Hopetocurl - I'd love to know which yoga moves help you the most. I have lots of yoga books, so if you just know the names (either common or sanskrit), I can look them up. I know I really need to open up my right hip, especially. I find the double pigeon to be virtually impossible and the single pigeon is quite challenging as well. TIA!

wild~hair - Scoliosis is a nuisance - it upsets the balance that I'm trying to find, quite literally! My spine doctor is mildly supportive of my running - probably 'cause it's more jogging! Plus I'm not planning on doing any marathons and will be quite happy to "run" 30 - 40 minutes 3 -4 times a week. He suggests sticking to the TM and grass/dirt paths as much as possible. I have a lift for my right shoe which helps to level me off a bit. The TM is much, much gentler, but also much,much less interesting.
Stick w/it - you're doing great!

Did 3 hours of gardening today - cleaning out beds, cutting back perennials left up for winter interest, raking old leaf mulch, pushing wheelbarrel. Gardening is probably the worst thing for my spine, but I REFUSE to give it up - it "feeds my soul"! I find if I do it in small chunks, say 3 hours at a time, I'm okay.
Originally Posted by 2poodles
Pigeon is definitely on my list... a few years ago I made a commitment to pigeon. I did it every other day for a month... at the end of the month I could lay down on the floor over my knee. I can still do it...I am still committed to it. (It was my yogini's practice theme for the month.)
I also do
Ardha Matsyendrasana, and I concentrate on pulling my knee towards me so I feel the hip. This is one is my 2nd favorite behind pigeon.
Parsvottanasana - for the hammies.
Supta Padangusthasana - I use the opposite hand and pull my leg towards the opposite shoulder...wowsa!! this one hurts.
Malasana - no, I can't do it without holding onto something.

If you do any others, please let me know. But, these are my series. I put some downward dog in there...and up dog and cobra. I am "thinking" about getting my yoga certification....but it's expensive.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

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We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

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