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    #16
    Azercord, a very wise bee loves the following quote:
    Originally posted by K e l l y View Post
    "Saying you're not flexible enough for yoga is like saying you're too dirty to take a bath."



    PS: tagging Rissa and inbetween

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      #17
      Originally posted by twinkletoes View Post
      a very wise bee loves the following quote:


      Just to get these in here early for new Bees:

      Yoga with Adriene's Programs (welcome videos, calendars, daily e-mail subscription)
      30 Days of Yoga
      Yoga Camp
      Revolution

      Other Links
      YWA YouTube Channel
      Sarah Bowman YouTube Playlists (she creates monthly programs by organizing existing YWA videos into playlists, 7 so far.)

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        #18
        twinkletoes I never said I wasn't flexible enough I just said that I'm imbalanced. For instance my hamstrings and Achilles are extremely flexible but my hips are tight, my shoulders have good flexibility depending on the direction (yay injury) and my back is pretty much a mess of tight muscles and knots. It just makes getting into yoga difficult because one move may cause pain and the next nothing.

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          #19
          It's normal to buy a new yoga mat to celebrate the new yoga thread, right??
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            #20
            I believe that might be true, K e l l y
            Lovely color. Please do report if it has a good grip (do you say it like that?)

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              #21
              Originally posted by K e l l y View Post
              It's normal to buy a new yoga mat to celebrate the new yoga thread, right??
              Totally

              I will soon need a new one too - tried to wash mine in the shower as it said in the instructions, but now the green color is not visible anymore - there's something white covering it, looks like chalk, and I have no idea why that happened or how to remove it

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                #22
                Originally posted by twinkletoes View Post
                I believe that might be true, K e l l y
                Lovely color. Please do report if it has a good grip (do you say it like that?)
                Yes, just like that! Honestly I bought a small microfiber towel that I keep at the top of my mat for downward dogs because despite the fact that the Manduka has good grip, my hands always slide on those. This was a lot cheaper mat but more padded which I've discovered I need for basement yoga (ouch on the knees! ) Half the reviews said slippery, half said sticky, so I'll try it and report back with a link if I like it. The other mat will be returned to the bedroom for the majority of my yoga, I think. Also it travels really well because it's heavy enough to stay rolled most of the time yet lay flat when I use it.

                This really requires a lot of strategic planning

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by K e l l y View Post


                  Honestly I bought a small microfiber towel that I keep at the top of my mat for downward dogs because despite the fact that the Manduka has good grip, my hands always slide on those.
                  Thanks for that tip! My hands often tend to slide in downwards dog too, so I have to try that.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Rissa View Post

                    Thanks for that tip! My hands often tend to slide in downwards dog too, so I have to try that.
                    I started with a bath towel!! When I realized it worked I bought a dedicated yoga towel for maybe five bucks that I can roll up in my mat for travel. Makes a huge difference!!

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                      #25
                      Something I'd like to share for beginners / people who organize Darebee workshops: When I went to university, we had something very similar to the Darebee workshops (free for everyone, no certified trainers, but learning together as a group where everyone can share ideas and experiences), only for yoga - we called the group "D.I.Y. Yoga". The exercise sequences we worked with came from here (in German). I really miss that group - it was so fun!

                      For climbers / boulderers:
                      Climber Yoga series available on amazon Prime (in English)
                      ClimbingFlex book (in German)
                      Climber yoga was what brought me back to regular yoga practice last year - I used the exercises from the book and the videos as part of my morning routine. The videos are not for beginners, though!

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                        #26
                        I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS!

                        I used to do Bikram every day, and recently was introduced to Ashtanga yoga and LOVED it. I need to make yoga practice a more regular part of my personal practice - this should help a lot! My personal best was being able to maintain a shoulder stand (need a supportive teacher to get me up there), but I haven't been able to do it on my own yet. One day!

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                          #27
                          Kaufminator What are your experiences with Bikram Yoga? I don't know anything about it, only that it's at 40°C or so in some kind of sauna? What are the advantages of this practice? Unfortunately, it's expensive in Germany, so I probably won't try it

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                            #28
                            sleep_twitch I enjoyed it because I always knew exactly what to expect. Same poses, same length of time, same conditions, every class. It is heated up and made somewhat humid which is supposed to help you loosen the muscles (it DEFINITELY makes you sweat). I know people have tried it at home (you can play with the heat if you want, but I personally haven't. I got a good deal as a student at the time, but it is expensive (apparently the poses are copyrighted and licensed, hence the expense. I just looked and found this video of a hot yoga class (same thing or close enough anyway, if my memory serves) you could give a look and see what you think. I liked the predictability because it was easy to notice progress. Not everyone likes it, so probably best thing is to try a few different styles or teachers until you find the one that feels right for you.

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                              #29
                              Love, love, love this! A million times yes! I've been with DareBee for a year and incorporated yoga to increase flexibility, decrease stress, and also ease back/hip pain. However, I've grown board with the DareBee yoga sequences....some are too quick with minimal impact felt and others are too hard for the balance impaired! For example, due to my back and spinal issues, I doubt I could EVER do a pose where I have to balance on my hands....lol I'm doing good if I don't fall on my own two feet!

                              BUT, doing yoga has indeed improved my balance and helps with my pain. My muscles tend to consistently tighten and put my body into misalignment which causes more pain. However, yoga is an opportunity to get my body back into alignment and feeling better....it helps me move better. For now I do my yoga in the morning to improve daily mobility. Azercord ....modify some of the moves or stick with moves that are not difficult in regards to balance and you may find that it benefits your back and helps muscles!

                              I recall one of my holistic doctors recommending yoga back in 2013, but I always thought it would be counterproductive with my back....so glad it only took me 3 years to start trying it and incorporating on a daily basis lol. Needless to say, when I had my last appointment with this doctor a couple of weeks ago, he was THRILLED when I told him I've been doing yoga daily! He said it is a great testament that my use of medical marijuana use combined with yoga CAN be IMMENSELY beneficial in pain management!

                              My new go to is the Down Dog Yoga App It has variations and routines from 10 mins to an hour. Focuses like quick yoga, restorative yoga and full practice. I found this app just a few days ago and am in love with it! It talks you through things, you can adjust the level from beginner/easy to advanced, etc. It has music too....like a virtual yoga studio so to speak. I've now down 2 days of 30 minute full practice sessions....gives you something new each day which challenges the muscles.

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                                #30
                                sleep_twitch the classes I tried were that...like Kaufminator I enjoyed the predictability of it. If you try it tho, ask questions first...some of them run the classes like drill masters and yell at you for drinking at "the wrong time" and some are chilled out and don't care if you spend half the class in Savasana on your yoga matt.

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