YouTube Yoga- a fitness phenomenon
Laura Walkley | On 19, Nov 2013
While your gym pass looks really impressive on your car keys, you might be wondering if running (but going nowhere) on an expensive machine and lifting inanimate silver objects are really worth that $80 a month membership.
Introducing YouTube Yoga: a practice that allows you to do your daily work-out for FREE in your living room.
Gone are the worries that you arenâ€™t flexible or graceful enough for a yoga class – there are thousands of classes to be found on your laptop.
But why yoga?
Yoga is a fantastic way to improve not only your physical but your mental health as well, which can make a surprisingly big difference when it comes to losing weight and staying fit.
Practicing yoga can reduce your levels of stress and the cortisol hormone our bodies produce as a result of stress, which has been associated with an increased blood sugar level and a reduction of metabolic functions.
So where on YouTube do I find yoga classes?
My three favourite sites include:
1.Â Sadie Nardini: The Founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga. Sadie provides a range of yoga classes on her Youtube channel for all levels and abilities. She offers 15 minute classes for a quick sweat and two hour workshops for yoga enthusiasts. Sadieâ€™s principles and poses simplify how to access, comprehend and use the â€œcoreâ€ most efficiently to gain the maximum yoga benefits (calorie burn, strength, flexibility, focus, self-awareness, confidence) in the least amount of time.
2. Tara Stiles: founder and owner of Strala Yoga, widely known for its unpretentious, inclusive, and straightforward approach to yoga and meditation. Taraâ€™s videos are generally around 15 minutes and provide a very straightforward, direct instruction to yoga practice.
3.Â Ten Toes Yoga: a Brisbane based YouTube channel that provides very short clips of different poses and sun salutes. This gives you a taste of what is on offer at their studios in Ascot, Fortitude Valley and Brisbane CBD if you feel you donâ€™t have the motivation for YouTube Yoga and would prefer go to a class.
So if you didnâ€™t think anything better than Justin Bieber could come from YouTube, prove yourself wrong and next time you find yourself watching a video of a cat riding a vaccuum try out a YouTube Yoga workout instead.