If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me mention Yoga with Adriene a few times in the last year or so.   Early last year, I decided to try out yoga for the very first time, and I believe this was one of the best decisions I made all year!  Like many others, I’d seen the benefits of yoga mentioned in magazines, online, and pretty much everywhere. However, I wasn’t sure whether I was flexible, or even calm enough (!) to practice yoga.  One year on, I’m starting to understand what all the fuss is about – and I’m starting to reap some of the benefits too!

My first ever venture into the world of yoga started around this time last year, when a friend recommended that I try it out as a way of coping with stress and dealing with my anxiety.  So I decided to join a beginners class where I got to practise some of the basic poses and learnt how to make the most out of yoga with the help of a qualified instructor.  I enjoyed this, however due to my hectic uni + work schedule at the time I wanted to be able to practise yoga from home at whatever time I fancied – and that’s when Yoga with Adriene came to the rescue!

I first came across Yoga with Adriene on ViviannaDoesMakeup, where Anna spoke about Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga challenge – a free 30 day yoga programme with a 10-30 minute yoga video to do each day.  This sounded like just the thing I was looking for, so I headed over to the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel and clicked onto Day 1.

Adriene is an amazing yoga instructor and comes across as such a lovely person – it’s so nice to have a (virtual) yoga instructor that’s both funny and relatable!  Best of all, she makes her yoga classes possible for people of all levels – whether you’re a complete beginner or you’ve been practising yoga for years, Adriene’s got you covered.  You don’t have to be the world’s most flexible person to start with, as the focus is all about ‘finding what feels good’.

Apart from the 30 Days of Yoga Challenge, Adriene has also got several yoga videos targeting different things, such as ‘Yoga for when you’re in a Bad Mood‘, ‘Yoga for Stress Relief‘ and ‘Yoga for Headaches‘.  Speaking of headaches, I have found that practising yoga when I’ve got a headache is so beneficial and can even help my headaches disappear completely!  I also feel so much more relaxed and chilled out after completing one of Adriene’s videos, and they’re really easy to fit into your daily schedule!

Earlier this month, Adriene started a new 30 Days of Yoga series on her channel called Yoga Camp. This 30 Day Yoga Challenge is different from the last as it has a stronger focus on mental wellbeing, including positive thinking and self-talk.  I think this is a great way to start the year, especially if you’re looking to be more positive and feel great about yourself this year!

So who’ll be (virtually) joining me on the yoga mat?