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Go to www.sadienardini.com and you will find a compassionate, appropriate video Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga for Weight Loss ....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf1MtRZx_J4

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Beginning poses to help with weight loss? Any suggestions?

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I don't believe there are "rules" about any body parts being moved around ... For instance, when I flow from downward dog into a lunge, I always have to reposition my front leg from a stumbly crouch to a 90-degree angle, more towards the front of the mat (have tight hamstrings) ... and I have been practicing for years ...

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umm yeah here's my ? as embarrassing as it is ... i'm not that overweight but i am too fat to do some of the moves literally in some of the bends and twists i have to stop balance and shift my fat to one side or the other to make room .... should i b doing this ? does it harm my practice to not be doing the moves smoothly? should i just be sticking to the moves that don't involve moving my body fat around?



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Does anyone do mantras? Use mala beads?

I would like to get back into doing some chants but would like ideas about some new ones and what they represent!

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Hi! I'm new to this team and recovering from a severe back injury. I've been wanting to try a yoga class and eventually incorporate it into my regular fitness regimen. However, I know nothing about yoga. What should I look for in a yoga class?

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I tried "regular" yoga, a hatha class in a gym environment and hated it. It actually made me feel worse (dizziness, major sudden headaches, body pain)I tried "hot" yoga in the form of a Bikram studio and loved it because of how much better I felt afterwards (strong, renewed, breathing freely, no pain). Here's the problem. I have now moved to a tiny town where NO yoga seems to exist. I want to get back into something for my health, but there's also no Tai Chi or pilates here either. And, what I'd really like to find is a yoga retreat or an outdoor program. I can't stand the idea of working with a DVD, but I don't know yet how to do things on my own. I'm still new at all this and want to know that I'm doing things "right."

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All I want to know is HOW, oh HOW does anyone get the Tree pose! My leg keeps slipping down. I am thinking of double sided tape.

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Yes, yoga is about cooperation rather than competition. I don't think it is a good idea to make yoga an Olympic sport. Yoga is for people; not people for yoga. That's the beauty of it. As another person just stated- Hatha yoga is just a small part of the whole. Cindy

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Isn't yoga about not competing? Just my opinion, but turning yoga into an Olympic sport is the opposite of what yoga is about.

 
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kekeke i know---
they should just award gold medals in
"human pretzel making"

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it's pretty hard to imagine how on earth they would even judge it! i'm sure the olympic yoga performers would be considered a completely different breed than others; it's difficult to see how the life of a yogi incorporates into competition.

i think the yogi takes a step with life that sports don't. generally, sports has discipline and physical & maybe even mental health involved--and yogis journey inward. yogis don't play sports to be the best or to even look good; they practise a lifestyle of cleansing and renewal.
...then again, maybe some sports do offer that on some level; i think that the body follows the spirit, maybe it can also happen the other way around--maybe by exercising your body, your spirit can be cultivated.
...of course, no one can judge any of those aspects of any sport, activity, lifestyle, philosophy, or religion. judging peoples' level of perfection--competing--is just a game.

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I totally don't like the sound of yoga becoming an Olympic event. Just because someone is able to do a certain pretzel-like posture does not make them the best yogi. There are many levels of yoga besides the physical/hatha side. There is raja yoga, which is meditation, and jnana yoga which is done through mantra, and karma yoga, which is the yoga of selfless work. There are so many things that encompass yoga, and to think that it is the physical postures themselves that define yoga just proves the ignorance of our western culutre.

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i was just googling, and i came across this blog entry (yoga's next twist):
esutra.blogspot.com/

which lead to this article:
online.wsj.com/article/SB12096617328
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it's about yoga becoming an olympic event.
do you think competition would negate the core values and benefits of yoga by placing emphasis on form, physique, and technique? one of the comments on the blog expressed a fear of a breed of "yoga-moms" springing up, lol, which is a little scary!
...although it would be/is disheartening that people don't grasp the healing of such a thing; we all will always do what we will with what we are given.... i think the true yogis will be true yogis, and the true athletes (good sportsmanship, healthy, personable, humble, etc.) will be true athletes; and i feel both are admirable, as well as right.

what do ya'll think?

