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I Practice Yoga

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    midnitce midnitce 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 19

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    Confidence

    When I'm doing yoga, I forget stuff. I just direct my attention to it and think about it merely. It relaxes me so much. Before practicing it, i remember getting angry quickly. But now i'm more quiet person. Also I feel much more confident and sexy. Hell yeah. :)
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 31, 2012

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    I started today as a 15 minutes let lose of my

    thoughts and forget all about life... i did what i am good at which is made music turned on and forgot all about life and tension and all and let my body felt no more stressed and mind so blowed as feel so good.
    Egyptianguy34 Egyptianguy34 31-35, M Dec 6, 2013

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    Yoga & Scoliosis spinal fusion Yoga &

    Scoliosis Spinal Fusion I have just started yoga as a way to rebuild and tone the muscles in my spine, legs, and core to hopefully ease the discomfort and tightness i have due to my spinal fusion. When i was 12 years old, i had a surgery to fuse T1-L3 of my spine due to life...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F Jan 16

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    My Practice

    My life has been hard and filled with struggles but at the end of the day I only have myself. I'll take time everyday to be myself on my mat yoga lets me open my heart to the world and shine who I am. I am me love me or dislike me but I known who I am where I come from and what I...
    yogicviews yogicviews 22-25, M Nov 26, 2013

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    It transforms ones life each day,

    expanding and providing both inner and outer growth and flexibility on many dimensions of ones humanness.
    eroticman77 eroticman77 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 27

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    Freaking Out

    I have been going to yoga 3-4 times per week pretty consistently now for about 2-3 months.  In addition to my yoga classes, I am currently taking a six week course on pranayama, or deep breathing.  Also, I have been reading a book about yoga philosophy called...
    LumberJill LumberJill 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 24, 2010

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    I Love Yoga

    Its great on all different levels. It gives you energy and makes you supple and can help you feel centred! I practice almost every day.
    MissStrict MissStrict 36-40, F Jan 4, 2010

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    Maha Namaskar Or the Great Salutation.

    I find it is a great way to start the day. Helps relax me and also it is good exercise! - RDW
    randomdriftwood randomdriftwood 21-25, F 1 Response Dec 12, 2007

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    Complex Human

    This is so true. How many of us have forgotten that the essence of life is to live in the present and not to worry too much about the past and the future? I mean, it is ok to think about the future and look back to your past. Our future and past guide us. But if we cling on them...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 19, 2013

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    Extremely Heated Yoga

    I used to frequent a local yoga studio here in the city with my mother not too long ago. She suggested that I started taking heated yoga sessions with her and that it has even more benefits than regular vinyasa yoga. After a week of persuasion I finally gave in. At first, I...
    EmmyChi EmmyChi 22-25 3 Responses Nov 9, 2013

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    Goodbye Chronic Pain

    I wish someone had told me about this 20 years ago. I have scoliosis, bad tendons & 3 neck fractures. But then again, I probably wouldn't have believed how much yoga helps physically & mentally.
    jpadd jpadd 46-50 1 Response Sep 5, 2012

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    Today's yoga practice was a challenge.

    I overextended my back when I was bike riding over the weekend. Things were difficult however I greens a greater appreciation of what I usually am able to do. I reminded myself that accommodating your posture and yoga is okay as we are all different and bring our past...
    CoffeeBrewin14 CoffeeBrewin14 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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    Bodybuilding And Yoga

    I started doing yoga a few months ago in addition to my weight training.  Often times when you weight train, you get knots, and built up lactic acid in those museles. Also for shorter people weight training can make you look bulky if you don't do a thourogh stretch. I have...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 31, 2010

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    As frequently as I can these days.

    It gives so much more than just a physical exercise, while having the benefits to the body of physical activities. Balance, strength, flexibility, tolerance, endurance, stamina (on physical, mental and emotional levels); as well as focus, developing concentration, discipline...
    darkandlight darkandlight 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 13

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    Ashtanga

    Antonia kidman's yoga dvd is awesome. 60 min of muscle strengthening and relaxation in one. makes me sleep like a baby
    JChristsavedmylife JChristsavedmylife 22-25, F May 1, 2012

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    Small Town...

