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This one's for you, PUNCHIE www.teachasana.com/teacher-spotlight
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your man Jason has some keen enhancement moves too, for other kinds of poses ...
Um, some of us are shoulder-flexibility-challenged ... and could use this ...


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You've always sworn by that video ... before my current bout with frailty, I used to sometimes look at a video star and suddenly be able to do the pose (for a time) ...

A real in person, live teacher can (and did used to) get me to do great with the pilates, too. It's not just a matter of challenge or goals or apexes, but it is the ongoing encouragement and doing just that little bit more ...


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IMHO it is good to go baby steps in a difficult pose, learn the poses that help to get the strength in arms, legs,core and have the right guidance to accomplish the desired pose. In Yoga Journal for instance, Jason Crandell has a session teaching how to get to crow.

www.yogajournal.com/video/211

Obviously a live instructor will be more helpful because he/she can see what is what we need to perform the pose, confidence, strength, relax ....

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I've the same love-hate relationship with pilates that I've always had with yoga, except ... it is more complicated than that ... I really had to give up concentrating on pilates or barre with my medical condition on doctor's advice ... being undertreated is no joke ... and I am real Type A pilates lover from way back ... can't be missing pilates totally, so it's stuck into my yoga both with Bethenny Frankel/Mike McArdle and with my own creation ...


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Not working on headstand anymore, thank God. Not since one certain diagnosis.

I've all the stress I could handle with full wheel, plyometric half pincha (modification of what is presented on the video), crow pose and of course, most of the standing balancing backbends ...

Not to mention medical contraindications for practically all inversions ...

Some people still do yoga in order to relax ... lol

Getting all the corework I can handle (minus the need for ultra-coordination and uber-flexible hamstrings, both tested in headstand, thankyouveryverymuch!!!! with the pilates infusing my yoga practice.


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3/7/14 2:19 P

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Favorite working-on pose would have to be Salamba Sirsasana (a headstand) www.yogajournal.com/poses/481

As mentioned elsewhere here I'm working on my balance a lot... while this one isn't effected by my foot surgeries getting and maintaining my balance in it is a goal right now.

Talking about crow pose... I'm still at the hoping stage on that one lol. Super difficult for me to get my toes off the floor at all, no balance there yet. It's one I'm just going to passively let come I think as I find myself feeling frustrated at times over it during class, which isn't good.

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Yeah, well there always is that goes-without-saying pantheon of challenge poses and mudras ... like crow, or (for those who are not contraindicated) headstand, binds, flying pigeon, the splits, one-legged sage Koundinya pose ... and so forth ...


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Right now, I'm mostly working on chaturanga dandasana as well as the upward- and downward-facing dog poses. One day I'll start working more diligently on my bakasana...

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3/3/14 11:57 A

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Hi Tina,

No props in studio. Only practice outside of class. Bikram himself does not recommend props but students do use props for practice in their homes.

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Also the crow



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3/3/14 9:54 A

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@DOLLY, I thought live Bikram classes discouraged the use of props except in cases of injury or really extenuating circumstances .. kind of like most Ashtanga classes are like that ..


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I'm working on crow. I started with just lifting one foot up at a time, now I can hold it with both legs up for about a second - lol. I think have my problem is having the confidence to just go for it and believing I won't fall. I'll get there!

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Ok, I've asked my yoga instructors for further feedback. They informed me that to do the half-tortoise, we have to hold in our abs and extend our arms upward and slowly descend forward. They also recommended that I sit on a yoga block or pillow.

I've noticed my core is getting tighter and stronger now that I've been following their instructions. I've also started doing bicycle sit-ups to prepare for my surgery (want to lose another 5-10 lbs as i will be nonambulatory for about two months postop) and to strengthen up my core muscles. Noticeably when I do the half lord of the fish pose, my abs and spine have also strengthened. The spinal twist and lengthening of my back muscles really help to build up my core.

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Thanks DollyHolly, like TINIERTINA said I'm not familiar with Bikram Yoga, One learns something new every day.

Good advice CAROLJEAN!

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Thanks Carol Jean. I'll try those poses. If you know of any other poses which help strengthen the core, let me know :)

I can do hero's pose very well. I can kneel and sit back tight on my calves/feet (no gap) and even keep my knees together while leaning backwards and even put my elbows behind my head all the way down backwards onto the floor/mat. But for the half-tortoise, as soon as I start to lean forward to do the pose, my belly plops down (weak core I believe) and I start to collapse forward and my arms will immediately drop to the ground and I would end up curving my back...

Today I was practicing the pose and had my bff help keep my butt to the heels as I lean forward. It was, of course, much easier with his help. But I've got to strengthen my core.

I look forward to working towards conquering this pose.


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There are a couple poses you can practice to help your quads allow your glutes to stick to your heels. Sit in hero's pose (knees bent under you resting glutes on heels.) Extend one leg out straight and lean back on your elbows. Hold for 5 breaths. Switch legs. Eventually you will be able to do this with both legs under you and lean even farther back.
This next suggestion is not so much a pose, as an exercise. Kneel with your back to a wall. Get as close to the wall as you can supporting yourself with your hands . Push yourself up as straight as you can. Again you can do this with one shin against the wall and the other thigh parallel to the floor with the foot in front of you. Switch legs.
Also, child's pose will help. I know that feeling of the arms seemlngly magnetically drawn to your mat.

