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10/8/10 10:54 A

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I'm tired, too.

On days that I can't do my very involved yoga practice, even at home, I go for a walk.

I have foot problems, and my orthotics are fast wearing out ... so I went and avoided most of my local hills the last time ...

Tina


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6/6/08 11:45 P

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i'm tired.
i'm setting a goal of 20 practices this month (i've been getting 13-15). i'm two down!---
2/20

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ANDREA117 Posts: 111
6/4/08 6:00 P

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Hope you had a good practice!

I agree, everyone looks at you kind of strange when you tell them you practice yoga. If only they knew the benefits! I'm starting to really see a change (finally), I can't believe it has taken a year.

A co-worker of mine sees a chiropractor for back/hip pain, I told her to try yoga but you know how that goes. Yesterday, the chiropractor actually recommended it to her! Finally, people are starting to recognize the benefits.

 
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6/4/08 11:17 A

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I really enjoy being in a class atmosphere a lot more than doing my practice solo, but right now I am in a city where I am one of two yoga teachers, so there isn't really anyone who can teach me. To commit to my mat is to feel like I am giving a gift to my body, especially more on the mental/emotional side. I know when I am frusturated or annoyed that going to my mat will clear it all up, so I guess the inner peace that I feel keeps me coming back to yoga - plus I love how my arms look. Ever since I started doing ashtanga, I have to say, I have great biceps. Before, I had the floppy skin when I lifted my arm, now I have great definition without the bulk. People just don't know all the benefits of yoga. If they knew what yoga could do for them on all levels, I think more would join. But so many, when you say the word yoga, just think of flexibility and putting your foot behind your head. Yoga is so good. I will definitely be practicing today. I just talked myself into it emoticon

Have an amazing day Andrea. Namaste.

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ANDREA117 Posts: 111
6/3/08 10:44 P

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For me, it's much easier to attend class. I have a wonderful teacher, which is probably one of the most important things to find.

I am so unmotivated at home. I am setting a goal for myself to atleast practice the Surya-Namaskara A & B 3 times a week in addition to the full primary series twice a week. I also want to finish reading the Yoga Sutras.

What keeps you motivated?

 
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6/3/08 10:42 A

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Maybe I should rethink doing inversions on my moon time too. Perhaps my ego is getting in the way - I want to be able to go to yoga, but I should honour my body the days that I am unable to. Perhaps I should work more on mantra and meditation or pranayama the days when I don't complete a full practice.

Do you find it easier to go to a class or do yoga at home?

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ANDREA117 Posts: 111
6/2/08 11:54 P

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I've been told that you don't have the energy on Saturdays, you tend to be lazy and heavy.

You are correct about the new moon - mysore style is not practiced on new moon days. We practice on full moon days, but my teacher always stresses to know our limits. It is said that you are ruled by your ego on full moon days and tend to think you can do more than you should. This could result in injury.

I attended a yoga workshop this past weekend and they did review why you should not practice during your period. They said that using your bandhas interupts the natural course of what is going on. It was advised not to practice for the first 2 days atleast, depending on your cycle.

I practice during mine and do inversions-maybe I should rethink it though? I hate to miss class though and I really notice the difference if I do miss a class!

 
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6/2/08 3:29 P

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I never knew that ashtanga was not to be practiced on Saturdays. I heard about "moon" days, but never a day during the week... Moon days, I believe it is a new moon, on that day, the yogi should not do yoga. However, I think it also refers to a woman's menstrual cycle - the first 3 days of a woman's cycle, no yoga should be done. I don't know what I think about this. I have had teachers tell me that one should not do any inversions during one's period, but I think you should let the body guide you. If it still feels comfortable, then it is; if not, then stop.
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ANDREA117 Posts: 111
5/26/08 10:50 P

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I apologize for taking so long to get you some books, but the holiday weekend has been busy!

I encourage everyone to add their favorites. I have listed just a few.

Since you are practicing ashtanga- David Swenson has a good book Ashtanga Yoga The Practice Manual. This book is an illustrated guide of the postures.

Yoga Anatamoy by Leslie Kaminoff is also good, this book has anatomical drawings of postures.

Yoga Mind and Body is by the Sivananda Yoga Vendata Centre. It includes postures, diet, breathing and meditation.

The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali are also wonderful if you're looking for yoga philosophy.

