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Up until recently I had never really exercised much at all and yoga was something I never even considered doing. I didn’t know how I would fit it into my life, didn’t see any real benefit of it and so never got around to giving it a go.
But, since starting to exercise regularly, and joining the gym a few months ago, I have been more open to different forms of exercise and different exercise classes. When Yogaia got in touch it opened my mind to yoga and I knew that it could be something I could fit in around my husband’s shift work and the children – exercising at home when they were in bed or at school.
Yogaia lets you complete yoga routines through their website and app anywhere in the world. You can exercise at home, on holiday or away on business trips. Plus, Yogaia is perfect for any ability – trying yoga for the first time like me or someone more experienced with yoga.
I signed up to Yogaia easily and started browsing their website. It’s so nice to use, with everything clearly laid out. Yogaia gives you both pre-recorded classes to watch at any time or live classes to join in with as they happen that you can book onto in advance.
The live classes let the instructor see you via webcam so that they can give you feedback and you can watch them live too, with the knowledge that the only person who can see you is the teacher. It’s just like being in a yoga class but with the convenience and comfort of your own home.
As well as exercise classes, Yogaia also has workout sessions with things like pilates and stretching. There are also mindfulness sessions with meditation and yoga sleep or talks on things like creativity and introductions to yoga. So, it’s not all just yoga – there’s so much more to it than that.
Since I started using Yogaia I have been able to join in live classes and watch pre-recorded ones throughout the day, at a time that’s convenient for me. Although watching a live class is fantastic for giving you reassurance that you’re doing the techniques correctly I preferred the convenience of the recorded classes as I could turn them on the minute the children were asleep and not have to wait for a start time. But, for others, the live classes will be perfect for them.
I am still very much a beginner when it comes to yoga but I’m enjoying trying new classes, learning new poses and gradually building up the time I invest in each session. That’s the great thing though – being able to grab ten minutes for yoga practice or half an hour if I have more time. It’s so flexible and I’m really enjoying it.
Using Yogaia has definitely helped me to relax and I’m amazed by how much it works muscles without the use of any equipment – just the weight of your own body. It’s such a nice way of exercising and my whole body feels better for it – my posture has definitely improved and I feel more flexible.
The Yogaia app has been fantastic too, letting me book onto live classes whilst on the go and even download and watch recorded classes too. It’s a great way of browsing what’s available in the Yogaia video library and is so easy to use too.
Also, from 30th October, you can join Yogaia’s free charity yoga class to show your support against child marriage. Every day, 41,000 girls are forced into marriage. In partnership with Plan International, you can help Yogaia stand up against child marriage by joining their free charity yoga class dedicated to raising money towards girls’ education in developing countries.
For each person who attends the free charity class, they are donating £1 towards girls’ education in developing countries. Yogaia aim is to get 3000 people on the mat to come together to send positive energy to those girls and ultimately raise funds to give them the education they deserve and desperately need. So, on 30th October you can join in live class or access it as a free recording afterwards.
I have teamed up with Yogaia to give you a whole week of Yogaia access for free. All you need to do is sign up and go to Settings => Membership in your MyYogaia page. Use the code REDHEAD2016 for a whole week of free Yogaia – the code is valid until the end of November.