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2/28/14 2:30 P

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I meant to PUNCHILOUIE, not to you--I think she - like myself - is not very familiar with Bikram yoga ... and their own unique poses ...


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2/28/14 2:00 P

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No, I didn't mix anything up. Half-tortoise is not child's pose, although there are similarities. I can do child's pose just fine.

Here's a link to half-tortoise video. Watch it and tell me what you think!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUys_
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I know I do it wrong because I can't keep my rear glue to my calves which is the way it's supposed to be done. Read more here:
bikramyogaguelph.blogspot.com/2013/0
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Maybe you're mixing it up with Turtle in vinyasa/ashtanga ... this sounds a bit more like humble warrior ... a standing, lunge balancing forward bend


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2/28/14 12:24 P

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It sounds pretty much like child pose. By your description it sounds like you master the pose.
A bet it is a very relaxing pose and you can get deep in the pose with a good breathing technique.

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Ok, I can now do the camel and revolved triangle -- thanks to all who gave the correct name of the pose I was struggling with months ago :) -- I'm currently working on half-tortoise.

Anyone have advice on half-tortoise?

I recently re-started bikram yoga and omg this pose is impossible for me. Apparently I have a weak core and cannot descend forward slowly without completely collapsing to a curved back and having my arms and hands drop down onto the ground first. Half-tortoise requires that we keep our arms extended and held tight to our ears and our clenched fists held tight overhead as we S-L-O-W-L-Y move forward and downward while in kneeling position. To me, I have to immediately drop my arms to the ground to hold out for support...


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I am a little too frail now to think about just one pose anymore, many are eluding me now in my own self-sequence.

But with the Bethenny Skinnygirl dvd, I can do a decent urdhva dhanurasna, the majority of times.
As far as David Magone, I have to table that practice indefinitely. I don't want my knees to hurt like that, but in order to do justice to that practice, you have ballistic, higher impact moves that jar the knees repeatedly ...

I don't look forward to it, necessarily, but I'm probably left with one of my later inspirations: Jennifer Maagendans download.

Since I don't do inversions anymore, I would have to say: urdhva dhanurasana


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You have nailed it about breath. Once I get the pose, it is "relatively" easy to focus on breath, but when I am thinking about the process of the transition, it's too easy to lose my breath. I think this is why I love the style I practice. I do the same series of poses each day which allows me to let my body take over as the practice becomes more and more of a moving meditation.

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Yes, with breath I'm currently concentrating on the breath most especially during the transitions between poses. I find that during an asana, my ujjayi breath is strong and constant. When I sometimes stop hearing it is when I move from one pose to another. This is especially true if the pose is difficult for me or one in which I need to prepare my limbs and body for. I'm also learning to rest in the pose. This 'resting' comes from deepening and slowing my breath.

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I love your idea of a concept... I realize I am doing the same. What I am concentrating on now is breath. I work to be very conscious of my breath and marry it to the poses.

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I suppose I'm concentrating on a concept rather than a particular pose. I am really emphasizing squaring my hips in Warrior One, in Pyramid, in Seated Half Pigeon... In Seated Half Pigeon, I used to find it very easy but now I see I was collapsing at the hips and that they weren't square. Now, I'm using a thick block under my sit bone of the bent leg which raises my pelvis, and keeps me from collapsing. I concentrate on pulling my hip of the extended leg to the back to the front and my hip of the bent leg to the back. Warrior One before I was able to bend my front leg to 90* easily. Now with focus on squaring my hips to the front, my pelvis raises and I find bending my forward leg to 90* to be quite difficult. It's extraordinary to think that we can continue to learn from familiar poses and that what seems to be familiar and understood can be laden with the unknown. Along with focusing on the hips squared or open, I'm becoming more aware if my spine is compressed or long.

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Bakasana

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Triangle and revolved triangle.

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Prayer twist, camel and whatever this pose at link is called. www.myyogaonline.com/m/goord2weeks?g
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I want to get back into inversions. Some years ago, when I had lost some weight, my yoga master helped me with them, but after I regained most of the weight I lost, I stopped trying. Now that I am at my goal weight, inversions should be much easier but I know it took LOTS of practice to get over and stay there without panicking. I have a few books to refer to, and I'm pretty sure there are plenty of videos out there to help.

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Chaturanga dandasana. I think I will be working on it for eternity. :-)

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I'd say, freestanding handstand. I love the feeling of making progress with my various poses.

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I haven't pulled out my Denise Yoga tape, yet. I love the warrior pose, though.

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Savasana.

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Hi All,

I'm new to this team and fairly new to yoga too. I practice yoga most days of the week and I'm trying to do better each day with the hero pose. I'm just wondering if anyone out there is trying to master some pose.

Have a good day everybody.

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