My Favorite Yoga Channels And Blogs

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“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga has transformed my life. Since I began my practice just shy of 3 years ago, it seems so many nuances, areas of pain and anxiety and feelings of insecurity I had have slowly begun to disperse. Yoga and all it’s awesome power have helped me deal the life long issues I have with anxiety, through the power of breathing and taking time for me, I am able to remedy my “flare-ups”. Not to mention how fantastic is it for snowsports. Ironing out aches and pains and helping you connect to every muscle.

Don’t get me wrong, Yoga isn’t a cure for everything and certainly not a one size fits all concept, yoga and the understanding thereof opens your mind to possibility and the opportunity to find the right type of practice. Whether you are trying to tone up, build strength, work through problems of just take time for some self-love.

Therefore in the process of finding a yogic mentor, a relationship that is super important to the development of your practice. I have 4 yogi’s that I look too for inspiration, guidance, and spiritual nourishment. I wanted to share the love and the knowledge and hope that they can also help you find your inner peace. I will try and keep the wishy washy language to a minimum and not get to melancholy!

YouTubers

  1. Where is all began for me was with a humble YouTube channel that has grown to incredible heights and I can’t help but feel proud.

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Name-  Adriene Mishler

Channel- “Yoga With Adriene”

Things to note – Best for beginners to intermediates, people finding their yogi rhythm.

What to expect– Adriene had me captivated from the first time I sat down and did a 15 minute intro video with her catchphrase, “find what feels good”. It could not be more perfect. Adriene makes the videos easy to follow, simple and fun as she moves through the poses, encouraging you to learn as you go and find what feels good and works for you, she had compiled 30 day blocks, a series of sorts, which is perfect to create some structure. Fantastic for an intro the the breathing techniques too!

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2.)  As I grow in skill and confidence, I always look forward to time on the mat with this teacher, helping me expand my horizons.

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Name- Erin Sampson

Channel- “Five Parks Yoga”

Things to note- Best for intermediates to advanced yogis. She moves quickly through the poses and the practices tend to be longer and a little more intense.

What to expect- Erin is a wonderful teacher and if you open your heart and your mind, she can be a great guide while you find your Om shall we say. My sister introduced me to both Adriene and Erin and as my sister developed her practice so did I. We did a session together not so long ago and I practiced for the first time with “Five Parks Yoga” and it was amazing. The fast paced way Erin moved through the poses really keeps you on your toes, it keeps the entire practice very exciting- Your mind is entirely focused on the positions and therefore is a real escape from reality and the world around you. Highly recommended as a way to expand your practice, learn some new poses and explore. Her latest series is 10 minutes blasts which are perfect if you are busy!

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Yogi Influencers

  1. My first class teacher, someone whose ideas, thought and methods have stuck with me and someone I am continually inspired by.

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Name- Kelly Brooks

IG- @kellybrooksyoga

About- 18 months ago when I was lucky enough to take part in the Chalet Rosiere Full Moon Yoga Retreat, hosted by my friends Alex and Philip Volkers and I was introduced to Kelly as the instructor who would be guiding us through the week. I didn’t know then that I would continue to follow Kelly avidly on social media and still use so many of her incredible techniques in my solo practices. Kelly who is the founder of the successful “Klub Yoga”, she is no stranger to the London Yoga scene, where you will find her whizzing around the city teaching all over daily. If you get the chance to take her class, you will be mesmerized by her attention to detail, soft and nurturing demeanor. She absolutely sweats good vibes, can I say that? Well I am going with it! Be sure to take one of her Klub Yoga classes where she mixed the evocative sounds of Odesza and other deep house classics to her Vinyasa flow.

For More Info Click Here: http://www.kellybrooksyoga.com/klub-yoga/

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2.) Thanks to Sweaty Betty, I found her, a social media influencer, jewellery designer and all round source of inspo!

