Yoga is a great way to stay physically and mentally healthy during lockdown - so here is a guide to yoga for all moods and situations. Whether you’re an experienced yogi looking for a long workout or are just starting out and want to develop your skills, read on to find some brilliant YouTube videos to get you motivated!
To get you out of bed in the morning
It’s lovely to start the day with a gentle practice to work out any stiffness from the night before, and just ten minutes of yoga can effectively wake you up before your first coffee.
Kassandra’s 10min Morning Yoga Full Body Stretch ticks all the boxes, and can easily fit into your routine before sitting down to work. The practice is also a nice one to do on a rest day if you’re doing any other kind of exercise.
To make sure you’re nailing those asanas
It’s important to make sure that you’re getting the greatest benefit out of every pose - and the most straightforward ones are often the ones we don’t push ourselves in.
That’s why Deepika Mehta’s Beginner Ashtanga Primary Series, which talks you through the basics of each pose in Surya Namaskar as well as many other key asanas, is such a great way to refine your skills. (Although she uses blocks in the video, you don’t really need them.)
To feel the burn
If you’re already familiar with the basic Ashtanga sequence and just need someone to call the moves for you, Laruga Glaser of LarugaYoga has a simple and fantastic Guided Ashtanga Half Primary Series video for you to follow.
It’s just over an hour and covers many of the basic moves, but doesn’t include a meditation at the end. I really like this, as it leaves you free to choose your own or just stay in Savasana for as long as you like at the end. This isn’t a great choice for total beginners, so exercise caution.
To stretch and relax your muscles
If you’d like a slower and more thoughtful session, check out Jessica Richburg’s Restorative Yoga Flow. As the name suggests, it’s a practice designed to encourage mindfulness and soothe the mind and body.
You’ll go into deep poses, which are held longer to encourage relaxation as well as increase your flexibility - and at just 35 mins, it’s easy to set aside enough time in the evening.
To help with period pain
Adriene of Yoga with Adriene fame does a special video on Yoga for Cramps and PMS helped out (as usual) by her adorable dog Benji. The only props you need are a blanket and a pillow - what could be better?
Between the yoga asanas (which are designed to relieve tension in the hips and lower back) and the soothing presence of Benji, you’ll be feeling better in no time.