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4/29/14 1:05 P

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I'm NOT saying buy or rent DVDs and downloads above all else. Remember, I have next to zilch streaming speed. And my recommendations do sound a bit screwed up, but that's because I am kinda screwed up in my approach. I had come to yoga from primarily a meditation background; I do still attend live workshops/meetings which are satsangs and kirtans once in a while (devotional, knowledge-&-commentary-based, more spiritual sessions in one or several of more devotional yoga practices) ... and my home practice is extremely alignment-oriented and - for the most part, these days - done to no or extremely muted, extremely background ... music.

But I'd started off with (noninstructional) yoga music to help me derive my slow flow yoga pilates fusion, sequences.

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 4/29/2014 (13:07)

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4/28/14 10:30 P

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I "steal" yoga moves for my slow-flow vinyasa/classical pilates fusion practice (its latest incarnation) from wherever I can ... a live class from time to time, books, primarily videos and yoga or mat pilates teachers' blogs (used to be from Facebook, too; but I'd gotten diarrhea of the commenting disease ...) ... developed a too-long practice for the longest time; became medically contraindicated from doing too much yoga; became stiff (but cardiovascularly much fitter as a result) ... after a while even that started making not so much difference ...

Had primarily cross-trained to attendance at fairly frequent live-studio classes; had won a one-year free membership to (with MY lack of streaming/transmission speed, it had resulted in the purchase of over a dozen .wmv file downloads--that downloading nearly abruptly stopped when my membership had run out ...*); had less success with and ... insofar as I did not refrequent my purchases ...

You can see many of the videos pre-digested and filmed in time-lapse line-drawing photo videography at this link. Saved me some bit of cash through the back-door that way ... Even if you are a little too beginner in level (as I am, perennially; as I can barely do some of the more advanced poses; and I don't do practically all of the challenging inversions) ... extrapolation is my FRIEND here--if the instructor teaches an intermediate to advanced student (i.e., Andrea in the video THAT way, (s)he couldn't be too much more forgiving to me, the advanced beginner over 6 years' standing ...

Too bad this creative college student, Andrea Roselli, did not have that sweetheart deal with ... well, back in the day I did like them loads ... choosing power yoga styles that were not just about the body or about "power, or about alignment--but as forgiving as you could be while kicking my butt to shreds at the time. "Steadiness" and spirit presented as well ... e.g. a style called Qi Yoga (Dawnelle, and Kylie Larson ... also Dave Farmar (Baptiste Power Yoga - but I'd managed it in 84 ambient temps only) ...

Steadiness and spirit woven throughout by these particular teachers.

So, save money on yoga lessons online, and better to buy dance classes, music, and yoga videos you could use for reference ... (i.e. an intermediate practice if you're a beginner) ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 4/29/2014 (13:18)

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

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4/27/14 6:19 P

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I read some books(The Heart of Yoga) about Yoga practice and how to do some simple poses, then I found a studio in the town near my little town and for almost 3 months my family and I drove there every Saturday morning. It was an interesting experience, many things(poses and breathing techniques) were taught, many others corrected. At the end of the 3 months I felt confident to develope my own home practice. I bought several dvds(Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee, Barbara Brenagh, Kate Potter, Shiva Rea, Iyengar) I started reading Yoga Journal magazine and the online yoga journal site as well as

When finally a studio opened in my town I tried it for 5 weeks, again I found new things to learn and I improved many others. My practice evolved. In the last two years I have been focusing in my home practice. There is always something new, some approach to learn from, and my Yoga practice continues to evolve.

I think is important to learn the poses under a good guidance to avoid hurting yourself, but once you know how they work you can develop your personal, unique practice, the one is fit for your needs. Also last year I discover Meditation, that's a great complement to Yoga practice.

So what is your opinion SWEETYUMS? You asked the question but what do you think? how is your Yoga practice?

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 4/27/2014 (18:25)
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4/17/14 10:47 A

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I practice both ways. I believe it is important to have my alignment checked by a certified teacher at least once a week, but I also want to practice five to six days a week. So I think a combination will yield the best outcome.

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4/17/14 10:07 A

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I don't think there's a right or wrong to practicing at home.

I think it's useful for corrective posturing reasons to have a yoga professional watch you as you do your poses. However, I also think if you have mirrors in your home and understand via instructive books with pics/videos or have friends who learned yoga from certified instructors who can show you the correct way to align your body and do the poses, then it's perfectly fine to do them at home. I do highly recommend getting mirrors in your home to do more advanced yoga poses and having certified yogis check out your forms...

Personally I started practicing yoga initially at home about 10-15 years ago. I had met some yogis and they recommended yoga to me for relaxation. I was in med school at the time and along with domestic issues I was majorly stressing out till I developed debilitating health problems and had to seek medical treatment... So I looked up yoga (back then in physical bookstores) and then purchased some yoga videos. I watched them completely and then got a few mirrors together and hung them on walls to simulate a dance studio and began practicing elementary poses.

After I felt comfortable doing yoga at home, I went to yoga studios and started practicing there. I partook in different yoga forms: Ashtanga, Vinayasa, Bikram...Now I try to practice at home whenever I can, and I also take classes at studios.



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4/17/14 7:43 A

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Okay so I know this is an extremely controversial topic, but I am curious to hear your input.

Is it "wrong" to only practice yoga at home? Some say that practicing at home can be "dangerous" and that you could have incorrect alignment. Other people say that doing yoga at home is completely okay, and that there are other ways to monitor and improve your alignment (video taping yourself etc.) I think both points are valid.


Please be kind and open-minded in your responses :)


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