Christmas is an exciting and joyful time for most people, but it also comes with its many stresses and strains.
There are the pressures of finding perfect presents for people, getting everything organised, cooking the fantastic feast (the highlight of the day for me!) and for some of the most health-conscious among us; the fear of letting our health regimes slip.
Managing a Routine
Nowadays we’re bombarded with the notion that we should always be feeling motivated – we should always be wanting to train, work hard, eat healthily. It’s impossible to scroll down a health-related Instagram feed without coming across at least one motivational post. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with offering motivation and encouragement, but the belief that we should be permanently feeling motivated is wrong. We shouldn’t be made to feel guilty when we have an off-week.
I was once someone who dismissed yoga, considering it not to be proper “exercise” and simply just stretching. However, when I decided to give it a go I started by ordering a power yoga DVD, and this showed me just how amazing yoga is for our bodies and our minds, and that it is most definitely exercise.
I now go to classes but I still use my DVD, and, as someone who started learning yoga from a screen, I was already aware of the benefits when I started my Yogaia trial.
The best thing about Yogaia is that it’s open to all levels. You can search for a class, live or recorded, and refine your search depending on the length, level and intensity of the class. You can choose to have your web camera on so that the teacher can see and correct you, or off if you feel too self-conscious. I felt more comfortable doing the recorded classes without using a camera, but the only downside to this is that you won’t be corrected if you’re doing something wrong. That said, although the live classes are much more helpful in that sense, it isn’t the same as having a teacher in the room to move you physically into certain positions.