quick, filling, and pretty healthy.
  10. I really love crossfit and I've gotten a lot stronger since starting it. This has really improved my ability to do the more athletic or strength orientated yoga poses. But anyway I'm happy to share more about it! So rather than a traditional gym where you just show up whenever and do your own thing, it is much more class like and a class takes about an hour. Some gyms do have open gym time but the focus is mostly on the group workouts. Everyday the head coach at our gym posts a suggested warm up, mobility (basically stretching), strength or skill work, and the actual workout for that day (aka WOD among crossfitters). This information is usually posted on the gym's website the night before and on a white board or screen at the gym itself. So if you show up for the 9AM class you'll start doing the warm up, at my gym the warm up is usually run or row a certain distance. Once everyone has warmed up we do some mobility work as a group, which usually involves some stretching or foam rolling the muscles the WOD will be targeting. Then onto doing some strength training or working on a particular movement. If the WOD involves a barbell movement this is when the coach will go over it with everyone and then people work on that particular movement for probably about 15 minutes. So you might be doing a couple sets of backsquats or maybe focusing on your form for wallballs. Lastly there is the WOD itself. The workout also includes different levels/modifications to help you figure out what to do based on your own skill level. So there would be suggested weights if there's a barbell movement involved or various modifications if its a bodyweight movement. Once everyone has the equipment they need set up we all start the WOD at the same time. It is timed so you're generally trying to do it as fast as you can but everyone goes at their pace. Classes generally end with lots of high fives and fist pumps. So for example I went this morning, and started with a 800m run to warm up. I did some foam rolling while others finished their warm ups and then onto mobility. This morning's mobility included doing some lunges, prayer squats, and some other things I can't remember. Then we did skill work, which was for 6 minutes every minute we were suppose to do 3-6 strict pull ups with our focus being on good form. I can't do an actually pullup (yet!) so I worked on pullup negatives and lowering myself slowly with control. Then our workout was a 12 minute AMRAP of a 200meter run, 8 pullups (which I modified to do with a band), and 12 lunges while holding a weighted plate (which I did with a 25lb plate but you picked your weight based on the suggests listed or asking the coach). So basically, I tired to do as many rounds of those movements as I could in 12 minutes. Once we were done everyone can write how they did on the board and give each other high fives.
  11. I started doing crossfit a year ago, which includes some strength and cardio training. I try do that three times a week and go to yoga classes twice a week. Doesn't always happen. I also like to include some little dose of yoga everyday, like maybe some forward bends at the office or breathing exercises.
  12. Right now I just have a no name $15 sticky mat. I really want to upgrade as I'm starting to see some wear and I feel like its a bit slick at times. In case anyone is interested, this website called the Wirecutter (they do tons of very thorough reviews of various things) did a mat review a couple months ago. Their review is here and they liked the lulu lemon one the best. I'm still on the fence if I'll do that or maybe a jade harmony or manduka.
  13. Maria thank you so much for posting this. I'm considering doing a training next year and worry so much about if my practice is ready or advanced enough. Your description of where you were when you started sounds a lot like me right now. Headstand and crow are finally starting to click for me! I'll definitely have to look into memorizing some Sanskrit as even now I'll sometimes get confused in class when a teacher uses a Sanskirt name rather than English.
  14. Hi all! I'm from Connecticut and have been practicing off and on since 2009 but pretty regularly for the past year or so. I'm actually considering doing a teacher training next year