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i know many of you practice yoga and was wondering what are the preferred styles of others?<br><br><br><br>
personally i love all forms of yoga and go to as many classes as i can and practice at home aften. ashtanga is my favorite class, though i also love mixed "morning" style classes as they are in my opinion the absolute best way to start the day. at home i like to work on balances.
 

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I also work on my balancing postures at home. We don't have enough time in class to really focus on them (and they are my weak area). I prefer ashtanga, also. I like structure and regularity (and I want to be challenged when I do yoga)- ahstanga is best at providing that, I feel. I would like to try the Bikram (which is a sub-form of ashtanga- I believe) - it is the style performed in the heated room (what is is 80 something degrees?). We don't have a facility that offers it yet, but I think they are trying to put one together.<br><br><br><br>
I love yoga. I am always trying to get motivated for sun salutations first thing in the am, but have not gotten there yet. I tend to just go through my own basic routine (up-dog, triangle, warrior series, twists, forward folds...whatever feels right and needed). I work on King Dancer alot at home, and the shoulder stands. King Dancer looks so beautiful, but when attempted....phew. My instinct is to focus on pushing my chest forward and using my hand to pull my leg up, when I should work on just pushing my hand with my foot. Geeez...<br><br><br><br>
I tend to be lazier at home, too. Don't hold my poses as long- don't push myself as much. Don't focus as much on my breathing. Bail out much more quickly.<br><br><br><br>
I don't like exersize, never have. Yoga doesn't feel like exersize to me. Also, what is does for the mind and emotions is amazing. Thank God I have it in my life. It is my refuge- my escape from reality....hehehe
 

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i do yoga pretty much every day...i like power yoga because its so physical. it gets a bit of a bad rap for not being traditional but basically theres nothing new when it comes to yoga.
 

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I actually got credit in college for going to 2 hours of yoga classes every week. It was kundalini yoga, and to be honest the teacher was a psycho - it was as if she was in a cult when it came to her yoga. The way she talked about it...eek.<br><br><br><br>
The class itself was fun, not overly taxing most of the time but occasionally challenging. I have no desire to continue, partially because I doubt that yoga is sufficient for me to lose weight and tone up, and partially because the teacher was such a wackjob.
 

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Does anyone have an opinion about Astanga Yoga videos led by David Swenson?I just bought a couple of his videos,but havent recieved them yet.I read that he does the traditional Astanga Yoga.Any opinions?<br><br><br><br>
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He is awesome. If you get Yoga Journal or Yoga International and see the pics of him....my goodness....<br><br><br><br>
I'm sure they'll be great videos.
 

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I don't have much experience (just a semester) but we were instructed in the Ashtanga style and I really loved it.<br><br><br><br>
I've gotten out of my yoga practice recently since I was in a car accident and still haven't made it in for x-rays (my car was totalled)... the class ended with the semester in May, and I don't want to do much at home until I'm sure I don't have anything pinched or fractured.<br><br><br><br>
I saw a sign for a new Bikram studio about 20 min from my new house... probably pricey, but could be something fun to try a few times. My school offers yoga classes 2 ways: 1, you take the class for credit, or 2, you go to "drop-in" classes in the evenings. I already did the credit option so I could build a good base of knowledge, and will hopefully be able to do drop-in ones in the fall. (They're all free once you're a student.) I guess the styles offered vary with the teachers, which are grad students (I think), so who knows what I'll ge to partake in next August... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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David Swenson WOW!!!<br><br>
I just got his video Astanga The Practice,First Series.I watched it last night and couldnt believe my eyes!How the hell does he do some of those postures???He is definetly someone to be admired.I will start the video next week.<br><br>
Wish me luck cuz I'm gonna need it........<br><br><br><br>
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I don't know what type of yoga it is that I do, I have some yoga videos and dvds that I use. I used to go to classes, but they got to expensive. My one video is a 45 minute yoga class type setting and I love it!! If I can find a cheap class where I am moving to, i will definitely sign up - I enjoy classes because the instructor can help with form of poses.
 

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I did Iyengar yoga through a class for a little over two years. I loved it! I do still practice at home when I can, but I'm not as diciplined at home as in class. Plus, it's nice to have a teacher notice your alignment and fix you if your not posed correctly.
 

