Summer is a time for relaxation, so why do we still feel stressed? The commute gets warmer, work gets harder when it’s sunny outside and your Glastonbury tickets STILL haven’t arrived. If there’s ever been a time to unroll the mat and start practising, it’s now.
As we celebrate our partnership with Yogaia learning yoga has never been simpler. Log in on your iPad or laptop, and take part in a live class from your living room (or hopefully garden if your wifi stretches that far). To persuade you to give it a go, we’ve come up with these seven reasons you should be swapping Facebook for yoga this summer.
It can help you keep calm and carry on
In case you hadn’t heard, yoga is a really good way to de-stress. Feeling down in the dumps? Rise up into a backbend or sit in Lotus for a while. It won’t take you long to realise how having a little zen in your life can make all the difference.
You’ll get the summer body you’ve always dreamed of
We’ve all seen the photos on Instagram; flawless looking celebrities doing yoga in a bikini. The good news? That can be you! Yoga is proven to increase muscle strength and tone your body all over, but unlike a gym class or an hour on the treadmill, you’ll actually enjoy it.
Your kids (and pets) can join in too
We’d be lying if we said the editorial team here didn’t love photos of animals doing yoga (in fact, our editor wrote a whole article about it here). Although you might find it hard persuading your pet pooch to give it a go, you are never too old, or young, to try a warrior two, so get the whole family involved this summer.
You can practice just about anywhere
Maybe not at first, but once you know the basics all you need is your mat and your breath to practise. Perfect if you’re one of those super-mums (or dads) who struggle to find the time to head to the gym.
It can help you get a good night’s sleep
If you’re not getting enough shut eye, this could be one remedy you haven’t tried yet. Resting in child’s pose before bed is said to help you get in touch with your breath and help your body wind down before bed.
It’s got a health benefit (or five)
Where do we even start? From improving your posture, protecting your spine and boosting immunity, to lowering your blood pressure and preventing digestive problems, yoga has it all.
There’s a practise for everyone
We’re all different, some of us run marathons, some of us run for the bus. Finding the right workout for you is important if you want to stay motivated and when it comes to yoga, there’s around fourteen different styles to choose from. If one doesn’t work, just try another – the choice is yours!
So, what are you waiting for? If we’ve convinced you to find a yoga course this summer, why not head over to Yogaia and give it a go? The best part, once you have signed up using Facebook or by email, you can enter the gift code HOTCOURSES and get a whole two weeks for free. With unlimited access to live classes and recordings, you’ll be a yogi in no time. Namasate!
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.