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5/19/13 10:44 P

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What a great opportunity to have a good instructor!

The more we keep our practice going we gain in flexibility, so new poses are always welcome to advance, we should listen to our body to measure how fast we can go. Yoga is always a giving us something new, we just have to be attentive and mindful.
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5/19/13 8:46 A

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OMG, that's funny emoticon ... !

Well, I'll bet your crow gets good, too. Hip flexibility in wildly underrated as a prerequisite for mastering crow ... That other bird gives you that ... emoticon


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5/19/13 8:38 A

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Ack! I typed crow but meant to type pigeon. Pigeon is my favorite pose and I can relax in that one for long periods of time.

I am still working on crow. (And learning the names obviously.)

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5/19/13 7:48 A

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@SAMMI, I tried a sum-total of 6 studios, total for yoga ... since 2008

Fussy and a New Yorker, but I still keep my sample size miniscule ... I do not have a spare second to waste!

I think the owner of studio #6 (the winn-ah!) might actually cut a deal with me, or so he said in an e-mail ...

Of course, I can promise anything to the first studio (the one where I am saying I would take yoga again... down the road ...down the road..down the road.) and [as the old ad goes -] give 'em Arpege [I date myself] ... and a vegan sundae

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Right after the compliment on my LOSS OF WEIGHT, I told the yoga teacher that I did not wish HOW I did it, on anybody. Mind you, they never knew me as anything larger than a U.S. Size 12 (and I'd been very close to my actual goal weight) ... except in a picture of me I showed them, when I was young and weighed around 215 (size 22) ... and my old-punched-out driver license picture (I'd moved temporarily to another state, so I retained this license). Once fat, people with an agenda will always treat you as fat

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this is obviously a whole 'nother generation whose ethos makes it OK, you see?


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5/19/13 7:30 A

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I have been doing yoga for nine months now. I was blessed to begin with a teacher who is incredible. We began with beginners moves and in each class we are reminded that everyone's body is different and we can't all do every pose. She tells us if it is painful don't do it. She also told us not to try and be perfect because it is different for each of us and with time we will get better at our poses.

We do some of the same poses and she always throws in a few new ones. Just when you think you have mastered a pose she will say, now if you want to take it a little further....
I am grateful to have had her as my first teacher.

I do like downward dog and forward folds. Am trying to get better at hero and camel. Am still getting better at lizard and half moon. I doubt that I will do anything upside down as it makes me dizzy. Love, love yoga. Sammi emoticon

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5/18/13 6:56 P

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Depth-sounding ...

I did get complimented on my appearance from an old-timer teacher [a great deal of new faces across the board--it's hardly the fault of the studio itself--the studio is located in THAT kind of neighborhood (not currently mine): kind of a starter-neighborhood for the upwardly mobile/upscale + family-bound]--by that I totally mean weight, at the studio referenced to downthread - as I said, and plagiarize myself from, below:

"I will never take yoga again at a certain former studio (and I've recently gotten (part of it being diabetes-induced wasting) THIN ENOUGH for THEIR tastes (pardon the bitter irony here) ..."

But--you know--what could I SAY?

I pinpointed which (yoga) teacher--a new face, obviously, I would be interested in taking from, and which class it would be ... and said (rancor absent) that it would be medium to long term down the road, that I'd go back and take yoga again ...

But, back to the topic ... I retrogressed and progressed at crow, both at the same time - not a favorite pose, but more of a go-to pose than any arm balance requiring deep twists or a great deal of hip flexibility - which is the vast majority of what's left - I can't remain in it long enough to "sit" in it--on the other hand, swapping the blanket on the mat at front of it in favor of the corner wall in my apartment, enables me to start to relax enough to breathe slower in it ... no mean feat ...

When I fall out of crow... more likely now with balance, numbness and disorientation issues, it is bad, it is loud and I have reason to believe I would become injured with repeated episodes of same ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 5/18/2013 (20:45)

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5/18/13 8:42 A

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Great responses Punch & Carol.

In my personal practice, I could sit in Crow forever. :)

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5/1/13 11:12 A

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I spent so much time in exhausting, spirited, regimented exercise classes where I always seemed the weakest and slowest. What I love about yoga is that each day the practice is perfect because it is my journey, where my mind and body are leading me.

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5/1/13 1:50 A

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Some poses appeal to us more than others and everyone is different, as different as our Yoga practices. The same goes for our favorite poses. Yoga practice is a personal journey. (IMHO)

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 5/1/2013 (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)


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4/22/13 3:03 P

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Do your longer practices happen at a live led class, PETALIA ... or is it in a mysore class? They don't really teach poses like reverse bird of paradise at myyogaonline ...

As you know, as ever, and again to be soon (the diabetes diagnosis got me temporarily panicked, and thus I was looking for supervision--never for out-and-out-guidance) I am a primarily home yoga practitioner, who has devised my own lengthy practice ... and as it turns out now--simply because I will never take yoga again at a certain former studio (and I've recently gotten (part of it being diabetes-induced wasting) THIN ENOUGH for THEIR tastes (pardon the bitter irony here) ...

No, when I had been in the throes of insulin-resistance (undiagnosed, OF COURSE!) in the years prior to this sudden diagnosis, they'd disrepected my body ... shall I say: shamed me and overchallenged me and pushed me--as I'd been, in their eyes, "overweight". And, of course I'd felt very thin and very alive ... I make no secret of my HAES-orientation and my goal weight of [heavens!] 140 pounds....Anyway, I'd probably looked "stronger" than I really had been, in the past few years.

So, to make a long story short, my self-innovated home practice is more challenging than the classes I am now taking and plan to take at Tree of Life (again?!?!), a different studio yet again from the one I am suddenly going to now--even now, with the kick-a$$ poses removed due to my diabetes (as alluded to downthread) ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 4/22/2013 (22:58)

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4/22/13 2:12 P

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Currently I'm challenged by Reverse Bird of Paradise. I enjoy practicing Bird of Paradise. One day... Arm balances of all ilks I'm working on with great persistence and stubbornness. I'm challenged by these but they are not my least favorite poses by any means. I rather dread Locust. It's not a feeling of challenge, rather distaste. Hmm....

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4/22/13 9:40 A

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Challenging poses for me: Handstand, reverse side angle

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4/21/13 9:29 A

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I never got into a full headstand without assistance. I had been able to get into teddy bear headsand. Then, of course, disease. Since developing type 2 diabetes recently (and having a doctor who is worried about possible retinopathy due to it--contraindication to inversions is born. I am not playing games, and no love lost, either.), it is no longer a question of "YET".

Thus, I am happy to rid myself of "challenging poses" except for what's left: non-inversion-oriented arm balances. But with every practice, I release myself of expectations ....


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My least favorite pose is downward facing dog. It am probably not doing it right because it stresses all of my body.

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Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness. --Jean de la Bruyere


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4/21/13 8:51 A

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My least favorite poses are the ones I cannot do yet.

You have exactly one life in which to do everything you'll ever do. Act Accordingly.
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My least favorite poses right now are Lizard and Reverse Triangle. My yoga teacher says that sometimes the difficult poses are your body working through some difficult things in your chakras. What are your least favorite poses?

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