Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/9/13 7:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
total body strength training and core at Best Fitness this morning (40 min)....yoga dvd and some myofascial release this evening here at home...


 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/9/13 11:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have never enjoyed a meditation practice as much as I am enjoying YJ's 28 day challenge meditation. Last night started the second week, which is a 15 minute meditation with the mantra, Hamsa. All the cares of today and the worries about tomorrow just melt away (and that has NEVER happened to me before when trying to meditate.) I had a couple of passing thoughts as I focused on Ham with the inhale and sa with the exhale. One was that God dwells within us so that we can manifest Her outwards to others. The other was that focusing on the breath was quieting the mind because you are making the "higher" levels of your brain focus on what is usually taken care of by the brain stem without your awareness.
Khelia, thanks for the link to the 21 day asana challenge. I don't think that is what I am doing for the asana practice -- it is a fitness challenge. Here's the link for that: http://www.yogajournal.com/fitnesschalleng
e/weekone_1.html?utm_source=Fitness&ut
m_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=Fitness

Edited by: VABUTSY at: 6/9/2013 (11:32)
Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
KHELIA's Photo KHELIA SparkPoints: (4,992)
Fitness Minutes: (2,545)
Posts: 186
6/9/13 7:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
So, im finally in here.

After doing a few daily moves - i try to do 15 to 20 minutes a day to stay flexible i decided to inscribe to the 21 day challenge.
Thanks, Punchilogue for telling us - I would have missed it!
Heres the link again:
www.yogajournal.com/21daychallenge/

I opted for the beginner version again. Did it in Feb. and there where a couple of clips i liked very much.
Today: some warrior- variations
Namaste!

Edited by: KHELIA at: 6/9/2013 (07:16)
 current weight: 230.0 
 
230
224.75
219.5
214.25
209
PUNCHILOUIE's Photo PUNCHILOUIE SparkPoints: (116,006)
Fitness Minutes: (171,206)
Posts: 6,684
6/9/13 12:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
VABUTSY all the progress your constant practice has given you! Congrats!

BIGPOPPAPUFF awesome practice this week!


June 8: day 16 Body and Mind Odyssey Meditation,harnessing the healing power of the universe, quite relaxing practice

Have a nice weekend everyone! Namaste!

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 6/9/2013 (01:02)
What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


 current weight: 116.8 
 
129
125.75
122.5
119.25
116
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/8/13 9:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I do love my early Saturday morning Hatha class. I've probably only missed about 12 Saturdays in the last 2 years, so it feels like home. The asana sequence does not vary much; I know all of the instructors jokes; the regulars practically have assigned places. It's easy for me to be very regular with the yoga classes and even with the home meditation, but I am not doing nearly enough home practice of the challenge poses I've set for myself: handstand, wheel, king pigeon and a better crow. So I'm hoping to do more of those this coming week.

Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/8/13 4:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
50 minutes of water aerobics....10 minutes in the hot tub.......at LA Fitness.....20 minute yoga dvd and 10 minutes of myofascial release this evening.....

 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/8/13 12:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I love that quote, Punchilouie, thank you for taking the time to type it in. A gentle Hatha yoga class after work today. It's Day 7 of the YJ Meditation Challenge, so I think this is the last day of the breath focused meditation. That made it a perfect day for the gentle Hatha class because I was able to focus on coordinating breath and movement throughout the class. I maintained steady ujiya breathing throughout, so it was really a moving meditation for me. Perhaps I used up all my focus in class because when it came to my 10 minute meditation a little while ago, I was relaxed in body but not so much in mind tonight. I kept losing my focus on my breath. But the short YJ message with today's meditation email was about just that and not beating yourself up about it, so I was able to let it go and just keep returning to my breath. The 10 minutes now seem very short when just 7 days ago they seemed long.

Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
PUNCHILOUIE's Photo PUNCHILOUIE SparkPoints: (116,006)
Fitness Minutes: (171,206)
Posts: 6,684
6/7/13 9:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Interesting practices and experiences BIGPOPPAPUF, VABUTSY and LCOOK447!

