Yoga-practicing Bees ROLL CALL! *with poll!*

posted 1 year ago in Fitness
  • poll: What type of yoga do you practice (primarily)?
    Vinyasa : (17 votes)
    59 %
    Ashtanga : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Kundalini : (2 votes)
    7 %
    Bikram : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Yin : (0 votes)
    Hatha : (5 votes)
    17 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    3328 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I started attending Ashtanga classes after my divorce 10 years ago and fell in love with my practice. I practice daily. I have no goals with my practice but I did complete the 200 teacher training and attend yearly workshops. Ardha Chandrasana (half moon) is my favorite asana.

    Post # 3
    1124 posts
    Bumble bee

    Why do you practice yoga? Mainly for fitness and strength but also enjoy the challenge and the fact that you progress and can always have a goal with it. The long term benefits and mental health benefits just make it even more appealing.

    How long have you practiced yoga? Around 4 years

    How often do you practie yoga? I used to do 3 long practices per week plus shorter practices in between. But I now have a newborn baby delivered by c-section so haven’t been allowed to practice whilst recovering (or had the time lol!) But baby is now 9 weeks old and I’m feeling a lot better so have started trying to fit in a short 20-30 min practice each day.

    Where do you practice yoga? I used to attend classes in the gym (and hope to go back eventually) but whilst on maternity leave I’m just practicing at home either in our home gym or in the living room.

    Do you have any goals in your yoga practice? I want to achieve the splits (I wasn’t very very close before getting pregnant!) And I too want to perfect the bird of paradise, I can do it but can’t get my leg that high or fully straighten my back to stand straight.

    Finally, what’s your favourite yoga pose, and why? For relaxing I love Halasana. And in terms of a challenging pose I love Chakrasana especially going into it from 3 legged dog.

    Post # 4
    11746 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    whytneynicole :  I love the pigeon pose too😍 I love to stay in it and let my thoughts melt.

    i dont do yoga by itself every day, but rather a ballet/dance fusion with yoga and strength training. But to relax I often to kundalini 🧘‍♀️ . 

    Post # 5
    884 posts
    Busy bee

    whytneynicole :  I began yoga as a rest day from running and HIT to increase my flexibility.  I continued with yoga because I love yoga/spa retreats – I do one a year, with friends or solo (intentionally).  Have been to yoga retreats at Canyon Ranches, Miraval, Nemacolin, Surf and Yoga retreats and just booked one in Mexico for Feb 2019, solo, run by my fav mindfulness Podcaster.   Yoga retreats allow me the opportunity to try all different forms of yoga – aerial, SUP, hot, bikram, laughing, yin, even did yoga to rock music, all different forms/styles and teachers that I normally would not try at my home studio.  I practice yoga both at a studio and at home, and recently began a daily 30 minute practice as my first thing in the morning, wake up ritual.  I find yoga more helpful to me than meditating.  My favorite movement is cat/cow because l can easily synch my breath and the movement without thinking and it feels familiar and comfortable.

    Post # 6
    47 posts

    I’m not really yet- but I’m going to a mini yoga retreat on Sunday!!! I can’t wait! There is yin, meditation and lots of other yogas, a pool and bush walking tracks. Hopefully I’ll become a yogi!

    Post # 7
    958 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    Why do you practice yoga? Yoga has been passed down through my ancestral linneage for thousands of years, including Swami Sivananda, so being part of my culture and being surrounded by yoga and meditation practices since I was born has played a big part in why it is important to me. Yoga brings so many benefits, especially once you go past asana practice (e.g. daily meditation, daily pranayama, daily integration of the yamas and niyamas, etc.).

    How long have you practiced yoga? My entire life. My grandmother was my first teacher. I started learning pranayama and how to live a yogic lifestyle when I was a young child.

    How often do you practie yoga? Every day. I meditate everyday. I practice pranayama everyday. I practice the yamas and niyamas every second of my life. I have had a hamstring injury for several months, so my asana practice is less intense than it used to be, which is okay because it means energy towards higher limbs. My last time of “full immersion” was living on the Himalayas in an ashram where I was practicing for about 8-9 hours a day. 

    Where do you practice yoga? This is a hard question to answer, as it implies that practicing on the mat is “practice” when in reality yoga is supposed to be practiced constantly with every movement and thought you do. It is a lifestyle, not an activity. I am living yoga all the time. My favourite place for asana practice is the beach or the lake

    Do you have any goals in your yoga practice? Samadhi.

