7.5.13

Yoga and I

Just a few short years ago, I believed that yoga was not a workout. I didn't understand it so I couldn't understand the benefits at all. If I remember rightly, my first yoga class was Bikram. Looking back, this was probably not the easiest way to begin yoga but it definitely showed me that yoga was no walk in the park!

I then began a weekly Hatha Yoga class at my workplace and within no time at all I could feel a difference. I had less back pain, my flexibility increased and it was a great way to let go of some of the stresses of daily life. 

I've experimented and tried other yoga classes too...including anti-gravity yoga and now yoga has a firm place in my exercise routine. Yoga embodies everything I want to be be - supple, strong, graceful

yoga is...

I recently moved from the UK to Finland and have been struggling to find a routine. One thing that has been a constant since moving is my attendance at a Body Balance class. Body Balance is a mix of yoga, Pilates and tai chi. The current routine includes one of my favourite yoga poses...crow. I was determined to master this last year and I did. Today in class though, she took it to another level; the pose was similar to crow but with straight legs...a little like this image below...but with legs parallel to the ground...

pose

I couldn't do it! ...so now, it's on my list to be conquered! 

...whilst in London a couple of weeks ago I attended a couple of different yoga classes. The first was at FRAME Shoreditch; it seemed that everyone was a regular attendee and the entire class pushed themselves throughout. For the first time ever, we did "binds" where you twist your arms all round your legs and body then bind your hands together to complete a pose. I was amazed, and pretty sure I couldn't do this! ...The next week, in NTC Yoga class though, we did the binds again and I managed it! It wasn't easy but I know that with time and practice I will progress. 

I am keen to add yoga into my routine more often. It's great for running, pole and general health; all areas where I can benefit. 

I'll also be sharing a review soon of the Nike Studio Wraps (pictured). 

studio wraps

I've used them a couple of times so far for yoga, stretch and will be trying them out in pole soon. 

Before I leave you, I want to share this video with you (erm, which I forgot to include when I first published!!)...it's my inspiration...



Are you thinking of trying yoga or already practice?! How have you been finding it? What is your favourite pose or what pose is challenging for you?!

Elle :) x

4 comments:

  1. that video is amazing!! one day that might be me......

    i did not realise how much of a workout yoga was until i started last year! I look forward to it every week as it definately compliments ntc and running. i'm still working on my crow pose though......hopefully should master it with confidence soon x

    www.thatgoodgirlchi.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Isn't it!! ...That's how I feel too...one day ;)

    ahhhhh I bet you'll get more complicated poses first! Always happens to me! ...then one day, out of the blue it'll come to you!

    xxx

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  3. I don't know what made me want to try yoga. But I do remember the 1st time I did it I was wow that was hard. I also felt something that I had never felt before with any other workout I've done. Then I didn't know what it was I do now.
    What I love about yoga is how centered it makes me feel. It really does keep me balanced.
    I need to have weekly dates with yoga because I know how much I will benefit from it.

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    1. I completely agree with you about feeling centred! ...I really miss yoga when life gets in the way...I want to make it a part of my life, like eating breakfast or brushing my teeth!

      xxx

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