Let me start off by saying I am not a yoga expert haha. When I was looking through the photos I took while doing some of the poses, I could clearly see where my form needs work. I did have two yoga classes back in college and truly enjoyed them. It was an hour out of my busy life to relax and recharge my batteries. Before then, I had never done one stitch of yoga, but soon became hooked once I started my class. I continued to do some of the poses and breathing techniques, but found it was not the same as having an instructor in front of me to guide along in the process. I'm much more of a visual person and need to see something being done in order to learn it.
I think it goes without saying that most, if not all, moms have stress in their lives. Yoga can be a great stress reliever and even allow for mental clarity. Namaste TV offers premium yoga videos that are available through digital download or dvd. I was able to download their Moms Bundle and also received The Beginner Bundle dvd set. I was amazed at the beautiful scenery each set has and the calming music helped get me in the yoga zone. The poses are easy enough to follow along with. Sometimes I'll pause the video to make sure I'm doing the post correctly. Once you get used to the flow and how each pose transforms into another, it goes get easier to remember what comes next.
I do love the added flexibility my muscles have and am looking forward to toning some of my muscles up as well. Ever since Ava was born, my muscle tone is not what it used to be, but yoga can certainly bring that back! My favorite from the Mom Bundle is the Bhakti Flow: Open Your Upper Back and Shoulders. I've always had bad back and shoulder pain from tight muscles, but this seems to help release some of the tension. Each video is about 24 minutes long making each sequence easy to fit into a busy schedule. I usually do mine when Ava is taking her afternoon nap.
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