    Finally, what’s your favourite yoga pose, and why? In asana practice, I enjoy heart openers and hip openers, due to their power for emotional release. I also like inversions. My favourites to practice are kapotasana (full pigeon), laghu vajrasana (little thunderbolt), eka pada rajakapotasana (one legged king pigeon), pincha mayurasana (forearm stand, regular and hollowback version), eka pada kouninyasana 2, sirsasana (headstand, palms up version), and savasana (corpse pose).

    Post # 8
    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    Why do you practice yoga? It was the holidays and my gym classes all shut down, and the only thing available were yoga classes at a nearby studio. I signed up. I still go to my gym but have added yoga to the routine! It complements what I do at the gym (HIIT and weight lifting) very well. At the moment I still enjoy the physical side of yoga more than the mental. I don’t chant along in classes if I don’t know what it is I’m chanting.

    How long have you practiced yoga? 1 year casually, 1 year seriously.

    How often do you practice yoga? 2-3 days a week, more often on holidays. But at least once a week.

    Where do you practice yoga? At my local yoga studio.

    Do you have any goals in your yoga practice? Build up enough arm strength that I can’t seem to get at the gym from lifting weights. Bizarre, I know!

    Finally, what’s your favourite yoga pose, and why? Upward-facing dog. It just feels good!

    Post # 9
    930 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2020

    Why do you practice yoga? I love the strength and power that I feel during after a yoga class. My stess melts away and I feel as though I can tackle anything that comes my way.  It fills me with love and inspires me to share it with those around me

    How long have you practiced yoga? A little over 5 years. RYT-200 certified for 3. 

    How often do you practie yoga? 3-4 times a week.  My schedule is rather busy but I try to make time for myself whether it’s at a studio or at home.

    Where do you practice yoga? CorePower

    Do you have any goals in your yoga practice? Working towards my handstand!

    Finally, what’s your favourite yoga pose, and why? pincha mayurasana (forearm stand).  I am currently playing around with leg variations smile

    Post # 11
    768 posts
    Busy bee

    Why do you practice yoga? I started going regularly after I broke up with my ex, was going through a really hard time and needed a distraction in the evenings. It saved my sanity. For  1.5hours each day I had a clear mind, relaxed shoulders and something else to purely focus my mind on. As I’ve kept it up I still feel those benefits. I love the strength and power you feel moving through flows and the relaxed yet highly invigorated feeling that lingers after a class. I practice in heated vinyasa classes. I love the sweat – it’s so real!  Practice for the physicality mostly. I wish I could say I have brought the more spiritual and meditative principles and practices through tonmy day to day life but that remains as hectic as ever. Maybe that should be a goal.

    How long have you practiced yoga? Regularly, for about 3 years, with a couple of gaps.

    How often do you practie yoga? Three maybe four times a week. I am trying to get back into a proper routine now and would like to establish a home practice. 

    Where do you practice yoga? 

    eA great heated studio in my town, and at a smaller practice taken by a friend of mine.

    Do you have any goals in your yoga practice? Good strong alignment, a clear mind, sweat.

    Finally, what’s your favourite yoga pose, and why? I have a lot of tightness in my back and shoulders so as a basic go to I love cat/cow. I feel such strength and openness in trikonasana and such comfort and warmth in child’s pose

    Post # 13
    930 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2020

    blushingbee2019 :  oh my gosh, I kind of feel like a stalker now because I’m obsessed with your sapphire ring and comment on it regularly. I will be joining team sapphire very soon and cannot wait to see what FFH designed.

    Basically you’re one of my fav 🐝s. 

    Post # 14
    958 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    chitownyogini :  Haha, right back at ya! I can’t wait to see your sapphire when it comes! I feel like many of us yoginis drift away from the typical diamond.

    Post # 15
    725 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I love, love yoga. I alternate styles, but I was injured badly falling off my horse about fifteen years ago and I credit yoga for bringing me back to health. I practiced yin yoga while recovering, then ashtanga, and now I am really busy so I do vinyasa flow. I usually practice every day, but recently I’ve started to practice five days a week because I’ve been so damn busy with student teaching. Thank god for yoga. 

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