Yoga for Your Neck

We all know how it feels to have neck pain. It can be very painful, limit us in movement and cause headache or upper back pain.
In a time where computers and phones are becoming more and more important, we spend so much time staring at our devices, without being aware until we feel the pain.

Did you know that our head weighs around 4,5kg (10 pounds)? Now imagine having your head tilt forward for hours and hours, whilst using your phone, sitting at the desk, reading a book.
Do you think that is healthy?

I have put a few neck stretching exercises together, which should help to reduce neck discomfort. Make sure you repeat these exercises regularly and take a few breaks at work where you are not starring at a screen.

Natural Deodarant Review

Have you ever thought about trying out an all natural deodarant instead of an aluminium-based deo?
The big question is, does an organic deodarant work? I have tested three for you. Here are the results:

I+M Berlin

This deodarant creme smells of grapefruit, which is really nice. First time I used it it was funny as it feels like you are putting on some normal bodylotion into your armpits. Did it work? Not for me. I think for a short time it works, but if you want a deodarant that lasts for the whole day, I would choose a different one.

Deo Creme: 9,90 €, 50 ml

Girl Smells

This roll on deodarant smells of orange, which is nice and refreshing. When I was putting the deodarant on my arm pits, I felt like I had to wipe it off as it is very liquid.

End result? It did not work for me either. It lasted for a short time, but I had to use a different deodarant after.

Organe Geranium Roll-On Deodorant: €28.00,
50ml

We love the Planet

This deodarant has a very different texture to it, which I really liked. Compared to the previous deodarants it is much harder and feels like it is going to stay longer on your skin.

Did it work? Out of all the deodarants I have been testing, this was lasting the longest.

Forever Fresh: € 11.95

20 MIN POWER VINYASA YOGA FLOW

I am sharing with you a 20-min yoga sequence, which you can do if you have limited time or even post cardio workout.

As you can see, I have just been back from a run and here are some stretching exercises which you can do if you still have a bit of energy left.

I am giving you options in this video, so it should be ok to do for everyone. Of course if you are more experienced, you can try to do the more advanced yoga inversions.

Enjoy!

Yoga Mat Bag Review

Following my review of yoga mats, I have been testing a few yoga bags and would like to introduce them to you:

Dzaino

This is one of my favourite yoga bags at the moment. The bag has perfect width so you don’t have to worry about getting your yoga mat in and out of the bag.
The quality of the material is just amazing! The outside material is denim (post-consumer-waste) and the inside lining is made of organic cotton. It says it is handwash only, but I had it in the washing machine and it seemed fine!

Yogamatbag No. 62: currently out of stock

Vioyoga

Another yoga bag I really like is from Vioyoga. This bag is perfect for the summer with its tropical design. Stylish and useful at the same time.
You close the bag with a drawstring and it also has an adjustable shoulder strap.

It is made of 100% cotton and produced by people with disabilities in the “Bonner Werkstätten”.

 

 

Bakchich baba

This bag is slightly different to other yoga bags; it is more like a normal handbag but it has a very useful front pocket where you can put a yoga mat inside.

The actual bag is really big, so you can fit quite a lot of other items in it too.

Black yoga bag: 35,00 €

 

 

YOGA FOR MENSTRUATION

In my new YouTube video, I am showing you 8 yoga asanas which you can do when menstruating.

You might feel low in energy, or you might have extreme pain, your mood changes, you feel tired, bloated, or you just want to stay in bed for the first few days of your period. This is what all women have to deal with.

This is an important time for women to listen to our bodies, to reconnect, feel grounded and relaxed.
If you do want to do some yoga though, you should avoid strong asanas particularly strong backbends, twists, arm balances, standing positions that put a lot of stress on the abdominal and pelvic region and inversions, because they are against the natural flow and this is why it is so controversial.

Gentle forward bends are nice as they give a light massage to the abdominal and pelvic region
and bring calmness to the mind.

Pranayama, breathing techniques are very useful during menstruation, yoga nidra and meditation. They help to feel more grounded and helps to calm the mind.

I hope you enjoy this yoga sequence.

Namaste,
Zeynep

10 min Guided Meditation

I am sharing with you a very simple 10 minutes guided meditation. You will soon figure out that meditation is easy and everyone can do it.

All you need is a comfortable seated position, a quiet spot and then we will begin to focus on the breath. We turn our focus inward, being full present as we observe our inhalation and exhalation.

I hope you will enjoy this 10 minutes of meditation with me. Let me know how you get on.

Namaste,
Zeynep

Yoga For Runners Now on YouTube

Are you a runner? If yes, do you stretch after your workout?
Now, I have got exciting news for you, as I have filmed a 20 min yoga sequence for all my running friends and those who love to do cardio training.

This little stretching sequence is mainly targeting the hips, hamstrings and quads. Ideally you do this yoga sequence AFTER your CARDIO training.

Enjoy!