Yin Yoga- I took this class at my gym one lunchtime, and I felt so relaxed after it. Instead of flowing through positions, we held them for up to 5 minutes- so much harder than it sounds. My hips will welcome this addition to my gym schedule, although I might have to try harder not to fall asleep in the Yoga Nidra at the end of class.
Yang and Yin- Still my favourite class.
Bliss Glow Yoga-warm, relaxing, restoring, I loved this class. I just wish I had been going home afterwards rather than straight out to the cinema. The perfect way to end a hectic work week, and a great back up for when Yang and Yin is fully booked.
Hot Pod Yoga- warm vinyasa flow in a heated pop up tent. The class was fast paced and I certainly worked up a sweat. I loved going with my Mum but I’m not sure I would go to the class on my own.
Forrest Yoga- I’d love to try this again, it really challenged my strength and flexibility.
Bikram-I’m not convinced about Bikram yoga yet. Due to locations and timetables I only made it to 2 Bikram classes during my challenge, and I didn’t love them. I find the heat too intense, and the moves don’t flow like they do in other classes. With that said, I do feel like I need to give it another chance and take a few more classes before I give up on it.
Vinyasa- I feel like I get a bit of a core workout during Vinyasa flow classes, and as much as I love the classes at Triyoga, I’ve luckily found a great teacher at my gym so that I don’t have to pay extra for classes.
I’ve noticed, more than my flexibility or strength, I’ve become more openminded and appreciative of the meditative side of yoga. I love the release of stress in the OM, the low lighting or candle light in class, and the peacefulness of practise. I am becoming familiar with sequences and poses in my regular classes and although I don’t love a yoga class as much as an awesome run, I recognise the power and importance of stretching and de-stressing in my hectic life. In short, I am a convert.
Here’s how some of the other awesome yogis involved got on with the challenge…
The first week of January 2014 came and went in a flash and I was yet to get back into my fitness routine. I spotted Charlie's #21daysofyoga exactly 21 days till the end of January and thought it must be fate. Knowing that yoga and running compliment each other so well. I knew I had to incorporate yoga back into my weekly routine. Especially as I intend to race quite a bit this year.
I loved the #21daysofyoga from start to finish. I tried numerous forms of yoga including Ashtanga, vinyassa flow, hot yoga, power yoga and even a Dru Yoga Class at various studios as well various vinyasa flow sessions via NTC and Leah Kim's yoga videos on YouTube.
Incorporating yoga daily helped me be more mindful and more focused on my breathing. The challenge has also taught me about the discipline of my yoga practice and the importance of dedication and discipline in training and in my everyday life. It's also helped me to let go, relax and release tension. Furthermore my strength both physically and mentally has improved as has my flexibility meaning I'm now not far off holding a crow pose.
Here's a shout out and a massive thank you to Charlie for organising and promoting such a great #21daysofyoga challenge. Bring on the next one!
Charlie’s yoga challenge arrived at an excellent time. At the beginning of January I’d just returned from travelling and had moved back to my Mum’s whilst looking for a new job and flat.
I’ve practiced Bikram yoga for years and was worried when I realised her house was over 80 miles from the nearest studio! I didn’t want to put yoga on hold so I signed up to the 21 day challenge, aiming to do a daily home practice. I was surprised how much I enjoyed practicing at home when I was so used to studio classes. YouTube is fantastic and I tried loads of different styles which have definitely improved my balance and flexibility.
I loved checking #21daysofyoga on Twitter to see how everyone was getting on. It was a great support network and really interesting to read what you were all doing. Thankfully, I’m living near a Bikram studio again and would love to complete Teacher Training this year. The challenge has got me into the habit of rolling out my mat at home and I love fitting in a few sun salutations in the morning!
#21daysofyoga was great start to 2014 – hopefully something that will run annually and attract more and more yogis! Thanks, Charlie!
Thank you and congratulations to everyone that has taken part in this challenge!! I'm so pleased that so many of you got involved! For the final well done, anyone that took part in the challenge, regardless of whether you finished or not, please comment below for your chance to win a £50 Lorna Jane Voucher! Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 12th February.