Fitness: Yoga

Yoga. Something I’ve always wanted to get into, but just never had the motivation. Until now. I stumbled across Yoga With Adriene on twitter and discovered that she was starting a 30 day challenge for January. I was intrigued and immediately signed myself up (in my head, that is). So far I have completed every day and I’m so pleased with myself! It really has helped, and you can see that in the photos below. The best thing about Adriene’s videos is that she reminds me to loosen my shoulders, something I always forget!

These photo comparisons were taken just under 2 weeks apart. Now I know that my poses still aren’t perfect – it’ll be a while before they’re where I want to be. In the crow (Bakasana), even though my knees are still very low, I’ve managed to get my legs/feet up higher and that’s a success to me! With my squat pose (Malasana) my back could be straighter, but I managed to get my heels down and sit deeper. If I hadn’t compared these photos, I wouldn’t have known that I had improved at all!

Practising yoga for me has been a way to take time out each night before going to bed. It makes me think about my breathing, and focus on feeling every part of my body. I can feel my body strengthening as I do each new video and it gives me a goal to aim towards.

I tried out this Shock Absorber Active Zip Plunge sports bra* and when I first opened the package I was shocked at how small it looked! This sports bra comes in sizes 32-38 B-DD and retails at around £25 which is pretty good in my opinion! I would say it’s quite a tight fit but I have never had a shock absorber bra before, so this could be why it felt tight to me. Once you’re moving about it doesn’t restrict your movement at all, but you can feel that it is keeping everything in place. Like seriously, nothing moved!

The best thing about it for me is the front zip. Now this is great for yoga because it means that the back is flat – so no more bumps digging into your back when lying on your mat! I’ve also never had any kind of bra with a front opening, and I did wonder how the zip would stay closed but it feels sturdy, and there’s also a little clip behind so if it did come undone, your modesty is saved! It’s comfortable, looks great and keeps you supported. Not much more you can ask for out of a sports bra! (Though I do love patterned ones, so maybe that?)

Here’s some more poses for you… I have really tight hamstrings and and my back isn’t flexible at all. Although they’re getting better, I still struggle with a lot of poses – by having these photos I can look back at them and see how I’m improving!

What are your thoughts on yoga? Love it, hate it, not sure?

* I was kindly sent the Shock Absorber Active Zip Plunge in exchange for a review, but all words and opinions are my own.

  • Kylie

    Ahhhh! I’m so impressed with your headstand and crab pose! I’ve been doing a bit of yoga (although not that regularly) and I’m determined to get these two poses down but I just CANNOT!! I use Yoga with Adrienne videos too but haven’t started her 30 days of Yoga yet. Maybe tonight.

    • admin

      Aw thank you! (: Headstand is something I did a lot as a child, so I think it’s just sort of natural muscle memory for me aha! I’m finding Adriene’s videos really helpful! The 30 days challenge also has a good mixture of poses and practises!

  • Saoirse T. E. Sterling

    I started doing Yoga a few years ago, but I stopped just before Christmas because I had no room to practice and there were a few illness issues. I’m looking to get back in to it and I have been really motivated by your photos! You look better than your writing tells us you are. Also, how in hell did you take the photographs?! XD

    I use Sweaty Betty videos for yoga (and other fitness) and just any others I can find on YouTube. Getting back in to Yoga is something I really think I need to do, I just can’t seem to find the motivation. I’m sort of flexible in some areas, and then in others, like you, I really am not. I can remember how I felt whilst I was doing yoga regularly, which makes me miss it kind of but I still just can’t grab hold of that… I don’t know what it is, a spark maybe? You’ve certainly helped by making me look for it again. Thanks for sharing.

    • admin

      Timer! Hahah, I have the triggertrap wire that attaches to my phone and camera and I set it to take photos every 5 seconds :3
      Thank you! I’m glad to have given some motivation! I think you definitely need to find that spark – yoga is different.

      • Saoirse T. E. Sterling

        Oh that’s so handy. I bet you have some epic “outtakes” :P

  • Wow. Look at your doing the crow pose all perfectly! I think I might retry the 30 day yoga challenge. You’ve given me some much needed inspiration. :) x

  • Wow. Look at your doing the crow pose all perfectly! I think I might retry the 30 day yoga challenge. You’ve given me some much needed inspiration. :) x

    • admin

      Ah thank you! I’m glad to have helped! I think the 30 day challenge really helps with motivation for me :3

  • Wow! You’re amazing! I started yoga for the first time ever at the start of January, I had planned to do the same 30 day challenge but am still struggling with the complete beginners video. I hope I can improve enough to move on from it. I feel like I’m getting nowhere at the moment.

    • admin

      Aw thank you! I definitely feel like I’m getting nowhere with some of the moves! I’m okay with the strength ones, but I struggle with any kind of leg stretch! It’s definitely something that takes time, and you’ll have little improvements that you just don’t see! Hope you start to feel better about it soon – and hey, if not, you can always try something else! (: