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post #21 of 51
Do any of you know of a good place to get affordable yoga clothes online?
post #22 of 51
i like american apparel. they are fair trade, have some organics, the fit is nice, and they last about 2-3 years of hard wear (and i mean *very* hard wear). they have lots of different cuts/styles too.

of course, the sizes tend to run a bit small. so you might have to buy a size up.
post #23 of 51
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How do you all approach yoga during moon time?
I usually take the first day or two off. When I feel like practicing, I tend to do a lot of forward bends because my lower back hurts. And I skip the inversions.
post #24 of 51
I know what you mean about being giddy over crow (or really any asana that you've worked toward!) Honestly, even though I don't really "need" the validation, yesterday, at my vinyasa class, the woman next to me, whispered "hey, great job!" while I was in crow and I was happy that someone noticed! Of course, I promptly lost my focus and fell on my face and I'm sure I need to work on my attachement to ego or some such thing!

Thanks for the DVD recommendations...I really appreciate it.

Chandra

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Hi! We have a lot in common. I also homeschool and do Vinyasa with a Baron Baptiste VHS when I'm not doing Kundalini. I also got into crow this week!!! : I wanted to stay there for the rest of the class and got so giddy that I had to really try hard to refocus. hehe.

As far as Kundalini yoga I'd recommend Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and her DVD as well as Maya Fiennes. April Bernardi (Nirankar Kaur) also has a double DVD with a 40 minute and a 20 minute class that is decent for those more experienced. www.yogatech.com has a great selection of Kundalini DVDs as well as a paid online webcast class with Guru Rattana. I'm getting ready to commit to 40 days of the Maya Fiennes DVD Detox and Destress. It is a beautiful set. Netflix carries a decent amount of Kundalini DVDs as well.
www.yogatoday.com has free classes with Sarah Kline in Kundalini, but they are not "by the book" in many ways. I still enjoy them though. There is one Karmic Kundalini that is a 30 minute class that is posted on YouTube that is a good one.
post #25 of 51
Hey (( Zoebird))...I just wanted to say, that I get where you are at with the full-time parenting and need for time for yourself.

It is very hard to find balance. My dh tends toward the "well, this is what you wanted...what you chose" type of thinking (he's a very analytical, logical type) and I struggle with communicating to him that just because I want time to myself...or help with something does not mean that I want to choose differently. I love being home with my kids...love homeschooling them...but am also a person that NEEDS solo time to regenerate. One does not invalidate the other, ykwim? I think, it is especially hard to be where you are...in the no sleep zone! My kids are a bit older and though my youngest still comes to sleep with us most nights...he is quiet about it and no longer requires my direct attention...just slips in and goes back to sleep. He's 5...but needed intensive night time parenting for a very long time.

When you wrote about the "tedium" of following around your son for 3 hours...it reminded me that meditation comes in all forms and it isn't always easy or restful!!! Have you read "Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting" by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn?? It's one of my favorite books on parenting and mindfulness and I refer to it often...especially when I'm exhausted and can't seem to get around it.

anyway... "I hear ya', sister" It sounds like you are on the right track, asking for what you need. Keep up the yoga and meditation...

I'm going to have to try the jivamukti...

Chandra
post #26 of 51
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Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
for me, it's entirely intuitive. i got my first period since the pregnancy the week after hawk's birthday (first weekend of Sept). it was tough in a lot of ways--i don't remember feeling so 'hit by a truck' as i did on saturday (second day), but that was also in combination of having to be with my ILs.
i had that same 'hit by a truck' feeling my first time after pregnancy. it felt so shocking. and i do hope you get some time for yourself, more cooperation and a deeper spirit of giving from your spouse.

i have been practicing too much on my own and thus craving time with a teacher. like others, i have the childcare problem if i want to go take a class. asking dp for an hour makes him sigh and moan, and when i say "an hour plus travel = two hours" dp looks even more annoyed.

for now, i'm thinking of buying a book to re-inspire my home practice. usually i am free form vinyasa, a la shiva rea, but i am drawn to ashtanga.
i'd like to get David Swenson's practice book and/or Yoga Mala, which i have read but do not own.
post #27 of 51
i have read everyday blessings. but i do think that the tedium of that was partly the fact that i'd been doing the same work all day. at home, or taking him to audubon park where he has a lot of open lawn to 'free range' around--it's not at all exhausting. that's no problem at all. but when i'm keeping his hands off of windows, from pulling books off of shelves, from grabbing people's bags, squealing loudly in delight or shagrin--that's when it's a LOT of tedious work.

it was raining, and i was sans gear, or i would have just taken him outside (the library has a lovely big lawn that leads down to a beautiful play-equipment area--i'm sure we would have had a much better time if i'd not been trapped inside keeping him at bay).

as for getting more time to myself, it is working. once i start back teaching at the gym, i'll be able to use their child care for when i work out. also, i'm probably going to take 1-2 classes per week at the studio as well. i had such a HUGE buzz after last week's class that i can't wait to go back.

and a studio asked me to teach for them, but the pay is *ridiculously* low. it was lower than i get in a gym! i didn't realize that most studios are paying $25 LOWER now than they were in 2002! i'm so glad i work in the collective now.
post #28 of 51

omg, what did I just agree to?