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Yogailates works!

 
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Hello I was thinking I love pilates and I like yoga can do yogailate on thia team?

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Yoga is frequently referred to as the union between the mind,body and spirit. As you practice the postures, you concentrate on your breathing and try to clear your mind.

Everyone can practice yoga and you do work the entire body! There are many styles of yoga and the key is finding the right one for you. There is a lot of info on the internet about the different styles of yoga and we're always here to help too!

 
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whats yoga i heard it the balacne between spital and inpeace i though their the some? How hard is it to leand if you are a beginner? Do you work the whole body? That it for now

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Hi - are you the kelly who had some tingling with forward bending?

If it does not subside, it could be nerve pinching... however, that can be from tight muscles not always something horrible - but pay attention to PAIN.

Also, being stressed can cause compression and tight muscles... so watch out for that as well.
Hope this helps a bit; you won't know until you do it a while if it is a nerve or stress. That being said, for a while, don't go so far that you have the tingling, and "nudge" your way into it. :)

 
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Hi! Jumping in here; I personally do not have my students use blocks - why? I saw a woman fall over with one - BECAUSE of one. So, my mantra is, if you can't do it on your own, you do what you can. I have done that with students for over a decade now and it has been just as good with out if not better. Iyengar is big on props.... I feel back in the ancient times when Yoga was developed they didn't have $12 latex blocks and they did just fine.

HOWEVER that is not everyone's feeling and I know others will give you great advice that may be pro props (say that 5x fast) and you can certainly weigh your options.

I do like straps ONLY because it is a safe way to help someone FEEL like they are getting closer - it is a mental thing -not so much physical.

 
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yes, i do other exercise too, i have just started going to the gym twice a week, and i also do a dance aerobics dvd at home twice a week as well as using my step machine for 20 mins as often as i can.
I think i am definitely going to practice 3 days a week now, more if i can fit it in, which im hoping i can

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I am so glad you're enjoying yoga!!

You can practice as many nights as you'd like. Are you doing any other physical activity during the week (treadmill, walking,etc...)? It not, twice a week is probably the minimum to see results.

Many ashtanga yoga students practice 6 days a week, Saturday being the day off.

It's entirely up to you! I try for 3 days a week. Did you take a class at the gym yet? Let me know how it went if you did. I know finding the right class and right teacher are key.

Keep me posted on your progress!!

 
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hi andrea, well i bought a whole new set today, with a new mat, 2 blocks and a strap in it. i have found i am really enjoying yoga, i tend to do it at around 8:30pm two evenings a week and i feel so relaxed afterwards, i sleep so much better on those nights. i just wondered if you could recommend how many times a week to practice, as i say im doing it 2 nights a week but would love to do more.

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I use blocks for Utthita-Trikonasana (extended triangle), I put the block beside my right foot and place my left hand on the block instead of the floor. Reverse for the other side.

A block is also good to place between your knees if you're doing brige pose.

The strap is good if you are doing Utthita-Hasta-Padangusthasana (extended hand foot big toe) either standing or lying down. Some people use the rings to make the strap fit around the foot or you can just hold the 2 ends.

Straps are also good for twisting postures if you aren't able to grab your hand or foot. (Half bound lotus or Maricyasana)

 
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hi, hope you are all ok, another question for you, can you give me some advice on using blocks and straps please?

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In general, yoga class in not like an aerobics class-yoga is not competitive. If practiced correctly by the others in class, they will not even know you're there!

Don't stress out about it, you'll do fine. And remember, everyone falls in class at one time or another!!

 
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i have just joined a gym and they hold classes there, i just wanted to try it at home first to see how i got on with it, im quite a shy nervous person so i didnt want to be there asking too many questions....but i think i will have to!!

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That sounds good!

Are there classes offered near you? It may be good to try even a few just help with your home practice.

 
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thanks for all the advice, the dvd i have seems to contain most of the poses you have suggested, so i think i shall stick with it and not push myself too hard, just go into each pose as well as i can until my hips open up a little more, would you agree with that?

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This seems like a lot going on at once (the breathing, focal point and just trying to get the posture) but, it will become second nature!

