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5/26/13 11:14 P

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If she has to test that frequently, she probably has Type 1.

She is figuring if she has a low after the exertion, in which case she would need emergency glucose.

Power yoga has little effect on a Type 2 in lowering blood glucose readings in the space of 2 hours, and the possibility could demonstrate a short-run slight rise (if it's hard enough--in the same way that weight training or other anaerobic exercise might work) ...


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5/26/13 9:39 P

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The heat I'm a big fan of. There is never any music at any time in the practice. Savasana is 10 minutes of blissful silence. Another practitioner in my studio has diabetes. She tests her blood-sugar before and after each practice. She has been consistently attending this studio for 3 years now. I don't know what is wise but she loves it.

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5/26/13 9:04 P

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Oh ... I like that. Baptiste generally has no music, except for during savasana.

After discussing this with someone in the larger neighborhood than I'm from, I'd come thisclose to trying out hot mat pilates. Um, regular-temperature (mat) pilates is another movement form, I practice on my own.

But there is no ambient extra heat in this particular studio (hot pilates would have been elsewhere). My new yoga teacher used to teach me mat pilates. But that had been in the (fairly recent) old days, when she used to teach it without music.

She now knows that I practice some pilates at home. (She's okay with that, too--for now. She is SO pursuing a 500-hour at Laughing Lotus.)

May have to avoid it--the heat, not the music, though--in my condition.


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5/26/13 8:08 P

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I practice a hot vinyasa flow power yoga at a Baptiste studio about 5 or 6 days a week.

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5/26/13 7:58 P

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Oh, and PETALIA, if you do practice Ashtanga, are you in 2nd series and/or did your teacher assign you any arm balances?

Again, I am just curious.


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5/26/13 7:37 P

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Do you have a comprehensive home practice, PETALIA?

Your answers to my answers in all of my threads--including some you started--had given me the impression that you take (possibly Mysore Ashtanga) yoga at a full-service gym, and not any kind of yoga studio. You obviously do not have to disclose where, who and when. Or even why ... I just would like to know.

If you are following this thread, please answer me (this time) as to what you actually do.

It is quite obvious that (for a non-Ashtangi) I am very pro-comprehesive HOME yoga practice, and NOT JUST for financial reasons.

I have finally connected with a true vinyasa teacher, who will not pressure me into taking a single studio class more than I want, who is eager for me to pick her brains, who will work with me in class ... however, I get classes like that (who support an overwhelmingly home practice) from non-yoga studios. This time it's a pilates studio. The first time (years ago during the height of the commercialized yoga boom), it had been a gym ...



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SATTVA: I couldn't get to the Yoga Journal/John Schumacher article but the Unity Woods site and John Schumacher himself look amazing. I did find this video of him demonstrating arm balances: youtu.be/M-00_IEskpQ Then I did a search for arm balances on Yoga Journal and found an in-depth Bakasana how-to: blogs.yogajournal.com/challengepose/
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The arm balance Yoga Journal search lead me to this page: www.yogajournal.com/search?q=arm+bal
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I would love to read the John Schumacher article. I was so disappointed when I couldn't find it. I've been working on Crow for months now and with some success. My yoga studio where I practice 6 days a week is offering an arm balancing workshop late June. They know me well. I know them to be extraordinary teachers. I feel like my world will blow wide open when I can do arm balances. I am intrigued, researching, and trying. I've definitely got the arm strength and I'm on the cusp of an ability level I think. A workshop might be a way for me to familiarize myself with arm balancing possibilities. I think I'm ready for that now.

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5/25/13 1:49 P

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That link does not work ...

Here is another of my video links, that might make a difference in your practice with arm balances, not so much in following it - it is for reference only in my case - but in the way I personally sequence my build up to any apex poses ...

www.dailymotion.com/video/xvqoap_yog
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for-beginners-the-crow-pose_school#.R>UaD3orWsiSo


She takes a more step by step approach ... [not that I, personally, can really do this video] ...

If you are already taking classes at your studio, try to take a variety of levels and types of classes ... that is what I did ... I don't learn from workshops/events ...

Classes serve a purpose to inform your practice in an ongoing way, and in a way that one-shot events never really can ... of course, I had been picking the brains of the teachers for my home practice sequences all along ... lol... and had made it obvious without even trying ...but that's the big city for ya' ...

Probably even amid the hype and sideshows. where you live, you can avoid going to workshops and avoid going to even private sessions ... unless those are what you want, can afford, and most importantly CAN LEARN FROM ...


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5/25/13 12:49 P

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www.ihanuman.com/johnschumacher/yoga
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Here's the link so you can click on it.

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5/25/13 1:11 A

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Dear MAKING_CHANGES_

Here's an article that you might like, on how to build arm balances. John is a senior Iyengar teacher, who really takes the time to build the foundation.

I teach Iyengar yoga, and don't have the genetics to easily do arm balances. Did you know that if you attempt an arm balance, it builds the same muscles and sense of balance as if you complete it?

Here's the link to John's sequence. Hope you enjoy it! And that you keep on keeping on!

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http://www.ihanuman.com/johnschumacher/y
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4/1/13 3:04 P

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Thank you for the replies. I feel better. I will share my feelings with the studio about the difficulty of the class. I will also look for something in my area like a festival like was mentioned.

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The pose you described sounds as the previous post said, more like gymnastics that yoga. I believe inversions are important, but child's pose, down dog, any pose that gets your head below your heart is an inversion.
I go to one yoga festival and one yoga retreat a year. The retreat is an opportunity fo connect with the yoga community in our immediate area. The festival (Iowa CIty Yoga Festival) is alwasy a learning experience for me. Great teachers from outside our area, AM pranayama sessions each day and wonderful vendors. Yes, it has a "commercial" aspect to it, but it is amazing how often the weekend seems to encourage newer yoga students to make a more complete commitment to their own practice.

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These poses are quite advanced, and some yogis don't even think they are necessary for a good, well-rounded practice. Often they are just gymnastics masked as yoga. Great if you can stand on your head...but it's more important to be meditative, and you can do that sitting. This is where the meaning of yoga and the pursuit of profit cross paths. Workshops can be wonderful experiences, but often they are a way for a studio to create hype and make money. Yoga retreats and workshops have their place, but I don't think they make a person any better at yoga. Quite frankly, volunteering to help the homeless would be more "yoga" in the eyes of the great yogis than paying a wad of cash to learn how to stand on your head.

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I recently went to an arm balancing workshop at my studio and left with my tail between my legs. I have only been doing yoga since Jan. 4 this year, and I specifically asked if I would be able to do this. They said yeah no problem. Well when I got there the first pose she showed us was of her bringing her feet up over her head while crossed to the floor behind her head and then bringing her arms through her crossed legs. REALLY I thought to myself. To me this was a very advanced class and should have been posted as such. Then at the end of the class the one instructor wanted to demonstrate a specific pose and the other instructor said to her, why don't t you show them something they will get. I guess I'm wondering how advanced these poses are?


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