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Name- Cat Meffan

IG- @catmeffan

About- I am blown away by Cat everytime I see her latest updates on IG. It’s so easy to loose yourself, your worth, your integrity and everything that makes you unique when it comes to social media. However, Cat unlike many influencers, has remained transparent and posts with authenticity, again, unlike many others who jumped on the yoga band wagon in the hopes of gaining followers, Cat started out as a yogi and refers back to our deeply it remains a part of her. Her youtube channel is fantastic and again, her videos and relaxing and totally mesmerizing. She is obviously in very good shape and instead of making women feel guilty or pressured, she serves as inspiration. Her blog “ImperfectMatter” is amazing, well written stories, articles and mixing everything from fitness, food nutrition and travel.

For More Info Click Here- http://imperfectmatter.com/

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I hope you found this useful and that you too will start to follow this group of powerful and empowered ladies! Whenever you feel down, less awesome or just need a little pick me up, these ladies are my go to people. Through yoga, with love, you can lift your mood and learn to conquer the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but the day, and that my friends is incredible in itself.

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The Full Moon Yoga Retreat with Kelly Brooks Yoga

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Yoga for snowboarding, a combination that has changed the way I ride.

 

I am so glad yoga came into my life, a force of peace and tranquillity. I started practising yoga about a year ago, in a time where I felt I needed something to help rationalise, well, everything in my life. After last season, I know my competitive career was a success, I still doubted myself, I still looked for gaps in everything I did, when I should have been commending myself for working hard and reaping the rewards. Yoga helped me look inwards, find the appreciation, the serenity and peace I needed. Separately this winter season where the success and failures in my snowboarding career have been totally different, I again turn to yoga for the support.

 

Yoga is a way of life, its not Jennifer Aniston drinking vegan smoothies, its not going to a class once a week and saying you got all zen from that 1 hour. Although, I’m sure Kelly would agree, everyone must be encouraged to take part and do whatever they need to do to fit yoga into their lives; but for me as a professional athlete, I don’t want to be a cafeteria yogi, I want to try and embody every aspect to ensure I have all the resources I need to be a better athlete. That is why the yoga retreat really changed so much for me. Being around similarly yogic people and embodying the lifestyle even down to the cuisine and the general “Vibe”, I wanted to carry it on to my everyday life.  What I mean is, exploring the options of a vegan diet, (as vegan as I can be living in Italy and being from an Italian family) certainly cutting out alcohol, allowing myself the sleep I need, being kind and honourable and doing all I can to really dedicate to my practice and clear my mind to let the yoga guide me.

But how does yoga benefit me as a snowboarder? I cant even begin to tell you how much. If I had to summarise my personal discipline (Freeride/backcountry snowboarding) in simplistic terms, you need strength, endurance and a sense of calm and pensive nature. Now, I had really only practiced Vinyasa yoga, but during the retreat, Kelly blew my mind to the wonders of Iyenger and Ashtanga yoga. These practices helped me explore new muscle groups, building on my strength, in the core and in the weaker areas of my arms. The yoga retreat helped me focus on my breathing; at the top of a couloir, about to drop in or while on a competition, I need calm. The focus on breathing and meditation has taught me skills I can use to really centre myself, I can think pragmatically and rationally but not only that, I have learnt to hold my poses for longer and really feel the power of yoga through ever corner of my body.

The retreat certainly inspired and motivated me. I am now equipped with more techniques to go forward into my summer season of training. Not only that but the retreat was sheer bliss, Chalet Rosiere have really got a good thing going, such a prime location, it’s quiet and set back away from the main hustle and bustle of La Rosiere, Ian the chef was on point, every meal exceeding the last and Kelly- well, Kelly is my guide, her calm and serene nature was just what I needed to discover my inner yogi. The combination of deep house too was incredible. Kelly has really given a lot of thought into exactly what house she chooses, eg. Odesza, a group that have very deep and contemplative music and beat was very helpful for when you are practising longer poses.

If you are lucky enough to live in London get yourself to her classes as you well see a new side to yourself and your yoga ability and if you have ever wanted to combine the incredible sports of skiing and snowboarding with yoga then you simply must join on the next retreat, it was a life changer.

In the mean time follow her on Instagram @kellybrooksyoga and the Chalet @chaletrosiere