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amanda and have been practicing yoga for the past few months... we love it! we have beginners yoga once per weeek and power yoga once per week. the difference is amazing, even just in our breathing,,,
 

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I teach a couple of classes (cross between Hatha & Astanga) where I make sure that I do the basic poses along with my class(in regards to adjusting my class participants to correct posture, I just adjust them by touching their elbows or knees, or just directing them (without touching) with my hands.<br><br><br><br>
In regards to myself, I push myself with inversions - Scorpion/Tail feather of the peacock, headstands (easy peasy and forever with variations and can go into the scorpion from), and handstands which I've perverted into walking handstands (forwards, backwards & 180 + degree turns etc for long distances getting closer to the one handed handstand). Basically anything to do with balancing on my hands - the eagle (with one leg at a time straightened out behind me) - plus other hard poses which I practice (the harder the better etc etc), just quite can't yet do the full splits (nearly tho') with legs out front and behind me, but then I am a guy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">.
 

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I practice a mixed bag of yoga, and have for many years. I have experience in kripalu, iyengar, classical, astanga, and power vinyasa yoga. I teach full time, and i'm starting my own studio. The first classes (of the transitional schedule) start next week! It's crazy! I'm so excited though.<br><br><br><br>
i usually have two different practices. One practice is just for me. like the kripalu method, i do whatever feels good--always a vinyasa--but this pose after that is irrelevent. i sequence according to my bodily needs and mood, and i work on certain elements (like twists, or back bends, or core stability, or balance or whatever). the second practice is my "teaching practice" where i go over sequences (such astanga and iyengar theraputics) and then figure out the theory behind them. how they work together, how they make me feel, and the how to communicate allignment and other elements to the students.<br><br><br><br>
as for assisting, i give lots of assists, some verbal, some with my hands, some with my whole body if i know the student well enough. There are lots of ways to assist, and every teacher is different. I'm very hands-on because i want people to begin to feel how to move into the postures safely and then hold them safely. most touch is gentle--but with more advanced or experienced students we can go to the edge since i know them really well. But, the students enjoy the assists, and of course there is always the option to not be assisted!<br><br><br><br>
I love teaching and practicing. it's a blast!
 

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Hmmm... I think my yoga instructor made a pass at me today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
He is beautiful, graceful, and gentle ....the women openly gawk at him....<br><br><br><br>
I used to be at the front of the room, but I found myself mirror-gazing too much and moved to the back where I could focus more on how I FELT (and the mirrors are obstructed back there).<br><br><br><br>
Anyhow, today I was sitting in the back and he was getting the music ready. He says, "You moved from your position, now I'm all thrown off" ...with that gaze.<br><br><br><br>
I looked around (thinking he must be talking to someone else). Then I said, "Huh? Pardon me?" with that 'are you talking to ME' look on my face. He repeated himself and then said, "that's alright, I'LL move" and he paced away to the front. I blew it off (as wishful thinking...hehehe). BUT THEN, once we got started, he came back and taught some of the class right next to me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> I felt so awkard....I actually fell out of some of my poses and felt myself blushing!<br><br><br><br>
Then, during final relaxation, in resting pose (lying on side, head in hand), he was right behind me and I could feel his gaze upon me. Flustered (not sure why, really) I left abruptly, without my usual thanks and see ya next time.<br><br><br><br>
I felt really distracted and akward. Like he became just some typical dude, ya know?<br><br><br><br>
What do you guys think? Am I taking it wrong?<br><br><br><br>
This incident aside, what do you guys think about yoga instructors getting intimate with their students? Would you have the same respect for your yoga instructor if you became involved with them or if you knew they were intimately involved with other students? Do you think you would get as much out of their teaching/your practice?
 

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zoebird and husky corn star- how do you get trained to teach? i would like to do so, maybe next summer.<br><br><br><br>
aksjg- i think there was an article in onw of the yoga magazines in the fall about tacher/student relationship. i think it is bad if you cant enjoy your practice. but you can find love anywhere and it may be better to find a new teacher . . .
 

