Yoga for Complete Beginners – Yoga Class 20 Minutes

This is another incredible yoga video for if you’re a little on the stressed side. It is ridiculously easy, even for beginners, but I think the relaxation value in it is just great. It’s a lovely intro to yoga for those who have never done it at all, but I actually just loved listening to the soothing tones of this yogi’s voice. He’s just too lovely. You don’t even have to watch the video, just listen to the instruction with your eyes closed and breathe…

Yoga for Stress Relief

Guess what bunnies?! Stress is BAD. Bad bad bad bad very bad! And we collectively have it in excessive amounts at the moment, don’t we? You know how you have a picture in your head of a tall and skinny corporate woman who lives off of stress and coffee? So then you think to yourself “well, maybe all this stress will at least make me skinny”? That’s not real. That’s a picture you (and I) get from watching too much TV and reading too many books in which no one is ever regular-sized. Without going into too much detail, excessive stress causes an overproduction of a hormone called cortisol. This lovely little hormone in turn can cause a rather serious extra bit of padding around your belly. And sometimes, no matter how well you eat and how much you exercise, that excessive stress stands in the way of you reaching your weight loss goals.

So, for today, I would like you to forget about the heavy cardio workout (you can do it later if you must) and give yourself the gift of a little much needed stress relief.

This video is great. Adriene is just lovely, and delightfully quirky. Her cat/cow variation move is delicious.

Treat yourself to a nice cup of camomile tea when you’re done. Instant zen.