YOGA = SELF-CARE
Self-care has been all the rage over the last few years. You’ve probably heard it mentioned in reference to everything from nutrition to spa days and pajamas to sweat sessions and therapy.
The truth is that there are a lot of ways to practice self-care…and we’ve got some online yoga workout self-care tips to help you up your “self-care game”. These tips apply to whatever kind of yoga you choose to do — whether it’s a slower flow, low impact cardio workout or fast-paced power yoga.
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Yoga for Self-Care
Yoga is one of the best methods of self-care since the benefits can be both physical and mental. Physical because yoga can help improve your strength, balance, and flexibility. Mentally, yoga’s self-care advantages have been proven effective for those dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress. Those new to yoga should start slow with two or three sessions a week and slowly ramp up their yoga practice frequency as they become more comfortable.
#1 | You can do an online yoga workout on your own time
If you’re feeling like you’re due for some self-care activities, it’s important that there aren’t a lot of barriers to you actually getting to them. And if you gravitate toward physical exercise like yoga as a preferred form of self-care, one of the primary barriers is likely scheduling!
What are you supposed to do if your craving for self-care doesn’t line up with the class schedule at your favorite studio, or if you’re going to be traveling for work for the next two weeks and you can’t wrap your head around squeezing workouts into your tricky itinerary? With online yoga workouts, those barriers are far behind you.
Since you have access to our online yoga classes (whether you’re hankering for a slow flow yoga class or a fitness-based cardio yoga / power yoga class) at literally any time, any place, all you have to do when you need some self-care is grab a phone, TV or tablet and go for it!
#2 | It’s really good for you (and most people)
You can categorize anything that’s good for your mental, emotional, and physical health as self-care activities, and yoga — especially what we like to think is the best online yoga workouts out there! — ticks all of those boxes.
According to Green Child Magazine:
“Yoga improves mental health, calms the body, builds an emotional connection to the self, and boosts physical strength.”
It sounds to us like it’s good for you in all the ways self-care should be, so if you’re looking for online yoga workout self-care tips, look no further than Bulldog Online!
#3 | You can put in on the calendar (but in a non-stressful way)
One of the distinguishing factors of self-care, per PsychCentral, is that it’s:
“Something you actively plan, rather than something that just happens. It is an active choice and you must treat it as such.”
You don’t just stumble into self-care by hanging out on the couch and deciding that a little TV time is just the thing you need! The beauty of doing online yoga wokrouts at home with Bulldog is that you can loosely schedule it. When you know you need a little extra TLC, here’s a self-care tip: make a note in your calendar that it’s time for your online yoga workout.
Since you’re not going to a brick and mortar studio, you can always move that date with yourself around and even do yoga outside. It’s the perfect balance of scheduled and flexible.
#4 | It’s more active than wearing a facemask (the other kind)
When self-care really started trending a few years ago, you probably started seeing photos of fuzzy slippers and face masks everywhere. We are very in favor of fuzzy slippers and face masks, but let’s be honest — they don’t really force you to take an active role in your own mental and physical health.
Since online yoga is active, it allows you to reap more health benefits than those alternatives. And since you can use it to work out at home, you can jump right into your fuzzy slippers and face mask after your session!
#5 | It might inspire you to take care of yourself in other ways
One of the best things about getting into a regular yoga practice is that it may set into motion other healthy habits, creating a positive cycle of behavior that will help you up your self-care game both on and off the mat.
You might even start thinking more about what you eat and how to prepare your food.
According to a 2018 study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, young adults who do yoga have healthier activity levels and eating habits than those who don’t. Basically, yoga inspires people to be healthy across the board!
When you participate in self-care through online yoga workouts, you may just find yourself taking better care of yourself in other ways like eating healthier and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Getting involved with online classes will give you more self-care ideas for the future.
#6 | It’s proven to improve your mental health
PsychCentral tells us that self-care is key to improving your mood and reducing your anxiety, and since it’s well documented that yoga also does those things, it seems like a match made in heaven. Even the brainiacs at Harvard Health, have written about the long list of mental health benefits offered by a yoga habit — natural anxiety relief, reduction of the exaggerated stress response, depression management — so you know it’s legit.
#7 | It’s incredibly fun!
Why would you choose to do something less fun for self-care when you can opt for something more fun? Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to us, either. Our Bulldog Online yoga workouts have great soundtracks, positive leaders, and upbeat flows, and we can guarantee that you’re going to have a good time.
#8 | You can enjoy it in the comfort of your happy place
Remember those barriers to self-care activities we were talking about earlier? We know that convenience is right up there near the top of the list with scheduling. Even if you have time for self-care, you might find yourself struggling with how to get to the places you need to go in order to actually do it! We’re in the business of solving problems, and Bulldog Online allows you to get a full body workout at home and a self-care session on the books without having to go anywhere. With us, you can do yoga at home, in the backyard, in a hotel… pretty much anywhere you can stream a class on one of your devices!
#9 | It empowers you to choose to take care of yourself
You get to be the one to decide to pull out your phone, tablet, or laptop, choose a class, and go through a yoga workout in the comfort of your home (or hotel room or wherever else you might be!).
How empowering does that sound?
*BONUS: Mindfulness Meditation Benefits
Dozens of scientific studies have shown that regular meditation increases resilience, reduces stress, offsets anxiety and depression, and improves health.
Annnnnd… it makes us less-reactive, nicer people overall.
In this video, we welcome our go-to guru for all things meditation & mindfulness, Allison! She’ll be our guide to walk us through tips to know when creating and starting your at-home meditation practice.
Take your self-care into your own hands and check out these techniques.