Relighting my yoga fire at Yoga Hero

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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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  1. 19th October 2015 / 4:28 am

    I love yoga for much the same reasons. It really is a magical feeling when you have that mind-body connection. Sadly, I really haven’t practiced it in the past few months. This gives me a little push to do it again! I’ll have to try to make time for it this week!

    – Courtney

    • 20th October 2015 / 7:28 pm

      I hadn’t practiced in AGES either, so it’s great to be back on the mat! xxx

  2. Jesska
    17th October 2015 / 10:43 pm

    Your love for it really comes through in the post! I’ve read about how good it is for you, but I don’t really know anything about it’s history and message, so it’s nice to hear about that :) You’ve inspired me to make it a regular habit rather than something I do once a month! xxxx

    Jesska – Opal Soul

    • 20th October 2015 / 7:29 pm

      Thanks Jesska! It’s really amazing, especially for my anxiety. And with YouTube etc. it’s so easy to do from home! xxx

  3. 17th October 2015 / 8:32 pm

    I did yoga a year ago, I stopped because I had an operation and never really got back into it again! It was done by work too so a really mix of people! Maybe I should try and go again :) x

  4. Bethan
    17th October 2015 / 8:10 pm

    I love yoga, it always makes me feel calmer and less stressed after a long day. I haven’t done it for a month or so and I really should get back into it! x

    • 20th October 2015 / 7:29 pm

      I’m so happy to be back on the mat, it’s doing wonders for my anxiety! xxx

  5. 17th October 2015 / 6:28 pm

    I so badly want to try Yoga in a class format but I’m scared that I’ll be awful at it and everyone will laugh at me! The paranoia is real!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

    • 20th October 2015 / 7:31 pm

      Oh my god I was exactly the same when I went to my first class, but it’s SO the opposite! Everyone who takes on yoga properly (like how it was explained to me in this class) basically believe in no harm and kindness, so everyone is always so open and so helpful. They are also VERY much in the mindset that everyone can improve, and that you have to start somewhere. It really gives me faith in humanity whenever I go! If you ever get the courage to go, you definitely won’t regret it :) xxx

  6. 17th October 2015 / 2:30 pm

    Ooh, this sounds lovely! I recently arranged yoga sessions for all the employees in my building at work, I got an instructor to come in once a week during lunchtime to do a session and everyone’s been really loving it, it’s definitely a popular thing. I definitely feel a million times better afterwards!

    Sian xx Cakey Dreamer

    • 20th October 2015 / 7:32 pm

      That’s such a lovely idea! I love doing yoga after work, being sat at a computer all day does my back no good so it’s great to have a stretch out! xxx

  7. megsiobhan
    17th October 2015 / 11:00 am

    This sounds fab!! I really need to start yoga. Both for my joints with my Fibromyalgia, and how anxious I am…I have a yoga mat at home, so maybe I’ll make a fool of myself at home before I attempt to go to an actual class!!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

    • 20th October 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Definitely try, even if just for anxiety! It really calms my mind. It’s definitely a long term thing, not exactly an instant fix, but last time I was doing it a couple of times a week I really saw a difference in my mental state xxx