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[personal profile] muck_a_luck
A colleague of mine is reading Rodney Yee's book. He suggests using a door frame to practice handstand.

CK does a handstand, sort of )

You can see that it is a definite way to get upside down with some security and confidence, even if you are not quite ready to get both feet up.
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I was looking for yoga images this morning for another batch of icons, and the thought occurred...

Would there be any interest in a community wallpaper?

I was thinking, over the next, oh, six weeks or so, I could collect images of people who read this community doing yoga. You could post links to sendspace anonymously, or you could e-mail images to me at baranduin at gmail dot com.

I would take your images, crop them, and arrange them into a wallpaper.

You would have to control your own level of visual anonymity, if you didn't want your face to show (for instance, photo taken from behind, or face turned away), but in the wallpaper, your image would not be connected with any name, RL or cyber-identity.

I'll collect your images until June 1?

There will be more icons. Found some great stuff this morning.

Love, CK

UPDATE: A certain party was laughing her ass off imagining "the potential image of butts in the air doing downward dog all arranged neatly in a row." Now I feel the need to request as many of these pictures as possible... :D
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So, after my feats of yoga last week, my friend Jules demanded video. (BTW my yoga powers of Wednesday have totally vanished, as my attempts at the new arm balances were laughable this morning. Anyway.)

The problem with this is that my body makes, um, unladylike noises during yoga. This is one reason to do yoga on one's own.

I mentioned this to some other yoga-doing friends of mine. And [personal profile] uisgich says:

    You could do your own version of Mr Kest's DVD, throwing your hair around and being moody in the intro :D

    Then show that the truth of practising yoga isn't just about beautiful people easing into positions, but also involves unruly bodily happenings :)

I think I will be laughing at this concept all day.

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I have been doing yoga since I was in my teens.  It was a long time ago...don't ask!  I started with the basic Hatha style, drifting aimlessly into Ashtanga without realizing it, until I found Yin Yoga a few years ago.  The style was both beautiful and challenging all at the same time.  And it effortlessly incorporated the spiritual side of yoga, which I had previously been missing.  I am not exclusive to one style of yoga and also practice Shakti, Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga (Power) and even, when pregnant, Kundalini yoga.  Experimenting is fun!

For me, yoga is as much about stretching the spirit as it is stretching your limbs and I have been able to use my practice to ground me in times of stress and disorder.  I am a big fan of Susan Powers, Paul Grilley, Shiva Rea and Natasha Rizopoulos, each for different reasons.  I am looking forward to talking yoga with all of you;  there is always something to be learned from others!

Om Shanti
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Hey! This is a post about me!

I am so excited to get in on the ground floor of this new place, Dreamwidth. I'm an old LJ'er, and one of the things I tend to do in my RL journal is ramble at length about yoga. So I thought, hey! It would be great to do that with people who actually get it, instead of just being sweetly tolerant!

I started practicing yoga about five years ago. I was trying to lose weight and get into shape and I had been doing the same couple of aerobics workout tapes for about two months and was going crazy from boredom. I mentioned to a friend that I thought yoga sounded interesting, but that I didn't see the potential for calorie burn.

She said to me, "Two words: Power Yoga."

I took out some tapes from my local library and my alternate ego, Ms. Flexy Bendy, was born!

I consider myself an advanced beginner. I am totally self-taught from videos and DVDs and I had about a two year hiatus for a pregnancy and infant/post-partum period. I have a small collection of DVDs and tapes by various instructors and mostly am interested in vinyasa/ashtanga type yoga for purposes of exercise.

That said, I find that practicing yoga for the purposes of exercise is very different from doing my step aerobics. After all, I don't feel the need to comment in post after post in my journal about the joys of step-turn-down-tap.

I got Shiva Rea's Yoga Trance Dance DVD for Christmas. Shiva recites from The Radiance Yoga Sutras (Vijnana Bhairava Tantra) during Sivasana, and in particular, the last line of her selection struck me as being very much what I have been taking away from yoga during my exploration of it:

    Contemplate the constituents of your body: muscles and blood, breath and bones, is made out of radiantly dancing emptiness. Attend to the skin as a subtle boundary containing vastness. Enter that shimmering and pulsing vastness. Discover that you are not separate from anything there, and there is no "other;" no object to meditate on that is not you.

    There is a place in the heart where everything meets. Enter the bowl of vastness that is the heart. Give yourself to it with total abandon. Quiet ecstasy is there, and a steady regal sense of resting in a perfect spot. Contemplate the entire universe and your entire body is filled with inexpressible happiness.

    Drink the ambrosia of that all-pervading joy from the radiant cup that is this very body.

So. I have never come to yoga seeking any particular enlightenment. But still. There's something different in yoga than in any other thing I have done before.

Drink from the radiant cup. There's definitely something there for me.


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