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2/2/13 11:34 A

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I know this topic hasn't been touched in over year but after doing yoga for one month, I have signed up to do beginner Yoga 21 day challenge. I love yoga - can't believe I've procrastinated this long in my life to do this wonderful practice.

Come On February - I'm ready emoticon

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Hi everyone, hope you're all enjoying yoga whether it be classes, the online videos, DVDs, yoga intensives or whatever form your practice takes!

I've been reflecting on the challenge and agree that I'm very lucky to have choices and to have so many free resources to help me. I might sign up again in February although it might suit me better just to dip in and out choosing what practices suit me on a given day, that's what I'm doing at the moment.

Carol Jean, I thought of you the day I got the email about the Wheel Pose routine. emoticon Here's what it said:

"Instead of pushing yourself into a pose, you can apply svadhyaya, or self-study, by refining your awareness of what's happening in your body and mind. One way to do this is by breaking down the pose into three components and assessing how your body responds to each. Urdhva Dhanurasana, or Wheel Pose, requires openness in the shoulders and chest; flexibility in the front of the hips, legs, and abdomen; and suppleness in the back body.

Armed with this knowledge of the architecture of the pose, you can create sensible, thorough sequences that allow you to backbend more deeply and comfortably. In essence, refining your awareness will enable you to make choices that will create transformation."


And here's the video to go with it. www.yogajournal.com/21daychallenge/i
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I really liked the video - not a hope of me actually getting into a Wheel but I really took the above advice to heart and will try to do that for all my practices.

Another aspect of the challenge I liked was the recipe link in each email. My favourite was for this Nutty Sweet Potato Soup with Harissa and Spinach www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/1176
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Wow this is great. Thanks for sharing!
I am still discovering what works for me and what doesn't and this will be a great resource!

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I just found out this will be run again in February! I received the DVD (due to online videos buffering endlessly). Then I hurt my back, so didn't think yoga was a great idea just then. I can start fresh tomorrow!

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I just want to mention again how fortunate I think we are to have online options to help guide our practice. I would guess Yoga Journal varies the classes and teachers so individuals can discover the style of teacher they like. Some probably like to move more quickly from one pose to another. I prefer moving more slowly to ensure my alignment is appropriate.

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Yes, I'm with you. Jason Crandall is rather calming and I love his voice. Elise Lorimer
moves you too fast and talks way too fast. Not fun to work with her.

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Your posts are interesting especially in relationship to the work I have been doing this week in training. We have learned a sequence of 20 poses, their assists, adjustments, variations. This is the sequence I practice at home.
There is something special about using a routine again and again matching breath with movement ending with stillness.

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That's weird isn't it? I've lost all track of what day we're on. I'm now just dipping into the index and doing what takes my fancy. I've had the same experience not liking switching instructors and also found some too fast/slow/just not suiting me. Perhaps it's force of habit but I like Jason Crandell's videos best. I'm not doing yoga every day, probably about 4 or 5 days a week but I'm happy with that and I don't think the yoga police will come round to beat me up for it! emoticon

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Thanks for the links Dharma - Not sure what happened but after day 9 I didn't get any more emails until day 17..... go figure. Are we past day 17? That's the only one I've seen.

I will look over this link but also found that I'm not sure I liked switching back and forth with the instructors. At first I kind of liked it but then some of the sequences seemed too slow and others too fast to follow.... Ah well....I had good intentions.

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You're welcome Carol Jean! Wow, your training sounds really tough .... but very rewarding I'm sure. I hope it's going well for you. What wonderful insight you have, and what a beautiful way of looking at things (how yoga teaches you to put ambition into perspective). I could do with some of that attitude. If I were in a room full of people doing the wheel pose I would happily let them get on with it and feel no competitive urges. But that's only because mentally I have put them on a different level to me. Put me a room full of beginners and I will be wishing I could forward bend as gracefully as others or whatever catches my eye. :-)

The times I'm happiest practising yoga are when I can let all that go, and even forget about the pose and just feel whatever I'm doing, bringing awareness to the sensations. I get a wonderful feeling of peace and flow when that happens ... will have to be careful not to over-strive for that!

Today I did the Bakasana preparatory sequence (Week 2, Day 5). I hadn't much interest in Bakasana but I like the preparatory poses a lot so I quite fancied doing it. I managed to do bakasana briefly but it felt graceless and shaky. Still, it was a nice practice overall, a good strength workout for my arms too, I just know I'm going to feel them tomorrow!

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Thanks for posting those links. I think I may do the evening sequence tonight. Training was great today, but I am feeling a little unsettled. I have come face to face with my overwhelming ambition to succeed spectacularly at everything I do. I think yoga came into my life to teach me to put ambition in its proper proportion. Seeing other around me with beautiful wheels and and I can't begin to lift my head out of bridge pose is disheartening and shouldn't be.

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Thank you Carol Jean, that's lovely of you. And wow, that is quite an epic yoga intensive you've got going on! Hope you are nurturing yourself as needed.

GardenGirl, here's a link to the full index of sessions in case your emails don't come through (could they be stuck in a spam filter I wonder?).
www.yogajournal.com/21daychallenge/2
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I'm still getting the emails but I didn't practice asanas over the weekend. I'm not going to beat myself up over it, today I got back into it and all is well. I didn't do one of the 21 Day Challenge vids, it was another YJ vid that I find great for after I run ... lots of lovely stretches for my hips and legs and it also cools down the fired-up feeling I get from running and leaves me feeling nice and balanced. And it's short and easy enough that it never feels like a chore.

Just in case anyone is interested in it, it's the Evening Sequence here (I do it at all times of day).
The YJ podcast I've linked to has videos and audio and they can be streamed or downloaded to watch offline. As if we didn't have enough to do with the 21 Day Challenge!

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Oops! Forgot to say thanks for clarifying the difference between up dog and cobra. Not sure my back will ever bend that much though! emoticon

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Definitely relax when you are not in your sessions this week CJ...

The last few YJ days have not challenged me very much so I'm finding myself wandering to other things. I have only received the first 9 days too so not sure what's wrong there....

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I have a very vigorous home practice I do six days a week. However, on Monday mornings I go to a yin yoga class.... very soothing, which always ends with 10 minutes of meditation after savasana. I think varying your activity and listening to your body is part of what yoga is about.
My prayers go out to your sister and her friend. One school in our district has lost 2 teachers to cancer this year.
I'm not sure how active I will be on Spark this next week. Tonight I start a 100 hour intense yoga training. We go 6-9 to tonight, 8:30 - 9 except Sun, Mon. and Wed. and Fri when we ens at 5:30. I am looking forward to it, but know it will kick my butt!

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Good question GardenGirl, and many thanks Carol Jean for the answer and for all the backbend info.

I am totally out of sync with the programme and it got even more that way yesterday when I decided I was too exhausted after a long walk to tackle the backbends. I admit that there was more than a little aversion there too, I had watched it through and just didn't fancy it. I have to watch that tendency to avoid things I don't really like but I think I was justified in skipping it yesterday as my body was tired and sore.

So instead of challenging backbends I skipped forward to Week 2 Day 6 which was Jason Crandell's 16 minute Quieting Practice. It was very nice and soothing and helped me a lot. I did it just before bed and it really helped transition me out of a tiring and emotional day. I found out my sister's friend in her early 30s is at the very end of her battle with breast cancer - all prayers and good thoughts welcome. So it was one of those draining days and I felt very grateful for my practice, it left me feeling calm and strong and I really think it helped me get a good night's sleep.

One thing, the voiceover instructions stopped suddenly near the end. I don't think it was my setup as I could still hear the music (which is very nice I thought). It was fine because it stopped during seated poses and I could easily see the screen to follow and then there was an unguided savasana which I think I actually preferred with just music.

