I started looking for other ways to stay fit, and Yoga felt like the best choice for me at the time. Thank God I made this choice! I started purely for the physical aspect, as I wanted to become more flexible and stronger. Well… even if you are into Yoga just for that in the beginning, I can assure you it won’t stay this way for long. The beginning was hard, as my body was not used to all those new movements. It was a constant struggle and frustration as I could not do or hold any complicated poses. And I thought I was fit!! Then something great happened. I started reading more about Yoga, the philosophy behind it (the Asanas or body positions are actually a very small part of Yoga). New concepts became clearer to me – practice with mindfulness, love your body, do not push your body where it does not want to go, conscious breathing and so on. Boy-oh-boy did this change my life! I was hooked and realized this was the practice I would devote my time to.
Yoga has taught me to love my body and myself more, it has connected me more to my true self and my body. It made me very conscious about the connectedness of everything that is around me. All changes in my life, including the food I eat, how I treat myself and the people around me actually started with my Yoga practice.
So I hope I have managed to convince you enough about the benefits of Yoga, so that you too would give it a try (if you haven’t already).
One of the most common things I often hear from my friends is that they cannot afford going to Yoga classes because they can be expensive. Let me tell you, you don’t necessarily have to go to Yoga classes to practice Yoga! I started my practice at home and I practiced for 6 months before I attended my first Yoga class in a studio. My teacher was quite happy with what she saw, and could not believe I have taught myself at home. The truth is I did not teach myself. There are so many great people that offer to teach and guide you through your initial and advanced Yoga practice in the comfort of your own home, using their Yoga classes posted online – FOR FREE!
One of those amazing Yoga teachers is Ali Kamenova.
I have started practicing with her over a year ago and she has transformed not only my Yoga practice, but my body too! This pretty lady can kick your butt in the most effective, yet gentle way and I absolutely love it! 🙂 Her Yoga style is dynamic and creative, combining elements of interval training! It’s a perfect combination to train your body and mind!
She has full Yoga classes for all levels and her calm voice will guide you through each pose, so if you are beginner it would be a great way to start. She has just uploaded a rocking beginner class, so make sure you watch her video below.
You will find her here on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/YogaIntervals19/featured
I am not saying you should completely skip your yoga classes in a studio. Having a teacher who will correct your poses is very important, as correct alignment in Yoga is key. I personally was scared of inversions in the beginning and could not imagine being able to perform a head stand alone. With my teacher’s guidance and presence I can now do it by myself and I am no longer scared of it. So the best combination is probably to do your Yoga at home on a regular basis and to make sure you go to a class in a Yoga studio every now and then. When practicing at home make sure you do it in front of a mirror in the beginning and constantly check your alignment!
I love my home Yoga with Ali, it really is the time I take to be just with myself to work on some of the poses, to stay in certain poses as long as I feel like it, and to meditate as long as I want. This is the privilege of the home practice, you go in your own rhythm, no one is pushing you and you are not competing with anyone.
One of the greatest things in Yoga is that you can do it everywhere! You don’t need special equipments; your body is your tool to achieve mental and physical fitness. All you need is a mat (sometimes not even that) and you are ready to flow!
Do you practice Yoga? Have you tried practicing Yoga at home? What is your experience with it?