VABUTSY your experience got me thinking. I wanted to share this Buddha's quote with you:

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

You proved a disciplined mind. Congratulations!


June 6: day 14 Body and Mind Odyssey Chopra Meditation , floating was the theme, funny feeling...
June 7: day 15 Body and Mind Odyssey Chopra Meditation, so hum breathing, I saw a very bright light.. feeling light

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 6/9/2013 (01:00)
What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


 current weight: 116.8 
 
129
125.75
122.5
119.25
116
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/7/13 5:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
50 minutes of water aerobics....10 minutes in the hot tub.......at LA Fitness.....20 minute yoga dvd and 10 minutes of myofascial release this evening.....


 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
LCOOK447 SparkPoints: (8,766)
Fitness Minutes: (6,681)
Posts: 671
6/7/13 3:00 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Had my 10 minute meditation and 5 minute yoga stretch. Walked the park with my dog. emoticon and end with 15 minute of yoga cardio.

Namaste,

Laura emoticon

 Pounds lost: 3.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/7/13 12:00 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Another peaceful 10 minute meditation at the end of my day yesterday. And again today I could feel the benefits already expressing themselves in my life. When a friend sent a hurtful email, I first wrote a hurtful reply but before sending it, I spent a few minutes focusing on my breathing and the thought that being human means both making mistakes and forgiving mistakes. And then I discarded my first email and sent a short one instead just staying that the email had hurt my feelings. For me, that is pretty spectacular as a friend once described me as a "Ready, Fire, Aim" kind of person.

Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/6/13 7:49 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A wonderful 25 minute asana practice last night, then YJ's 10 minute breath meditation. One of my thoughts during the meditation was "breathe judgment out, breathe acceptance in." Then this morning, driving to work, I passed a young man standing on a street corner with a cardboard sign: "Trying to put my life back together. Anything helps." My first thought was VERY judgmental and then I could feel my mind relaxing and I thought, "The sign is right. Anything helps. So I'll pray for him." I've laughed to myself each night as the woman leading the YJ meditation says something like, may your practice benefit all living beings. Fat chance of that, I've thought each night. But today, I felt I had a little taste of how that might be. emoticon
60 minute yoga class at lunchtime today with one of my all-time favorite teachers.

Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/6/13 7:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
45 minutes of water aerobics....10 minutes in the hot tub.......at LA Fitness.....20 minute yoga dvd and 10 minutes of myofascial release this evening.....

 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
PUNCHILOUIE's Photo PUNCHILOUIE SparkPoints: (116,006)
Fitness Minutes: (171,206)
Posts: 6,684
6/6/13 4:53 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.yogajournal.com/21daychallenge/

21 day Yoga Journal Challenge starting June 10

LCOOK447 great combination Yoga and Meditation, I agree with you, it's worth the effort of re-doing the challenge

BIGPOPPAPUF fantastic fusion

VABUTSY thanks for the link to Yoga the Iyengar Way: www.amazon.com/Yoga-The-Iyengar-Silv
a-
Mehta/dp/0679722874


Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 6/6/2013 (16:58)
What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


 current weight: 116.8 
 
129
125.75
122.5
119.25
116
LCOOK447 SparkPoints: (8,766)
Fitness Minutes: (6,681)
Posts: 671
6/6/13 1:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I completed day 2 of my meditation and yoga challenge. Then I did a 1 mile walk video along with this cardio challenge, old video. I am sweaty now and ready to relax.

Namaste,

Laura emoticon

 Pounds lost: 3.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/5/13 7:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
45 minutes of water aerobics....10 minutes in the hot tub.......at LA Fitness.....20 minute yoga dvd and 10 minutes of myofascial release this evening.....

 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/5/13 1:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A non-electronic but wonderful yoga resource is the book, "Yoga the Iyengar Way: The new definitive illustrated guide" by Mira Silva and Shyam Mehta, published in 2010 by Alfred A. Knopf. Wonderful illustrations, asana descriptions, attention to mind and soul as well as body, recommendations for different medical conditions and limitations, and full week by week "courses" to advance your practice.

Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
LCOOK447 SparkPoints: (8,766)
Fitness Minutes: (6,681)
Posts: 671
6/5/13 10:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I signed up for the 21 day challenge for meditation and the 21 day challenge for yoga. I have done the 21 day yoga challenge before but it does not hurt to do it again. I enjoyed that I kept the videos in my archive. Day 1 of meditation went good. Have not done the day 1 yoga challenge, but will do it later this morning.

Looking forward to this,

Laura

 Pounds lost: 3.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PUNCHILOUIE's Photo PUNCHILOUIE SparkPoints: (116,006)
Fitness Minutes: (171,206)
Posts: 6,684
6/5/13 1:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
CAROLJEAN I read this article about how to prepare to make the wheel and how to do it:
www.yogajournal.com/practice/2733
and www.yogajournal.com/practice/2705

Jason Crandell and Cyndi Lee are quite good as instructors, so I think their advice is worth the effort to read their articles. Congratulations for being able to do this pose, it's one of the hard ones.

VABUTSY great that YJ Meditation is helping you!

MEOWMEOWGIRL Jason Crandell is a very good instructor. He's going to be in the 21 day Yoga Journal Challenge starting June 10

LCOOK447 glad you are expanding your Yoga experience

FITGRL124 you're welcome. Let us know how your knee is doing and what modifications you are doing in your Yoga practice

BOOKWORM67 floating after a longer savasana? that is interesting, maybe you were really in a deeper relaxation than in a shorter savasana. A new experience!

BIGPOPPAPUFF hope you are done with the moving and you are more relax enjoying your fusion and new home!

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 6/5/2013 (01:54)
What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


 current weight: 116.8 
 
129
125.75
122.5
119.25
116
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/4/13 7:14 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am VERY far from an expert, but as I remember from years ago, there were two secrets for me: one was to make my breathing MUCH more shallow than in any other asana and the other was to focus on moving my upper chest towards the wall that I was looking at (in other words, the wall in back of my feet.) Of course, the other secret is to hold it only for the duration that you can comfortably hold your breath! emoticon I'm still envious that you can get up at all. It has made me renew my own efforts to regain the wheel.

Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/4/13 6:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
50 minutes of water aerobics....10 minutes in the hot tub.......at LA Fitness.....20 minute yoga dvd and 10 minutes of myofascial release this evening.....

 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
BOOKWORM67's Photo BOOKWORM67 SparkPoints: (35,313)
Fitness Minutes: (34,180)
Posts: 52
6/4/13 4:22 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Found an old yogazone beginning video using a link from another thread---had a lovely practice. Sometimes I had to do the "for the less flexible" adaptation--and sometimes I didn't!!!. This video had me stay in savasana at the end longer than some of my other beginners videos have---must remember to do this for myself even if the video just ends. I felt almost like I was floating when I did get up.

 July Minutes: 762
 
0
250
500
750
1000
CAROLJEAN64's Photo CAROLJEAN64 Posts: 11,313
6/4/13 11:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Morning Adamantine practice was a little inelegant this morning, but after being assisted into wheel I held it longer than yesterday. Does anyone know how to do wheel and breathe? I can't seem to accomplish both.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


 current weight: 10.0  over
 
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
FITGRL124's Photo FITGRL124 Posts: 8,467
6/4/13 10:59 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks so much PUNCHILOUIE for the link! It is much appreciated!!!

FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED!

SKIP THE DIET, JUST EAT HEALTHY!

EAT CLEAN, TRAIN MEAN!

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO LIFT YOU HIGHER!


 July Minutes: 153
 
0
625
1250
1875
2500
LCOOK447 SparkPoints: (8,766)
Fitness Minutes: (6,681)
Posts: 671
6/4/13 10:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I was not able to log on this weekend or yesterday. I will be checking out the challenges on Yoga Journal. I am excited to do something different with my yoga, love this.

Laura

 Pounds lost: 3.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/4/13 8:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A late night again after getting my elderly friend physically & psychologically ready for transfer today to a rehab hospital. So once again YJ's short hip-opening sequence and 10 minute breath-focused meditation was just what I needed. It ends with suggesting you grab your journal and write down thoughts that came to you during meditation, but my thoughts are not worth recording: "Breath relaxation in, breath tension out" "The candle flame is so beautiful and so peaceful. I wonder why it feels peaceful?" "Breath relaxation in, breath tension out" "I may fall asleep sitting in sukhasana." and so on emoticon

Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
MEOWMEOWGIRL's Photo MEOWMEOWGIRL Posts: 178
6/4/13 7:50 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I bought Yoga Journal's Complete Beginner's Guide by Jason Crandell. Got it in the mail yesterday. It's basically a video encyclopedia of common yoga moves. While I've been practicing for a while now, it's been mostly at home, so I want to make sure I'm doing the poses correctly. It also has a 90 min workout. Very excited.

*Let's Do This!!!*

*Strong is the new Skinny!*

*"Get rhythm, when you get the blues" -Johnny Cash*


 current weight: 121.4 
 
125
123.25
121.5
119.75
118
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/3/13 7:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
30 minutes of water aerobics....10 minutes in the hot tub.......at LA Fitness.....20 minute yoga dvd and 10 minutes of myofascial release this evening.....


 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/3/13 5:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Fell asleep on the couch last night (yes, with the TV on), woke at about 1:00 am and then did the 5 minute hip-opener and 10 minute meditation that is part of Yoga Journal's 21 day meditation challenge. I love lighting the candles in my bedroom, setting up for asanas and then meditation and just letting yesterday, today and tomorrow fall away. And I slept really well after that. Hoping to get to a yin class later today.

P.S. Carol Jean -- a wheel, even if it were just for a nanosecond, is impressive. CONGRATS! It's wheel yesterday, wheel tomorrow, but never wheel today for me -- to paraphrase Lewis Carroll. I can only get into wheel by starting on an exercise ball.

Edited by: VABUTSY at: 6/3/2013 (19:04)
Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
PUNCHILOUIE's Photo PUNCHILOUIE SparkPoints: (116,006)
Fitness Minutes: (171,206)
Posts: 6,684
6/3/13 2:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
CAROLJEAN wow congrats for that wheel!!!

June 3: 2/21 Yoga for beginners, Standing Poses , Barbara Benagh, 20 min, slow motion practice focus in getting the poses right and with the Ujjayi breathing, holding the pose was a good challenge, happy to review the poses to correct myself and get a better expression of the pose. Ujjayi breathing was energizing..

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


 current weight: 116.8 
 
129
125.75
122.5
119.25
116
KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,534
6/3/13 10:27 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
6/3 2/18 power yoga from Hulu/Gaiam with Rodney Yee, short one, only about 14 minutes total.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



 current weight: 4.0  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
BOOKWORM67's Photo BOOKWORM67 SparkPoints: (35,313)
Fitness Minutes: (34,180)
Posts: 52
6/3/13 9:29 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
That's awesome!

 July Minutes: 762
 
0
250
500
750
1000
CAROLJEAN64's Photo CAROLJEAN64 Posts: 11,313
6/3/13 8:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This morning's practice felt soooooo good I didn't want it to be over. My teacher is helping me work toward wheel. I actually held it for about a breath and 1/2.... if I had been breathing.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


 current weight: 10.0  over
 
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,534
6/3/13 12:10 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
6/2 1/18 Yoga download podcast, hatha yoga in the park.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



 current weight: 4.0  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
PUNCHILOUIE's Photo PUNCHILOUIE SparkPoints: (116,006)
Fitness Minutes: (171,206)
Posts: 6,684
6/2/13 9:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
FITGRL124 great advice from CarolJean, also I did a research in Yoga Journal and found some articles www.yogajournal.com/practice/1835

BIGPOPPAPUFF moving is exhausting, courage! some good deep breaths and some meditation might help. Take care!

