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  1. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by YogaByCandace in Finding My Practice   
    PS your shirt is awesome
  2. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by YogaByCandace in Finding My Practice   
    Yeah I'm the same as Benskip55. If there is something major I'm dealing with, I tend to avoid my personal practice like the plague only because the practice is like a mirror inside my soul and makes me confront all the tough stuff. It's very hard...but there's always a period of time where I avoid, and then it's like somehow my body knows when I'm ready to deal with it and I'll start craving getting on the mat for ME. I think the same will happen for you - you just have so much going on right now between YTT and everything. Sending you so much love and strength. 
  3. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by Lorelei in Finding My Practice   
    Thank you, brenskip55. I think you are absolutely right. I appreciate your wonderful reminder. 
  4. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by brenskip55 in Finding My Practice   
    All in good time. I find that I have a hard time really delving (or even approaching) my personal practice when I have a lot emotionally going on. It's never a conscious thought - but I think subconsciously I just avoid it because I know how the practice works. It makes us really confront ourselves raw and unedited, and sometimes I just can't bear to face it, or even if I think I'm ready, I have a hard time letting my guard down. I'll bet that one day when you least expect it, you will find yourself deep in one of the most authentic practices and then you will be back in the groove.
    Good for you for recognizing where you are at, and for not giving up. Keep it up.
  5. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by scottcraft in A New Chapter   
    I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers. I'm tearing up a bit myself. Situations like this really pull on my heart. 
  6. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by Lorelei in A New Chapter   
    Thinking of you.
  7. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by yogafire in A New Chapter   
    Wishing peace to her, and also to you and your family while you heal. 
    I'm glad to hear you sticking with YTT. You maximized the time you could be there with her. I dislike how TV medical dramas and movies make us think we can be right at our loved one's side when he or she finally pass.  My mom has tried to do this unsuccessfully for the past 4 times over the past decade but it just doesn't seem realistically possible for a long-term illness.
  8. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by Lorelei in If yoga practice is a refuge, then why do I keep escaping instead?   
    Sending you good thoughts and positive energy during your time of change!  <3
  9. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by YogaByCandace in Boot Camp   
    This totally reminds me of my first boot camp. My instructor was a former body builder - a woman....in her SIXTIES! She was so muscular and sooooo peppy. I loved her! And, like you, I'd always liked to workout alone. But that class was awesome, and I loved the camaraderie amongst the people. I was sad when we moved away and I lost my boot camp class. 
    I went back to my old ways, which - don't get me wrong - I really did enjoy. But like you, I thought I was pushing myself. And yet I wasn't really seeing results. So I started working with a trainer. I didn't want to at all because I don't like chatting when I'm working out, and I really like listening to my own music. But I felt I really needed this guy's expertise. It wound up being the best thing I've done for myself. In terms of my lifts, he's spotted mistakes I never would've picked out on my own. He pushes me harder than I ever would've pushed myself. And just when I'm about to give up on something, he's super motivating and encouraging and I always finish the workout feeling accomplished...and like I might die, hahaha.
  10. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by scottcraft in Sequancing to work deaper into poses (Hip opening sequance)   
    Nice pictures yogafire! That definitely helps clear up what you were explaining!
  11. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by yogafire in Sequancing to work deaper into poses (Hip opening sequance)   
    Long overdue, but, I finally did a home practice today and took these pics just for you.  I realized that most instruct the gaze to be toward the sky, but, that is too much for my neck right now (and I had the opportunity to add facial expressions!).

  12. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by yogafire in Sequancing to work deaper into poses (Hip opening sequance)   
    I'll take a picture to demonstrate and edit this post on Tuesday! I tried finding some images, but, it appears it's not that common in yoga and more of a modification in fitness classes?  But I've had two yoga teachers teach it this way instead of prayer, so, completely up to what feels good for you!
    Thanks for the tips!
  13. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by Lorelei in Sequancing to work deaper into poses (Hip opening sequance)   
    I'm going to try this and pay attention.  Thanks for this, Robert!
  14. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by scottcraft in Sequancing to work deaper into poses (Hip opening sequance)   
    I'm usually wobbly in crescent lunge the first few times. I enjoy the #2 option listed. At my gym they call it a prayer twist, I don't know if that's the proper name or not. Yogafire maybe trying to pull your front foot and rear foot together would stabilize you a bit?
  15. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by scottcraft in The End of Week 4! How mindful was I?   
    Good job yogafire!
  16. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by yogafire in Sequancing to work deaper into poses (Hip opening sequance)   
    oh! I'm glad you brought this up, because I nearly topple over when we skip the "easier" variation first and do the opposite leg twist (it's easier for me to think of #2 as left arm on right shin and #1 as left arm on left shin, but I think I translated it correctly, now!).
