9 Signs You’re Officially A Yogi

You’ve started leaving your yoga kit at work.

Because of course you’re going to a lunch hour class, even if that means you have no time for Pret.

You get mantras stuck in your head.

Nothing quite like singing “Ra ma da sa” in your head on a loop!

You own multiple pairs of ridiculous leggings.

Would you ever have considered purchasing tie-dye leggings before yoga?

You genuinely feel sad when you miss a class.

You could just really do with some grounding Yin right now!

You care less and less about what people think about you in class (and in general!).

After you’ve gone bowling out of a headstand in front of thirty people, there’s not much more to lose.

You randomly do yoga poses throughout the day.

Almost unconsciously, like when you realise you’re doing a half way lift to pick something up.

Asking you how class was results in a detailed breakdown.

“Oh it was great! I feel like I’m making great progress on my hamstrings. Also, I think my chest is finally opening up!”

Teachers know your name.

Your yoga teachers have stopped asking what your name is to sign you in. They know who the heck you are, you’re here all the time!

You’re a wonderful human being.

Because yogis are lovely!

4 Embarrassing Moments We’ve All Had In A Yoga Class

Yes, yes, yoga is all about abandoning the ego. But sometimes, you can’t help but feel a little self-conscious next to the yogi who can “float from bakasana into handstand” (I mean, how?!). Here are four very common, very embarrassing moments that have happened to all of us at some point (including to the ultra-fit superheroes of the class).

Falling out of an inversion

It is inevitable that during your practice as you progress onto more advanced asana that you will go bowling across the room into one or several neighbours. Probably right after your teacher warned not to do this asana unless you were confident, in case you knock over people next to you. Brush off, return to your mat and vow to stay upright forever more. Just kidding – if you fell, that means you’re trying your hardest! Well done.

Facing completely the wrong way 

After a long day at work it can be difficult to stay focused, and one day you may realise halfway through a Warrior sequence that literally everyone is facing the other way. Aside from some odd looks from your teacher, who now knows you don’t know your left from your right, there’s the added bonus that you can’t switch halfway through because it would mess up your chakras (or something). Sigh.

Turning up late

Fortunately, MoreYoga teachers understand that we have lives outside of the studio and that being late does happen from time to time. But many of us have experienced the burning glare of a strict teacher when we turn up late to class, creeping to the nearest mat and into Downward Facing Dog like we’d been there the whole time, honest. It could be worse – you could be a guy accidentally setting his mat down in a prenatal class five minutes late (a true story that recently made this MoreYogi chuckle).

Wind

You know it. I know it. We all know it. Yoga makes you fart. And if it doesn’t, then you clearly have phenomenal digestive control. One of the functions of the physical side of yoga is to get rid of that nasty gas – there’s a whole sequence called “The Wind Releasing Series”, for goodness’ sake. If it does happen during class, take comfort in knowing that it’s surprisingly difficult to pinpoint the location of an untimely toot. Unless your teacher is right next to you, in which case you should probable leave immediately and apply for a new identity.

At MoreYoga we understand the blushes and bumbles that come with being human – we promise that if you do any of the above in our studios we won’t laugh (much).

Got any more embarrassing moments we haven’t covered? Message us your stories on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to have them published (Anonymously, of course. We’re not that cruel.)

3 Simple Tips To Clear Out Negativity

As the long, dark nights get shorter and shorter, this is the perfect time for a mental spring clean.

Although it’s not time to bust out the sunnies just yet, things are starting to look decidedly less grey. If you’re still feeling sluggish, these 5 minute practices are sure to blow away any cobwebs and inspire some much needed energy!

Burn it

Super simple, but very cathartic. Write down anything you want to let go of on a piece of paper (a bad memory, a person – anything you want). Fold it up and set it alight in a flameproof bowl or in your kitchen sink (where you can douse the flames if the ritual gets a little to hot to handle!). There’s something about watching those negative vibes burn up into nothing that makes you feel a) free from them and b) like an awesome fire goddess/god.

Sweat it

Now this one should be pretty simple for you yogis out there! Take a class that you know will make you sweat (a la Jivamukti, Rocket or Vinyasa) to release any toxins built up in your body. Dedicate your practice to someone for a mental release – it could be to yourself or it could be to someone that you’re really not seeing eye-to-eye with at the moment. Pounding out the sun salutations is a great way to release any frustration!