VABUTSY nice Yoga experience after difficult day. Thanks also for sharing your experience of your yoga practice while having knee problems

KAYOTIC have a great holiday at the end of June, 18 session, awesome!

June 2: 1/21 AM Yoga, AM,PM Yoga Rodney Yee, 20 min lovely way to start my day...

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 6/2/2013 (21:48)
What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


 current weight: 116.8 
 
129
125.75
122.5
119.25
116
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/2/13 7:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
no gym today....my nerves from my move are destroying me......did do a quick yoga dvd....

 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/2/13 5:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
FITGRL124, I have one knee that has only one ligament and a lot of scar tissue from a skiing accident 30 years ago. I just want to emphasize what good advice CarolJean64 gave you. I had to use those kind of props and modifications for years before my knee loosened enough to practice without them. But I still benefitted tremendously from yoga. Now I still use a folded blanket under my knees, over my mat, for any kneeling poses. And I generally move in and out of bent knee poses much more slowly than others in the class. Also, in warrior poses, I'm careful to keep a lot of weight on my back leg rather than the bent front leg, and I don't rest my weight on my bent leg in extended side angle. AND I keep my feet flexed in any lying down poses that require bent knees -- that helps protect the knee. I actually think the physical problems I have, starting with my knee, have benefitted me as a yogi, because they have forced me to pay more attention to my own body than to what an instructor or others in the class are doing.
today I greatly enjoyed a 75 minute multi-level Hatha class, even though I had to stop for a few minutes part way through to massage that bad knee back into cooperating.

Edited by: VABUTSY at: 6/2/2013 (17:36)
Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,534
6/2/13 4:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'll be on vacation the last 2 weeks of June, so will try to do 18 sessions again this month.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



 current weight: 4.0  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
CAROLJEAN64's Photo CAROLJEAN64 Posts: 11,313
6/2/13 12:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Consider two options. In child's pose, but a folded blanket or small bolster between your thighs and calves. This can often take pressure off your knees. Also consider finding a yin yoga class. Yin is practiced seated or prone and can be challenging as most of the poses can be held up to three minutes.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


 current weight: 10.0  over
 
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
FITGRL124's Photo FITGRL124 Posts: 8,467
6/2/13 9:45 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It's my knee. I can't do any lunges, squats, warrior exercises or can't put weight on my knee with child's pose, etc. So, I guess that leaves me with chair yoga??

FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED!

SKIP THE DIET, JUST EAT HEALTHY!

EAT CLEAN, TRAIN MEAN!

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO LIFT YOU HIGHER!


 July Minutes: 153
 
0
625
1250
1875
2500
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/2/13 1:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Even though it is technically June 2, I just did my June 1 five minute asana and ten minute meditation from the Yoga Journal, having just got back from a long day at the hospital with a 94 year old friend. This was a true gift from God -- full of grace and granting me peace after a day that had left me wound up mentally and physically. As I opened my eyes at the end of the meditation (which felt too short) I was aware of two things: how different my body felt after just the 15 minute practice: relaxed and ready for sleep, and my eyes encountered the votive candle glowing in the lotus candle holder that I purchased recently for all of $2.50. I thought of how feminine the lotus candle holder was, like the art of Georgia O'Keeffe, and yet for centuries yoga was a primarily masculine practice. Nothing more than that -- just that thought. Namaste and good night, hoping you are all long asleep.

Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
PUNCHILOUIE's Photo PUNCHILOUIE SparkPoints: (116,006)
Fitness Minutes: (171,206)
Posts: 6,684
6/2/13 12:16 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon everyone !

FITGRL124 like CAROLJEAN said, it is not clear what your lower body issues are, chair Yoga or if you can sit on the floor, maybe Seated Poses could help, Restorative Yoga also is another idea or why don't you sign-up for the 21 day Yoga Journal starting on June 10, beginners level? baby steps...

