I am calling this post “my yoga routine” even though I am actually very far from having a real “routine”. But anyway, yoga has been part of my life for more than 20 years now and I wanted to share a little bit about what kind of yoga I do, how I do it, and why I do it.
Yoga became pretty popular in the last couple of years and I think it is great that more and more people discover how great it feels to move not only for the sake of your bodyshape but for your soul. Because this is actually how I see yoga; I see it rather as doing something for my soul than doing something for my shape. The fact that it is good for my shape too is a really nice sideeffect, obviously 😉
I had my first yoga class when I was four years old.
My mother was hosting a class in our house and I was allowed to participate. I stayed for 15 minutes or so, then I got bored, and went out playing. But since then, yoga has always been part of my life. I participated in my mother’s classes every now and then or played yoga class with my small girl friends. When I grew older I participated more regularly in my mother’s classes and started to actually enjoy them a lot.
I was never very much into power yoga until recently and it was more of a very calm Hatha yoga that I have been practicing more of my life. Just a few positions, held for a long time. Long breaks in between. Not many flows at all.
This was until the age of 20 or so.
Then I went to university and was ready for something new. So I went to a yoga class with two friends of mine. It was the first time in my life that I had a power yoga class (without knowing what to expect) and I remember that I was calling my mother after the class and I was saying something like “you cannot believe what kind of yoga class I went to today; I was in a flow of positions for like half an hour! The downward facing dog was the most relaxing position throughout the entire class, can you believe that?”. I was just overwhelmed by the fact that yoga can actually be hard 😀
So that was how I got to know power yoga and I actually started liking it a lot. The flow of postions helped me lot to focus and to stay concentrated and I found it much easier to go through 60-90 minutes of a class compared to Hatha yoga where I often found it hard to concentrate when staying in the exact same postions for minutes.
In the following couple of years I went to many different classes, had many different teachers, I went to a yoga retreat, even gave a few yoga classes myself, and made yoga at home with dvd’s or youtube videos.
Then I became a mother and everything changed. Those of you who are mother’s too know how hard it is to get time off. Even when the little one is sleeping it is hard to just sit down and concentrate on something because you never know if maybe she will wake up anyway. So I found it super hard to continue with my yoga practice.
During pregnancy I had a yoga class which I enjoyed a lot but when the baby was there I stopped visiting classes. I have my own company, my blog, my baby, and my husband, plus friends, and I just do not feel like spending time going to a class. I know may will say that it is so worth it and I am sure it’s true but still, it is just not for me.
Instead I prefer doing short yoga sessions with high intensity at home these days. As I do not have much time and I know my little one is not the perfect sleeper, I got used to make 30 minutes of high intensive yoga. 30 minutes are just the time I KNOW I have whether the little one is napping or sleeping at night. It is just the time I have in the evening before joining my husband on the sofa to watch a movie, and it is just the time my husband and baby need to make pancakes on a Sunday morning 😉
I always do yoga with videos as I find it much more convenient compared to thinking about which flows to make myself. Unfortunatly I was never able to find like a really good youtube channel that convinced me for more than a few couple of seasons. However, what I found and what I really like is Yoga 30 for 30.
Yoga 30 for 30 is most definetly not for beginners, but in case you are experienced you should make sure to check it out. The programm is fast, hard, and wonderful. I love it! I really get the most out of those 30 minutes. I have to stay focused throughout the entire session because it really is going fast; and this helps me staying focused in my everyday life as well.
Yoga 30 for 30 is a programm for 30 days, hence, 30 videos of 30 minutes each. Each video has a different focus like Balance, Stamina, Twists, Mobility, and so on. Included in the programm there is also a nutritional plan that I personally like a lot; it is free of dairy, refined sugar, and all those other things I try to avoid.
The great thing is that you do not have to make the 30 days in a row. I rarely ever make more than two sessions a week and I am just fine with it. You can watch your favorites videos again and again and practise different flows and postions.
Feel free to check out Yoga 30 for 30 for more info.
Do you do yoga? Or have you ever tried? If so what kind of yoga? I would love to know!