SparkPeople Twisted Guru Yoga and Pilates Team Messageboard If you want to learn (or learn more) about yoga, meditate, work out or are just curious...we are a very inclusive team! We value the integrity of the various practices and the integrity of life! SparkPeople Twisted Guru Yoga and Pilates Team Messageboard New Hi everyone, I love both pilates and yoga and I am trying to incorporate yoga into my daily lifestyle and also do pilates also. I actually use a stability ball for my workouts and love that. If you have any suggestions for me or ideas, please I encourage you especially if it is dealing with using a stability ball also. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:37:59 EST New teammember Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Merel, I'm nearly 37 and live in Belgium. I'm not so new on sparkpeople anymore. So far I have gotten into good habits exept for one: exercice! <BR> <BR> I've always hated exercice, I just couldn't motivate myself getting to go to the gym and stay consistent. Till I discovered yoga. I'm really new to yoga (only had a few lessons) but after my first class I knew this is it. When I stepped outside after my first class I've felt more relaxed then I've felt ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 07:38:33 EST Doing the Groupon / Social Buying for Yoga/Pilates I finally broke my rule because I was itching for classes that were a steal ... however, these (pre-recorded, non-interactive) are online ... $5 a month for 3 months (tacked on to what's left of my free trial month - remember, it started out being 2 weeks' free trial and a series of events led to all this ...) <BR> <BR> Online does not work for everybody ... some people need the discipline of being at a live venue for practicing ... just like some yoga teachers (even some quite videogenic on... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:18:43 EST More Pilates, Please! Well, I am back from a long hiatus here. Things heated up at work ... and I was occupied elsewhere. I will find out tomorrow if I will be getting a faster home computer and then I could blog and keep up with my teams to my heart's content. <BR> <BR> I have found that the pilates portion of my home vinyasa yoga-pilates fusion practice has taken up residence of a full 1/3 of my practice ... <BR> <BR> You have to remember that pilates is a mind-body practice and requires engagement of contro... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 20:42:40 EST Choreography to Seane Corn's dvd, Breath Session Choreography to Seane Corn's dvd, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Uniting Movement and Breath, Session I, Disc 2, Breath Session* <BR> <BR> N.B. Keep your hands on Floor with Fingers Spread Out <BR> N.N.B. One (1) breath or one (1) full breath refers to the full breath cycle of both Inhale and Exhale - use ujjayi breathing (breathe through the nose with your tongue curled up in your mouth) <BR> <BR> I will make rough reference to musical movements or themes as Cues (since there are NO verbal movement... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:10:27 EST Something to Look Forward to In My Practice ... I admit to being a little more achievement-oriented than I would care to be, or had thought I really had been, in my yoga practice. I am closing in on the 4th-year mark of regular yoga practice (by that I mean mostly yoga asana practice) in 2 days. <BR> <BR> I had taken yoga at a studio. Before going to the yoga class taught by my gym (3 years ago, I'd been a member of a gym, and not since), I never used to be "this way" about yoga. <BR> <BR> I'd had no exposure to DVDs, CDs; and the few ... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 12:05:29 EST Yoga a Popular Second Career - Think Twice ! Not really such a viable career option, when you consider the costs <BR> <BR> <link><BR>icle-on-yoga-as-a-career/ </link> <BR> <BR> and all the other rigmarole ... Wed, 4 May 2011 16:01:46 EST Best Websites for Yoga, Pilates and Wellness! This FREE site is plainly the most interesting, and is full of discussion groups and resources. I've been lurking for 5 years on it, and finally chose to join! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Another site is $12 a year if you want unlimited access to multi-dimensional, topical, and logically organized links (little to no talk about yoga posture techniques themselves, though): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:34:49 EST There are Almost 100 Yoga Styles! Check out this link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>yoga_style_glossary.htm </link> <BR> <BR> There is one or more to suit you in the New Year ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:13:20 EST Motivated to Do Yoga/Pilates by the Calorie Burn? <link><BR>rink-this-you-have-to-do-x-hours-of-yo<BR>ga-to-work-it-off/ </link> <BR> <BR> Me, yeah, maybe ... <BR> <BR> I have other-than-weight lifestyle factors that impact my sanity, making yoga my go-to form of mind-body exercise .. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 22:56:06 EST Sadie Nardini - Yoga RockStar. My story about her This is the Sadie Nardini who liberated secrets of studio yogis everywhere ... <BR> <BR> Gone are the days when the yogi sets up a studio, then pimps out his or her knowledge bit by bit for a price ... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-first-yoga-festival-homecoming-for-yo<BR>ga-rockstar-sadie-nardini/ </link> <BR> <BR> I personally corresponded to her, about a year ago ... when I had started to grow exceptionally frustrated with the greedy bent of my former yoga ... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:14:32 EST SO Not the Point of Yoga ... (Video w/ Article) "Ugh. Couldn’t even watch much. Final proof that yoga isn’t about bendy skillz—if it were, this lady would be the greatest yoga teacher in the world. <BR> <BR> Yoga isn’t about acrobatics or contortionism—or yoga poses. Yoga is about 'stilling the waves of the mind,' as Patanajli put it." <BR> <BR> --Waylon Lewis <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <link> oga-extreme-iii/ </link> <BR> <BR> I like my... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:03:15 EST Pilates Strong Enuf for a Man but Made for a Woman I may have learned pilates in a different kind of place (a gym), but I had a soon-to-be-superstar pilates teacher for mat class ... <BR> <BR> Pilates, invented by a Joseph H. Pilates, and originally called "contrology" (conscious body control), will give you that kind of buzz that you get from Kundalini yoga, while working on "trouble spots" <BR> <BR> Do you have Goals? <BR> Trouble spots? <BR> Any thoughts? Fri, 8 Oct 2010 10:59:42 EST What is Your Favorite Yoga Pose, and Why? I actually have a new favorite yoga pose, Supta Virasana ... <BR> <BR> It is my go-to pose when I am doing yoga mixed with pilates or pilates-like movements ... <BR> <BR> I also could not do it for the longest time ... it was in the same class as camel and full wheel ... <BR> <BR> one of those (someday) kinds of poses ... <BR> <BR> If I am in a class, which is more than occasionally these days, and the class energy just isn't there, I slip into supta ... and it does not disturb the class ... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 17:57:35 EST Yoga can be a Form of Strength Training In addition to promoting flexibility, <BR> <BR> "Yoga builds strength in the core <BR> <BR> Most of us know that our “core” muscles provide the foundation for both exercises and everyday function. These are the muscles in the center of the body that are responsible for supporting posture, and provide the foundation every exercise in your arsenal. A perfect example is the “Plank” which is finding more acceptance among strength trainers as a replacement to classic situps and crunches. <BR> ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:51:20 EST So You Want to Teach Yoga? I've been following Roseanne's blog for over 3 years. <BR> <BR> "If you want to become a yoga teacher, there are no shortage of training programs offering certification. Most urban studios offer a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered training. You can get a generic YogaFit® training in no particular tradition. You can do a convenient online training program with Sadie Nardini, via streaming video/audio, newletters and downloadable PDFs. Or, if you’re in New York City, you can train with Tara St... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 16:53:13 EST Yoga Sequence Ideas to Borrow From or Build This is @ early-intermediate level slow flow vinyasa <BR> <BR> I do this one all the time. <BR> <BR> (You have to have warmed up first with bends and sun salutes, etc.) <BR> <BR> Hold each of the following poses 3 full mindful* breaths each unless otherwise indicated: <BR> <BR> Abbreviated Moonrise Salutation: <BR> <BR> Using your left leg to go back: <BR> <BR> Parsvottanasana w/ backbend, arms overhead <BR> Lunge with Backbend <BR> Parsvottanasana with Head to Knee <BR> <BR> <BR> Wit... