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Yoga Thread-to compare experiences and get advice

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16 Sep
1:32pm, 16 Sep 2021
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Hanneke
I am very stiff...
I am also a yoga teacher...
There are no reasons to go to extremes with postures unnecessarily.
16 Sep
2:12pm, 16 Sep 2021
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Garfield
My hamstrings are tight and I can't do the splits. My hips are quite open though.
16 Sep
2:24pm, 16 Sep 2021
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KinkyS
"How do you get to the stage where you can sit cross-legged on a block (or two)?"

It depends why you want to sit cross-legged.

If you're trying to improve the external rotation in your hips, then a supine stretch such as figure-4 can help. Don't worry about lifting your supporting foot off the floor or threading the needle, just focus on the movement through the hip. You will probably find that your knee points more towards your shoulder rather than out to the side but that's fine - don't ever force it, your knee needs to be safe and comfortable throughout. A strong flex of the foot will help to prevent any lack of rotation in your hip from being taken by your knee.

athletico.com

If you're being asked to sit cross-legged to start or end a class, or for breathing or meditation practice, then there is nothing magical about being cross-legged so find another position that is comfortable. If available, sitting in a chair is a very valid way to sit. If you can't sit, lie down. If your teacher doesn't respect the needs of your unique, individual body with its own biology and history, then find a new class.

Kneeling - use as many blocks, bolsters or cushions as you need. It doesn't matter if your hips are 2 feet or more off the ground as long as you're comfortable and stable. A rolled blanket or small towel under the front of the ankles can help there. And again, if you're being asked to kneel for any other reason, find a different position. For child's poses, lying on your back and hugging the thighs in is a good alternative.

I'm all about making yoga available and accessible to all bodies - shout if you need any more help!
15 Oct
12:25pm, 15 Oct 2021
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Hobie
Hi, I'm after some advice. I'm primarily a swimmer and would like to incorporate some yoga into my schedule to help with stretching and mobility. I do a lot of butterfly, which is not kind to the upper body. Can anyone recommend some online resources?

I know a face to face class would be preferable, but I don't really have the time or money for it just now.
15 Oct
1:16pm, 15 Oct 2021
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Garfield
Check out Yoga with Kassandra on YouTube. She has a 30 day 10 minute daily yoga, which offer it in nice bite sized classes for a beginner. She also does 20 and 30 minute classes.
https://www.youtube.com/c/yogawithkassandra/search?query=beginner
15 Oct
3:16pm, 15 Oct 2021
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Hobie
That sounds just the ticket, thanks Garfield :-D
15 Oct
4:31pm, 15 Oct 2021
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Garfield
You're welcome! :) Enjoy!
15 Oct
10:32pm, 15 Oct 2021
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Hobie
I've just tried a couple of back, neck and shoulder focused sessions of Yoga with Kassandra. I was crunching like a bowl of Coco Pops, but it's definitely loosened things up a bit!

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