I discovered yoga in 2017. I suffer with perennial allergic rhinitis which keeps me feeling sick a lot. Think about the feeling of having the flu all the time, and that is how I feel. At the time I was also battling a breakup and depression. I would wake up every day feeling sick and with my body in pain. My first practice was just about 13 minutes long and I struggled to get through it. But I felt such a physical and emotional relief when I got through, it was amazing. As I continued to practice daily I began to notice improvements in my body and my mood.
I have been practicing yoga ever since. I have not always been as consistent as I would like. I am also nowhere as flexible as the instructors nor can I do some of the more complex poses. It is not about that for me though. For me, it is about doing something good for my body. The sense of calm, peace and satisfaction I feel after completing a practice. It is about the relief of aches and pains I may have been experiencing prior to getting on my mat. It is about centering my emotions at the point in time, gaining perspective and feeling relaxed. It is about managing my propensity towards depression. It is about healing and rejuvenation.
My Favorite Things about Yoga
Two of my favorite things about yoga are the soothing and positive words spoken by the instructors and the themed classes. Whether it is a class focused on self-love or creativity or stress relief or igniting fire and energy. An early morning yoga practice helps to energize me and get me ready for the day ahead while an evening practice helps to calm and soothe me. It also helps me decompress after a long or stressful day. Since I spend basically all day sitting, (during my commute to and from work and at my desk at work) sometimes my muscles become stiff from the inactivity. My evening yoga helps with this.
I believe one of the reasons I love yoga is because it focuses not just on the body but also on the mind and the breath. There is something powerful and reassuring about connecting to the breath. Yoga calls on you to slow down and to be mindful and intentional. Despite my love for yoga I have only ever taken about 2 in person classes. These were conducted on my job by a co-worker who had just gotten her certification. It seems I am always making plans with friends to attend in person classes but those plans never materialize. Apart from that, yoga classes are not as common place in my country as say the gym. You can find a gym almost anywhere but a yoga studio, not so much.
My Favorite YouTube Channels
YouTube is my go to for yoga classes, and there are tons. Boho Beautiful is among my favorite channels. This is the one I started with. I did my very first class with Juliana and I absolutely adore here channel. I also enjoy Fightmaster Yoga. Leslie’s motto is, “it’s not about the pose. You don’t have to be perfect.” I appreciate that about her. It is all about the experience and doing good for your body and mind. Yoga with Kassandra is another of my favorites. I enjoy all her classes but I especially appreciate that she offers a lot of Yin Yoga and she loves to work with affirmations. Her 10 minute classes are also super if you are short on time.
I have experimented from time to time with a couple other channels but these are the ones I prefer to stick to.
I would recommend yoga to everyone. It focuses on the whole self and is a wonderful tool for better living. Have you tried it? If you haven’t why don’t you check out one of these channels and tell me what you think in the comments.
I admit yoga may not be for everyone. Not everyone may enjoy it, but you won’t know unless you give it a try. If you have tried it, I would love to hear about your experience and even some of your favorite YouTube channels.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope you found it helpful.