Happy International Yoga Day!
Yoga is one of our favourite forms of wellness due to its origins as both a spiritual and physical practice which make it perfect for mental health, relaxation and getting a little sweat on! The word ‘yoga’ reflects this, derived from the Sankrit word ‘Yuj’ meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’. It is a practice that unites mind and body, man and nature.
Yoga is an ancient practice, dating back to pre-vedic India approximately 3000BCE. It forms one of the six orthodox philosophical schools of Hinduism, but today yoga is practiced across the world in different variations to achieve a plethora of goals.
Although International Yoga Day commonly sees hundreds of people gathering to practice together, yet as we are all being cautious amid our rising third wave of COVID-19 it’s safer that we do our sun salutations from home. And what better way than to support a local yogi while you’re at it!
Here are some of our favourite local yogis who have great yoga videos on YouTube that you can follow right from the comfort of your home!
Kyle Koumbatis creates yoga series that each focus on teaching and learning a certain side of the practice. And with each new series comes a new wall colour making it super easy to choose your next video based on the series you want to stick with! His first series, The five-day Saffron Series, is a wonderful beginners guide to yoga. If you are starting your practice or want to reconnect with practice this is the place to go!
Naomi Marshak takes on yoga in a playful manner with gentle guidance. She has a combination of videos suited for both those who are at the start of their yoga journey and the more advanced. There are shorter videos aimed at teaching you how to nail specific poses and long Vinyasa flows for those looking to dive deeply into their practice. We love this video which gets you a little more comfortable with attempting any headstand-based practice!
Over the lockdown period The Yoga Studio in Ballito began a YouTube channel to keep its community going, and it is now a treasure trove of shorter videos that target certain poses, longer flows, meditations and a variety of teachers! The mix is great for finding what you like and discovering all sorts of practices. There’s even yoga for kids!
Steven Heyman has been posting yoga on YouTube for many years now, focused on making yoga accessible to anyone and leaving you feeling good. His sessions are designed to leave you more relaxed, balanced, focused and in control with an emphasis on going at your own pace to ensure you’re having fun in each challenge you find. We love the practical approach, especially with his shorter videos like above that ease pain and tension wherever you are.
Joëlle Davidson is Woman and Home’s Editorial Assistant whose two cats are very pleased she is typing from home these days. When Joëlle isn’t typing or reading she can be found enjoying the beauty of Cape Town’s outdoors. Or just the beauty of her favourite wine bar.