We’ve all had that horrible cranky mid-winter feeling, where we’re blocked up and miss the warm rays of Summer, playing in the water on the beach. It can be SO hard to motivate yourself to exercise, and until recently, I was absolutely THE WORST.
I am NOT a sporty girl. Despite having a period where I ran for about a year (my knees gave out eventually) and another time where I was a dedicated gym member, I’ve always had a bit of a mixed relationship with exercise. I’d far rather be sitting cosied up on the couch with a good book (and chocolate/wine/cake)!
When I was 20 I started doing yoga and I’ve found that it really suits my personality. Oddly – it wasn’t through one of those cheesy Hollywood Yoga DVDs. I actually went to classes from the start. I found yoga to be a great fit. It is relaxing and hard work without putting you into ‘fight or flight’ mode. Whether it is Yin, Bikram, Ashtanga or Inga, I’ve tried it all.
The biggest barrier to having a more regular practice for me has always been finding times to fit in a class. Like all of you, I’m juggling what feels like a zillion things a second. Whether it is catching up with the boyfriend on Netflix (ACTUAL priority – it keeps our relationship going!), making sure I see my mum, going to work in my policy job 8:30 - 5:30, blogging, going to events or catching up with friends, exercise always falls to the bottom of the list.
So by June this year, despite preaching to The Residents readers the need for being easier on yourself and taking YOU time, I hadn’t exercised since February. I KNOW. I AM A HORRIBLE HUMAN. My life is a pack of lies. The trouble was, I just couldn’t find the time to pack it all in! Luckily, Beginner Yogi came to my rescue.
Beginning Beginner Yogi
I found Beginner Yogi from meeting with its owner, amazing Tash, who happened to win a giveaway I was running (chocolate – even yogis love it right!). Tash told me about her studio up in Marsden Village, and we connected over that (Mum used to have a small shop there). She told me about her studio and said I should visit some time. I laughed at her! I was so busy I wasn’t able to fit in brushing my teeth, let alone yoga. She suggested I should give their online system a try sometime and see if I liked it.
Beginner Yogi Online Membership (known as the BYOM) is a super simple concept and it was created to get New Zealander's breathing, moving and feeling better – anywhere, anytime. It is also VERY affordable. Instead of going to class, you find a space at home and fit in a little practice before work, or whenever you can find the time. You get 6 weeks of videos which are broken down, week by week. Every Tuesday a new online class is released to the Members Area, and the previous one added to the online class library.
The classes are completely different each week and are designed based off members collective feedback (this is a real area of difference from other online platforms!). So if I need a class to de-stress, I can submit feedback to Tash and she’ll take that into consideration when creating classes. As a member, you can either follow along with the classes released each week or just log on and browse the library and choose one to suit your mood/time etc.
And If you’re new to yoga, you’re in luck because at the moment Tash is releasing her 6 Week Beginner Yogi Online Course to the online platform so you can begin there! Tash and Beginner Yogi are known for their beginner's courses, with Tash herself taking 300+ newbies through her specially designed 6-week course in the two years that Beginner Yogi Yoga Studio has been open.
So how does it work? Well, in week 1 & 2 you learn a traditional Hatha style class with a gentle warm up and then practice poses such as Cobra, Warrior II and Tree Pose before coming back down to the mat and ending with a relaxation. How relaxing does that even sound, just reading it?
Week 2 & 3 of the online course is all about sun salutations and flow yoga. I like this variety of yoga a lot because it always makes me feel grounded after – exactly what a mad woman like me in her twenties, bouncing off the walls needs!
Finally, weeks 5 & 6 are all about Yin. Yin is my favourite yoga and I’ve had a good bit of a go at it before it studio. However, it’s lovely to be at home, with the heater on in my own living room and getting to hear Tash’s soothing voice through my laptop. Matt was banished to the bedroom where he sulked while I got my zen on. As I say, got to have a bit of OM – on.
I have my own yoga mat already but if you haven’t done yoga before, that is basically all you’ll need to buy. The rest of the suggested tools (i.e. cushions/water) are already at your home so it’s a very cool affordable option to make sure you get exercise into your life, keeping your body nimble and stretched. When the weather is raining and cold in Wellington, you only need to pull out your mat and switch on your laptop to do the class. Simple as.
Local As, Bro!
Another reason to love Beginner Yogi Online Membership is that its founder is a Wellington local. Of course, there are so many online courses or DVDs you could do but I love to find people who will benefit from me being a customer in my own community – plus, look at the hustle of this woman! Tash used to work in finance so I love the fact she’s looked at the yoga model with her business brain and thought up a way to scale her love of her practice.
I’d certainly recommend that if you want a bit more yoga in between your regular classes, or just want to try to get more exercise into your life generally, you give Beginner Yogi Online Membership a go. And if you find yourself in Karori, head up to Tash’s studio. It will certainly cure those winter blues, Yogi. Namaste!
This Post is sponsored by Beginner Yogi Online Membership but as usual all opinions and backwards bends are my own!