The term yoga comes from a Sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Yoga uses physical postures, called asanas, which are designed to tone, strengthen and align the body. Yoga also uses mental exercises, such as breathing techniques and meditation to quite, clarify and discipline the mind. Yoga is not a religion, but aims to bring peace of mind and a way of living with health. (Adapted from medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com)
I have been doing yoga off and on for many years, and have a goal this year to strengthen my practice and to do it more often. One of my challenges of doing yoga consistently though has always been – yep, you guessed it, life. Probably just like you, life just gets in the way sometimes. Between work, running errands, cleaning the house, and spending time with family and friends, trying to make it to a scheduled yoga class in a studio is not always feasible.
Or perhaps you are new to yoga, like I was many years ago, and the fear of not being able to do the moves correctly or falling down in front of everyone, has you avoiding the idea of attending a class all together. Well fear not! I have some resources below to help you begin your yoga journey and to help you learn some of the basic moves all in the comfort of your own home AND in private.
Website – Do Yoga With Me (https://www.doyogawithme.com/)
- Free online videos, ranging from beginner to advance
- Experienced instructors
- Advantage – use anywhere you have access to the internet
Mobile App – PopSugar Active
- Workouts are categorized – strength training, yoga, etc.
- Yoga workouts categorized
- Save your favorite videos or workouts in your personal ‘My Routines’ section
- Advantage – mobile app available on mobile device so you can carry with you
- Mobile feature of the larger PopSugar website (http://www.popsugar.com/)
Blog – Yoga with Adriene (http://yogawithadriene.com/)
- Free yoga videos
- Beginner’s section, online classes as well
- Advantage – use anywhere you have internet access
All of the resources above I use very frequently and what I like best about them is that I can practice yoga on my own time frame and in the comfort of my own home. Or when I travel, these sites are easily accessible so there’s no excuse not to do it.
Once you start feeling comfortable with your ability and the beginner yoga poses, I would strongly encourage you to attend some classes in a yoga studio. This will give you the opportunity to have any misalignment corrected by an experienced instructor and you’ll be surprised at the difference this will make in your yoga journey. In fact, you may find that you will push yourself a little harder in the studio than you do at home. In addition, this is a great way to meet other people who are also embarking on the wonderful benefits of yoga and as we all know, social support is crucial for any new exercise program.
So, are you beginning your yoga journey? Or have you worked on the practice for a while? Tell us what keeps you motivated and if you have a favorite resource or pose.