My yoga obsession continues. I mean, I nearly feel like ´what was life before yoga´? It has helped me through so much emotionally, it has lengthened and strengthened my posture, made me appreciate and feel muscles and parts of my body I didn’t even know existed, and without sounding too over-the-top or cheesy – it has overall, made me into a better, more calm and grounded person. Don´t get me wrong, I am not claiming to be an expert in all things Yoga – far from it – I simply appreciate and love the feeling of practising when I can (in an ideal world, every morning or night).
The last 3-4 months before we fell pregnant, when emotionally, I was at my lowest (read this blog post for the full story) – I believe that my daily/weekly routines of yoga, tuning into my body and focusing on my breath – was what eased all the pain and eventually made it happen. I love all kinds of yoga – Ashtanga, Vinyasa (flow and regular), Hatha, Yin… As well as Hot Yoga and Bikram for more intense workouts (although these are all no-no´s if you are trying to get pregnant, or during pregnancy). I practise yoga all depending on my mood, and what I want from a yoga session; be it to awaken and energise me, calm and de-stress, centre and elevate my mind, or a relaxing stretching session to send me to sleep before bed-time…
Since moving to suburban London, I have really struggled to find good yoga classes in my local area. So I decided to take matters in my own hand, and try the wonderful world of the internet and Yogi YouTubers! I had never realised how huge and popular it was – not to mention, incredibly practical and easy just doing it in your own home. Over the past 6 months, I have been trying out various channels; some for regular or hardcore practices, yoga to help conceive and for ultimate relaxation, and now prenatal yoga. Here are 5 of my favourite YouTube Yoga channels that I have on repeat…
1. TARA STILES YOGA
Tara Stiles, although an extremely popular online Yogi – was a completely random discovery – but has since become a firm go-to of mine. From basic to challenging and strengthening practices – with lots of prenatal and postnatal videos too – all her videos are really easy to follow, fun and motivating – and are quite short, if you have limited time. Tune in here.
Tonic is a great all-round wellness channel, with various teachers sharing various different types of yoga, from basic yoga poses explained, pregnancy yoga, and useful yoga videos for specific aims, such as weight loss, toning, bedtime… The channel also has healthy eating and drinking recipe ideas. Tune in here.
3. YOGA WITH ADRIENE
One of my all-time favourites – and most renowned for her annual 3o/31 day challenges (which are AMAZING). I recently did the 31 Day Revolution Challenge from the 1st Jan, and it was so incredibly motivating, soothing, strengthening and awakening (after a sluggish December month). All her videos are simple to follow, and I love her down to earth, natural and easy going way of being. Tune in here.
4. SARAH BETH YOGA
Another great channel, who is also popular for her challenges – but she tends to do week long ones instead (which are definitely more attainable) – ranging from bedtime, stress relief, flexibility, gratitude week, and so on. Personally, I have been tuning into more of the prenatal videos – and she has a lot of focus on beginner classes, for anyone who are new to Yoga! Tune in here.
5. YOGI IN MELBOURNE
A relatively small Yoga channel – but taught by the most calming teacher (which I love). Her mantra of “less is more” is evident in her easy, yet restorative and many challenging videos (I love her Vinyasa Flow practices) – as well as pre and postnatal videos, beginner videos and more. Tune in here.
Hope you enjoyed this little insight into my favourite Yoga videos – please share any others you personally love! Or if you´re not already into online Yoga, I hope this might inspire you to get going. I shared Yoga with Adriene´s challenge videos with many of my friends who needed that extra motivation to get started, and they’ve all loved it so far! All these teachers and channels are different (which is why I love them individually), and I personally utilise them depending on what mood I am in. Hope you find one which resonates with you!