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:32:22 EST Two Yoga book reviews in the New York Times <link><BR>iew/Mishra-t.html?nl=books&adxnnl=1&em<BR>c=booksupdateema3&adxnnlx=1279923627-0<BR>MEZbCtb/xxYp7EkpKNuIA </link> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 19:50:17 EST Yoga, mind-body connection, and a paralysis <link><BR>rams/2010/bodys-grace/ </link> <BR> <BR> A paralyzed yoga teacher interview Sun, 30 May 2010 07:42:38 EST Yoga for Everybody - Anywhere, Any Time/$ Please check out this article: <BR> <BR><BR>n/25yoga.html?pagewanted=1&ref=fashion <BR> <BR> TINIERTINA Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:41:36 EST Hello Everyone: A few tips... Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've maintained my weight for two years, have worked on stress reduction and fitness and have been enjoying working and family. <BR> <BR> I live in Chester County PA and really have been working a lot with coaching people... if you want my free newsletter (it revolves around all phases of your life from wellness to career) please check out <BR> <BR> Also the tips! <BR> -- the most important thing is to breathe well when in a challenging pose. You... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:42:32 EST new to the team Hi <BR> I am new to yoga and want to make it part of daily life I believe that it will bring balance and stability, I am new to it so ANY suggestions , comments , tips and ideas are welcome and appreciated Sun, 4 Oct 2009 11:50:54 EST HELLO I HAVE AN INTEREST IN YOGA AND THIS TEAM SOUNDED LIKE A FIT. Sat, 15 Aug 2009 23:52:48 EST The Daily Yoga Posture Each day will feature a new asana (Sanskrit word for posture). It will provide an explanation of the pose, modifications, benefits, and any contraindictations. This would be perfect addition to any stretching that you are doing pre/post workout or to incorporate as past of your own practice. <BR> <BR> The first posture will be laid out beginning tomorrow, Friday, June 5th! Thu, 4 Jun 2009 14:51:32 EST newbie I'm Sharon, new to this team. I live in CA and I practice yoga with video tapes. They have it at the gym I belong to but it not at a time I'm available. Fri, 29 May 2009 20:46:31 EST Yoga Goals I want to commit to doing yoga twice a week as part of my practice. I attend an asthanga yoga studio and my goal is to go there on Sundays and Wednesdays. <BR> <BR> I hope this new topic will keep us motivated about why we do yoga and to continue to get us on our mat for our practice. I will be tracking my progress. <BR> <BR> starting today: yoga at 12.15 level one asthanga, full primary sequence Sun, 17 May 2009 12:16:51 EST Holiday Season "after shocks" Just because CHristmas day is now ending (or past depending upon when you get this) and Hanukah is closing down-- the after shocks of the holiday coupled with the shorter days, for many the colder weather - is not so fun. <BR> <BR> Keep your yoga going daily. Andrea and I are both on Facebook and Myspace so DO get over there for daily motivation - it is free and easy and the great thing is that you don't focus on weight but on FUN a lot of the times! <BR> <BR> That being said - that is soci... Thu, 25 Dec 2008 18:53:29 EST Hi Everyone! Holiday Yoga? Hi Everyone! How are you doing with yoga through the holidays? Are you feeling like it is helping you with stress, with not over eating and so on? <BR> <BR> Write here to help or be helped if you are in a place of challenge.... <BR> <BR> Visit Andrea and I on myspace and facebook also! <BR> <BR> <BR> and for facebook just search Michele Paiva (I'm the one sitting on a chair backwards...there are quite a few "Michele Paiva's") LOL <BR> <BR> You can also visit me a... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 14:58:47 EST New to team Hi all, <BR> I'm new to yoga but willing to learn. I have a hard time relaxing and I'm sure this will help. Wed, 3 Dec 2008 21:02:42 EST Recipes! Does anyone have any light summer recipes to share? I'm always looking for something new and healthy to try. Fri, 6 Jun 2008 18:23:57 EST daily journeys in yoga what was challenging in your practise today? <BR> did you improve on any poses? <BR> did you introduce yourself to any new poses or styles of yoga? <BR> <BR> et cetera et cetera et cetera Thu, 5 Jun 2008 22:21:39 EST Ideas for a team goal Any suggestions for team goals? Maybe we could set a goal to increase our practices by an extra day a week or trying a new posture every week for the month of June. <BR> Tue, 20 May 2008 22:58:35 EST Anyone around? Hi! I'm fairly new to this team, but it doesn't seem to be very active and I was just wondering if anyone else was around and actually wanted to talk about yoga. <BR> Can't wait to hear back! <BR> Rhiannon Mon, 21 Apr 2008 17:34:16 EST Recommended DVD's Does anyone have any beginning yoga DVD's they can recommend? Thu, 3 Apr 2008 20:42:05 EST Yoga class I know that some of you have just started taking classes, how are you doing? Wed, 27 Feb 2008 22:23:38 EST Changes? I know many of us are new to yoga or haven't practiced for a while. I'm curious if you've noticed any changes that you'd like to share. