Namaste from Sweetpea’s Home

The whole idea of yoga really draws me in. It’s such a natural and peaceful approach to life, which I think we could all use in one way or another. I’m obviously not the only one who feels this way, since yoga studios are popping up everywhere. I’ve tried a few different yoga classes in the past and while I enjoyed them, I just haven’t found one that has stuck. They can be a bit pricey, the class schedules don’t always work with mine, and a bad experience with hot yoga definitely turned me off for a few months. Anything that makes me feel that ill can’t possibly be good for me. Still, the benefits of a calm mind, a strong body, and that sense of inner balance are really appealing to me. Enter Yoga with Adriene, a YouTube channel full of really inspirational (and free!) yoga videos. I first stumbled across this channel last week while looking for a gentle, relaxing yoga practice to do at bedtime. Since then, I’ve done at least one of her videos every day. In fact, I think I’ll go do one right now. Back in a bit…

…Ok, so I just did the Morning Yoga and it’s a great way to wake up for the day. I know it’s lunchtime. Whatever.

Yoga with Adriene is by far the best series of yoga videos I have found on YouTube. The videos are well-produced (love the music) without being overly fancy and are really down to earth. Adriene is friendly and positive and extremely encouraging of just enjoying your own personal yoga experience. Most importantly, she explains each movement clearly which, for a beginner like me, is key. It’s like having your own personal yoga instructor right at home. The best part is that there are tons of different videos, from an easy introductory practice geared towards beginners to more challenging videos that really get your heart pumping and your muscles burning. Just in the span of a week, I’ve already sampled her sequences for morning, bedtime, complete beginners, and weight loss. It really couldn’t be easier – just throw on the video whenever it works for you and follow along. All you need is a mat – if that. I’m sure a towel would work in a pinch. From what I’ve seen so far, there’s enough variety in the videos to challenge me as I get stronger and more flexible without getting bored. Plus, she adds new content regularly.

It’s only been a few days but I’m already seeing some positive changes. I’m more aware of my posture. I’m more conscious of areas of my body that feel tight or in need of attention. My arms are maybe a teensy bit more toned. Or that might be wishful thinking. Either way, I feel happy. The message of being kind to yourself and kind to your body is a good one, and is one I’d like to incorporate more often into the way I live my life.