Why yoga?

Last week I shared a little about my relationship with yoga and why I have started studying to become a yoga teacher.

I started yoga when I was 14.

I did it with my mum and my friend Charlotte. We did it for a few seasons. I wasn’t a sporty child but I only have fond memories of the yoga and our yoga teacher who had the most calming voice I have ever heard.

Over the years I have done yoga very on and off but it has always stayed with me as a thing that brings me calm.

So back in January I signed up for 4 weeks of yoga where I went every day.

I tried different types of yoga but especially fell in love with yin yoga. I found it very therapeutic and it helped me in a way I can’t really explain with my grief.

During the sessions we would come into positions that were like the ones my dad sat in in his last few weeks and sitting there somehow made me feel connected with him.

It helped get closer to him and at the same time let go.

After my 4 weeks I felt better not just in my body but my mind felt better. It was like a switch had been turned on. I had been given a tool and the time to process what was happening to me.

That is what yoga is for me, a time to just focus on my breathing, my mental health and on how my body feels. Yoga gives me a balance.

I wanted to learn more and that is why I’m studying to become a yoga teacher

I’m currently diving into the history and philosophy of yoga which is really interesting and I will do separate blogs about this as it needs more than just a few lines.

We get given homework and this time it was a warm up sequence that focuses on warming up the body to be able to sit in a meditative sitting position afterwards.

And here my to worlds just come together. I get to combine what the body needs (this is a big part of what I do as a PT), the movement of yoga and of course breathing.

What I have created is a little 10-12min sequence that focuses on the release of an inhibited diaphragm, using correct posture, warming up the spine, core activation, opening up the hips, stretching the hip flexors, getting the glutes and hamstrings firing up.

Due to upload issues I have had to speed the video up so if you want to try it please take 5 breaths in each pose before you move onto the next. And make sure you breathe through your nose with your mouth closed.

I really hope you will enjoy 😊

I would love to know if you try it so feel free to tag me in a post in MumsGetFit or on my like page Facebook or Instagram.

I hope you have had a fantastic Friday

Lots of love

Christina Xx

This is a little 10-12min sequence that focuses on the release of an inhibited diaphragm, using correct posture, warming up the spine, core activation, opening up the hips, stretching the hip flexors, getting the glutes and hamstrings firing up.