Down Dog

I was a little late jumping on the yoga bandwagon, I decided a few years ago back in 2017 to  embark on a new yoga journey.

I made a pledge to myself to try and squeeze in one or two yoga classes per week depending on my work schedule, I downloaded the Down Dog app on my phone, I bought a nice pink elephant yoga mat and even purchased a Daily Greatness Yoga Journal to record my goals and progress.

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Did my 2017 New Year’s resolution last? No it did not! I mean, it lasted for a few weeks and since then I have been to yoga classes just a little more sporadically than I’d planned,  I will admit I failed to commit.

So I’ve bitten the bullet and upgraded to the paid version of Down Dog for 2020, I figured if I pay for it, I’m more likely to keep it up and so far so good.

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I set up a little yoga space in my apartment with crystals and candles (which I quickly changed to fake candles as the dog is a little to curious for comfort and I don’t want her going up in flames) and it’s the 7th January today and I’ve already practiced at home 3 times (I also plan on doing a practice tonight after I’ve finished this blog post) and  been to 2 yoga classes at the gym.

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The app is so easy to use and with the paid version, you can choose your type of practice, do you want to do a full practice?  Hatha or Ashtanga? Would you prefer  a restorative session, some quick flow or sun salutations?

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You can choose your level from beginner through to advanced, you can add boosts depending what it is you want to achieve or stretch and you can choose how long you want your practice to be, do you want a long and full session or do you want to stretch during your lunch break?

You can choose what type of music you want to listen to during your session, personally I like the spiritual music when I practice, I love the sound of a sitar and you can even choose your instructors voice but the best bit for me is that a new workout sequence is generated each time you practice so you’re not repeating the same classes over and over.

The instruction and video is easy to follow and records your practice history too so you can keep track of when you’ve practiced.

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The app is well worth the money at $34.99 per year if you buy online (around £27), hopefully I’ll stick with it this time and be flying like a crow in no time . . .

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Dolly doing her own variation of the downward dog.