My Favorite Youtube Yoga Channels

It used to be that yoga and meditation and mindfulness were a little too “woo woo” for me. I’m a Christian so, at the time, I associated Yoga with pagan religions which is, well, a little taboo in my world. And I suppose it does originate in the Hindu tradition but your version of Yoga doesn’t have to be Hindu. I came to the conclusion, after the convincing of a few friends, that Yoga doesn’t have to be all sun salutations to some kind of Hindu entity. It can be simply your body helping your mind to be focused and at peace. It can even be prayer– prayer to Jesus. It’s also excellent exercise and wonderful for your joints and muscles, whether your body is used to a lot of physical exertion or can’t handle much strain at all.

As someone who has struggled with severe anxiety over the years, I can assure you Yoga was a welcome surprise and the beginning of a journey toward recovery of my peace. It was a place where I had to force myself to become quiet before God and listen. It became a place where I had to be quiet with myself, as well. Contrary to what many of you think, being quiet with ourselves is not so easy, especially if we are filled with self-loathing, fear, and depression.

Although I’ve taken a few wonderful classes here in Little Rock at places like Barefoot Studio and Clubhaus Fitness (best gym in town, in my opinion), I usually prefer the quiet space of my own home. I found a couple of great Youtube channels that celebrate the home practice of yoga.

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Yoga with Adriene  is the channel I use most often for my own practice. Adriene is constantly updating her yoga video. She has sooooo many of them. Yoga for runners, Yoga for those in the Service Industry, 30 Days of Yoga, Yoga for Flexibility… I mean I could keep going for days. I could be wrong but it seems like she posts a new video daily and she’s had her channel for several years now.

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One of the things I appreciate the most about Adriene is how down-to-earth she is. She’s not going to freak you out with weird crystals and other hippie trinkets and she’s not pretentious and “new-agey”. She films her practice on the hardwood floors of her cute, older home in Austin, Texas with her dog, who sometimes lays down haphazardly on her yoga mat during filming. She occasionally makes corny jokes and then promptly apologizes for them. She will break out into a song, sometimes Dylan, sometimes 80’s hair metal. She’s pretty much… adorable.

Another important key about Adriene is her yoga instruction, itself. She encourages you to have patience with yourself during your yoga journey, reminding you not to force your body into a position that will hurt you, giving you adaptations of more difficult positions, and helping you understand that nothing about what you’re doing is a competition.

If you’re yearning for something more faith-centered, Caroline Williams might be more up you’re alley. Caroline practices a version of Yoga called “Holy Yoga”.NYC-Holy-Yoga-Christian-Yoga-Caroline-Williams-Yoga-Yogi-BreatherSpaces5

Holy Yoga uses a kind of contemplative prayer during their practice emphasizing intimacy with a loving Jesus. I’ve watched several Christian yoga videos and Caroline Williams is the only one I can get through without cringing. Out of all of them, she seems to be the most sincere, the most calming and centered, and even somewhat “hip”. Her music selection is fantastic. In fact, I have her Yoga playlists saved on Spotify.

The setting for her videos are urban but peaceful as Caroline guides you through prayers of letting go and urges you to ease into spiritual change as well as into the difficult yoga positions. Her practice is somewhat advanced for the beginner so you may have to learn a few basics before starting the journey with her. One of my favorite videos is “Holy Yoga for When You’re a Hot Mess”. That seemed to be the video of the hour for me during my first year of yoga practice.

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It would’t be a yoga post without touting my favorite leggings, right?

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https://bit.ly/2kKw8s9 These Beyond Yoga leggins are handsdown my favorite. SO SOFT and high-waisted. And also, see how much school spirit I have for my university!!! Go Trojans!

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Others?

https://bit.ly/2ssKrWO (Edgy Alo leggings)

https://bit.ly/2xDKYdz (Zella leggings– less pricey and a great basic for every day)

Skirts Over Shorts

I wear shorts, I do. I wear them out of absolute necessity because I live in the sweaty armpit of America. If I had to choose, though, I would wear skirts all the time. On more active occasions… yes, shorts, but skirts are just pretty and feminine and way more comfortable, not to mention nice and ummm… very well ventilated.

So I got this skirt in the mail yesterday. I’d been eyeing it for weeks.

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It reminded me of something my mom would have worn in the late 70’s early 80’s, which is one of the reasons I loved it. So hipster. So thriftstore-esque. Nevermind that a lot of yuppy uppercrusts, who have spent way too many hours in a sorority sporting matching blazers, probably have it. I could spend hours sifting through all of the Goodwill  racks in Central Arkansas to find something similar to this but I just don’t have the time. So I waited for the 40% off sale at J Crew Factory and snatched that puppy right up!

I really don’t know what to wear with it except some t-shirts and tank tops. I might show you a lace blouse with it later on (also from J Crew Factory). Add some funky beads and some cute wedges and it’s on like Donkey Kong. This Madewell Whisper Tee is seriously the softest shirt I have in my closet. LOVE IT SO MUCH. I own 5 of them in different colors.

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Ok, so let’s talk about the shirt below. What can I say about this guy? Everyone loves him. I get so many compliments on him (or her… I think it’s a her). I mean everyone from my super young twenty year old classmates to the tenured professors at my university combust in ecstatic joy at the presence of this t-shirt. My introverted self is a little scared to go out in public wearing it. It attracts that much attention.

It does run very small though. I wear a small in most t-shirts and in this one even a medium is a little snug on me. ALSO… wear something under it. It’s pretty sheer.

And what tha… DID I MENTION IT’S ONLY $8.99?????!!!!!

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What better way to end than talking about shoes. Did you know TOMS makes wedges as well as sneaks? This humanitarian company seriously makes some of the most comfy denim wedges EVER. And as always, when you buy a pair of shoes, another one goes to someone in need. I wear these constantly. They come in 3 colors!!

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https://bit.ly/2IrUsNR (Skirt, size Small, 40% off!)

https://bit.ly/2rTaxkC (V-Neck T-shirt on left, Small)

Necklace from Buffalo Exchange thrift store in Dallas

https://bit.ly/2wSmSvc (Shoes on left in Cognac, Target)

https://amzn.to/2rXo8aK (Cute face tee $8.99, Medium, Runs SMALL)

https://amzn.to/2IrDCi8 (TOMS wedges, 3 colors)

https://amzn.to/2Ivxq4D (Lipcolor, Patina)

https://amzn.to/2GvB2BQ (Phone case)