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  1. Hey, I thought you might want to know that I've recently started my own vegan blog. I'll still be keeping the other blog (the ashtanga journal).
  2. Just in case you don't already know, both Pilates and yoga are great for lower back strength and flexibility. You might want to give them a try. Both are known to enhance performance in other activities, weight lifting included. Amazing legs, btw.
  3. I've read that she's doing lots of Pilates and ballet-based exercises in order to tone her legs because she couldn't focus on her arms after the horse fall. She has amazing thighs IMHO.
  4. You Passed 8th Grade Geography http://images.blogthings.com/couldyoupass8thgradegeographyquiz/pass.jpg Congratulations, you got 8/10 correct! Could You Pass 8th Grade Geography? http://www.blogthings.com/couldyoupass8thgradegeographyquiz/
  5. Sorry to hear that, even if I don't know you, but these things always touch me deep inside. Fortunately, therapies have improved a lot over the years, so it's possible to beat cancer, as many have said. I hope all ends well.
  6. This is a fantastic website on jala neti technique (the nasal wash others have been talking about). Many of us yogis use it in order to breathe more evenly and deeply. It basically washes off mucus and dirt from your sinuses and helps prevent colds and allergies. It's kinda tricky to learn, but once you know how to do it, it's pretty easy. Do it daily, first thing in the morning, for best results (you can do it at any other time of day, but it's generally advised to do it before meals rather than after). I've also heard about GSE (grape seed extract), which is a natural wide-spectrum antibiotic, being great for this. I think you can pour a few drops in the water for your jala neti and then use it as normal. I haven't used it myself, so I can't give further information. Ask your local health food shop. Hope this helps.
  7. I've already added myself. Look in the Atlantic Ocean, close to Morocco.
  8. As long as your knees don't go beyond the level of your toes, and in the same plane as your middle toe, there should be no problem. The closer your leg is to vertical, the better - the knee remains more protected in that position. I know this b/c certain yoga postures involve a similar bending in the knees (Warrior being probably the best example).
  9. Thank you, guys. My apologies, AllIEverTouched, I know it was your post.
  10. Sorry, this is not a proper answer. I just hope somebody posts a couple of exercises at least, b/c I've lost my butt to yoga! And both my gf and I want it back!
  11. My top 10, in order of preference (info on how often I have them is in brackets): 1.-Parsimmon (only when they're in season) 2.-Conference pears (at least 1 daily) 3.-Clementines (at least 1 daily) 4.-Pineapple (at least 4 times a week) 5.-Banana (at least 4 times a week) 6.-Watermelon (only when they're in season) 7.-Melon (not very often) 8.-Pomegranate (only when they're in season) 9.-Cherries (only when they're in season) 10.-Grapes (not very often) I don't like raw apple, basically because get an odd itch in my gums.
  12. This is not an answer to your question but actually a comment. I thought it'd be funny to let you know that that I am 178 cm tall and currently weigh 65 kg.
  13. That album is fantastic. A fellow ashtangi and I are fond of saying it's haunting. The CD comes with a fantastic booklet with the words and translations and a quick background on the mantras. I had not heard about the first and the last one before, but both "Light On Life" and "Yoga Body, Buddha Mind" seem to be wonderful books, according to some reviews I've read. Unfortunately, I let the chance to buy Iyengar's one last September when I was in London and now I'll have to buy it online grrr I'm currently reading "Light on Patanjali's Yoga Sutra", Iyengar's comment on this text about yoga philosophy, which is my favourite of all of the ancient text. It's quite complex but very deep. It's amazing how those thoughts that are hundreds of years old are still true nowadays.
  14. Well said! Mmm. I think it was a bit awkward in the beginning, but now I've got used to it, I actually like chanting. In Ashtanga Yoga we have an Opening Mantra and a Closing Mantra that we chant at the beginning and the end of every practice. Read them here. Other than that, I love Gayatri Mantra and Om Asatoma Mantra. In addition to singing them myself, I enjoy listening to Deva Premal's versions, included in her album "The Essence". Btw, which books did you buy in the conference?
