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  1. Thank you for taking the time to give me such detailed instruction. It certainly has given me clarity as how to do these types of exercises. Your generosity in sharing of your knowledge, amazes me. I agree with your criticism of CrossFit and am doing it in a way that suits me. I cannot exercise (and it doesn't matter was type) without focusing inward and maintaining form. It doesn't work physically or mentally for me. I do what I do at the pace I do and refuse to keep track of reps. If I am not sure of the form, I will ask for help. One of the instructors is especially helpful and I plan to show her your suggestions.
  2. If you say not to do it, I'm not. It is comforting to know that this is not because of some insurmountable stiffness, but simply construction. I tried your suggested exercise using a broomstick. I am not sure if by wide you mean that the elbows should be at 90 degrees or my hands almost to the end of the stick. In both cases, I did feel it in my shoulders and it was not easy. I had very little movement. Just for my better understanding, what exactly is this doing? It feels like more than the shoulders. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out.
  3. I'm trying to figure out which of the programs to go to in order to solve a problem I have. I do CrossFit, but the same situation can happen to me in the gym. I take a bar and pull it straight up almost to my chin. The elbows are supposed to point diagonally upwards, mine refuse. They cannot move much beyond 90 degrees. Someone told me the problem was that my scapular is too tight. Maybe that's it. I cannot help but feel that whatever it is that is too tight, you have some program for it. I have the "Master Shoulder Flexibility" as well as many other classes. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks
  4. Thanks. I just saw your response now. I will be trying out your suggestions in the next few days.
  5. I keep trying to get this, but no success. In this exercise never feel a stretch in my ankle, instep or quadriceps.(And certainly not because I am flexible in these areas.) Instead, I feel it in my knees, but not it constructive way. Thanks
  6. Thanks for the clarity. I have been sitting with this problem for a very, very long time.
  7. I deliberately didn't use a towel so that you could see my form clearly. I think I understand now. The towel should only go between the front of my shoulder and the wall, and not the top of the arm or chest that is not touching the wall. Is that correct?
  8. Nathan, Thanks for the response. I am attaching a photograph because I think you are right, it is clearer. Now when looking at it myself, I see that I was not very sideways, but that is the best I can do.
  9. This stretch is tough for me. When Olivia suggests a small towel, I find myself asking if maybe I need a bath towel. Yes, a small towel brings my shoulder sort of to the wall but the area just below the shoulder is very far from the wall. I am somewhat round shouldered, so maybe that is why. I suspect this stretch is especially important for me and would like to make sure I am doing it correctly. Also, how frequently should I be doing it? Thanks, Rina
  10. Thanks Nathan. Until you explained to have something available the height of my legs, I wasn't sure how to substitute the chair. Maybe not as elegant as on the floor, but this worked for me. I think my back got a good stretch.
  11. Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, I do add more cushions for sitting. I just tried putting something soft under my ankles as you suggested ( firm pillow). It did allow for more movement, but not enough to feel a decent stretch in my back. The ankles were still taking center stage. Any other ideas? Thanks
  12. I'm moving through this series well enough, challenge and mindful. It is hard work, but doable. Until I got to program 16. I cannot cross my legs, and I don't mean meditation sitting. I never could, even as a kid. (Which was a long time ago.) More than anything, I feel my ankles complaining. This means, of course, that the warm-up was completely lost for me. I couldn't bend enough to feel my back. Any ideas? Thanks, Rina
  13. Thanks to Kit, Cherie, and Nathan for opening new windows of thought. Rina
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