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maddie:<br><br><br><br>
there are many ways to learn how to teach. the most traditional method is to have a teacher, study with that teacher, and eventually that teacher tells you to go and teach.<br><br><br><br>
more common in the US is to go to a number of different type sof teacher training courses. Many studios (including the one i'm starting) offer teacher training courses for qualified individuals. What makes a qualified individual? well, that depends upon the different school.<br><br><br><br>
For some schools, it's years of experience in yoga. For other schools, it's practice with that studio--so that the teacher knows your yoga proficiency and maturity. for others, there are no requirements to start learning how to teach. So, each place is different.<br><br><br><br>
Most types of training give you 200 hours of training, which means Yoga Alliance's basic standards. If you go to yogaalliance.org, you can read about their standards and find registered schools in your area (they have a list).<br><br><br><br>
Some teacher training courses last one week in exotic locations. Often, to get enough hours to register with yoga alliance or to be certified by the teacher, you must go to a number of these weeks over time. I think this is a great option for a person who doesn't live near a studio where they can get teacher training. Also, they're a lot of fun--even for those of us with trainings near by!<br><br><br><br>
avoid programs that certify in one weekend. you can't possibly learn enough in one weekend, and you'll be a danger to your students--trust me! i have many students who are working through injuries from teachers who didn't know what they were doing (because they were certified in weekend courses).<br><br><br><br>
Also, do you practice with an instructor now? if not, start doing so. Find out what path s/he took, who his/her teachers are, and how they were certified. They'll be a great ally in helping you find what you're looking for!<br><br><br><br>
Good luck with that!<br><br><br><br>
AKSJG:<br><br><br><br>
there could be two things going on (or possibly more):<br><br><br><br>
1. your teacher is hitting on you or<br><br>
2 your teacher isn't hitting on you, but you are interpreting it that way, for whatever reason.<br><br><br><br>
either way, you're uncomfortable with what happened right? if you're uncomfortable, then perhaps it wasn't appropriate for him to do. because of this, i generally feel that it is inappropriate for teachers to date students.<br><br><br><br>
but, i don't think that people should not meet people in yoga classes--including their teachers. BUT, then they start "going out" teacher and student should no longer be teacher and student. I think that the student should find another teacher, and practice with him/her. Then, there is less of a problem (for the teacher, the student, and other students in the classroom who may be uncomfortable).<br><br><br><br>
One of the problems that i've seen in classrooms where the student is dating the teacher, is that the student becomes the "star student" and then weilds that power in a most ugly manner. if the teacher has more of a wandering eye, then the star student will defend his/her status and his/her boyfriend/girlfriend status at the same time. It gets very messy.<br><br><br><br>
so to avoid this, in general i do not advocate teachers dating students, but if they do date each other they should no longer be in the classroom together.<br><br><br><br>
Since this teacher made you uncomfortable, yo uhave a few ways that you can deal with it:<br><br><br><br>
1. go to class, see if it was a fluke. Perhaps he was just being friendly (btw, i walk around class all the time, sometimes standing next to a student, not even looking at them, and then they feel intimidated, tell me or someone else, and then we talk it out. Sometimes, it really isn't the teacher).<br><br><br><br>
2. avoid his classes, find other classes where you would be more comfortable.<br><br><br><br>
3. ask him what's up, what he meant, and then see what happens.<br><br><br><br>
basic question is: what do you want to do about it?<br><br><br><br><br><br>
As for my practice, it is not impacted by the various things that my teacher does outside of the classroom. I'll be honest with you, my last teacher whom i'd worked with for the last three years, has been dating a student off and on--and cheating on her with other students off and on--for the last three years. I've seen him inappropriately touch other students (never did so with me), and i often advised him, and the students, about what was appropriate behavoir.<br><br><br><br>
in the classroom, he was a GREAT yoga teacher. So, as a human being, he has some serious deficiencies. It's one of many reasons why i ultimately do not study with him anymore. I just couldn't stand it when i noticed that he was being hte same nasty brute time and again. So, i left.<br><br><br><br>
But, there are other teachers whom i know very well who date their students (or have in the past), and those students start going to other teachers right away. Likewise, we see that teacher in classes, so he's not on so much of a pedestal as the other teacher liked to be. It was easier to see him as a decent guy (because he is a good guy) because he acted like it. In the classroom, he's very charismatic. I enjoy his classes as well, and it doesn't affect my practice.<br><br><br><br>
When it comes to practicing in a class, i try to leave my baggage (including preconcieved notions of how a "yogin" should behave) on the doorstep and then go through the class. Unless the guy is teaching morality, or the yamas and niyamas (yoga philosophies of right action), i have no problem learning from his sequencing or whatever else. It's when he says 'we should practice brahmachara' (which means moderation, particularly regarding sexuality--usually meant to refer to chastity, but it really refers to sexual responsibility and right conduct, and staying away from things that lead you into lust and so on), and i know that he blatantly isn't--that i get a bit perturbed. Those classes, i wouldn't stay for.<br><br><br><br>
Do you see what i mean?<br><br><br><br>
Hope it helped!
 

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hi!<br><br><br><br>
I was just wondering if someone can tell me what kinds of poses to avoid during pregnancy? thanks! (i just ordered the prenatal yoga deck btw)
 

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This morning I did Yoga again (finally) after slacking off. I really needed it, too, and now I feel great.<br><br><br><br>
I mainly use a video tape of an Aussie woman, but I have some DVDs (Yoga Zone and Yoga Journal; but at the moment the Journal one is much too difficult for me).
 
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