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In cobra your legs are completely in contact with the ground and your back is bent up with your hands roughly under your shoulders with your arms straight. emoticon

In up dog, your back is still bent, but your legs are off the floor. Here's a great picture of the ultimate expression of the pose www.yogalifestyle.com/POGFJWYogaPose
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Yes I am still enjoying the challenge. As I'm catching up I opened the next session this morning and found it recommended for evening practice to prepare you for bed so I saved that for tonight.

Carol Jean - I'm still not clear on the difference between cobra and upward facing dog.... emoticon

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Check out kneeling dog, locust and cobra as beginning and strengthening back bends if the video is too much. I cannot do wheel yet and those are the poses I am working to to get to wheel.

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I'm behind too but it's all good! Yesterday I did Jason Crandell's 30 minute sidebends and it was just what I needed. I think I'll be doing that again for sure. It was challenging at times but good challenging if you know what I mean. Today I did my usual post-run yoga routine so tomorrow is Day 6 for me. I was thinking of doing the backbends but it might be a bit too hard for me. Will watch it through now and figure out if I can adapt it to my own level.

Hope you're all still enjoying it! emoticon

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I'm a couple of days behind, but today was back bends - Intermediate. I found this one a bit too fast to follow in some parts and definitely challenging in others.

My knees hurt from yesterday's hip openers so obviously I was bearing some of the strain in the wrong joints..... emoticon

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Thanks for the tip, Caroljean64! I didn't realize there was a DVD or 4. I found it on Yoga Journal's web site and also on Amazon. I enjoyed the routines that did play.

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You can also buy the DVD's of the 21 day challenges from the yoga journal site.

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I am 2 days behind this week already.

I hope this doesnt become a pattern, Planning on catching up after work today- we have more snow again today so depending on the conditions cardio might be out today and yoga in.

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I gave up on their videos. I just can't take the endless buffering, no matter what I do. I can't press "pause" and wait for the videos to fully load, as I do with YouTube videos - these videos just won't load when in pause mode, at least not on my laptop. Letting the videos run all the way through and replaying also does not work. I don't know if it's my connection or if it's their videos. I went out and bought a beginner yoga DVD. I shouldn't have problems with that.

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I'm a few days behind but am finding the teachers so a good job of instruction in general. i think this is a good way to discover other things to add to your home practice. emoticon

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Hip Openers was Day 7 for beginners

www.yogajournal.com/21daychallenge/b
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You're more than welcome!

I like using the index too - I'm sort of alternating between the beginner and intermediate (which seem to use the same videos in different order) depending on what I feel my body needs.

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Thanks for the links...especially the one with all the videos listed. I like choosing what I want to add to my daily sequence based on what my body seems to need.

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The hip openers were Day 4 of the Intermediate .. here's a linkie
www.yogajournal.com/21daychallenge/i
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And here's the index page to all the sequences. www.yogajournal.com/21daychallenge/2
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I didn't really enjoy the hip openers as much as I hoped - the teacher's pace and style wasn't quite for me. I had to keep looking at the screen as her verbal cues weren't enough for me (beginner) to get what was going on. Also she didn't name many of the poses - I really like when teachers do that. But I have to say it felt good all the same I feel quite nice and limber afterwards. Next up for me will be Jason Crandell's Sidebends. I just watched it through and it looks right up my alley (although there are some tough bits in there too). It will have to wait till Tuesday as tomorrow I'll do my running sequence.

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Which day was the hip openers? Do you remember?

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I have been doing yoga everyday, but have not meditated or eaten a vegetarian meal in a few days. I also haven't been doing the suggested videos. However, today I walk/ran 7.15 miles. Afterwards, I was very stiff and knew I needed to stretch out and still needed to do yoga. I decided to do the hip openers and am so glad I did. It was just what I needed to get my body back to feeling ... "normal". It's a keeper!

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Thanks for the comment about my leg/foot/walking problem. I absolutely think that my body knowledge and awareness gained from yoga is what made me insist I knew something was wrong and convinced the MD that I needed PT.

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Good morning everyone! I think I'm way behind you all but am still happily doing yoga!

Yesterday I had a very busy day but got up early enough to the Jason Crandell morning sequence before I went out. I really liked it. It wasn't too demanding for someone who wasn't quite awake yet and was a wonderful start to the day! Today I am going to do Rebecca Urban's hip openers ... I really need hip openers so I'm looking forward to it! Good to hear that you liked it GHILLY!

Lauren - I had problems with buffering around the same time you reported it. How is it for you now? Mine was ok yesterday but I haven't tried it yet today.

CarolJean - sorry to hear you had problems but yay that you were so attuned to your own body that you picked up on it before it turned into a major problem. Isn't yoga amazing for helping us with this? I hope that the issues get sorted soon.

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I did the hip-opener sequence today with Rebecca Urban and I loooooove it! It's definitely a keeper. My legs and hips feel significantly more loose and I left the practice with a sense of peace and achievement. I already can't wait to practice tomorrow. Seems like the challenge is certainly doing the job for me! I haven't tried any of the meditations yet but they sound lovely. I'll make that a goal for tomorrow.

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Not really an additional comment on Yoga challenge, but on a personal challenge.
I knew something was wrong. I went to dr. who operated on my foot (great toe bone issues) and asked him to refer me to physical therapy. Met with PT today. I am not walking right. I will get my orthotics checked next week. Meanwhile I have two exercises to do and I am to practice walking with my right foot pointed forward and rolling over entire ball of foot. I think I am going to so happy as I progress... who know I may actually be able to do tree pose on the right side.

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*sigh* I just couldn't watch today's video. I will not stop buffering. Did anyone else have the same problem? Previous videos buffered a little, but this was every 2-3 seconds. Very frustrating and NOT conducive to meditative practice.

I did the guided meditation, though, lying on my back. My cat crawled onto me and we had a nice nap afterward. emoticon

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Yesterday's video was a long one. I was worried about the snow we were getting and having to drive in the snow, so I stopped the video after 23 minutes, so I could get ready to leave for work early. That means I still got 20 minutes of practice in.

Today's video is buffering horribly. I muted the speakers and am letting the video run. I'll replay it with the sound on, hoping it will work better once it has fully loaded.

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As ever, I am looking at the video at work ...

Tonight I will probably take it easy ... I've got an important dance workshop in the early morning .. and it's going to be a freezing morning ...

Having to work Monday the 16th, there is too much to do, anyhow ...

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I played Jason Crandell's video this morning. Great yoga session! Vegetarian breakfast and still planning to meditate before bed.

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The last post reflects the attitude toward yoga that keeps the yogi or yogini safe. The news item was based on the article that was in the New York Times earlier this week. It is an excerpt from a book and I think the sensational items were cherry picked from the book.
I felt I must be doing the right thing. Today in my senior chair yoga class, one of the students commented on the news item, saying that she remembered how often I tell them to do what they are able.

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Sounds like you're all doing great and lets home none of us ends up on a news feature about injuries!

I realised I will have to adapt this to my needs because 3 times a week I do a particular yoga routine after I run and I don't think I'd be able for a second practice in one day. So I skipped Day 2 of the challenge yesterday and just did that post-run practice - it'll be the same tomorrow. I guess the 21 day challenge will just last me a lot longer than 21 days! emoticon

So today I did Day 2. I watched both the beginners and intermediate videos and went for the intermediate as it had poses I like plus I find Jason Crandell much better than the other teacher. I like how he names the poses and he gives a lot of instruction on how to position yourself correctly. It was a challenging practice but I took it at my own pace and respected my limits.

