Yoga is a massive part of self care for me, as well as fitness. I’ve lost a stone so far in my fitness journey and I’ve been doing a lot of exercise recently to help lift my mood during my depressive episode. Today, I filmed myself doing a yoga flow routine so that I could review the video and check my form.
I’ve been working out regularly and consistently for the last few months, but yoga is something that I only really do once or twice a week following videos on Youtube. I still struggle with my core strength when working out and I’m aware my form isn’t very good, but that’s why I did this and I’m hoping to improve. It was interesting to watch myself, although I did feel slightly self conscious about it.
Yoga for me is mainly about relaxing from stress and gaining some more control of the movements of my body. Practicing yoga is a good way to mix up my workouts and making sure I am trying out different movements every day. This is particularly important for when I go into my HIIT workouts or high impact cardio.
My biggest lesson from filming myself is that I need to move sure that I align my head with my spine while doing downward facing dog. I also need to think more about the placement of my legs and the flow between movements.
Some aspects of my yoga practice have definitely shown great improvements. My flow between cobra and downward facing dog is a lot more seamless than it used to be! I still struggle to lower myself down slower from a plank to the floor, but that is due to the lack of strength. Improving that control is my main goal with yoga at the moment and I hope I can achieve it!
Any recommendations for yoga flow routines are welcome! Let me know if you find yoga helps your mental health in the comments.