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Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is For Yoga

Many Ballroom dancers practice Yoga poses because it adds flexibility and calms the mind.

Every Ballroom Competition is a stressful day with dancers adrenals bouncing up and down. To be able to find a quiet corner in-between dances, and lose one's self in a peaceful meditation can calm the frantic stage fright and attract the judges eye for a higher score.

Judges score on a whole raft of personal traits beside the quality of the dance. They are good at spotting the nervous, frantic, worried dancers and they tend to score them accordingly. So, the trick is to fool the judges and keep that calm exterior vibrating "winner."

Below, a short vid on yoga
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44 comments:

  1. Reebok! as in the running shoes! LOL!! I was thinking - ooooh new type of yoga! My goodness she is one looooooong person - like a praying mantis!

    I have absolutely zero flexibility so this was like watching gymnastics for me - it looked ever so difficult! But I totally appreciate the need to sit in a quiet place somewhere and to reflect and meditate in peace! Take care
    x

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    1. Old Kitty
      I am laughing with you at "Reebok, the new type of yoga" My daughter has been a yoga teacher with what seems like forever. She has always maintained a slender flexible body although her job as a lawyer, commits her to sitting in front of a computer, much of the time. She is very diligent with her daily practice. Much more so than I am and it shows.

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  2. It makes sense. I've been doing that bending down pose lately, but it's to pick up pebbles and rocks in the veggies patches I've been digging for the Mama. LOL

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    1. Su-siee
      As long as you are bending and stretching, it's yoga. Plus you are creating a beautiful garden. Great work.

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  3. It can really help with much in life

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    1. John,
      I have noticed that people who do yoga are calmer and slimmer. Can't beat that, I guess.

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  4. I have zero flexibility too, but my daughter and grand daughter have been doing yoga for years. Both were dancers in the past, daughter Jazz Ballet and grand daughter Ballet. I know that if I find a suitable yoga class I can regain some flexibility, but there are so many different styles of yoga, I wouldn't know where to start.

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    1. River
      It's wonderful that your kids and grandkids are so flexible and good dancers. You must be very proud of them. I know how you feel too, about entering a class if you feel really stiff. Why don't you get a beginners DVD and go through the poses at home and that will get you limber and then you would feel comfortable in any yoga class. I have a couple of DVD and I like doing it at home but in class a teacher can correct your mistakes. Just something to think about.

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  5. I should have started yoga at a younger age, since I didn't I now do a couple of yoga things that are on our Wii. I have zero balance so it does help with that... plus the flexibility.

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    1. Terry
      I hope so because my balance is shot. Always so hard to get back in shape if you once shop exercising. One more day.....

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  6. i like to do yoga or pilates...i used to be all nimble and flexible but no more..sigh

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    1. Poke the Rock
      You are probably more limber than you think.
      Depends on who you compare yourself to.
      Compare yourself to me and you'll sing with glee.

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  7. Having such flexibility would be great

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    1. I guess you gotta aim for it.... and then sweat and swear a lot.

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  8. One of my good friends is really into Yoga...intensly so. She is trying to get me involved and I am definitely intrigued to learn more about it.

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    1. Keith
      Go for it.... you won't regret it.

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  9. Oh how I wish there were Yoga classes near by. Closest is a 3 hour round trip. I need it for flexibility but I am just not self motivated enough to do it on my own. I love the group setting.

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    1. Patti
      I don't like the group so I do it at home from a DVD. That is almost like a group but they can't laugh at me. LOL

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  10. I've tried yoga but I find myself clock watching with boredom. Not good!

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    1. Ros
      I have one DVD of Yoga with slow reps and I like that rather than holding each pose. Then I watch the clock, too

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  11. I tried it with the back crap
    But the nerve crap went all over the map
    So until that ever goes
    Not reaching down from head to toes
    Will avoid it at my sea
    But after that will surely be done by me
    Flexible is the way to be
    Then you won't go pop a knee haha

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    1. Exercise is hard to do
      With affliction at the zoo
      I did not like to stand and stretch
      A muffin top can make one retch
      Muffee top is slowly leaving
      But to the diet I am cleaving
      Nervy curvy will take flight
      And you will simply be alright
      Then it's time to run and prance
      Maybe do the happy dance
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      What's the black crap? Karate?

