My first ever yoga class was horrific. I was about 13 and went along with my sister who had recently taken it up as a sport (she’s naturally good at all this kind of stuff – flexible, dance etc).
Then I parked the idea of becoming a yogi for a good few years…about 10 in fact.
Aged 22, I was living in London myself, working in quite a high pressured sales environment, I felt the desire to take up a ‘less sporty’ activity. Also, I was forever suffering with tight ITB’s so I head off to re-ignite my yoga fire…
4 years later and I’m totally in love with everything about yoga – the leggings, the relaxation, the people….officially now call myself a ‘yogini’ (female version of a yogi!)
These are a few of my favourite poses and reasons why:
- Headstand (Sirasana)
- Firstly, they are so much fun! Originally I got quite anxious going upside down but then as I got used to it, I began exploring variations.
- Headstands are awesome for core strength (when done properly) and seeing as a lot of blood rushes to your head, it provides a whoooosh of nutrients and makes you feel so alive! Therefore I try and do one every morning.
2. Half Pidgeon
- If you do a lot of running/sports using your legs, this one is a great help to stretch out your hips
- You can vary the intensity by moving your front leg forward or back, depending on the day
- Also a really good stress reliever and if you get to the right ‘not too instense’ stretch level, it can be somewhat relaxing and enjoyable
- Building strength – core and upper body
- Focus & concentration
- Many variations you can try (side crows, in to headstand, jump back to chaturanga…if only I could do that!)
- Other benefits include helping with heartburn and increasing the flexibility of the spine
- Stetching the hips, hamstrings and calves
- Calms the mind and nerves
- Relieves back tension
- Improves flexibility of the back
- Leg and arm strength
- Core and back strength