“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” – B.K.S. Iyengar,
I declare November not ‘share your political alliances on social media’ month, nor ‘start stressing about Christmas‘ month.
I declare it yoga month!
Sounds way healthier, don’t you think?
(I am aware we’re already a week into November, but I think we can ‘bend’ the rules here 😉 )
For the past few weeks I’ve practised yoga every day. The benefits have been far-reaching. So I wanted to extend an invitation to you, dear reader, to join me on my daily mission to find peace, clarity and strength through yoga. It doesn’t have to be a 90-minute class. You don’t have to be a seasoned yogi. All you need to do is get on the mat every day for a month, and witness the progress that comes from daily commitment.
It’s all about putting the Slight Edge concept into practice. Commit to doing a positive thing for yourself every single day, and you’ll see incredible changes in your life.
When it comes to yoga, I’ve realised that I need daily practice in order to make progress. I’m not a naturally flexible person, you see. Even after five years of yoga, my back still blocks in forward fold. My legs and hips complain in opening and stretching postures. But in the past few weeks I’ve made more progress than ever before.
Here are some of the benefits I’ve experienced (and you might experience too) from practising every day:
Sound good? Let’s explore how to make yoga a daily habit, so that you can enjoy these benefits too.
One word: YouTube.
Of course it’s important to go to class too, for adjustment and a lengthier practice. But who can find the time to go to class every day? I go to a studio about once a week, and on the other days I use online classes.
Practise at the same time of day if you can. I do my yoga every morning, as soon as I get up. That way it’s done before the day begins, and I don’t have to think about slotting it in later. Consider getting up an hour earlier, to get your session in before everyone else wakes up.
Here are some of our favourite Internet classes to get you started.
This list is by no means exhaustive. YouTube is a veritable goldmine. You’re sure to happen across a class that’s just right for you with a bit of hunting.
We absolutely love this engaging and intelligent vinyasa flow. I’m still challenged after a month of using it, because of the variations for different levels that Laura suggests.
There’s also a proper savasana at the end – rare for a YouTube class:
We love Steffy! She has a friendly manner and a lovely Scottish accent. This 26-minute practice focuses on twists and balances. There are loads of other great classes led by Steffy on the Useful Yoga channel:
We’ve created three Magnifique Yoga Breaks with Parisian yogis Cole Zaccaria and Ben Beirs for period pains, arm strength and resetting mind and body – give them a try this month if you haven’t already!
I also use the FMTV channel, where there are lots of classes of differing lengths and difficulty. This channel is for subscribers, but I highly recommend it. In addition to the exercise classes, there’s a wealth of powerful documentaries that cut through misinformation, providing positive ideas for engaging in a holistically healthy lifestyle.
So, will you be joining me for a month of yoga? If so, share your progress in the comments below, or with #MagnifiqueYogaMonth. Also, follow my daily practice on our Twitter feed!
See you on the mat!
p.s. Could we just talk about the “YogaEveryDamnDay” hashtag here?
It makes me cringe. Practising every day just to shout about it on social media using brash language is the worst reason to do yoga – and probably turns newbies right off. But, who knows why, it’s a veritable epidemic on Instagram.
Let’s practise every day to connect to something greater than ourselves. Let’s find peace and strength from yoga, and please let’s not use that hashtag. How about #YogaEveryLovelyDay instead?