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I Love Yoga

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    I need a new mat. But I don't want to spend a

    lot of money. Something heavy and durable. Suggestions?
    diggadog diggadog 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 16

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    Yoga has eased my back pain,

    strengthened my upper body, improved my posture, flattened my stomach, strengthened my core, increased my flexibility, balance and coordination. I love it. I use a block for side angle poses and any that I can't easily touch my hand to the ground. I still can't do the crow...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 2 Responses Aug 23, 2014

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    Groundwork

    If faerie can single out one reason why I love yoga... It will not be... because it teaches me patience because it shows me enlightenment because it gives me strength because it allows me peace because it opens my heart because it enriches my soul... It will not be only one of...
    Sylphy Sylphy 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 29, 2012

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    Oceandock19 Oceandock19 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    I never thought I would like yoga.

    I thought I would hurt myself or that it wasn't really exercise. A year ago, a friend at work who is a guy about the same age at me told me he was taking it and that I should join him. At the same time, I met a yoga enthusiast here on EP who also encouraged me. I can tell...
    Adam4Eve Adam4Eve 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 16, 2014

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    Hurt my wrist somehow,

    hurts to flex it. Did hot yoga tonight and made it feel a tiny bit better after some painful motions. Debating whether to go tomorrow or not. Really don't want to miss out but also don't want to make it worse. Any pointers ?
    sweetietay sweetietay 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 7

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    diggadog diggadog 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 13

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    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 13

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    so today they wanted to try something "new" .

    ..which required a lot of plank pushups, squats, chairposes...brutal..just freaking brutal
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    That's the good thing about Fyber Fitness.

    They have all the classes and facilities I need! Yoga classes are excellent, as are the boxing, and then the gym is fully equipped too!
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 24, 2014

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    yogiboo1021 yogiboo1021 41-45, F 6 Responses Mar 6

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    Namaste! I go to yoga regularly.

    The exercises are essential for my body. Strength creates a holistic remedy to time and circumstances.
    Silfverberg Silfverberg 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 29, 2014

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    lifes little pleasures #392: its like pure

    heaven when you do an upward dog and hear your back pop..
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 16

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    As you other yogi's know,

    it's all about breathing. It took me a while to realize this. The poses open and center me, and keep me fit but the benefit lies within the power of breathing. We can subject ourselves to a lot pain and stress but if we're breathing, we can always handle more than we think we...
    Werner351 Werner351 41-45, M Jan 24

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    I went to a Bhudist retreat last week

    and I'm still here. I love yoga I was introduced to it last week and I'm all well I feel whole my being, heart and soul is at peace. Physically I am more flexible. Btw I'm 16 and il do yoga for the rest of my life.
    NamzyZizi NamzyZizi 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 1

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    Yoga completely recharges me.

    Life can be stressful and my mind can be racing all day long. It's great to take an evening yoga class and re-center myself. The yoga poses challenge me but I try to be understanding and compassionate toward myself - such a challenge! I can't wait until my next class!!! Hehe
    AriaShakti AriaShakti 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 27, 2014

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    Jim44444 Jim44444 61-65, M 3 Responses Jun 13, 2014

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    Makes the body flexible.

    Gives tone, strength, and endurance
    jenna6978 jenna6978 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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    Yoga is so relaxing for me.

    Sometimes, when I'm not in the mood to run or do other types of exercise, I choose yoga. Not only does it work on my arms, legs and ab muscles.. But it helps me find a peaceful inner place through my control of breathing. It's such a great practice to get into!
    faithhopelove13 faithhopelove13 18-21 1 Response Mar 16

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    I practiced yoga in China.

    .. I couldn't understand a word then! Now can speak Chinese and do yoga! My back problems are all gone now!
    lucycoco lucycoco 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    I tried yoga nidra last night

    after a flow class. What an amazingly, zenful experience. Simplicity can be a beautiful and enlightening.
    frspch frspch 51-55, F 6 Responses Sep 7, 2014

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    Pain In Life

    An aging Zen master grew tired of his student complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the master...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 5, 2013

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    Just had the most amazing yoga session in my

    own bedroom! I did it to the sound of the rain outside and had my small paper lantern lit up for some dim, relaxing light. I really love yoga. It's benefits are innumerable. Strength, stretching, relaxation... Plus the many health benefits! I have really grown fond of sitting...
    faithhopelove13 faithhopelove13 18-21 Sep 6, 2014

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    Just had the best home session ever!

    Doing yoga before bed is literally the most relaxing thing. I am so into it! I love how it strengthens and tones my body while relaxing me at the same time. Nothing like it!
    faithhopelove13 faithhopelove13 18-21 1 Response Dec 19, 2014

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    I did these downdog to plank pushups today

    and now my left shoulder feels painful, anyone had this problem?
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    Ok, ok...let me just say.

