My first month of yoga with boohoo FIT

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I’ve always loved boohoo for their stylish yet affordable options when it comes to fashion pieces, so when I heard that they were launching a new fitness line in collaboration with the gorgeous Danielle Peazer I had to jump on board!

The launch of the range conveniently coincided with my first month of committed yoga. I had tried yoga on and off in the past, but last month I decided I needed to make a real change so I went and bought myself a one-month pass and committed to going 2-3 times a week when time permitted.

Mostly this meant going after work, and even though at the end of the day I was tired and cranky I still forced myself to go. And thank goodness I did!

Just one month of regular yoga has helped my mental health and well-being, not to mention the physical benefits that come along! I’m still an amateur but I am finding that as time goes along it is becoming easier for me to hold poses, stretch for longer increments, and have more flexibility.

Yoga for inner and outer strength

The ability to just breathe through the uncomfortable feeling of unfamiliar poses, and sometimes even the pain if it is a particularly challenging pose, creates a strong mind and a sense of achievement. It builds character and proves to yourself that you can put yourself through much more than you think you can! Yoga gives me time out of the day to challenge myself and provide reflection on who I am and what I perceive of the world around me.

So as a bit of a celebration for reaching my one-month ‘yoga-versary’, I’ve decided to share some poses that I have found to be my favourite so far.

Like I said, I am still an amateur so some of the poses I’ve done here aren’t perfect and definitely need improving. If you want to try these poses at home make sure you check out trusted sources like Yoga Journal so you know how to do the poses properly.

I am pictured wearing the boohoo FIT Sophia printed sports crop and the boohoo FIT Alex printed panelled sports leggings. Both pieces are made from polyester and elastane, and I personally found them to be super comfortable, light-weight and breathable. I loved the quirky print too! :)

My 8 favourite poses

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Balasana or ‘Child’s pose’

I love this restorative pose as it helps to relax me if I was doing an intense pose or sequence beforehand. You can either lengthen your arms out in front for a more active pose, or lay them at your side with your palms up like I have done in the picture.

Balasana benefits include:

  • Gently stretching the hips, thighs, and ankles
  • Calming the brain and helping to relieve stress and fatigue
  • Relieving back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported (with a pillow or thickly folded blanket)
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Bhujangasana or ‘Cobra pose’

Here I am doing a ‘Low cobra’ variation of the pose, which allows the lower back to strengthen in preparation for the ‘High cobra’ variation where the arms are extended.

Bhujangasana benefits include:

  • Strengthening the spine
  • Stretching chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
  • Firming the buttocks
  • Stimulating the abdominal organs
  • Helping to relieve stress and fatigue
  • Opening the heart and lungs
  • Soothing sciatica
  • Being therapeutic for asthma
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Salabhasana or ‘Locust pose’

Another great ‘baby backbend’ – it really stretches my muscles out after a long day of working at a desk, hunched up in front of a computer.

Salabhasana benefits include:

  • Strengthening the muscles of the spine, buttocks, and backs of the arms and legs
  • Stretching the shoulders, chest, belly, and thighs
  • Improving posture
  • Stimulating the abdominal organs
  • Helping to relieve stress
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Adho Mukha Svanasana or ‘Downward facing dog’ 

Ah yes, the ultimate staple in any beginner’s yoga class! When I first started doing this pose I really, really hated it. But now I understand the benefits of having this pose in a sequence and it truly is energizing yet grounding, and helps you to keep your center during a flow.

I still have to work on it though, as you can see in the picture my back is not entirely straight and my heels are not touching the floor. To truly garner the benefits of the pose I need to work on extending my spine and neck out so that it is straight rather than slightly curved, and I might need to keep my knees bent so that my heels touch the floor. Once my flexibility improves I can straighten my legs a bit and see if my heels can still stay on the floor.

Adho Mukha Svanasana benefits include:

  • Calming the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Energizing the body
  • Stretching the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
  • Strengthening the arms and legs
  • Helping to relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Relieving menstrual discomfort when done with head supported
  • Helping prevent osteoporosis
  • Improving digestion
  • Relieving headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
  • Being therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis
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Dhanurasana or ‘Bow pose’

This pose really opens up the chest area. My strength is still at a beginners level though so you’ll notice in the photo that my thighs haven’t lifted much off the ground. What you should aim for in this pose is for both chest and thighs to be lifted, to create a ‘bow’ shape like an archer’s bow (the torso and legs representing the body of the bow, and the arms the string).

Dhanurasana benefits include:

  • Stretching the entire front of the body, ankles, thighs and groins, abdomen and chest, and throat, and deep hip flexors
  • Strengthening the back muscles
  • Improving posture
  • Stimulating the organs of the abdomen and neck
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Vrksasana or ‘Tree pose’

An uplifting pose that works on balance – I find it helps to ground me during a practice as I aim to focus on my breathing and maintaining a straight gaze, as well as keeping note on the way my weight is shifting.

Vrksasana benefits include:

  • Strengthening thighs, calves, ankles, and spine
  • Stretching the groin and inner thighs, chest and shoulders
  • Improving your sense of balance
  • Relieving sciatica and reducing flat feet
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Setu Bandha or ‘Bridge pose’

I saved the best til last! Only because it’s one of the few poses I’m good at :P

A great back bend that loosens that spine and opens up any areas that I’ve hunched up during the work day.

Setu Bandha benefits include:

  • Stretching the chest, neck, and spine
  • Calming the brain and helping alleviate stress and mild depression
  • Stimulating abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid
  • Rejuvenating tired legs
  • Improving digestion
  • Helping to relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Relieving menstrual discomfort when done supported
  • Reducing anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache, and insomnia
  • Being therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis

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