Workout On A Budget: Yoga

As a college student, I know the pain of being stereotypically poor and having one too many nights of cider and pizza. I’m not a member of a gym and I own nothing more expensive than a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat, but I believe that anyone can workout, get fit and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank. 

Yoga is one of my favourite forms of exercise – not only is it complimentary to running, it is a workout in its own right and, depending on the type of yoga you are into, ticks all three boxes of flexibility, strength and cardio. It is stress relieving and opens up all the joints of the body – a winner all round.

My favourite style of yoga is Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. It is the perfect mix of quick paced flows and long holds and stretches with back bends, hip opening and deep breathing – I use Dave Farmar’s podcasts which are free from iTunes and range in length from 60 to 90 minutes. There are lots of options for intensity and poses are well cued, making the practices suitable for most ability levels (although it is always wise to have a few classes under your belt before flying solo) whether you want to work up a sweat or just de-stress.

If you want to get your Om on and only have 20 minutes, YogaDownload have a huge variety of free 20 minute podcasts available from iTunes. There is something suitable for any ability and you can get sessions of Vinyasa, Hatha, Baptiste and Power yoga as well as lots of others (including a few Pilates!) There are also longer podcasts available for a small charge.

Lastly, if you want to read more about yoga, see what a pose looks like, create your own flow or begin meditating, then Yoga Journal is an excellent website for everything to do with the tradition.

So have fun trying to get bendy – its quite the conversation starter at parties 🙂

 

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