    ..not all yoga classes are the same...and neither are the instructors! It's more than just a medical fact. It goes beyond all facts, and defies all our logic. It's like a smorgasbord And cafeteria on an empty stomache and bank account...nowhere to go but everywhere...to ask...
    Ferric67 Ferric67 36-40, M 1 Response Feb 20

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    the room today was below 20 degrees due to the

    heating being down, worst practice ever!!!
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 21

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    Yoga is my therapy. Can't believe I went

    so many years without it.
    kylakel kylakel 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    I used to stretch and do yoga every day

    for about an hour. My favorite poses to do were Camel, King pigeon, and Bird of paradise. I quit a couple months ago due to several reasons and I wish I hadn't. Im trying to do yoga and contortion again. In July 2013, I was outside doing yoga when I got the call. My mom had...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 28, 2014

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    One breathe. I start with one breath

    and I am taken away. So present that it's almost not real. Movement surges from within and I follow, trusting, in sync with all that I am. I always come out a little changed, a little better, a little happier, a little more free. It just takes one breath.
    artisticness artisticness 46-50, F 5 Responses Mar 23, 2014

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    I wish I had the time,

    space, and energy to continue with it. It honestly changed me when I first began doing it a couple summers ago, and I regret ever stopping. I can't wait to have the space to do it again when I get an apartment hopefully soon.
    kimb27 kimb27 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 5, 2014

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    Wherever you are good evening

    or good afternoon and namaste. We were working on a new set of poses to work on our kidneys and bladders. We wouldn't get results the first night unlike I did. Most would get results in 2-3 days of doing the set for a month and a half. My results: warm kidneys. Let me tell you...
    Balloonboy33 Balloonboy33 26-30, M Jan 7

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    But It Does Not Love Me

    Yes a while back while recording a few exercise programs on the DVR. I thought Hey lets give Yoga a shot. Well I loved it! Looked like my speed for a change of pace from some of my usual work outs when I can't get to they gym or catch a Water Aerobic Class.Well let me tell you...
    JennaR JennaR 46-50, F 5 Responses Aug 16, 2013

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    So I'm just sitting on my yoga Matt thinking

    about things and feeling the energies. Though my submissive side is out and ready to play lol. Stretching and thinking has had that side of me out..
    OwnMyMind OwnMyMind 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I have been practicing yoga

    for two years now. I regularly practice Bikram & Aerial Yoga. It puts me at ease and helps clear my mind. Aside from the mental health benefits, yoga is amazing for the body. Yoga is my anchor.
    lovelywanderlust lovelywanderlust 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 31, 2014

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    I have recently read comments by people

    that they are not good at yoga. The beauty of yoga is that it is not a contest. There is no good or bad yoga. I just read this interesting blog entry that discusses being 'good' at yoga. https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/07/the-unexpected-benefit-of-being-bad-at-yoga
    Jim44444 Jim44444 61-65, M 6 Responses Aug 5, 2014

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    I have been practicing yoga off

    and on for about 12 years. I know very well that I can do it by myself at home, anytime I want. And sometimes I do. . But I really prefer the interaction and the atmosphere of a class, with an instructor who provides guidance, lights candles, etc. And I have found a decent yoga...
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 16 Responses Feb 12

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    No l don't. I hate the idea of it.

    ...just accidentally liked it!!!
    2BlossomBlue 2BlossomBlue 51-55, F 5 Responses Feb 12

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    I light up like a Christmas tree (people tell

    me) when I talk about how yoga has changed my life.
    serendipity65 serendipity65 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 10

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    Omg every time my dog does downward dog I get

    so giddy I thank you yoga for brining me dis experience
    zeitgeist211 zeitgeist211 18-21, F Feb 4

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    Just started a 30 day yoga challenge.

    I'm not normally one for this kind of challenge, but i think this will be good for me, hope i can stick with it!
    alextbdl alextbdl 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 17

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    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 11 Responses Jan 5

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    I've dabbled in with yoga,

    flirted with it over the last few years. I think it is time to commit.
    DaveSmiles DaveSmiles 46-50, M 3 Responses Mar 2

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    Today, I practiced yoga

    for the first time in about three years and it felt SO good. I fully intend to continue doing yoga on a daily basis like I used to. The investment in my new videos was definitely worth it, and I encourage anyone and everyone to try yoga if they haven't already.
    Sarah196 Sarah196 18-21, F Feb 11, 2014

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    No matter where I travel I feel at home

    if I just practice yoga while I'm there.
    Wbyogimaso Wbyogimaso 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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    I Would Never Consider Doing Yoga a Few Years Back

    I find it quite funny to look back at my less-open self and have a chuckle. A number of years ago I would never even have considered doing yoga. I did martial arts and weight lifting and yoga was just something goofy middle-aged women did. Well, here I am, 36 year old male, and...
    internalarts internalarts 36-40 5 Responses Aug 7, 2007

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