  15. It's great that you have a prior knowledge of alignment and all that. I think that's the main problem if you're a beginner to yoga and want to try ashtanga: the lack of a sense of how your different body parts should be placed in each asana. The fast pace of ashtanga makes this hard to learn and easy to forget, so knowing something about it beforehand is quite useful. On the subject of chanting, I must admit I didn't start doing that until I had been practising for about a year (and that was not so long ago). Before that, I used to think it was quite ridiculous, taking into account that I practise on my own, at home. However, as I started to study the more philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga, and became aware of the power and meaning of mantras, I slowly changed my mind. Nowadays, I chant both at the beginning and at the end of practice. My pronunciation might be awful, but I make sure I'm putting my heart into it.
  16. Well, I share the same view, but I also think that it's quite difficult to tell if you're getting absolutely everything you need from your diet. That's why I'm considering them, because I'm not very sure that I'm fulfilling the requirements. They're never the solution to a poor diet, on that I agree with you.
  17. Thanks for the advice! I think I do eat quite healthily, but might need that extra glutamine anyway. I'll try it and if it doesn't work, I'll give it up.
  18. No pero seguro que en el foro veganforum.com encuentras gente. Vete a donde pone "Europe".
  19. Eso esta un poco lejos de donde yo vivo (that's a bit far from where I live). Vivo en las islas Canarias, en el atlántico (I live in the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic). Pasalo bien en Barcelona! (Have a good time in Barcelona!)
  20. Mmm I know, this is supposed to be the ladies' section but... I started doing Pilates almost two years ago. There were no teachers in my area at that time, so I basically bought a couple of books and videos and started practising. Your abs do get the workout of their life! It's highly adaptable, you can modify the sequence to focus on certain muscle groups In addition to this, it can help the rehab process if you're injured, or exercise the rest of the body while avoiding implication from an injured body part. But, no matter what you do, your abs will be working from start to end. And the results come quite quick! I'm currently training to become a Pilates instructor myself, hence the passion. Good luck. Keep us updated.
  21. Hi! Welcome to the forum! I'm a newcomer here as well, but I can tell you you're going to love this forum. On the subject of yoga, you probably already know that there are many different styles. All of them are equally valid, and you'll get benefits from any of them. My personal suggestion is that you expermient a bit, try different classes in your area (a teacher is essential if there's the chance, sadly not my case). Don't be discouraged if at first you can't do a particular asana or if your breath is uneven. Like everything, it will eventually come with time (and proper effort). It's particularly important that you find a style you really like so that you stick with it. Frequent practice is the way to go if you really want to get something out of it. Remember 10 minutes a day is better than 2 hours a week. In addition to this, don't forget that yoga is much more than just asanas and physical challenge. There's a whole philosophy that's well worth exploring, even if that's not what you're looking for at first. I don't know if it's OK to recommend you any book, because I'm too focused on one style (ashtanga), and it might not be the one for you. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean you're not able to try it as a beginner (I did that myself, so there's no real problem). It's just that I think you should get a general idea of what yoga is before that. Anyway: "The Heart Of Yoga" by Desikachar is a good book, probably too focused on other aspects than asana, and maybe a bit too deep for a beginner. That might be a drawback but, IMHO, it's a fantastic book, even if it's not very instructional. If you do want to learn ashtanga because you're already familiar with it and are aware of the fast pace, then David Swenson's DVDs are best. "Short Forms" contains, as the title suggest, shorter practices, for those days you're short of time or simply don't feel like doing the whole thing. "First Series" is, IMHO, the best Primary Series DVD out there. Beware the poses are quite challenging, even if you're already fit. You might also want to try Pilates, which is perhaps more adaptable and gives faster results. It lacks the spiritual side. Whether you take that as an advantage or not is up to you. Have fun, an good luck!
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