I'm thick-legged and a bit overweight. In class or on social media I'm not the lithe, beautiful, blonde woman bending herself in half with complete serenity and ease. I'm the chubby girl with the shaved head in the corner spilling out of her yoga shorts, red-faced and sweaty as I fold myself into whatever position is being taught at the moment.
* Please don't step on my yoga mat - I feel there is a sacred quality to a yoga mat. I feel my mat carries so much energy, experiences from my yoga journey. To me, stepping on my mat is like someone treading on my sofa with your shoes, so please treat other people's mats with respect and walk around them.
YOGA & WEDDINGS, HAPPILY EVER AFTER... "It's not about the perfect dress, it is about the perfect frame of mind" After having
Yoga releases toxins on so many levels. As a science that dates back five-thousand years, it works on healing through all the layers - especially for those just starting the discipline. Each person will have a different experience of this.
I practise mostly at home because there is nobody to cheerlead me into a pose, I do a pose because I want to and because it feels great. And I hold it for exactly as long as feels amazing. There are many poses I don't do. Due to injuries, some poses just aren't suitable for me.
I was a complete cynic when I attended my first yoga class almost five years ago. From what little I knew about it, I thought, who needs yoga when I can go to the gym, ride my bicycle or play a sport. How wrong I was.
Last week I realised it's been nearly two years since I did any proper exercise. I had practised yoga for ages and indeed all through my pregnancy I kept it up with a special preggie approved brand, but since I had the boy, nothing!
While women can cruise through an hour and a half of yoga relatively unscathed, even very fit men can end up feeling defeated, left soaking in a puddle of sweat by the time corpse pose comes to their rescue. The following is an explanation into why this happens.