Let's keep our Yoga and Meditation journey growing this month! Namaste emoticon

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 6/2/2013 (00:20)
What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


 current weight: 116.8 
 
129
125.75
122.5
119.25
116
CAROLJEAN64's Photo CAROLJEAN64 Posts: 11,313
6/1/13 10:56 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It's not clear what your lower body issues are, however, I suggest you google "chair yoga." You will find loads of yoga to do seated in a chair or using a chair for support.
I plan to attend Guided Self Practice in Adamantine 5 days a week at 6 AM and do one practice at home on Sat. mornings.
I started this practice in mid March and have only missed one day due to travel.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


 current weight: 10.0  over
 
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
FITGRL124's Photo FITGRL124 Posts: 8,467
6/1/13 10:10 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Any suggestions with someone who can't do a whole lot of yoga with their lower body? I really want to get back to it but I'm not sure where to begin?

FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED!

SKIP THE DIET, JUST EAT HEALTHY!

EAT CLEAN, TRAIN MEAN!

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO LIFT YOU HIGHER!


 July Minutes: 153
 
0
625
1250
1875
2500
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/1/13 10:00 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
45 minutes of water aerobics........at LA Fitness.....20 minute yoga dvd and 10 minutes of myofascial release this evening.....

 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
BIGPOPPAPUFF SparkPoints: (207,043)
Fitness Minutes: (107,103)
Posts: 84,698
6/1/13 6:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
yoga dvd's....classes for yoga and mat pilates....and my water aerobics and strength training.....all will be done with regularity...

 current weight: 205.0 
 
282
257
232
207
182
SPARKERGURL27's Photo SPARKERGURL27 SparkPoints: (90)
Fitness Minutes: (32)
Posts: 4
6/1/13 2:45 P

Send Private Message
Reply
my goal is to do 18 yoga sessions and yoga practices this month

 current weight: 278.0 
 
282
247.75
213.5
179.25
145
VABUTSY's Photo VABUTSY SparkPoints: (5,561)
Fitness Minutes: (4,488)
Posts: 70
6/1/13 10:52 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm starting the 21 day Yoga Journal meditation challenge today. I actually started last night with a 10 minute alternate nostril breathing meditation but I'm going to use the Yoga Journal's daily meditations for the first 21 days in June. At least that is my plan. It's a very busy, somewhat stressful time ahead of me, until about the second week in July, so I'm hoping -- no, make that I'm BELIEVING -- I can stick to this.

Adrienne aka Butsy
C'ville, VA

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" Gandalf


 current weight: 150.0 
 
150
146.5
143
139.5
136
PUNCHILOUIE's Photo PUNCHILOUIE SparkPoints: (116,006)
Fitness Minutes: (171,206)
Posts: 6,684
6/1/13 12:17 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My goal is 21 Yoga and Meditation practices using my dvd's and online links like the 21day Challenge from Yoga Journal, minimum 15 minutes. emoticon

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


 current weight: 116.8 
 
129
125.75
122.5
119.25
116
PUNCHILOUIE's Photo PUNCHILOUIE SparkPoints: (116,006)
Fitness Minutes: (171,206)
Posts: 6,684
6/1/13 12:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
NEW MONTH, NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE OUR YOGA PRACTICE, TO REACH A BETTER BALANCE BETWEEN OUR BODY AND MIND!


JOIN US, GET FIT, HEALTHY AND RELAX. A CONSISTENT YOGA PRACTICE OFFER GREAT BENEFITS.

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE, INSPIRE AND BE INSPIRED!

NAMASTE emoticon

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


 current weight: 116.8 
 
129
125.75
122.5
119.25
116
Page: 2 of (2)   1 2

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Yoga Lovers General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
MARCH CHALLENGE 3/31/2014 11:56:04 PM
21 Days of Gratitude, starting on Monday Nov 4 12/2/2013 12:44:37 AM
summer of peace 6/10/2014 12:38:46 PM
NUTRITION TRACKER 6/12/2014 8:28:19 AM
SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE 10/5/2013 10:14:22 AM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13x53555482

Review our Community Guidelines