5 Super-Informative Yoga Websites

I am a great believer in the benefits of yoga however when I’ve tried to convince others I get comments like: “oh it’s too slow for me” or “you don’t get a good workout with yoga”. Yes, yoga isn’t meant to be fast and energetic but trust me, a yoga session can work muscles you never knew you had (but you’ll be well acquainted with them the next day!).

Getting started with yoga is easy as you don’t need a lot of equipment or space. There are masses of You Tube videos, books and websites devoted to yoga. Below I’ve highlighted my 5 favourites but it’s also very beneficial to attend a live class and learn the correct way to do the poses and, just as importantly, the correct way to breathe (haha you thought you knew how to breathe, didn’t you?).

Photo by Jared Rice – Unsplash

For many years I attended yoga classes and I can’t enthuse enough about the benefits of those classes, that took place in the local scouts hall close to my home. Sometimes the weather outside would be wet, windy and cold, but inside it was always peaceful and calm, the perfect remedy for a busy day spent hunched over a computer screen.

At first I didn’t think the small movements would make a difference but, the day after my first session, I was amazed to discover a few sore muscles. Best of all, within a month or two, the back pain and excruciating sciatica I’d been experiencing following an injury, reduced and I was able to stop the strong anti-inflammatory drugs I’d been prescribed.

For more benefits check out this article

If you’re considering yoga I strongly urge to check it out. The web has many subscription websites where for a monthly payment you have access to their classes. This may be a good way to get further practice but for I thought I would share my 5 favourite websites, ones that will give you a good overview without any outlay.

Yoga Health

Yoga Health arranged the classes I used to attend. Sadly Uma, the instructor, moved across the country to Queensland but the classes continued. On the website you’ll find detailed instructions for a number of poses including the one in the video link below which is an amazing shoulder release for people, like me, who work at the computer for long periods. The websites also have yoga sessions you can download and the great thing (in my opinion) about these are that the movements are explained verbally so you don’t have to keep peering at a book or a screen to find out what to do. It makes the whole experience smoother and more relaxing.

We have been doing this for 30 years.
We teach what may be the most gentle but effective yoga yet developed.
We have trained over 150 teachers across Australia.

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Daily Cup of Yoga

Next up is Daily Cup of Yoga this is a great blog full of interesting articles about the benefits of yoga and meditation as well as wellness in general. It began as a personal journey but developed into a I particularly enjoyed the blog about finding your inner joy.

tips, tools, & wisdom on yoga, fitness, & technology

Source: Daily Cup of Yoga

 

My Free Yoga

A great blog packed packed with interesting articles and tons of free yoga videos

Check out the My Free Yoga home page for Free Yoga Videos which have been categorized to make find the yoga you want easy.

Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal has a range of yoga-related articles on their website such as a sequence to help you navigate tough emotions, a yoga playlist, a “get started” guide to meditation.

Definitely a site you’re guaranteed to want to bookmark!

The ultimate destination for yoga pose how-tos, practice videos, meditation tricks, healthy lifestyle tips and more.
Source: Yoga Journal – Yoga Poses, Classes, Meditation, and Life – On and Off the Mat – Namaste

Yoga Gypsy

Sadly this blog is no longer updated but there’s still loads of information on here so it’s well worth a look. Check out the poses and sequences page.

photo by Jose Martinez from Unsplash

5 Amazing & Romantic Flashmob Marriage Proposals

I don’t want to give too much away but my short read – The Family Plan (which you can get for FREE as a thank you for signing up to my newsletter here) features a flash-mob proposal. I had so much fun researching this part of the book!

The truth is I’m totally fascinated by flash mobs and often get caught into a time-suck watching them on You Tube.  So here are my five favourite flash-mob proposals.

Make sure you have sound turned on, sit back and enjoy…

1) This flash mob is simple but the amount of love oozing from the performers gives it such warmth and soul. It’s a truly heart-warming performance to Bruno Mars’ “Marry Me” song.

What I love so much about this video is how much thought and effort must have gone into its execution. The timing is so perfect yet appears natural. They even have absent family and friends showing up on laptop screens doing “the dance”. This lucky lady is clearly well-loved by all.

 

2) In this next wedding proposal flash mob the tides are turned on the organiser.

Wasn’t her reaction priceless? She obviously never suspected a thing! In this one the dancers looked like professionals to this untrained eye …Bruno Mars’ song is clearly a favourite for flash-mob proposals!

3) Katie is just going for a quiet drink with her friends when this flashmob takes place. It made me wonder how all the family and friends involved managed to keep it such a secret! Oh and this one DOESN’T feature Bruno Mars’ song!

4) This proposal doesn’t get more public. The future bride is taken on stage with her partner as audience participation in a campus capella performance. She discovers her man has talents she never knew about!

5 This last proposal comes from London’s Oxford Street. The future bride looks an introverted type and a tad awkward during this one but it still brought a cheesy grin to my face. Even so, I can’t help wondering if she would have preferred a more private proposal.

So what do you think? Would you like to be proposed in this way or would you prefer something more low-key and private?

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – A Gem!

I don’t go to the movies very often but yesterday I saw a beautiful film. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (this links to the entry in the Internet Data Base). Featuring a few familiar faces from “Downton Abbey”, Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode and Penelope Wilton, alongside Michiel Huisman, Tom Courtney and Katherine Parkinson.Read More