These coming weeks are set to be challenging, not just for business, but on a personal level too. Keeping our minds and bodies in as healthy condition as possible is going to serve us well as we adjust to drastically different social lives and societal norms. As a gesture from whatCharity to you, we’ve teamed up with leading online yoga teaching platform Yogaia.com to bring our charities one week’s worth of free yoga classes. Click here to get started.

What is Yogaia?

Yogaia is an online platform that connects yoga seekers with yoga teachers. All ages and abilities are welcome and catered for. The site was recently featured in the telegraph online, see the article here.

Both live and recorded classes are available to choose from, as well as a wide array of class types based on:

  • the type of fitness you are seeking
  • ability
  • yoga style
  • duration of the class
  • who’s teaching
  • time of class (for live classes)

How do I join a live class?

At the top right of your home screen, click on ‘All classes’. You will then see a selection of upcoming classes available for you to attend to. Simply click on the class you’re interested in and click ‘Book’.

You will then join at the specified time and follow the class via video-sharing. You will see the teacher and the teacher will see you!

Why yoga?

Yoga is a great way to take some time to reconnect with your mind and body for a focused period of time. Yoga can offer strength, fitness, flexibility, mental focus, relief from stress and anxiety, relaxation, the feeling of being grounded, and calmness of the mind. The list extends to whatever you wish to take away from your practice! What you put in is what you take out and whatever your needs may be, it’s a glorious way to take some time to thank your body and set some intentions for the future.

I’m not sure I have the time

Classes on Yogaia start from as little at ten minutes. If your personal schedule doesn’t allow you to join a live class, take advantage of the enormous selection of recorded classes the site has to offer.

It’s also important to remember, more so now than ever, that taking some time for yourself every few days (if not every day!) is so important. Not only for our physical and mental health, but as a way of tuning out the radio signals of our day to day lives and focusing our attention inwards. Tuning into yourself in this way can lead to coming out of a session feeling lighter, more invigorated, and perhaps even enlightened about something that you were previously unaware of.

What about meditation?

There are also plenty of Meditation and Yoga Nidra classes to ty on Yogaia.com. Meditation is another great way of calming down our brain waves and taking a moment to relax, unwind, and look inwardly. It can also be a great sleep aid for those of us finding that self-isolation is at odds with a restful sleep.

I’m a beginner, what if I can’t keep up?

No problem! Take a break, have a sip of water. There is no need to compete or feel judged by anybody else in the class. It’s always recommended to listen to your body, push yourself to your own personal biting point, but also to take breaks when needed. It’s also important to ease out of any postures that are causing you pain, your instructor won’t be able to tell you this!

Also, there are plenty of different styles of yoga to try. If a Vinyasa class feels too dynamic and you want something more relaxed or restorative, try a Yin class. If a Yin class feels too slow, try Hatha.

What should I eat before a class?

Every body is different and practicing regularly is one way of understanding our own body’s unique needs. However, feeling full when starting a class is definitely unpleasant and often leads to an unproductive session. Here are some fool proof rules to stick to until you work out what works best for you personally:

If you’re doing an afternoon class, try eating something relatively light – something like a bowl of porridge or piece of toast with nut butter – two to three hours before your class to allow time to proper digestion.

If you’re doing a morning class, or you feel that two to three hours is too long a gap, try having something light, like a piece of fruit or a smoothie, one hour or even 30 minutes before class.

We hope that you fee inspired to try as many classes as your heart desires. To start your free week, click here. Or, if you think this simply isn’t the right time for you to join, you can join at any point in the future, just use the code whatCharity to claim your free week.

Wishing you all health and wellness,

the whatCharity team x

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