    Since I live in such a tiny town there is no real way for me to go to a studio. I think there is one at the gym, but the hours suck when you are a working mom. Anyhow I have a couple favorites I thought would be fun to share! :) 1. Jillian's yoga. I think it is called Power...
    1invisible1 1invisible1 26-30, F Mar 6, 2011

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    My personal journey with yoga began over 25

    years ago. Got a book with a set of hatha poses. At the time I was working a stressful job and needed something for exercise. I noticed it gave me so much stamina and flexibility over time I got hooked. Spent a couple years with Kundalini and looking deeper into some of the more...
    Vaoav Vaoav 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 16

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    The Benefits...

    I've been doing Yoga, on and off, for about 9 or so years. I try to do it 3-4 times a week, spending a good few hours per session. Like many others here I have found it very beneficial in how supple I am, my breathing, my posture and also my mental application...It's a holistic...
    Samm199294 Samm199294 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 6, 2008

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    Every Morning

    every morning when i first wake up i roll out my yoga mat, and practice. maybe just a few sun salutations, maybe the full sequence. but i do it every morning to wake up my body and brain.
    crunchatizamecaptin crunchatizamecaptin 18-21, F Nov 9, 2013

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    Yoga

    Two years ago, during stretches, my dance teacher told me that I ought to try yoga. I did try it. Being flexible has its advantages! And I like to do yoga every now and then. I enjoy practicing it. =]
    PoeticRejection PoeticRejection 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 24, 2007

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    DonnaDoe DonnaDoe 18-21, F 3 Responses May 15

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    There's nothing better to do in the morning.

    Really sets you up for the day :)
    1234Ideclareathumbwar 1234Ideclareathumbwar 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 27

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    If Contortion Counts...

    I do contortion, I guess that would somewhat fit yoga. I'm a beginner, and just learned how to do my pretzel today. I fell on my head and now everything is really blurry and my head is pounding. I feel as if my legs are still over my head! It is so fun, and you have to be...
    thesecretredsmilesociety thesecretredsmilesociety 16-17, F Nov 26, 2013

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    Yoga, What It Is And What It Is Not.

    Yoga has been taught and practiced in many countries since ancient times. It is known by different names and exists in various forms but in essence all are based on the same philosophy. Although yoga has existed in some form in almost all ancient cultures and tribes, its...
    peculiarguy peculiarguy 22-25, M 4 Responses Jul 8, 2012

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    Longtime Yogi

    I think I started at 14, and it's one of the only times I feel really content. Maybe I'll teach someday, who knows? For right now, at least the mat is there.
    davedaddykh1 davedaddykh1 46-50, M Jan 30, 2012

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    It Will Change You Completely

    when i was very young i was diagnosed with ADHD i was very very hyper. so when i was about 12 years old my mom enrolled me in a yoga class. at first i thought what the hell is this , its bad enough i take medication for this **** i was very displeased to say the least. but let me...
    cocoxoxo cocoxoxo 18-21 1 Response May 10, 2008

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    I Do Yoga

    I do yoga the mountain pose, warrior one and warrior two, and some others I can't remember the names of. I feel better after I do yoga.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 Dec 3, 2011

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    So excited that I can finally do a double

    pigeon! Took a while to get my hips loose enough.
    CoryBunny CoryBunny 31-35, F 1 Response May 29

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    Embarrassing Yoga Experiences Contd...

    I had an amazing yoga session yesterday. We were working out on yoga balls and i was more interested in watching the chicks do their poses than focus on mine. Our instructor first gave us a demo of how its done. She was in tiny shorts and a sports bra and did a backbend. Her...
    ViksTapsy ViksTapsy 26-30, M Jun 9, 2013

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    The Practice Of Yoga

    I have been practicing yoga consistently for about 2 months now and am really loving it.  One of my yoga instructors always says at the end of class "there is great great love here for you."  When I first began classes at the studio, I sort of just glazed over...
    LumberJill LumberJill 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 8, 2009

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    I Love Bikram Yoga!