These are just a few of many. There are great books on many different styles of yoga.

Hope these get you started!

 
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5/24/08 9:41 P

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Saturday is ruled by the planet Saturn, which I've been told is the oldest planet. You feel heavier - Saturday practices kill me!

I've learned a lot from my teacher, but I also read a lot. There are some excellent books on ashtanga that break down each posture I read a lot of books on the philosophy of yoga too. I'll do some research for you and get the authors and titles to some books. Barnes and Noble has a pretty good selection and you can always order on-line if they don't have it in stock or you are not close to a store.

 
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5/23/08 10:13 A

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ashtanga's generally not practiced on saturdays? why? wow i'm learning something everyday here lol. did you learn everything from your teacher(s), or do you know of any good resources i can check out?

Take your MEDS: Moderation. Education. Dedication. Sublimation.

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winter 2012-13=aaaack! (I have schizo-affective disorder?!) My weight's back where I started?!


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ANDREA117 Posts: 111
5/23/08 6:58 A

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I'm much more flexible at night, my class is from 6pm-8pm. Then, I come home and shower. Generally, ashtanga is not practiced on Saturdays, however, my teacher understands that most people work and she does offer a Saturday class. I am sooo inflexible on Saturday mornings!

I also need to motivate myself to practice at home. I used to. 30 min is a good idea-I used to try to do an hour and there are just too many interruptions and distractions.

 
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5/22/08 11:15 P

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ahahaha! yea it's no good to eat something you hate; that'd be like me doing deep-tissue work on a body that kept tensing up--it's no good if it's not what you're hungry for!! we gotta eat to be satisfied, as well as healthy.

i've started to practice five days a week since i got back into sparky town. scheduling isn't my problem; it's just procrastination--i put it off til i'm too tired or it's too late b/c i have to cool off for an hour before i go to bed lol (ashtanga is just that hot ^.~). i try to practice around 7.30-or 8p, cause i'm more flexible in the evening. i only have the hour practice that i do at home--two hours is a lot of time to fit in...maybe you could do a home practice for 30 min. or so on days you don't go to your class...? or start an every morning light session (perhaps not ashtanga).
...you know--the latter is something i think i need to think about doing!!! lol

Take your MEDS: Moderation. Education. Dedication. Sublimation.

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winter 2012-13=aaaack! (I have schizo-affective disorder?!) My weight's back where I started?!


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5/22/08 9:41 P

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I have to check out that site! My biggest issue is that I hate beans!! I've learned to love hummus, so I do get protein there.

How often do you practice? I have increased to 3 times a week, but really need to work towards 5-6. I feel sooo much better after class, but it's hard to fit in 2 more 2 hour classes after working 8 hrs, trying to clean the house, cooking dinner...you get the idea!

 
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5/21/08 7:29 P

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sounds great! i found a great nutrition site (healthcastle.com), and discovered that beans and legumes are great meat alternatives as well as nuts.

Take your MEDS: Moderation. Education. Dedication. Sublimation.

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ANDREA117 Posts: 111
5/21/08 5:25 P

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I have gotten much better, I have fruit mid morning, a salad with sunflower seeds and celery with peanut butter for lunch. Dinner is usually vegetables and fish a few times a week. I quit eating meat last December, so I have the peanut butter and sunflower seeds for protein. If I want I snack, I'll have some hummus with pretzels.

 
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5/21/08 12:44 P

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eating once a day makes your metabolism slower! heh...i've started eating/feels like i'm snacking about 5 times a day. eating so frequently isn't exactly easy schedule-wise for everyone. i've found that nuts are a big energy boost in small quantities, though (and their texture is much more appetizing than meat, for me).

Take your MEDS: Moderation. Education. Dedication. Sublimation.

MWR=128-133lbs. MAINTAINING the new me since summer 2009!

winter 2012-13=aaaack! (I have schizo-affective disorder?!) My weight's back where I started?!


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2/11/08 10:17 P

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It has taken me almost 1 month to lose 1 lb!! Though it's frustrating, I'm staying with it. I've just started back to work after taking 7 months off, hopefully, I'll start to see more weight loss. One of my biggest obstacles is that I don't eat all day until dinner. You would think that I would lose weight, but it doesn't work!

I am readjusting my goals to try to eat 3 times a day.



 
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