COME HOME TO YOGA
Enjoy the peace and positivity of yoga and meditation from the comfort of your own home with EkhartYoga
One of the best things about yoga – aside from the benefits it offers the mind and body – is how easy it is to practise without leaving the house. Doing it alone instead of attending a class may seem a little daunting if you’re a beginner, but it couldn’t be simpler or more enjoyable thanks to EkhartYoga, Europe’s largest online yoga studio.
EkhartYoga was born from founder Esther Ekhart’s dream of sharing her love of yoga with others, and creating positive change and transformation through the practice has always been at the heart of it. The online yoga hub is home to a wide variety of classes for the body and mind, from dynamic yoga practices to deep meditation and everything in between. The classes are led by experienced teachers, each with an individual teaching style but a shared ethos of function over form. EkhartYoga’s classes are a great way to try out different types of yoga and meditation with the guidance of professionals – the teachers will personally answer any questions you have and the behind-the-scenes team is also there to support you.
Practising yoga at home offers you greater flexibility and it requires a lot less time and preparation than going to a class, allowing you to hit the mat whenever it takes your fancy. With EkhartYoga, calm and clarity are never far from reach – wherever you may be. Try the following yoga poses and meditation to experience the benefits for yourself.
1 CHILD’S POSE
This is a great pose for stretching the hips, back, shoulders and arms, relieving stress and calming the body and mind. Kneel on the floor, spread your knees as wide apart as feels comfortable, bring your big toes together and stretch your arms out on the floor in front of you. Exhale and bring your belly to rest between your thighs, lowering your buttocks towards your heels. Lengthen your spine and rest your forehead on the floor or a block, breathe into your back then breathe out. You can stay in this pose for 30 seconds up to a few minutes.
3 BRIDGE POSE
This pose stretches the chest and spine, strengthens the legs, glutes and upper back, and can improve digestion and reduce backache and headaches. Start by lying on your back with your arms by your body, then bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor about hipwidth apart. With your feet parallel to each other, press your upper arms and feet into the floor and lift your hips up towards the ceiling, moving your breastbone to your chin. Take between five and 15 breaths and then slowly bring your hips back to the floor and come out of the pose.
2 GODDESS POSE VARIATION
This pose strengthens and stretches the legs, ankles and knees, increases flexibility in the shoulders and opens up the sides of the body for easier breathing. Stand with your legs about one metre apart, toes pointing diagonally outwards, then bend your knees and lower your hips as deep as feels comfortable. Lean your right hand or elbow on your right knee and raise your left arm above your head while twisting and opening your chest towards the ceiling. Take between five and 15 breaths in this pose and then repeat on the other side.
Find a comfortable seated position on a chair, yoga mat or cushion. Take a moment to let your weight sink into whatever you’re sitting on, noticing the support beneath you. Relax your muscles and become aware of your surroundings, including sounds, without engaging with what’s going on around you. When you’re ready, follow the steps below:
Take a deep breath in, and feel your body as you inhale.
Take a long breath out, and feel your body as you exhale.
Follow your natural breath, aware of the inhalations and exhalations. Feel the breath moving through your body.
Close your eyes and keep focusing on your breath for the next few minutes.
Gradually start to bring your attention back into the room and notice the sounds around you. When you’re ready, open your eyes.
Take a moment to notice if you feel different afterwards.