I just agreed to sub next Friday. This will be my first time teaching in 6 years. I'm going to need tons of yoga this week to calm my nerves.
post #29 of 51
Thread Starter 
funkymamajoy - Shanti, shanti, shanti...

I had originally committed to 40 straight days of the same kriyas of Kundalini. I've realized this is impossible with our schedule. 5 days a week of yoga is all I can manage to get in, so I'm going with a meditation instead. 40 straight days. I'm not sure which one yet, hopefully something working with the 1st chakra.
post #30 of 51
I just found the family and parenting section of yogajournal.com. How did I not know it was there?

AF arrived this morning, so I'm taking the day off from the mat and thinking about what I want for the upcoming month.
post #31 of 51
Hello everyone,

I've been MIA since a few months; basically ever since the summer break as with 2 kids at home I was very busy and didn't have as much time for myself as I'd liked. LOL
My youngest just now started pre-school, so I finally have some real 'free time' for myself which I love using for yoga as well as for my walks with Leslie Sansone (my other 'passion' besides yoga ;-) ).

So far I've mainly done 20-30 min yoga daily for relaxation after my in-home-walks. I love the podcasts from yogadownload.com as well as the DVDs from Yogajournal with Jason Crandell ('Yoga for Morning, Noon & Night' & 'Yoga for well-being; restful sleep, greater energy, mental clarity'). Other than those I also use some of the Yoga Zone DVDs/VHS and for more of a workout Bryan Kest's 'power yoga' DVDs.

I'm currently looking to buy a new yoga mat as my old one is.., well, old *lol* and after my 2 cats attacked it quite a few times (they seem to think it's a wonderful scratch mat *grrr*) it just looks a bit ratty...
Does anyone have a good recommendation where I could get a great sticky mat for not too much $$$? I've looked at Amazon and Gaiam but the prices as well as the reviews vary... I'd like to stay in the price range of 20-25$ for a mat and hope there's something out there that is still of a good quality???
I'd be very thankful for any hints!!!

Thank you and namaste!
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by funkymamajoy View Post
I just found the family and parenting section of yogajournal.com. How did I not know it was there?

AF arrived this morning, so I'm taking the day off from the mat and thinking about what I want for the upcoming month.

I didn't know they had a section for family & parenting! I'll have to look for it! Thank you for letting us know!
post #33 of 51
hey everyone - it's been ages and ages since i posted on this thread. probably since i was was pg with E, who is now 16 months. i'm finally feeling like i'm coming out of the fog of adjusting to a new member of the family and getting into a better groove that allows for more yoga time. so i thought this thread might help inspire me there.

i totally know what you all mean about having a hard time finding that 'me' time that you need. it's particularly hard for me because where i live i'm really the only yoga teacher for lke 45 minutes in every direction, so it is really hard for me to take a class with another teacher. thus i've mostly been on my own, and have had periods where my practice has stagnated a bit. but i had a massive infusion of inspiration this year as i completed a therapeutic yoga training which has really changed a lot about the way i teach and the way i approach my own practice. it has truly been life-changing. and i'm doing a lot more private, one-on-one teaching now, which i am really loving, in addition to my 3 classes a week at the wellness center. i had a 4th class over the summer, actually 5, as i taught two kids yoga classes while the kids were out on break for the summer. soooo much fun, kids are such natural yogis, and my older two got to take one of the classes, which was neat.

October i'm starting to teach a yoga for core strength and stability class, which i'm really excited about. after baby #3 my rectus abdominus is giving me some trouble coming back together right at my belly button where i had an umbilical hernia at birth, so i'm hoping that bringing lots of breath and energy and awareness to my core will assist my healing process. and my students really all need core strength, so i think it's going to be good all around.

zoebird, like you, i've been having ankle/knee issues too. i've mostly been able to keep on top of it, and a friend of mine who does energy work and massage and other body work has helped a lot but she's hard to pin down between her busy schedule and mine. so i'm just trying to be mindful of it, today i went for a hike/walking meditation in our woods and it was the first hike i've had that didn't result in a painful ankle, so definite progress being made.
post #34 of 51
so, the first day of work went well.

my class had two students who will be returning and hawk *loved* the child care. the only problem was--as it always has been--that the child care workers were about 5 mintues late. they are supposed to be there by 9 and my clas starts at 9, so i asked them to please come at about 5 til so that i can walk over and get set up for my class. they agreed, but we'll see how it goes.

it's really nice to teach.
post #35 of 51
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Does anyone have a good recommendation where I could get a great sticky mat for not too much $$$? I've looked at Amazon and Gaiam but the prices as well as the reviews vary... I'd like to stay in the price range of 20-25$ for a mat and hope there's something out there that is still of a good quality???
My yoga mat is from Target and I like it very much. I have a mat bag that encases it completely to protect if from my pets!

