Yoga - just open instagram and you will immediately notice how it has become a craze
I already spoke about how I came to yoga and started loving it in this post, and we have got to remember that every journey is different
But beyond all those fancy #instayoga pictures there is a lot more.
While it may be viewed as fitness now, with classes promising to make you lose weight and tone up while enjoying relaxation - yoga has benefits that go well beyond what we, on the west, consider fitness. Yoga may help you heal by creating this whole body connection which includes mind, physical body and most importantly the breath.
So far I do love the online classes done by Erin at fiveparks yoga, which help me channel and connect my inner strength with body strength to create balance and make it through some challenging poses (which are also really fun) and for more relaxing and classical flows, I love the ever so famous yoga with Adriene - just hearing her voice is so soothing! And she always has encouraging and inspiring comments which leave you with food for thoughts all day long post practice!
But I also tried some new yoga classes, for example the classical Astanga of which I am not so convinced about..from what I gather, is always the same sequence and can perhaps get a bit 'boring' - at least for me! But maybe it just was a bad class or a bad day, as it is meant to be a very flowy kind of practice (and also would help to know the whole sequence first!)
I also did some hot yin yoga - which in all honesty was very amazing and relaxing! Not something I will include in my weekly schedule but definitely something to treat myself to every now and then especially when I need some tlc..
Also went to a typical yoga class taught at a gym - good but too many instructions and interruptions and again not quite so flowy and tailored to beginners...
But then tonight (last night but the time you are reading this..) I found it! Flow yoga at soham yoga studio ! The class was exactly what I was looking for and I am so happy - a good mixture of poses, great instructions that didn't interrupt the flow but enhanced it, great atmosphere, nice people...
Bottom line - find what works for you and don't give up the search! Yoga can be great for you, strengthening your body whilst empowering your mind and teaching you some self-control.
I invite you all , as I invite myself, to read more and gain a deeper understanding of the yoga culture and history, instead of taking it as simple exercise routine.
Disclaimer: some posts may contain affiliate links. At no extra costs to you, buying through the link will help me in this blogging journey!