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Hello Yoga Mamas!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greet.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greet"><br><br>
Anyone interested in yoga is invited to join our thread. Come for support, or to ask a question, we'd love to have you.<br><br>
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November is a time of transition. We're moving from warmer weather to colder weather. The plants and trees are changing and becoming dormant for the winter. It's a time to really nurture our minds, bodies, and spirits.<br><br>
According to Ayurveda, this is the season of wind (Vata). We should concentrate our practice on grounding poses. Eagle pose is a perfect pose for this time of year. It gathers in heat and energy. This is also the time of year where you can hold poses for longer periods of time, do more vinyasa, and create more warmth with your practice. Nurture your body with teas, warm soups and stews. Allow your body and mind to come to a place of peace and comfort, and enjoy the season without becoming stressed about the holidays.
 

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Hi there, I have been doing more yoga (finally) at home now that i have some DVDs. Previously I did prenatal classes which I loved. I never gave myself the time to do it "Just" for myself.<br><br>
I am in the process of finding out more basic info on yoga, like what is the difference between the types. After I do some reading I am sure I will have more questions. I am noticing that I like yoga where you hold the poses for longer and focus on strength, compared to the faster, flowing yoga where you do lots of poses in sequence for short periods. I have to learn more about what each kind does for you.<br><br>
I am loving having this special time for myself (and my kids when they join in <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) though. Doing the yoga makes me feel better emotionally. I am a runner and it is also helping me tremendously with my runs. In the afternoon I have been doing a short half hour session with a run a few hours later and I am having much more fluid, relaxed runs. It is all connected. I love that.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ND
 

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Carole: When you say "do more vinyasa", what do you mean? I know how the term is used in the particular yoga program I'm following. But, one thing I've noticed in my intermittent interest in yoga (I've been on again, off again since the age of 8) is that different sources seem to use the same terms differently.<br><br>
ND: I know what you mean about holding poses for a long time. That's what I was used to until fairly recently. I'm finding that I like some of both...I warm up with several sun salutations, then do several other asanas. Or, I don't - depends on the show I'm watching, and on my mood and frame of mind.
 

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The past three mornings I've gotten up an hour before my kids, and have done yoga. It's been great, and puts me in an awesome mood. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I've gotten interuppted a few times, and had to nurse in the middle cause my baby is used to having me with her in the family bed. But, maybe she'll get used to it and this will work out for all of us. It's great to get the yoga done first thing, really sets the tone for the rest of the day.<br><br>
NaughtyDingo- I love the yoga time to myself too. Makes me a better Mom. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
StormBride- I was just referring to building heat in your body, and mentioning two different ways of doing it. One is holding poses longer, feeling the muscles fatiguing and "burning". The other is by linking poses together in a "flow" or vinyasa, similar to a sun salutation. I know, for example, in Ashtanga they do a vinyasa between each pose in their sequence. It's very similar to a sun salutation. It just helps keep the heat up in the body. Also makes the session more vigourous.
 

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Okay - that's how the show I watch uses the term "vinyasa", as well. They use a series from the sun salutations, but not the whole thing, between each set of poses. For example, they do what they call the "warrior dance" on one side, then a vinyasa to come to the other side. Their practice is mostly Ashtanga.<br><br>
I'm way, way, way out of shape and overweight, so I usually end up skipping about half the vinyasas, and just doing the series of poses. But, it will get better.<br><br>
I'd love to get back to doing my yoga first thing in the morning, but dd usually wakes up before I do, because I'm up much later than her with ds2. DD won't let me do my yoga in peace...I really need to get this show on tape, and do the yoga while dd is napping each day, although that's much later in the day than I'd like.
 

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So I was talking to my friend in Boston and she does yoga with Baron Baptiste! She says it's awesome and it has totally changed her body.<br><br>
I was telling her about my new DVD and how great it is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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Hey, mamas! Does any one include their children in their yoga practice? dd#1 loves practicing with me. Tree pose is her favorite.
 

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I did my first yoga session since the beginning of the month, and it was so relaxing. I had fallen asleep on the spare bed with my dog and cat, and I had to do a lot of self-talk to convince myself that I needed to do yoga after my 6pm nap. But now I feel a lot better.<br><br>
I borrowed AM/PM Yoga from the library today. I really need to get my own copy because I love it so much. I think I'd do yoga more often if I owned it.
 

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I am really trying to set aside an hour in the AM before my kids get up as well. Wish me luck.<br><br>
Does anybody have Shiva Shakti? I wonder how it compares to Baron's videos?
 