    I have started to practice Bikram Yoga recently and it has changed my life...I feel really great after my class..My younger sister dragged me into a class..I was so skeptical, but now I am so into it!..I just ordered "Bikram Yoga for beginner's"..I haven't received it yet..
    AlohaBikramgirl AlohaBikramgirl 41-45 1 Response Oct 26, 2010

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    Supple, Strength And Stamina

    Those are all the things that I get from Yoga.... I have done yoga quite a bit over the years but not really in anger... That was until I did the 'P90X' programme about 2 years ago. Yoga is an integral part of the workout, doing it at least once a week over the course of the...
    Jazz1Geoff101 Jazz1Geoff101 41-45, M Nov 17, 2013

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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 Apr 5, 2013

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    I Do Yoga ... (Not Really)

      Actually my best friend does yoga and has been doing it for almost as many years as I've been studying taekwondo. One of the many fun little things we have between us is that I am always trying to get her to take a class at my TKD school and she is always trying to get me...
    SaraBee1995 SaraBee1995 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 19, 2013

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    I Love Yoga

    I love my home practise. It feels it integrates better with life and I can change the practise according to my energy levels, needs and inspiration. I tend to look for new poses or sequences now and again...with variations Although I have some favourites (love the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 14, 2010

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    Thanks To A Faerie And A Princess

    Less than a mile from me, a Yoga studio opened a year ago.I drove by it, every day, for a year, thinking it was a New Age Book Store.Two weeks ago, I realized what it actually was, and decided the time had come to go and see what my Faerie and Princess friends loved so much.All I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Aug 14, 2012

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    Off The Mat

    What is to practice yoga? Is it the same as soccer practice? Or playing the violin? Or dance rehearsals? I have done all those. And other activities, too. And while it is fulfilling to a certain degree, there is something that is essential why we practice all the time. To...
    Sylphy Sylphy 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 22, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    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...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 3 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I started ashtanga yoga 9 months ago. 1 hour every 3 days with dieting and lost 55lbs in the first 2 1/2 months. Still do it but just jumped up to an hour every other day. Trying...
    OilDaddy OilDaddy 41-45, M 1 hr ago

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    Hot Yoga saved my life! Ok, that's a little dramatic. But hot yoga has been the best anti-depressant/anti-anxiety treatment I've ever had. The focused breathing (I'm an asthmatic...
    AlainaM5 AlainaM5 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 20

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    I've been practicing Bikram Yoga regularly (4-5x/week) now for over a month. In the relatively short amount of time I learned my body can do all sorts of amazing things. I'm kind...
    EmmyChi EmmyChi 22-25 Jul 14

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    I started yoga last year and went to a studio for a month, but then I stopped going. This year I tried to do it myself at home, but I almost never feel relaxed or refreshed. I've...
    DonnaDoe DonnaDoe 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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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...
    thetiredmama thetiredmama 31-35, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    So beautiful. Moved me to tears of happiness and release today at yoga class. #yoga #theuniverse #nocoincidences
    CoffeeBrewin14 CoffeeBrewin14 31-35, F Jul 7

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    A little post HIIT workout yoga is so relaxing and really calms my heart rate down. I love getting a good stretch in, feeling calm and building some muscle. Yoga has truly been a...
    Anxiousgirl13 Anxiousgirl13 18-21 Jul 12

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    So I was skeptical of how well my "beginners breathing" routine on my yoga app would work for me. Today, I was feeling anxious randomly & I have a hard time breathing when I get...
    Anxiousgirl13 Anxiousgirl13 18-21 1 Response Jul 13

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    I really love the idea of doing yoga, being at one with myself, and being more healthy. I bought one of those yoga apps so that I could do it in my room on my mat. I just started...
    englxnd23 englxnd23 16-17, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Never have done yoga but am interested in partner yoga. It seems like it's a very good bonding exercise.
    ONEPIECE749 ONEPIECE749 18-21, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I like yoga. I have recently found yoga to be wonderful. It is helping me be more flexible. Which is fantastic. It is also helping maintain my weight. It is also fun doing all...
    dev1978 dev1978 36-40, T 4 days ago

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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

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    Anyone have personal experience with yoga stretches for improvement of functionality of knee with osteoarthritis? Any poses to avoid or to focus on?
    Jim44444 Jim44444 61-65, M 2 Responses