Yoga Self-Practice

How’s your practice coming along?

I thought I’d do a check-in with you to see how you’re getting along with practicing on your own and hopefully your thoughts on how you find using a yoga app to progress.

Yoga Studio App – Gaiam

Since their first version, I have noticed some new changes and additions. Some of you will be happy to know that the likes of Rodney Yee and other yoga teachers have started incorporating their teachings in this yoga studio app in the form of downloadable classes.

So if you feel like you’re consuming too much data or, you’re tired of videos buffering on YouTube, you can go ahead and sign up for that yoga trial and check out these great classes.

Application update confusion

Fair warning, when I’d recently updated my version I got lost and found it to be a bit tricky to navigate. I had to search for what was already mine and what I now had to pay for. The old version only had one teacher with all of her recorded basic classes – and personally all I’ve ever needed up to this point.

I later purchased their variety of earth meditations and earth salutations because the proceeds went to a wildlife fund. As for the very latest version, well, I’m pretty lost!

So if you could share your insights that would be great!

Apart from just understanding the new updates, I am keen on their recent addition of chakra classes – which is great for finding one’s balance.

Classes you may want to try

Essentials and more

But before you help me out, I would like to share a few of my favorite classes, mostly from the original version of the app.

I’ve slowly been re-introducing yoga into my daily practice doing roughly 20 – 40 minutes of yoga practice each day, sometimes in the morning, sometimes afternoon, it just depends on my schedule.

My 7 favorite classes at the moment

  1. Beginner combination 30 min
  2. Beginner relaxation 30 min
  3. Forward bends 20 min
  4. AM 20 min – Intermediate
  5. PM 20 min – Intermediate
  6. Intermediate combination 30 min
  7. Fun challenge – Intermediate balance 30 min

My advanced favorites

  • 30 min strength
  • 60 min combination
  • 60 min strength

Practice recommendations

At home

If you’re stressed out or tired, try the Beginner Relaxation 30 minute class. Sometimes we need a boost of energy. We usually turn to an adrenaline-boosting class, where we can enjoy the physical challenges it comes with.

That being said, we need to, at times, dial it down and appreciate what the calm and gentle practices have to offer too. So don’t overlook those beginner classes.

Also, just because it includes beginner-version poses does NOT mean you won’t get the same benefit of the more advanced-version poses.

Once you account for the fact that it can be extremely dangerous to practice a version of a pose that you are not ready for, you’ll end up getting hurt and have less benefit from the pose.

Therefore, take joy in knowing that you’ll benefit right from the start!

Studio practice

I still recommend you visit and practice at an actual studio at least every once in a while just to check in that your movements are aligned correctly for your body.

While it can be tricky to find a studio that fits right and feels right, once you find it, you’ll feel encouraged to visit more often and share that beautiful energy with other practicing yogis.

Recipe time!

What’s great after a beautiful yoga asana practice? A tasty meal. For those of you heading into summer, you’ll enjoy this salad dressing which is both healthy and easy.

Photo by Ive Erhard on Unsplash
Beautiful nourishment after yoga practice

For those of us going into colder weather, cheer up and try it anyway! I eat a fresh salad once a day and this recipe makes it so yummy.

This is a recipe I’d received from a dear friend, who was kind enough to let me share it here with you – yeeeah!

Enter tasty salad dressing recipe

What’s in it?

Key ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Aromat herb: gluten-free, gmo-free version of course
  • Herbs: think origanum, basilica, rosemary
  • Pepper

Prep time: 5 minutes
How to:
Put it altogether, shake it all around.
Serves 2

Yummy, healthy, homemade salad dressing

Alternative/substitutions
For the lactose-free or vinegar-free folks, I know you’re reading this: swap out the milk and vinegar for 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon 😉

  1. Robyn

    Nov 6, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Yummy Yummy! Will def try that dressing, never heard of milk in a dressing, sounds interesting! And I want to give the beginner yoga class a go too, its a good idea for me to try at home first instead of the commitment of a class and people looking at this tall, gangly, uncordinated and unflexible giraffe trying to do all the moves hahaha!

    1. Rene Joy

      Nov 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Hahaha I totally empathize with that! Would love to know how you get on with the beginner classes. We can practice together one on one too over live video, should you like some extra support 😉 As for the salad dressing, I just know you’re going to enjoy it ☺️ Milk – who would’ve guessed?!

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