Over the last few years, yoga has become a big business and a serious fitness industry. Once seen as an easier and fun alternative to exercise, its now widely understood to be a difficult discipline in its own right.
While we all now understand yoga’s serious mental and physical benefits, that doesn’t mean we have to lose the fun from our practice. Adding playfulness into our yoga, trying headstands and more challenging balance work not only boosts us mentally, it also tests our muscles to try things we wouldn’t usually attempt.
This video featuring Rebecca Bradley from Yoga Carrot is all about using play in your yoga workout to build strength and fitness. From headstands, to crow pose and some seriously impressive core work, this routine is full of the awesome poses you wanted to achieve when you first discovered yoga. Try to add some of these moves into your normal yoga routine, to challenge yourself and get deeper into your poses.
The best fitness routine is backed up with a healthy and nutrient rich diet, full of the things that our body needs to build muscle, repair and recover after difficult workouts. Cherries and cherry juice is great for easing muscle soreness after exercise, because of their anti inflammatory properties. If you go hard in your yoga practice and know that your muscles will be feeling the next day, add cherries into your meals or drink some cherry juice for faster recovery of strength. that way, you can be back on your mat and into your headstands as soon as possible.