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 21:35:19 EST Favorite postures Share some of your favorite postures with other team members. This may encourage us to try something new and I know that my favorites change often! <BR> <BR> Right now, I like Sun Salutation B (Surya-Namaskara Kha). This is surprising to me, as in the past I dreaded this in class!! Tue, 29 Jan 2008 21:32:06 EST Jokes/Humor Yoga police: "You have the right to remain silent!" <BR> <BR> ------- <BR> <BR> Kundalini Yogi sharpshooter: "Ready, aim, fire!" <BR> <BR> ------- <BR> <BR> Two men meet on the street. <BR> One asks the other: "Hi, how are you?" <BR> The other one replies: "I'm fine, thanks." <BR> "And how's your son? Is he still unemployed?" <BR> "Yes, he is. But he is meditating now." <BR> "Meditating? What's that?" <BR> "I don't know. But it's better than sitting around and doing nothing!" <BR> <B... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 21:49:11 EST What motivates you to practice? I am very motivated to attend class twice a week, but struggle with my home practice. As soon as I start getting hot or sweaty, I slow down. <BR> <BR> Please share some of your tips, I'm hoping to find my motivation! Wed, 23 Jan 2008 23:00:54 EST Share your progress so far! Well, I weighed my self today and I have not lost 1 lb since I started SP. Instead of being discouraged, SP and this group has motivated me to continue!! I am eating better, drinking more water and working out more. Even though I haven't lost weight I feel better! Tue, 22 Jan 2008 19:23:12 EST Pablo - tell us about your sprint event Hey - your sprint event sounds interesting. How did you get involved, what is involved with it - yada yada...sounds neat. <BR> If we know what your body is training for we can direct you to great yoga postures to help your endurance and alignment. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 10:44:49 EST Fibroymyalgia? Thyroid? If you have issues with the above, I can certainly try to help you out on this link.... Wed, 16 Jan 2008 15:02:11 EST what can we use as a group icon? any ideas? Mon, 14 Jan 2008 16:32:01 EST New to yoga My name is Andrea, I've been practicing yoga for 10 months. After turning 40, a year ago, I gained 30 lbs. I've spent the past year trying to change my bad habits, I found that I love yoga (it's the only exercize that I have not quit after a month or two) and just cut meat from my diet. I'm hoping that by summer I'll have my size 4-6 body back! Mon, 14 Jan 2008 01:14:02 EST Never done Yoga, but want to try Hi, <BR> My goal for 2008 is to do a sprint triathlon. With all the biking and running I can feel my hamstrings getting even tighter. I've never been flexible, so I think Yoga might be the trick. I also hear it can help with my stress and high blood pressure. <BR> <BR> I will be taking the class at my gym, so I don't know what kind it will be. My problem is I always plan to go to a class, but I keep putting it off. Part of the reason is that I haven't seen too many guys in the classes. ... Mon, 14 Jan 2008 00:26:00 EST Do you meditate? Use CDs or on your own? I started by using centerpointe cd's, then did it on my I use CD's of any kind and try to meditate at least 3x a week - I also use some meditation when I do yoga which is almost daily, during the end posture, corpse pose. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 23:29:40 EST Favorite style of yoga? I personally like astanga/ashtanga.... yours? Sun, 13 Jan 2008 23:27:14 EST Looking for more out of life I started yoga totally by myself last year, but had no one to talk with about it or any kind of guidance, so I did not stick with it. I want the kind of changes that I know a regular yoga practice can bring to my life. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 23:18:43 EST Welcome! This is a new team and I hope it attracts like minded folks who love yoga or are interested in the benefits of yoga. This is also for those who enjoy wellness and are interested in alternative health. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 17:28:08 EST