We all get stressed out, over worked, and just plain exhausted. Life gets tough, and things get stressful. When things are stressful, your mind and body do not feel well. You may not even realize stress can literally get stuck in your body causing tension and headaches. Instead of reaching for the tylenol and heading to bed, try getting active! Yoga, stretching and exercising can do wonders! Check out these videos below for mediation, cardio, and yoga to help combat that stress.
If you’re like me, you may spend hours a week (or more) perusing through YouTube. We’ve all been there and gotten lost in the black hole of funny cat and animal videos. But you can also find other videos more worth your time, for example Yoga workouts and some awesome channels! Here is a list of 5 Yoga Channels you need to subscribe to on Youtube, especially if you are a Yogi.
If you didn’t already know, yoga is a fantastic stress reliever as is most any type of exercise. Stress directly affects your muscles causing tension, stiffness and headaches. What’s great about yoga is many poses can help loosen up the areas where people tend to “hold their stress”, likely the shoulders, neck and even in the hips. Forward Fold This is probably the first that comes to mind for me. If I have a stress headache or my neck and shoulders are feeling tight. It’s a simple pose and probably one that I do several times a day. For forward fold, stand with your feet hips distance apart and slowly bend over hinging at the hips, letting your head hang loosely towards the ground. Grabbing opposite elbows will give you more of a stretch in your neck, upper back and shoulders. Your knees can be bent. Gorilla Pose For Gorilla pose you can go into this straight from forward fold, its very similar except you are putting your hands under your feet. With your knees bent as much as you need to slide your hands under your feet (palms facing up and fingers pointing towards you) until your toes […]
This post may contain affiliate links. You’re thinking about heading to a yoga class and maybe you are a bit hesitant for one reason or another, but don’t let that stop you from trying it out. To ease your mind I’ve put together a few ideas of what to expect in a yoga class. First off, NO, you don’t have to be flexible or in shape to go to a yoga class. Unless the class specifies it is an advanced class, chances are beginners are welcome. Most of the time, at least in my experience, the instructor will give the class different options to try from beginners to more advanced. Before you head to class you may want to consider reading this post. It has some suggestions on how to prepare for class you may not have thought of. When you get to class you will find a spot and get your mat rolled out in preparation for the class to begin. (this should be rather obvious though, right?) If the class is pretty full, you may find yourself in odd positions super close to your yoga neighbor, but it’s all good. Everyone is there to get in a good workout […]
At some point in your life you may have been told to “try yoga for *insert problem here*” or maybe you haven’t. If you’ve complained about physical or mental problems around me, it’s likely I have told you “you should try yoga”. Sometimes I feel like even suggesting it is pretty cliche and people are secretly rolling their eyes at me, but honestly if you haven’t tried it and given it 100% you likely will never know what you are missing out on. Which is why I’ve decided to share my 5 reasons to start practicing yoga!
When it comes to working out, I don’t usually want to spend a whole lot of time doing so. Committing to more than 30 minutes, sounds like torture to me. I always shoot for quick yoga workouts, when I’m short on time or feeling lazy. Somehow though, I usually love it once I start and keep going for at least an hour. As I got more into yoga, I realized it doesn’t have to be a freakin’ 45 minute to an hour class every time I want to practice. This is when I discovered all of the yoga videos Youtube had to offer. Finding short yoga free yoga videos, is rather easy especially with Youtube. You can search “15 minute yoga routine” and find tons of videos, but you may not like the flow or the teacher. Don’t be discouraged, keep trying videos until one of them clicks, aligning with your wants from a class. For me, I tend to want to get the most bang for my buck, I want to do something quickly and get the most benefits possible. So what lean towards is a class that focuses on a fast flow that will get your blood […]
Over the last two years of my yoga journey I have figured out a few things that you may not think about doing before heading to your yoga class. A few are a little strange but some may be pretty common sense as well. So here are 6 things you should probably do before heading to class. Blow your nose– I probably couldn’t count how many times I was mid-yoga and supposed to be breathing deeply through my nose and I feel a huge booger in there or just super congested. It’s not letting me breathe very good or deeply at all so I end up mouth breathing and out of breath quickly. Not a very good look, and picking your nose in the middle of class isn’t either. So just take a few seconds and clean out ya nostrils before class. Use the bathroom– This is pretty self explanatory, but you don’t want to be in the middle of your flow and have to go. Cut your toe nails– Not just for your sake but for others. I really don’t want to stare at your dagger toe nails, they ain’t cute Choose your underwear wisely– If you wear underwear at […]