It was actually interesting as I noticed my old tendency to treat poses like a goal to be attained has gone. I seem to enjoy the process now, not the "result". I think that change started happening when I began to pay attention to the transitions in and out of poses. I used to be in an awful hurry to get somewhere! So I am happy about this and it feels better than being able rest my chest on my thighs in a seated forward bend .... just as well as I'm not sure that's something that my hamstrings will ever allow!

Happy and safe yoga everyone!

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I must be one of the 95% because I got forearm tendonitis (treated only with first aid) that still hurts over a year and a half later from when I'd been in The Cool Yogini's class.

She's not the safest teacher I ever had by a long shot, but she teaches one of the milder (read: long holds/hatha) styles I've done and grown to love and incorporate in my home practice ...

Yet, I still am doing yoga ... a lot ...

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On the news last night was an item on yoga injuries and how about 95% (I think it was) of people practicing yoga shouldn't do it. Apparently, most people sustain injuries by pushing their bodies to do things they are not ready to do. The yoga videos I've seen say to work through your own range of motion, and I'm enjoying yoga, and I have no plans to stop.

I find yoga is a great way to start out my day!

While I enjoy the guided meditation, I'm getting rather tired of the same one everyday. I may search for other guided meditations online, just for variety.

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So, somehow I got on the intermediate challenge list which was core work. So this morning when I read my email, I thought ok, I need to do this tonight because I'm not awake enough to do it right now. Then I went to the page, clicked on the beginner link and discovered IT was a morning yoga session. I did 9 minutes of yoga through my Kinect instead and will try it again tomorrow. I also forgot somehow that I'm supposed to eat 1 vegetarian meal. Not doing too well for day 3.

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So glad, VisionQuest, that you remembered not to hurt yourself. Core work always amazes my body the next day. Generally, although challenging, it feels good, until I go to use those muscles the next morning to rise out of bed.... then I remember why I ought to do core work more regularly.

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I actually found the 21-day challenge DVD on Amazon before I signed up for this year's challenge as an intermediate. I really enjoy having the DVDs (thus, I haven't had a problem with the volume) and I'm happy to have them on disc so I can use them over and over. The DVDs come with their own sequences for the 3-week challenge so I've been following that one. Today's core, like with the e-mail challenge, which I'm going to do in several minutes. I missed yesterday because of some traveling (a 45 minute "fun flow" which I did last week when I got the DVD--rigorous, but I did enjoy it), which was a little upsetting, but I'm back on track today.

It's nice to see other people doing this! I'm excited about it :)

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Watching this Day 3 - Intermediate from my desk at work, (not DOING it - because I am at an office job at work) Core Focus with Rebecca Urban reminds me of beginners' pilates ... the routine I ACTUALLY do in my own S2BS fusion is, I practice bridge pose trying to isolate abdominal contraction as I raise and release as I lower ... plus two sets of 3 to 4 reps each "yogic" pushups, with plank held for two breath cycles, down to chaturanga for two breath cycles ... allll the way to the floor (release any "hover" - requires more momentum to rise again, counterintuitively making the move tougher), then back up to chaturanga for two cycles of breath, and then plank (phalakasana) for two cycles of breath - I also do two sets of 10 reps of reverse crunch-leg lifts, utthita prasarita padasana real slow (and even slower lowering than raising legs) 8 reps, and hold navasana with as many as over 90 rounds of kapalabhati breathing [not quite the Pilates Hundred, and no arm pumping during it...] ... uh, this is not quite the entire routine ... I didn't want to bore you ... and it used to be quite a bit tougher—but THAT had hurt me ....


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I had the same problem as everyone else with the volume on the day 1 video. I actually forgot to turn down the television (computer runs on our tv) and my husband had a nice surprise when he turned it on to watch it. Oops!
Personally, I liked the guided meditation. It was my first time to meditate and I felt like it kept me in the moment instead letting my mind wander. I still found it hard to stay focused for the full 15 minutes, but I'm sure that will improve with practice.
The day 2 video was fun. I liked the sequence a lot. Hope we get to repeat that one at some point!


