Yoga has a reputation of only being for certain types of people, but it is for everyone, regardless of their fitness level. There is something for everyone, whether you want it relaxing or challenging and we are sharing our favourite benefits of yoga.
We have always been fans of yoga, but since Dannii’s pregnancy, it has become a part of our daily routine. Dannii did a lot of pregnancy yoga, which I did with her too, and she is just about to start going to baby yoga. As well as keeping us flexible, it helps us to relax too.
The great thing about yoga is, you can get whatever you want out of it, depending on what your goals are. There is a class and a teacher out there for you, so try a few different ones and see what works. There are some great DVDs and online workouts too, but I would always recommend going to a class to make sure that you are doing the poses correctly, before you try them yourself at home. Once you are ready to try some at home classes, then make sure that you sign up to Yogaia. They have live online classes that fit round your life! Can’t find a class that fits in to your schedule? Now you can!
At Yogaia, there are 100 new classes every week, live classes for an interactive experience, as well as hundreds of recorded classes at your fingertips. It’s cheaper than a class at most studios, starting from just £7.49 a month. You will be learning from experienced, certified teachers and you can practice from all of your devices. It’s great for when you are travelling as you can do a yoga workout in your hotel room.
Yogaia are “passionate about helping you increase flexibility, strengthen and tone your body, improve the quality of your breathing, relax and quiet your mind, and cultivate inner peace. And making it as convenient as possible. Join live and on-demand classes, or download your favourite classes and practice anywhere with our handy, easy-to-use app. Available for iPhone/iPad, Android and Apple TV.”
This photo was taken when Dannii did pregnancy yoga a few months ago – notice the baby bump!
Here are our favourite benefits from this fantastic workout.
Yoga is far more than just stretching and laying down, and I wish that more people realised that. Sure, you can get some really gentle routines if that is what you are looking for, but you can also make it a very challenging workout that makes for great cardio!
If you’re looking to lose weight, you may not think about doing yoga. Yoga is actually one of the workouts that Dannii started with when she was losing 100lbs and it definitely worked. When someone is used to doing nothing, any kind of movement is good! You can really build up a sweat with yoga, especially when you are 100lbs overweight. Another bonus, is all the stretching and toning helps you have less loose skin after weight loss. Dannii started the day with 10 sun salutations in the beginning of her weight loss and we still do them every day now.
Dannii had the worst posture for years, due to slouching and not really doing enough exercise. Yoga really helped her to improve her posture and to sit up straight at a desk too, which just continues to improve her posture. Yoga helps to lengthen the spine and strengthen your core, which helps your posture. After all, it is your spine that keeps you up all day.
This is always our favourite benefit of any kind of workout, but more so with yoga because it is such a huge benefit of it. Doing yoga for a few minutes every day can massively reduce your stress levels. Yoga helps you to focus just on your breathing, and empty your brain of all other thoughts. Meditation is a big part of yoga and has really helped us to improve our mental health by just focusing on the here and now. We find that if we do our yoga routines outside in the fresh air, that it is even more of a boost to our mental health.
This is most likely due to the reduction in stress, but our sleep really improved (pre-baby) when we started adding a yoga practise in to our morning and evening routines. Dannii suffers from restless leg syndrome, and a little bit of activity (but not too much), before bed helps her to sleep better. Now, with little one here, sleep has become a bit of a luxury, but the yoga that we do, does help to give us a better quality of sleep when we manage to get it!
You know that feeling of laying in bed worrying about everything and not being able to sleep because of it? Yoga can help with that. It can help you to block those thoughts out, or deal with them better, and get a better nights sleep.
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**This is sponsored by Yogaia, however all opinions are my own**