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I Practice Yoga

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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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    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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    Beginning Again

    I practiced yoga for several months in 2006. Then my husband and I moved to another state, and I've had a difficult time finding a studio I like with classes that fit my schedule. There are a lot of Core Power, Bikram and hot yoga studios, but for me, it's more about the mind...
    livelaughlovedream3 livelaughlovedream3 41-45, F 2 Responses May 7, 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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    It Fixed Me.

    I was going to the gym hardcore, with no stretching ever, and my body was telling me that it was breaking. My back was aching, I couldn't stand up straight ever without it going stiff, and my legs lost all flexibility. It was a bad situation. I got into yoga and after 2 weeks...
    Demerviose Demerviose 22-25, M 1 Response May 2, 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 22-25, F Jan 16

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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

    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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    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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    Tree Pose

    I have been practicing yoga for a year and a half, and tree pose remains one of the hardest postures for me. I have super tight hips and hamstrings, but one day I'd love to do it with my foot against my thigh rather than my ankle. Anyone have any success stories here?
    gatsdee gatsdee 22-25 1 Response Nov 3, 2008

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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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    midnitce midnitce 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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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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    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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    Yoga

    i do yoga on youtube,i couldnt imagine going to a class,..its not my scene.at first i found it a little strange but i enjoy it now,it gives me a little lift,makes me feel good.you dont realise how stiff you are till you try something like this.
    clayantony clayantony 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 15, 2009

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    I'm taking hatha yoga at school.

    My thighs are killing me from today's class. :(
    lucyyinthesky lucyyinthesky 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 24, 2007

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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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    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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    So just recently added a little bit into my

    everyday stretching process. Like the extra flexibility and really hoping it helps strengthen some muscle groups I don't normally get to work on with just running.
    idk137 idk137 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 3

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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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    Recovery

    Around 16 years ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia" and told that to continue working would be difficult and that I should seek out some kind of compensation for this problem.  I was put on prescription medications (anti inflammatory and pain killers) as well as...
    VickyRose VickyRose 51-55 Oct 30, 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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    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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    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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    Vinyasa Everyday & Acroyoga Rocks My World!

    Yoga is what keeps me nicely playing with others. If I don't take my time for my practice, I am not feeling myself. Acroyoga is my favorite. I wish there was more of it in this world. Playing with other adults in such a healthy manner. My high is hearing everyone breath together...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 3, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    YOGA Yoga

     I love yoga!! It is the only thing that keeps me calm. Being a Christian I get criticized for doing yoga but without Yoga I am a basket case. 
    AnonymousDiva AnonymousDiva 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 24, 2009

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    A Wee Bit

    I practice yoga mostly in my home.  I have a very busy schedule so I can never find time to go to a studio and take classes (plus, they cost money.) I never quite know if I am doing the poses correctly, but I try my best.  Practicing yoga is helpful for me to feel more...
    outoftheshadows outoftheshadows 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 6, 2008

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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 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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    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 6 days ago

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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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    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 3 Responses Jul 8, 2012

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    Going On 20 Years

    I started yoga classes in 1989 in Pasadena, California.  I have been doing it ever since, reading some history, the sutras of Patanjali, and mostly practicing asana.  I have been on a yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia, and have practiced ashtanga and iyengar styles of...
    Konig Konig 41-45, M Nov 20, 2007

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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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I took my first yoga class on December 31st last year. It was my way to "ring in the New Year" despite what was going on in my life at the time. It was such a freeing experience...
    authenticexistence authenticexistence 18-21, F Mar 26

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    I joined a nude yoga group and went for about a year. The yoga itself was great, but the experience of doing it nude with men of all ages and body types made it better. I love the...
    artonthebrain artonthebrain 41-45, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I recently snuck into my moms room last night while she was upstairs and took a pair of her athleta yoga pants! i wore them for a while when i was alone and i got turned on. So...
    noah22 noah22 18-21 2 Responses Mar 25

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    I absolutely love wearing yoga pants. I have since branched out and am wearing a pair of women's pj bottoms right now (quite similar design). I am straight, but I find them...
    albinojames albinojames 22-25, M Mar 31

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    Summer is almost here , working in downtown boston and the ladies are starting to wear less and less , yoga pants or tight leggings every where I look , gets dangerous trying to...
    Nunlover Nunlover 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 10

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    Well I have been doing yoga on regular basis for three month. It has helped me to feel fit physically and be calm emotionally . My home life sucks. My wife keeps nagging me on...
    kmanm kmanm 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 6

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    I'd love to be able to do something like yoga regularly. Always fancied the idea of being more flex able and less stressed.
    SalinNY SalinNY 46-50, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have done yoga since I was a teen. It has keep me centered and in great shape. It is the one thing that I have never given up through all my ups and downs.
    SouthernJoy SouthernJoy 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I try really hard to stay in the present, and I can see it helps heaps, but I'm a person who struggles to pay attention and I get lost in my own thoughts.
    cunninlc cunninlc 22-25, F 9 hrs ago

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    Downward facing dog is the best pose no wait then again every pose is fun
    lilay98 lilay98 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I gotta do it for flexibility. My whole team has to do it twice a week. I hate it
    LandonS LandonS 16-17, M Mar 21

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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...
    artisticness artisticness 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    I used to have a couple cousins that would sit on my face daily so now I'd just like to find a girl who'd use me like a seat. I won't lie I started to love being sat on but now I...
    hilmon49 hilmon49 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 24

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    It doesn't even matter boy/girl and I wish I could buy VS Pink ones
    abc123eigdew abc123eigdew 22-25, M Mar 26

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    Im starting a Ki.k group chat ANY full time cross dressers under the age of 20 This is a chat for crossdressers to show off their outfits talk about shopping clothes and post like...
    lovevspink16 lovevspink16 18-21 Apr 5

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