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I enjoyed Day 1's meditation, but wish there had been a "quiet" period to really be able to meditate. The leader talked a lot! I'm new to meditating so needed some guidance but never felt like I really got into the zone (interference from my own active thoughts and the leader speaking)

I was able to hear Day 2's video much better. I didn't have a block and found a couple of the "beginner" poses more than I could handle; but, otherwise, it was a good session. I ate banana bread and an orange for lunch - hope that counts as vegetarian (there might have been eggs in the bread (I didn't make it).

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BTW, if you have your computer volume turned up and the volume on the video and you still can't hear, write to Yoga Journal and see if their techs need to do something.

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I'm different. I find a guided meditation helps me focus better. My mind is all over the place all the time, and meditation is no exception.

So far, I've been enjoying the 21-day challenge (even though it's only day 2). I even figured out how to log it on Social Workout. :-)

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I have to agree about the guided meditation. I don't mind a guide setting a purpose, theme or direction, but then I want quiet to meditate. In fact I have a great timer on my data phone. I set for the amount of time I want, no sound at all, just a very gently chime at the end.

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Wise words CarolJean, thank you for the reminder.

I did Day 1 today, the sound was not very loud but I was able to hear ok (I was only a few feet away from the laptop). As I expected from watching it yesterday, I was not overly keen on today's sequence. That's mainly because it didn't include my favourite poses and it seemed a little dull to me. But I have no doubt it did me good anyway! emoticon

I did the guided meditation too but that wasn't right for me as I'm used to meditating without a guide so it seemed a little busy and chatty and made it harder to stay settled. The music was lovely though.

Looking forward to Day 2!

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I had the volume up as high as it would go, too, and had to strain to hear the instructions. I turned up the volume on the video, as well as my laptop.

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Check the volume bar on the video as well. Often they can be set higher.

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Woke up to Day 1 of the challenge ... Since I'm not a morning person, especially on a Monday, it was the perfect type of yoga for me.

Would have been perfect, except the volume on my laptop wouldn't go up high enough. I had to really strain to hear the teachers' directions (and I have more sensitive ears in the morning then the rest of the day).

I also ate 1 vegetarian meal (at least I think so): oatmeal with water and an orange

Now, I'm off to meditate for 15 minutes

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Please remember the mantra of yoga: No pain, no pain. Don't do poses that are uncomfortable for you. That doesn't mean not to challenge yourself, but you don't have to do everything in the videos to the same extent they are shown. Listen carefully to the coaching for alternatives to what is being demonstrated.

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Thank you for the encouragement! Lovely to hear about your experiences!

I'd already done yoga today by the time the email came so I decided I will do Day 1 tomorrow instead. I watched it through and it's not my favourite kind of practice and doesn't look very enjoyable to me. However, part of what I want out of this challenge is to develop commitment and discipline ... so that means doing stuff whether I feel like it or not!

I would love to hear how you're all finding it as the weeks go on - good luck!

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Yes, I signed up for this too - just to add a little variety to my home practice. We'll have to touch bases to see how we like it..... emoticon

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One of the things I discovered in the last challenge was that the times for the days varied. If I didn't get in a long practice, I might repeat a shorter one and change days around. You can still get in the 21 days, but in the order that works with your schedule.

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I signed up and did Day 1 this morning. This will be easy on the days when I have plenty of time. I'm not sure what I'll do on the days when I work 14 hours. I'll probably skip those days, unless I wake up early.

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I have done these before and find them fun, well done and adding immensely to my practice. Have fun.

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Is anyone else doing this?
www.yogajournal.com/21daychallenge

I've signed up for the beginner option (there is also an intermediate version). I've been doing yoga at home 3 or 4 times a week but I hope that this will give me the confidence to try classes (if I can afford them).

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