I mentioned in my goals post how I’d signed up for Yoga Camp (by Yoga With Adriene) in an effort to focus on staying more active on a daily basis, especially through the winter months. I am so, so happy I joined in because I have completely fallen in love with Yoga Camp, and am on my way to loving yoga in general.
I’d always viewed yoga as a rather intimidating venture. I feel like all you see online and especially on Instagram are these perfect size 0 buff gals kicking ass in crazy poses and awesome arm balances. Which is great (I follow many of them for inspiration!), but it also left me feeling like yoga was completely inaccessible. I sought out yoga for beginner’s vids, and thought I’d found a good one until a few days into the videos they were doing arm balances (Crow Pose)
and I was like Are you kidding me? I can’t do a pushup over here! Plus none of them, even the supposed beginner videos, really explained how to be doing the poses. Which muscles to engage and how to place your body. They just went through routines, and I felt completely lost. So I kind of gave up on yoga for awhile.
Then last year I heard about Yoga With Adriene via Mariko on Gamerwife. She posted about doing Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga, and I was intrigued. So I checked out her channel. *Cue choir singing Hallelujah*
Here, finally, were videos that were actually for beginners. For someone who had never attempted yoga before, or sat on a yoga mat. She has entire series of videos explaining poses (which really helps decipher the many ‘sana’ pose names you’ll hear). I’ve watched a ton of her Foundations of Yoga vids and I can’t rave enough about how great they are for really showing you how you are supposed to use your body and your muscles to properly form the poses.
But my most favorite thing about Adriene’s videos is Adriene herself. She is sweet, quirky, has a wonderfully soothing voice, and isn’t afraid to be silly. (She jokes about farts for goodness sake; that’s when I knew I’d found my yoga guru.) She is completely accessible. And I love that her focus is about making yoga work for you even if that means poses aren’t perfect, or you don’t have equipment. Yoga is for everyone, no matter your size, shape, or flexibility. I love that.
Yoga Camp has been wonderful. She incorporated mantras into each video, encouraging you to embrace it if it feels right. At first I wasn’t sure what I would think about the mantras, but I’ve found I’m actually loving them. Spending the 30 minute sessions fully focused on the process feels amazing, and I find myself ending each one with a smile on my face. And because it’s a home practice, there is no pressure. I’ve missed a couple days here and there and that’s okay. I just continue from my last one (I think I’m about three days behind at this point.)
Overall, I’d recommend Yoga With Adriene for anyone. Whether you’re looking to specifically get into yoga, or just looking to be a bit more active with your body, I feel like her videos offer something for everyone. I’m so happy I started, and I’m excited to continue my yoga journey throughout the year!
Have you ever given yoga a try before? What did you think?