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    2. Back crap
      Means my back has a crap lap
      As in all nervy and such
      No black there not even a touch haha
      And yeah if it ever goes away
      I'll sure prance about my bay

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    3. OhOh Reading glasses now are on
      I really never try to con
      Looked like black to the peepers
      I see it's BACK ...Holy Weepers
      What a morning, at your blog
      Vex for Yex, I'm in a fog

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  12. Funny this is posted today...was just thinking about adding yoga or tai chi to my life. hmmmm...a message from the universe???

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    1. turquoisemoon
      Bewarrrrre. I am the messenger, bringing you tidings of yoooooga.

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  13. I take Yoga. I love that I use my own body for strength training, for bone building. I love it for helping me stay limber and most of all for learning/remembering how to breathe.

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    1. Bish
      It sure is good for the body, as all the reasons you name. You are one fit gal.

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  14. Yoga is wonderful for so many things. Interesting information about the judges looking at the whole of a dancer, not just the perfection of the hold and the footwork.

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    1. Inger
      I hate to say this, but it almost comes down to a beauty contest. You never see any dancers packing a little weight.

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  15. I've never tried yoga, but I can certainly appreciate yoga pants...

    ...on women, of course. :)

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    1. Mark
      Oh I thought you were going to offer some information about your wardrobe. LOL

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  16. I love to do yoga. I have been terrible with my practice. When my inner ear thing flared up and my balance went, I just quit doing yoga altogether. (I lost 70% of my inner ear function in both ears. I went to rehab for a while, but my progress was not good due to my chronic and severe migraines. So, my doctor quit the sessions.) For a long time, just walking was tough. I am starting to get my balance back and am starting to incorporate other exercise into my daily routine, but I have not brought yoga back. I am really hoping someday...

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    1. Robin
      You have had a ton of physical problems. You are too young for that. Just a question.... do you take iodine and magnesium?
      Yeah, yoga is so healing too. My daughter has been a teacher for a very long time and she teaches some medical yoga too for certain diseases.

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  17. I love doing yoga. I try to do some yoga and meditation on a regular basis. It helps me to connect to the world in a healthy way. It has many benefits. Not just one.

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    1. Julia
      At last I'm writing about something that more people can relate to. Seems that a lot of people do yoga and I say good show. You are right about the many benefits.

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  18. Greetings Manzanita,

    I have done yoga before and I found much benefit from it. I'm in the process of going back to a yoga class due to the persuasion of one of my friends. Hope I do better this time with the lotus position. Ouch! :)

    Gary

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    1. Gary,
      Me too, double ouch. Join the brittle age. Not peanut brittle.
      Hurray one more day.

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  19. That makes sense--dancers live an intense life.

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    1. Susan
      Dancing is really stressful.... competitive dancing, that is.

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  20. Hi Manzanita .. sadly I'm stuck and always have been fairly inflexible .. I'm into Pilates now and getting some QiGong .. and some Tai Chi .. but long way to exercise out those inflexible muscles .. I'm starting!

    Love the video - would LOVE to have a body and ability as she does ... in another life I suspect .. cheers Hilary

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  21. Hilary,
    I know, I've stiffened up since I stopped dancing and my exercise program often has big gaps and holes. I think Tai Chi is wonderful. Good for you. I used to practice it every morning but got out of that habit too and now I've forgotten most of the forms.
    At least the dog makes me walk every day.

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  22. Looks like you have to be really thin to do those poses. Wow! They are so flexible!

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  23. I love doing yoga.. But sadly do not get enough time nowadays.. Will make some now :-)

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