Celebrate it

Once you’ve released your old negativity, it’s really important to give yourself a massive pat on the back for doing so. You have just done the most amazing thing for your mental health and you damn well deserve a treat for it. Book a massage, go for a long walk in nature or just bask in your general awesomeness with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s.  Never underestimate what these small steps are doing for you.

These rituals are easy to make part of your routine, but don’t feel like you’ve failed if you don’t do it for a while. Just jump back on the bandwagon and get clearing!

 

5 Tips To Help You Commit To #yogaeverydamnday

#yogaeverydamnday

You must have seen it. The hashtag that has taken over the planet – but what’s the secret behind turning your weekly dash to Jiva into a daily habit?

Here are some tips for home practise and for taking your practise off the mat when the physical side just doesn’t appeal.

  1. Buy a mat.

Seriously. Downward facing dog on the shag carpet is neither safe nor comfortable. If you really want to make a go of it, you’ll be needing a mat. No need for a super duper fancy self-cleaning mat with tassles – just get yourself a basic, comfortable mat for your first foray into home practice.

  1. Make a space for said mat

While you might not be able to create your own mini-studio in your London-sized and priced apartment, make sure that when you do unroll your mat that you’re not surrounded by piles of bills/washed laundry never to be put away. We’re going for zen, darling.

  1. Scented candles or other nice-smelling things

This is a great way to tell your brain, “Hey! It’s yoga time!”. Candles are great so long as they are at a safe distance, and you could also invest in other means of yummy scents, for example Palo Santo, a scented wood you can burn around the house.

  1. Make a schedule

Literally schedule a time for home yoga in your diary and treat it like you would a class in a studio. This is time for you and ain’t no random colleague’s leaving do going to take that away from you. Sometimes you will find that other plans are more appealing – just make sure you give your home practice the same weight you would a studio class.

  1. Take it off the mat

OK, so you’ve tried all of the above and you just can’t say no to that beautiful glass of merlot waiting for you at the end of a long Friday – go ahead and enjoy it! Just take your yoga with you and spread the love. Yoga is not just physical, and small acts of kindness can take your practice to a higher place than you thought possible. Give compliments. Chat with strangers. You’ll feel better, I promise. 

5 Random Acts Of Kindness You Can Do Today

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Imagine the scene: you’ve spilt your artisan matcha latte, your on trend white converse have turned out to be a terrible choice for traversing London in the rain and the tube is rammed. Enter the kind soul who tells you that your matte lip colour totally complements your jumper. Day saved.

Friday 17th February is Random Acts of Kindness Day and believe me – you don’t have to make much effort to take part. Here are seven surefire ways to bring some good karma to the world today.

  1. Pay a stranger a compliment.

Yes, it’s embarrassing at first. But once you’ve taken the plunge and complimented someone on their impressively deep warrior stance or just on their awesome leggings, you’ll be addicted to the sudden smiles you get. You never know how someone’s day is going – you could make a whole world of difference with one small comment that’s as lovely as you are.

  1. Smile at people.

Very simple – just don’t go overboard or people with think you’re coo-coo bananas. Smiles transform both the wearer and the recipient. Who knows? Maybe that cheeky grin will open up some surprising doors for you.

  1. Ask “How are you?” and mean it.

Really listen to the answer as well! People will open up to you in ways you never thought possible and the beautiful thing is they will want to know how you are too. Let’s make small talk interesting again!

  1. Leave a love letter somewhere odd.

This one is from @sharetheloveletters over on Instagram – a beautiful idea that involves writing a nice note and then addressing it to “You. Yes, you!” (a random member of the public). The best part is that it’s anonymous, so you can be super cheesy and none of your cool cynical friends will ever know.

  1. Pay ahead for the next person.

In a coffee shop, on the bus, wherever the vendor will let you do it! You don’t need to break the bank (but if you’re paying ahead at Harrod’s, let me know) – just a simple americano will make the next person feel very special indeed.

Take your pick. The best part? You can do this any day of the week and you’ll find that good karma comes back to you in more ways that you could imagine!

 

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