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.
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…
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).
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