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Stacey- I have Shiva Shakti and Baron DVDs. I think the difference is more about style than content. Shiva's new DVD is very beautiful, and it's just her doing the moves with a voice-over. It comes with 4 pre-programmed routines, or you can make your own. Baron, on the other hand, is usually teaching a class of students and talking you through the moves live. My fave yoga DVD of all time is his Soul of Strength. I just really connect with what he says. I also think Shiva has more of a dance/flow style, while his is more Ashtanga based.<br><br>
EarthyMama- I just did yoga with my two oldest kiddos today, and my baby is always striking her yoga poses almost everyday. She does "bridge pose" almost every time I change her diaper. She's 18 months old, and says "elbows" while she does her bridge. She also does downward dog several times throughout the day. It's adorable. I find I do better doing yoga with my kids if I don't have expectations. I just put in a video or wing it, and if we do 5 minutes or 25 minutes, it's all okay. Just follow their lead. Some days they'll do more than others. Regardless, they know I love yoga, and that it's good for them. They think yoga is groovy.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 

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I used to do yoga with ds1 quite frequently. He loved it...we always ended up with the "Lion" for our faces...and he'd make me do it about 10 times! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I try with dd sometimes. She likes the downward-facing dog ("down dog") a lot. But, she doesn't understand that she has to keep to her own space. She likes to run "through the tunnel" when I'm in Warrior or Downward-Facing Dog and throws herself at my legs to hug me when I'm balancing. It's hard to stay focused and serene with dd "helping" me...
 

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Oh - got sidetracked by the question about kids.<br><br>
Our family has been down with a really ugly bug over the last week or so. DH had it the worst, and I thought I was almost over it. But, I woke up this morning with the headache and stiff neck/shoulders that dh had for a week. This headache is vicious - about as painful as a migraine, but a different kind of pain (not so sensitive to light, and doesn't throb so much). I'm wondering if any of you yoga mamas can tell me if some yoga is a good idea, and if so, what poses/breathing might be beneficial? This is pretty grim.
 

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Stormbride- I have the perfect yoga pose for you to do, I did it when I was sick a couple weeks ago: Shavasana/Corpse!!! I'm serioius, it'll do wonders for healing. Maybe do it for at least 15 minutes. I hope you feel better soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">
 

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Hi Yoga Mamas,<br><br>
I have been getting lots of practice in. It feels so good and I am starting to miss it on the days I don't get my yoga time. Besides my DVD's that I am doing, I signed up for a class at the Y. Went to the first one this week. It reminded me that I am a student, and there is so much for me to learn. I am loving that.<br><br>
I too am getting "Help" from my kiddoes. LOL it really isn't serene when a 3 year old is giggling in the tunnel while I am trying to breathe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think I will figure out how to integrate them but it might require some creativity on part <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
I am loving the Shavasana at the end. I feel like a different me when I get to that point.<br><br>
Take care Mamas, talk to you soon.<br><br>
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My baby is driving me crazy!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild"> Sunday night she was up from 2-6 am. Last night she was pretty much up again all night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> I think she's getting her last four teeth, cause her ears are fine. I can't take much more of this. I didn't get in any yoga yesterday because I napped for an hour with her instead. Yoga doesn't look like it'll happen today either, unless I can do it after hubby comes home from work. She's 18 months old, and I'm starting to feel ready to wean. I haven't had a good nights sleep in 6 years. I'm not kidding. I got pregnant with my next children while I was still breastfeeding the previous.
 

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I'm going to a yoga class this morning. Usually I don't get to go because I have class, but it was cancelled. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm so happy!
 

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Nursin' Mama -- I just received my Shiva Shakti dvd yesterday and I'm so looking forward to it!<br><br>
I went to my first yoga class yesterday and though I didn't like it very much I'm going to return again when there's a diff teacher in a few days and check it out again.<br><br>
I find that yoga truly centers me. Glad I found this thread -- I'm looking to learn more from yoga.<br><br>
When I do yoga or meditate I find my 2 cats gather around me. Even the old crabby one who doesn't adore people won't leave me alone!
 

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My cats do the same thing. I'm in downdog and they lay under me or rub up against my arm. This morning when I was doing relaxation my cat stood on my tummy and pawed at me. It was like she was massaging my belly.<br><br>
My class this morning was beautiful. I wish I could attend regularly because the teacher is amazing. Before we started, she talked about how much we give, give, give in life and she wanted us to receive during class. I sure did. It was awesome.
 

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I have practiced yoga off and on for 15 years, but I want to really get back into making it a daily part of my life. I found this beautiful wonderful (and pricey) studio two miles from my house and I have a weeklong newcomer special, but after this week I won't be able to go nearly as often. I do yoga at home but never to the same degree as in class. Any suggestions on a dvd for "heat" inducing vinyasa yoga? I like the slower paced style sometimes, but nothing compares to a hot vinyasa practice, for me. And I just won't do it as much w/o a dvd. I figure a couple of dvds to do at home and maybe one class per week, and I might actually keep this up!!!
 

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hello yoga mamas!<br>
i have been avoiding the computer, and so have not seen this thread in a week. cooler weather means i've been spending dd's nap times baking...this after promising myself i'd be sitting in prayer. ah, the best laid plans...<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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like nursin' fool, i love shiva rea's "yoga shakti". it has 4 different sequences, 2 of which are pretty heat-inducing, plus a matrix to design your own mix. (on days when i'm not up for it, i will sometimes do 1 for every 2 of her moves.) the music is fabulous, too.<br><br>
goal for this week? stop mentally rehearsing my classes (teaching) and just enjoy my practice. while i love teaching, i don't like it when everything i see<br>
becomes a chance to "improve". i want to just be present.
 
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