When I order props for my students, I use yogadirect.com. I've never ordered mats from them (too personal) but I like all the other props I've gotten there.

The big difference in yoga mats is thickness. The thicker the mat, the more expensive. However, thicker doesn't mean better. It depends on what kind of surface you practice on and what is going on with your body.

For people who are prone to wrist problems and do lots of poses that put pressure on the wrist (down dog, chataranga, etc) too much cushion causes the wrist to hyperextend and can make problems worse. When you put pressure on on wrist on a flat surface, the hand and forearm make a 90 degree angle. If you do it on a cushioned surface the wrist can sink in and the fingers come up slightly, and for some people the extra bend is enough to cause problems. The short version is -- if you have wrist problems OR practice on a carpet, a thin mat is better.
post #36 of 51
squishy sticky mats can also make it harder to do standing balance poses. but the exception to the problem of thick mats is a black mat (like a manduca). while they are *very* thick compared to the average mat, they are not squishy at all - quite firm. they are much more comfortable for knees and heads. i have abused the heck out of mine for going on 5 years now, and when i wipe it down it looks brand new. and that was after shredding a regular sticky mat about once a year prior to that. on the rare occasion when i forget my black mat at home and have to use a regular sticky mat someplace, my knees always hurt if we do a lot on hands and knees. i totally <3 my black mat. it is heavy, though, so if you walk a long distance to get to class or ride a bike, it might be cumbersome. and it doesn't fit in regular sized mat bags, i had to make myself one to fit it.
post #37 of 51
My class this morning was wonderful. I love watching students change and relax during a class. Teaching yoga is definitely what I want to do.

The teacher that I subbed for is running a retreat in 2 weeks that I'm going to try to attend. Its only 5 hours (with driving I'll probably be gone for 6) so it shouldn't be too hard on my nursling. (He does take a bottle, but he doesn't like it).
post #38 of 51
if you're not looking for eco-friendly, my favorite mat is. . .

the german sticky mat from yogapro.com. i believe it costs under $30 and it keeps up under heavy use for years. it also works great in hot vinyasa yoga classes where one sweats profusely.

if eco-friendly is important to you, then the jade harmony mat is a great option. it is more expenseive (around $50 or so), but it also holds up well. one of my clients bought his back in 2005, i think, and it still looks brand new. another firend gave me his 'old' one (he didn't like the thickness and so he ordered the thicker jade harmony mat), it was a year old, and that was 3 or so years ago. it still looks brand new.

so, it works very well, too. good luck finding a mat.

funky: teaching is great. i love it. my new friday class went great too. had two students for that first day. not bad! the only issue is that the child care workers were late, so my class started 10 mintues late! i spoke to them kindly about it, and then followed up with management. need to CYA at the gym, yk?
post #39 of 51
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Originally Posted by Linda on the move View Post
My yoga mat is from Target and I like it very much. I have a mat bag that encases it completely to protect if from my pets!

When I order props for my students, I use yogadirect.com. I've never ordered mats from them (too personal) but I like all the other props I've gotten there.

The big difference in yoga mats is thickness. The thicker the mat, the more expensive. However, thicker doesn't mean better. It depends on what kind of surface you practice on and what is going on with your body.

For people who are prone to wrist problems and do lots of poses that put pressure on the wrist (down dog, chataranga, etc) too much cushion causes the wrist to hyperextend and can make problems worse. When you put pressure on on wrist on a flat surface, the hand and forearm make a 90 degree angle. If you do it on a cushioned surface the wrist can sink in and the fingers come up slightly, and for some people the extra bend is enough to cause problems. The short version is -- if you have wrist problems OR practice on a carpet, a thin mat is better.
Thank you so much for that explanation!!! I wouldn't have known that at all and thought the exact opposite! Since I do have weak wrists and quickly prone to probs, this info is very helpful!
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by pixiepunk View Post
squishy sticky mats can also make it harder to do standing balance poses. but the exception to the problem of thick mats is a black mat (like a manduca). while they are *very* thick compared to the average mat, they are not squishy at all - quite firm. they are much more comfortable for knees and heads. i have abused the heck out of mine for going on 5 years now, and when i wipe it down it looks brand new. and that was after shredding a regular sticky mat about once a year prior to that. on the rare occasion when i forget my black mat at home and have to use a regular sticky mat someplace, my knees always hurt if we do a lot on hands and knees. i totally <3 my black mat. it is heavy, though, so if you walk a long distance to get to class or ride a bike, it might be cumbersome. and it doesn't fit in regular sized mat bags, i had to make myself one to fit it.
Good to know! Though that brand is probably already a bit more than I'm able/willing to pay?
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