Starting Yoga

I originally looked into and started yoga last year in February. I had heard so many great things about yoga, had watch documentaries on it changing people’s lives, helping those who have been through some sort of accident that has left them in pain and unable to move as they once had. About how it’s restored people confidence in themselves.

I had also been following a really amazing and inspirational woman @Charity.grace on Instagram for a few years. Charity Grave is a certified make up artist and fitness enthusiast who is best known for her all her make up and hair tutorials on YouTube, she also shares her yoga practice and poses with her children.

Watching her Instagram and YouTube videos had really inspired me to take up yoga as well as a healthier life style and a lot of my yoga inspiration flows from her.

Now when I got into yoga I went into with one goal in mind, strength. But being so low in weight and energy I needed somewhere to begin. Something that wasn’t too physically demanding and easy on the body.

Upon doing a little research I came across Iyengar Yoga. Founded by B.K.S Iyengar and focuses on three aspects: alignment, sequencing and timing. Some of the benefits I had read where:

  • Improve physical and psychological health
  • Alleviate postural/structural problems
  • Release emotional tension
  • Increase focus and concentration
  • Increase your energy
  • Reconnect with your body and breath
  • Bring intelligence and clarity to all parts of the body and mind.

It’s great for everyone! Beginners and intermediate/advance students. I also read that it can be really good for those with injuries and need to work slowly and methodically.

Iyengar yoga’s attention to alignment and use of props to help you into the poses means that it is ideal for beginners to gain optimal alignment and it can be really therapeutic for people with postural issues.

The first year, I didn’t really take it very seriously, I won’t lie. I have never, ever had any motivation what so ever for any kind of excise. The only thing I enjoy doing in the terms of that is taking really long walks.. that’s it. So it did take me a while to get into and to notice any benefits it was providing me.

I’m not really one to take much notice of myself, it was one of the main reasons I had let my health get so low and so I didn’t start to notice anything until my family and friends spoke up and told me what they had notice. It still took me a little time to really notice anything still as I really am sceptical of anything that can help me. But when I did… it was probably one of the best feelings in the world. This was something that could actually work and help me.

So, I did EVENTUALLY notice the difference in myself, I had an appetite in the first time since I was probably a teenager, I was starting to get more energy to do things, move things and do a longer yoga practice. I went from doing 10 minutes of yoga maybe two-three times a week to doing 20 minutes and then half hour.

My main benefits have shown this year as I’ve started to take it more seriously and put a lot more work, a lot more research, time and practice into it. I still do Iyengar Yoga practise everyday (though I have stopped using my props – but I’m going to be bringing them back into my practice soon I think) but I have started to expand my yoga and I’ve started doing Restorative, Kundalini and Yin Yoga.

My little sister has decided to join me on my yoga journey this year after finding out that she’ll be needing a surgery for her scoliosis and I think with my sister doing yoga and all the talk I give my mum and other sisters about it, they too might be joining us on our yoga journey!

Here is a small list of a few yoga YouTube videos that I watch while doing yoga at home:

I’ll soon be doing a post on the different types of yoga out there available to you! As well as the benefits they can bring. I hoped you enjoyed reading today’s post!