My Top 3 Yoga Instructors on YouTube
Hello Friends and welcome to the blog today.
It’s Friday … the end of the week, and I’m glad it’s here. This has been a really productive week for me, as I went into my office for the first time since April 2020.
It was a weird sensation because my office looked like I was coming right back. It was a ghost town as there were only 3 people in my office. It felt strange as my things were still scattered. My former boss left crap everywhere like he wanted me to deal with that first. Of course, my stubborn behind moved that stuff right out of my office for the next time.
I was on a mission because I was there to clean, throw things away, and distribute documents that had been left. Most of this stuff doesn’t mean much considering the current climate we’re in, so it felt good to clear it out.
But that’s done, and I will probably go back next week and actually work. (LOL) But now I’m rambling. Today I’m sharing my 3 Favorite Yoga Instructors on YouTube. I’ve had proven results doing yoga 5-6 days a week, and it’s brought my weight down (I also take Type 2 medication that maintains my weight), it’s also helped with the stiffness in my joints, as well as toned and my body.
My Weight Loss
Now with that said I can’t really show it (per se) but I’m down from 190 pounds (last Summer) to 170 pounds as of June 2021. At first, I didn’t notice the change. What I did notice was how my clothing fit. I (had) have this bad habit of buying clothes that are too big and not true to size. I’ve always done this because I assume that I’m big, so I thought I needed an XXL or a 16.
It’s not just yoga, but a few other things that I commit to. I don’t eat any processed meals (i.e., microwave food), no candy (except on Halloween), lemon water every day, apple-cider vinegar gummies daily, and no fast food. I also don’t do any Starbucks drinks because of the sugar, because every little bit helps.
Once I moved to this new spot I gave away (or sold) 50% of my jeans, and clothing because it just didn’t fit, or it was sagging, or the pants kept falling down. Every time I would wear something I would get pissed that it doesn’t fit right and then more angry that I’m still buying clothes that don’t fit me. I had to change my mindset about my body and what was flattering.
I’ve widdled down my clothing to just a few pieces, and that’s mainly because it’s summer and I haven’t even tried on the sweaters yet. The real kicker was when I attended a funeral last week, I thought I would wear a dress that was in my closet and a little snug. I figured, well it’s got to fit now…WRONG! It was all weird and baggy in the front and now I have more clothing to unload. This goes back to changing the mindset.
Here are my top 3 yoga instructors that have been my goto for the past 6-months
The best Teacher for beginners is Yoga with Bird. I love her style of classes and that you don’t need a lot of time. Most of the classes are 5 to 30 minutes which is a good amount of time to wake up the body, stretch the joints and get the blood flowing.
ABOUT YOGA WITH BIRD: Francine Cipollone, known as her childhood nickname Bird, is a 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher living in Canada who found a passion for helping others find inner peace, self-love, and happiness through the practice of Yoga & Meditation. She created the Yoga With Bird YouTube Channel to offer a space where yoga is accessible to all. Bird is known for her gentle approach to teaching and her restorative style yoga classes. This channel is all about feeling good and reconnecting to self! (Source: YouTube/About)
Intermediate to Difficult Flow
I may not be able to do get into every position but Arianna from Bright and Salted Yoga works every muscle (for me) and helps me to gain balance. Classes range from beginner to pro and help challenge you (with no pressure). She also has several recommendations, for yoga accessories such as blocks and yoga mats.
ABOUT BRIGHT N SALTED YOGA: Arianna Elizabeth is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance®, and holds certifications as an RYT 500, E-RYT 200. She is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). Born and raised in Los Angeles/Atlanta, currently residing in the Midwest. (Source: YouTube/About)
Meditation and Awareness Flow
I came across YogaTX with Savannah while looking for quick morning flows. YogaTX is a collective on YouTube with 6 instructors who are all great, but I love Savannah as an instructor. Check out this channel!
ABOUT YOGATX: It is our goal to give you the most personal, informative, easy-to-follow, instructional yoga videos out there, so our yoga instructors teach their yoga flows in our videos the exact same way they would teach a private yoga lesson. (Source: YogaTX)
The majority of these classes require no tools or props, but I would suggest a wide yoga mat. There are several outlets for those. (i.e., Yogaoutlet, Target, Walmart) Yoga blocks may also be helpful if you’re just beginning and having trouble accessing certain poses.
I know it’s not much but I hope this post inspires you (no matter your age) because yoga is extremely beneficial for the body. The hardest thing you have to do is get on your mat. The rest is (somewhat) easy. Start out with a 10-minute session and work your way up to where you feel comfortable. I still walk and dance but I don’t do anything that’s high-impact due to the stress on my knees.
There are literally classes for everything, for blood flow, lower back, anxiety, over-eating, and the big one (of course) stress. I hope you’ve decided to give one of these instructors a try and tell me what you think down in the comments.
Thanks so much for visiting the blog today. Don’t forget to follow and subscribe, and have a great rest of your day, and a great weekend. — Peace —