Top fIVE yoga Instagram accounts to follow
Most mornings I begin my day with a combination of breathing exercises and sun salutations. Since finding Yoga over 15 years ago, it’s brought solace and calm to my mindset. Yoga is so far beyond complicated bends and has so many health benefits.
Take a look at these facts for Yogi inspiration…
1. Boosts the immune system
Yoga has been widely proved to reduce inflammation within the body. One of the findings published in the PUBMED identified that it can also help with your immune system, particularly for individuals dealing with diseases with inflammatory components.
Further investigation is recommended, but initial results are positive.
2. Slows down the ageing process
In 2017, a group of 96 healthy individuals took part in 12 weeks of yoga and meditation.
Results showed that DNA damage and telomere shortening (which are the caps that protect our chromosomes), was reduced.
Conclusions stated that by adopting a lifestyle that involved both yoga and meditation you could slow down cellular ageing.
“By adopting a lifestyle that involved both yoga and meditation you could slow down cellular ageing”
3. Improves Productivity
If you’re struggling with procrastination then you can improve your productivity with yoga. A study conducted by the CDC showed that practising yoga in the workplace was not only proven to improve an employees’ wellbeing and decrease stress, but also to increase their level of productivity.
4. Improves Creativity
Entrepreneurs are often some of the most creative people in the world, and the thought-provoking teachings behind yoga make it a creative practice.
Which is why a project, published in 2013, looked at the impact of both yoga and meditation on this group. Incredibly, after just twelve weeks of yoga and meditation, creativity was enhanced across the sample of 40 entrepreneurs.
5. Improves Lung Function
Yoga is a physical practice, but involves a lot of breathing exercises (which have their own range of benefits!).
Research looking at young competitive swimmers, aimed to find ways they could enhance their respiratory endurance.
The results showed significant improvements following yogic breathing, with test subjects increasing their number of strokes per breath. Think of Whim Hoff and his cold water exposure techniques. Breathing exercises can seriously improve your lung capacity!
yoga accounts you should be following:
If you are inspired and find it tricky to commit to classes if like me, maybe your life is reactive and ever-changing then use the wonderful world of social media to your advantage.
One big benefit of the pandemic was normalising online-at home classes and a lot of my inspiration comes from our wonderful online community.
I’ve put together a list of my favourite Yogi accounts if you are looking for a nudge of motivation to roll out the mat and get the blood flowing round…
1. Sophie Dear @move.and.inspire
Sophie is a Yoga teacher and Self-Worth Coach. Sophie has built a wonderfully unique and intimate online yoga platform that offers over 300 flows to follow. Head over and join her growing community of Yogi’s with personal growth in the forefront of her practice.
2. Sophie Hellier @risefierce
The Rise Fierce community is a combination of cold water swimming therapy and yoga retreats for women. Bringing together the sisterhood that mindful practice can offer. A beautiful grid with daily inspiration and retreats not to be missed.
3. Vicky Fox @YogaforCancer
The beauty of yoga is that it can be adapted to anyone’s capabilities and limitations. Vicky Fox brings self-awareness, kindness and compassion to her practice. Sometimes it’s about learning to do less and listening to your body.
4.Carrie Reed @Carrie_on_Yoga
Carrie focuses her yoga teachings to be somewhere that her students can step out of the realms of the mind and come into their body to really connect inwards – pretty tricky in today’s world. I love Carrie’s insight into Yin and how we can all try to slow down and rebuild our energy to balance out the busy lives many of us lead.
5. Harriet Mcatee @nourishyogatraining
Harriet first caught my eye on instagram capturing her flow on her floating home in Oxfordshire. I love Harriets vibe and focus on making yoga accessible to everyone. Follow her @nourishyogatraining page for podcasts and life insights too.
The best thing about yoga is that you can practice it anywhere. If you’ve got ten minutes and just a bit of space, you can easily turn to Instagram for both inspiration and live-stream yoga classes.
Follow these bliss-minded accounts and in no time you’ll be inspired to unroll that mat, zen out, and limber up.