    For me, when I do #2, thinking of "scissoring" my legs together helps engage my inner thighs to better balance.  But, I still wobble a whole bunch, and, it is so hard for me to rotate / twist!  Do people have other suggestions on getting deeper / more grounded in this sequence?
    On a side note, I would also suggest a variation on the namaste hands that puts less pressure on the wrists is to make a fist with the bottom hand and cover it with the top arm. However,  need to make sure the fist and wrist are aligned, not bent.  I was still pushing my fist perpendicular to my arm until my teacher pointed it out, so, another place to be mindful about for me!
  17. Kerri liked a comment on a blog entry by robert in The importance of keeping trying things   
    Good job with Baby Grasshopper Kerri.
  18. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by Kerri in The importance of keeping trying things   
    I had the same experience popping up into Baby Grasshopper! Last time I tried was a month or so ago, during a YBC video, and I wasn't even close. Practiced wih the same video a month later, and got right up! I was so excited that I ended up falling out of it pretty quick! lol. There's a few others that I find I am able to get into much easier and can get into good form without trying as hard.
    I love seeing progress!
  19. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by Anahata in "Progress" is Relative   
    What is wrong with your mermaid pose? The first picture looks great, the second maybe trying a little too hard. But you know the basics of the pose well.   Mermaid pose is Eka Pada Rajakapotsana then Kapotasana, see the names are the same root. All the poses have no beginning or end. Scroll down the page in the link to see how this one pose has so many variations. There is one in there I really don't think I want my back to bend like that.   One thing I learned in yoga; we are always suppose to ask ourselves why. I have made a few teachers seriously annoyed with me when they suggested a more difficult version and I asked them why. Sometimes I could have easily done it but I didn’t see a reason why I would at the time.   If you like the pose why not make it easy on yourself. Drop the back leg down to the mat and stick a block under your butt. And zone out, ‘Yin’ Functional Pigeon Yoga Pose Heal Your Hips  This is a Yin video, Hope Zvara is a Yin teacher, sometimes we need to balance the yang and the yin.   I hope my comment wasn't intrusive. I sensed you were disappointed when you shouldn't be.   Edit: Yin is considered an advanced practice. Proceed very gently and cautiously. With Yin we are getting into the connective tissue of the joints and can damage them pushing too much. The hip joint is very strong so not so bad and good one to start with but still be careful.
  20. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by yogafire in "Progress" is Relative   
    What a great discovery and beautiful post! I think some progress is too subtle to capture in photos - e.g. if you were getting more grounded, it showed up in your headstand, not in your mermaid! I believe your mermaid is benefiting from that progress, just not visually.
    You're an inspiration - you didn't force yourself to practice on the days you were tired and did stuff that was still for you (knit and reading) during the free time.  After reading all the real life stuff that cropped up, I have no idea how you still had free moments. It must be all that discipline from your marathon training - you make that time for yourself!
     
  21. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by YogaByCandace in End of Week 3 - Trying to maintain perspective   
    One of the hardest things for me is letting myself fully rest on a rest day. I always want to DO something just to feel like I've been productive but in the last few months I've realized that the more I let myself rest, the more improvement I see in things I've focusing on when I step back on the mat or into the gym or whatever it is I'm trying to do. It's definitely taken me a long time to find a balance but it sounds like you're on the right track! <3 
  22. YogaByCandace liked a comment on a blog entry by robert in Being mindful and open to yoga blocks   
    I wouldn’t be inclined to interact with your doctor on too much of a personal level, and certainly don't force it. It may well have been that they where in the class to relax (doctors are typically very busy), or as an experiment/research.
    Also the unconscious use of ujjayi breathing may or may not be a good idea. Always breathing with the glottis restricted would restrict your airflow, increasing the loading on the respiratory system. I do not know what impact that could have long-term, although I doubt that the lungs where 'designed'(evolved) with that intent.
  23. YogaByCandace liked a comment on a blog entry by robert in Being mindful and open to yoga blocks   
    I wouldn’t be inclined to interact with your doctor on too much of a personal level, and certainly don't force it. It may well have been that they where in the class to relax (doctors are typically very busy), or as an experiment/research.
    Also the unconscious use of ujjayi breathing may or may not be a good idea. Always breathing with the glottis restricted would restrict your airflow, increasing the loading on the respiratory system. I do not know what impact that could have long-term, although I doubt that the lungs where 'designed'(evolved) with that intent.
  24. robert liked a comment on a blog entry by YogaByCandace in First yoga selfie and challenge   
    Yay! Love that you not only did this but are using the photos to check your alignment - that's why I am so pro-photos. Haha, and it cracked me up that you used a cooling rack - I can give you a huge laundry list of strange things I've used to prop up my phone!!!!  Looking forward to seeing your progress!