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  1. afriske liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in Jumping Back To Chaturanga?   
    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.  
  2. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by Katie in Sequence Timing?   
    I am sure that others will have better insight, but here is what I do.  Initially I based it on knowing how other classes I was taking were structured in terms of time for warm up, standing, seated, balance, cool down etc.  I do not plan to the minute when I teach.  I know that I want about 10-15min of warming up (centering, childs pose, gentle shoulder stretches, twists, cat cows, rag doll etc).  I spend a little more time gradually getting into the standing poses with down dogs, sun's, hip flexor/hamstring stretches etc this I don't usually watch the time for but it is about 10-15min.  Then I get into the meat of my standing flow with standing poses, balance poses etc  I usually "over plan" this section and have an extra few poses I am okay adding or omitting as needed and try to make this last until there are 15-25min remaining in class.  I either do more backbends or seated poses  or go relatively quickly into a cooldown depending on the class length.  Not sure if that makes sense.
     
    I would recommend taking a class you like and trying to model off of it. For example, if you really a 30min video that candace has, go through it and write down general timing: 2min centering, 5 min shoulder stretch, 10min standing flow etc   Then you can base a class off of that. 
     
    I just worked a really long day so that might not make sense...but hopefully it helps.
  3. Dbrown liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in Headbands...silly But Important   
    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.
  4. laceyd liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in What's Your Favorite Pose?   
    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).
  5. laceyd liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in What's Your Favorite Pose?   
    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).
  6. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by EssJay in What's Your Favorite Pose?   
    I love wide-legged forward bend, especially with the arms clasped behind the back and falling away from the back. Ahhh, bliss! It feels like everything is stretching and releasing at the same time...a yummy stretch combined with a feeling of freedom is so good. I also love pigeon, lizard and splits. I just love the feeling of being stretched out in the hamstrings and hips. 
  7. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by puppywings in What's Your Favorite Pose?   
    Half Moon (and Sugarcane) pose, Birds of Paradise, and always Happy Baby.
  8. Shawn liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in 200 Hour Vinyasa - How Do You Know When?   
     
     
    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.
  9. MaryKay liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in Carrying Your Mat?   
    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.
  10. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by Jasmine in Crow Pose Bakasana   
    I just have to share my excitement somewhere - anywhere - that today I finally mastered crow pose! I have been trying this one on and off for what feels like years, but I have always struggled with arm strength. Thanks to Candace's 30 minute video for strength and flexibility which I have been practicing for a few weeks now I have finally done it. 
     
    I'm hoping this newfound strength will help me build into handstands and other exciting ventures. I've always been happy with my level of flexibility and balance, but strength was a major downfall.
     
    I proceeded to show my husband, who has never done a day of yoga in his life, and he did it perfectly on his first try... just to rub it in 
  11. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by yogagrammy in Home Studios   
    I practice on carpet also. I have hard floor in my house but my "yoga space" is in a carpeted room (for now). I find the balancing poses more difficult on carpet but just deal with it. When I go to the floor I find balancing somewhat easier because of my carpet practice! I do like the carpet because it is easier on my joints during floor work and when I go to the floor I use my memory foam mat. In my dreams I see a beautiful hard wood floor but for now carpet's what I've got!
  12. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by SDYogi in Fear Of Falling In Handstand   
    Thanks for the input everyone. I will try out the downward dog against the wall technique and see how it feels. Looking forward to your post on this on Monday, Candace! 
  13. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by Sunne in Fear Of Falling In Handstand   
    I'm looking forward to that Ask A Yoga Teacher, I'm also having that fear. It's not exactly fear of falling, but more fear of falling and breaking my neck.
  14. beth liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas?   
    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.  
  15. beth liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas?   
    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.  
  16. notlulamae liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in 39 Day Yoga Progress Project: Flexibility   
    This sounds pretty cool.  Both my dancer and standing split could use some help 
  17. notlulamae liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in 39 Day Yoga Progress Project: Flexibility   
    This sounds pretty cool.  Both my dancer and standing split could use some help 
  18. notlulamae liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in 39 Day Yoga Progress Project: Flexibility   
    This sounds pretty cool.  Both my dancer and standing split could use some help 
  19. notlulamae liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in 39 Day Yoga Progress Project: Flexibility   
    This sounds pretty cool.  Both my dancer and standing split could use some help 
  20. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by yogagrammy in What is the best yoga mat?   
    Such great site for the mat review! I'm not sold on lululemon just because of all the hype about the company and all but still great advice!
  21. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in Weight Training   
     
    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.
  22. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by afrinak in What Are The Poses You Like The Least?   
    I agree about standing split, I can't get my leg all that high and I feel like I'm just hanging out. Half moon feels much better!
  23. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by dianeteresa in What Are The Poses You Like The Least?   
    Splits! I suck at them and they're so uncomfortable.  Standing splits don't irritate me as much but I still suck at them.
  24. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by yogagrammy in Yoga Class Pet Peeves?   
    One time I was at a workshop and everyone was to go to the wall, I was on the end next to the wall and two other people came and stood on my mat! I felt kind of foolish because everyone else who was on the end by the wall was having the same issue but none seemed as uptight about it but me! I looked at everyone else and they seemed calm and taking it in stride so I believe I hid my disapproval well but inside I was thinking "OH NO! STRANGERS BARE FEET ON MY MAT!!!" i lived through it and when the days class was over I went back to the hotel and cleaned it well. To make it worse I had just gotten a fabulous towel and that was also over my mat!!! I had to wash it in the hotel shower and hang it to dry overnight. EEEEKS!
  25. dianeteresa liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Fear Of Falling In Handstand   
     
    This is interesting because my husband wanted to learn how to do push ups in handstand, and he found a similar guide to this method.  I dislike it for myself and think it's scarier because I don't know how to "fall out of it" safely when tired. Do you just walk back down into a plank? That seems so hard! My husband does this against the wall, which is right next to our mattress (on the floor, no bed frame), and so after he's done, he just falls out sideways onto the mattress.  It's a nice safety net, but I guess people who have bed furniture can pile some blankets on the side instead?
     
    The planks against the wall method seems to be a good option for those not as flexible.  When I tried to show my husband my preferred method, doing downward dog against the wall (right angle), he couldn't do it because his hamstrings aren't flexible enough to straighten his legs (which prevents his shoulders from extending over his hands).
     
    I think everyone is different, but measuring where to place my hands in downward dog against the wall helped me tremendously (steps 1 and 2 in the above link). It built my shoulder strength so much that after I did a few weeks, I was able to lift into wheel pose for the first time.  This is very valid good option (some teachers told me harder than regular handstand) if you don't feel comfortable kicking up in class yet when it's crowded.  In fact, one of my teachers wants us to use our core to lift into handstand instead of kicking up using sheer momentum, so I do downward dog against the wall instead of inverting until I can control my core more. Once you feel more secure, you can lift one leg at a time (not both) from that position to get used to the alignment and that might help you from feeling like you'll fall sideways.
     
    The last tip was that the yoga teacher said if you have a hallway at home that is clear, you can get up to handstand by walking your feet up like downward dog against the wall, and then lift your legs up, and as you try to balance, you just ping pong safely between the two walls.  I tried it once at my old place, it was fun to explore but it was too much wiggle room for me.