Last week I attended an event at a yoga studio in Leeds called Yoga Hero. I’m a real fan of yoga, it helps my anxiety and stress levels massively and brings me a sort of mind/body connection that I can quite describe in words. And I particularly love clases over home practice. Even though not much beats an at-home session of Yoga With Adriene, I find it hard to know if my form is correct etc. without a teacher there with me. (Sadly I do have to currently rely on YouTube classes as my gym only has yoga classes mid week in the middle of the day. Sigh.)
The event was fantastic! Yoga Hero are based at Leeds Dock and it’s such a gorgeous, open space. Holly, our instructor for the evening, was the best teacher I’ve come across. (I’m gonna feel SO BAD if her name isn’t Holly now…) She talked us through yoga, specifically ashtanga, and the meanings and history behind it which was super interesting. I’ve loved yoga for a couple of years, but I’ve never even thought to look into this sort of thing and loved hearing about it. How it is about humility and constantly bettering yourself. You’re never perfect at anything and improvement can always be found, that’s what keeps us humble. Listening to her talk just lit this fire in me that made me want to crack out my mat every day, which I am endlessly thankful for.
My favourite thing about yoga is how it makes me feel. It makes me feel so centred and at one with myself, so peaceful. It makes me feel motivated, strong and gives me a faith in myself I don’t get from anything else. And on top of all that, consistently practicing yoga helps my anxiety so much I couldn’t even tell you. Honestly, it’s quite astounding.
During the class, we did some sun salutations and the most gorgeously relaxing end sequence that I almost fell asleep. I feel like this post is going to be shorter than I wanted, but all I can say is it was a lovely evening and if you live in Leeds, check out Yoga Hero because it was fabulous.
And just a note, all photos in this post were taken by Louise from Independent Leeds because I totally forgot to even get my camera out! Not that taking photos whilst doing yoga would have been easy… Thanks Louise!
Have you ever tried yoga? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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