In a recent post, I talked about how I’ve been incorporating more weight-lifting into my fitness routine. I’m still really enjoying that change and I’m starting to see results, especially in my shoulders! To balance myself out a bit, I’ve been adding one yoga session a week. It helps me relax and reduce muscle tension, but it’s also a seriously good workout when done correctly! I used to sort of muddle my way through my practice without paying attention to alignment or the way my transitions felt.
Over the last few months, though, my strength training seems to have allowed me to access a whole new level of muscle-awareness. This, in turn, has completely transformed my yoga practice. I feel like I have much more control over my movement, allowing me to really slow down my flow of movement and focus on how I feel, how my body is aligned and how I’m getting from one post to the next. A much more satisfying, effective practice! As a result, I’ve gone a bit yoga-mad and have been challenging myself to practise more and push myself to improve. Today, I want to share a few of my favourite yoga resources with you. I’m only at the very beginning of my journey, so hopefully there will be updates to this post, but these are the things I’m using at the moment!
I quite firmly believe that you don’t really ‘need’ anything for yoga apart from yourself, but something to put on the floor does really help! You could always use a blanket, but you will be slipping and sliding all over the shop. I’ve had my yoga mat for over three years and it’s still going strong, but it’s not for sale anymore. I don’t anticipate having to replace it for another year at least, but when I do, I’ll definitely be going for an eco-friendly one. I’ve got my eye on this Sweaty Betty mat!
Adriene’s Youtube channel is the only online class I regularly use, because it’s just so good. I live in an area where real yoga classes are few and far between, and really good ones are non-existent. In the new year, I’m hoping to take one real class in Liverpool a month, but for now, online will have to do. Adriene’s teaching style is amazing, I don’t quite know how to describe it. Calm, engaging and relaxed, yet super funny and never cringey, she makes her lessons so easy to access and enjoy. Plus, it’s free!
You don’t have to wear anything special to do yoga, but if you’ve got boobs, a soft sports bra is one of your most important yoga resources – make sure nothing is pinching or uncomfortable. Nothing worse than hooks digging into your skin when you’re trying to relax! My favourite option is the Fabletics Dash Bra II – it’s low support, but sill keeps everything in place, and it looks quite snazzy, too!
You absolutely do not need anything fancy here, but I do really find that it helps to schedule your practice. You can do it in your phone, on your wall planner, or wherever you usually jot down your weekly plan. Personally, I think it’s a good idea to leave yourself a bit of flexibility (I like to plan my workout for the day, but I don’t set myself a time), but that’s totally down to your preference!
Do you have any favourite yoga resources? I’d love to hear about your favourite books, classes, or even instagram accounts!