At first, my head was spinning trying to remember everything I was supposed to be doing.

The key is not to think, just breathe and be in the moment.

 
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You will get it with time! My hips are finally opening up.

I practice ashtanga,also. There are some really good ashtanga books that break down the 1st series posture by posture . They also go into the breath and your focus point for each posture.

To start, you can warm up with some cat, cow and childs pose going into downward facing dog.

Surya Namaskara Ka and Kha-The Sun Salutions (A & B) are great for building strength and endurance, work up to 5 sets of each. There are modifications for each posture, so if you are unable to do plank-you can put your knees on the floor (like a girls push up) and do cobra instead of upward facing dog.

For seated postures:

Dandasana- This is just sitting tall, legs in front of you, feet flexed and your hands are beside your hips pushing down.

Forward bend- In same position as above, but try to touch the outside of your feet.

Table top- variation of Purvatanasana

Boat- hold for 5 breaths and work up to 5

Lying down
Supta Padangusthasana- this will help open your hips

Finally- Always Savasana (corpse)!

 
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yes those are the poses andrea, in pigeon i cant get my front leg to be straight across in front of me from knee down and when i then bend out over front leg i can really really feel the stretch in the front legs thigh. as for the cow pose, i can get the foot of the bottom leg next to my hip, but not the top leg, even when sat on a block. will i be able to manage it in time do you think?

also the dvd i have is an ashtanga based one, as im new to yoga i have no idea what i should be doing really, i know there are different types, is there a certain style you would recommend for beginners?

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Kelly,

If you go to this link yoga.about.com/od/yogaposes/a/pigeon.htm

There is a good picture of pigeon pose along with step by step instructions. This is actually the way I've been taught to do it. Control your breath, inhale to lengthen and exhale to deepen.

I tried cow face posture on this website and it only showed the arm postures. You can try sitting on a block (or book) or two in order to get your legs in the correct alignment.

Hope this helps!
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Hi Kelly,

I think you are questioning 2 postures, right? The first is one legged pigeon pose and the second is cow face posture. I am going to try to send you pictures of these and make sure we are on the same page!

In the meantime, some good hip openers would be Vrkasana (tree pose) and extended hand foot big toe posture. This one can also be done lying down until you get your balance. Lie on your back on the floor with your left arm on your left leg, lift your right leg up and grab your big toe with your right pointer and index fingers-make a seal with your thumb. Bend your elbow and try to move your right leg to the right side without lifting your left leg off the floor.

I'm not sure about the tingling in your feet, hopefully Michelle can answer this one.

 
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im not too sure of the name of the poses, but i know one is called pigeon pose, with that one i find i cant get my front leg into the correct position, and when i bend forwards it does hurt a little. hopefully you will be able to figure out what im about to try and explain as i dont know the name of the pose, it is a seated one where my left foot is next to my right hip and right foot is next t left hip, knees stacked one on top of other, in this pose i cant get my feet next to my hips as i am just not flexible enough yet.
one other thing, sometimes when i am in certain positions when really stretching my feet start to tingle...im sure i shouldnt be experiencing this, any advice really would be appreciated

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You should never push yourself, yoga practiced correctly does not hurt. You can modify positions and use props to assist you as you become more flexible.

Let me know what poses you are working on and I'll try to help with specific modifications/props.

 
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thanks :o)
also in some poses i dont get into the exact positions.....my legs dont quite bend enough lol, should i just get as far into the position as i can??

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If you wash your mat and let it air dry, it will help with the slipping!

 
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hi, im totally new to yoga, ive taken it p on the advice of my practice nurse to help strengthen my core muscles. as im a beginner i thought i would get a dvd to do at home before i brave it and go to an actual class, but i have a slight problem, i bought myself a dvd and a yoga mat and i get quite warm doing it and find my feet slip on the mat....is this because of the mat i bought? do i need to get a really expensive one??

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Well, I keep putting off my first class. I've been watching Namaste Yoga on Fit TV. I'm not sure if I want to do that in front of strangers. Maybe I should clear some room and try it at home first. Any encouragement would help.

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