YOGA Q&A#1 » how to start & improve, flexibility, my practice, best YTT for you..

YOGA Q&A#1 » how to start & improve, flexibility, my practice, best YTT for you..


hey guys welcome back to my channel! so
it’s the first time that I try this camera to film myself, because it’s
a new camera, and I don’t see myself so hopefully it’s in focus and it’s doing
great! so today I am going to answer your questions that you guys ask me on
Instagram about yoga. I got a lot of questions “how to” kind of thing: like how
to get more flexible, how to blah blah blah and these questions are totally
legit, but this thing is, I’m gonna give you my answer, and this is not like a
universal answer, as you might guess. I don’t think there is an only way of
doing yoga or anything, so yeah, take everything I say with a grain of
salt. also I’m not a doctor, I’m currently enrolled in a
yoga teacher training, but I’m not currently a teacher either. so yeah! I just want you to do stuff because I say things, and wanna be hold
responsible for any injury that you might get. this video is starting really
bad but, yeah! a lot of questions are similar, so I might not answer your
question. Like, I might not answer your message directly, but your question
will be answered ! So the first question I got from my friend! “I struggle doing yoga
exercises because I’m not flexible enough is the best thing to first
stretch, like train yourself to flexibility or just keep doing yoga”. okay,
so the thing is, for me when I started yoga I was already quite flexible. I’m not a super super flexible person but
I’m not like a stiff person either. I’ve always always touched my feet like all
my life, so it’s hard for me to answer this, but I can definitely tell you that
you can do yoga without being flexible because, in fact, a lot of people come to
yoga because they’re inflexible and then they get flexible. Every posture is
good, it’s just you’re not going to be super super
open in the posture but it’s still your posture and it’s still the point where
you’re at right now. so I think you should really embrace that and every
time you’re gonna practice you’re gonna see that you go a little bit further and
further and further. that’s how you get more flexible so I definitely don’t
think that you need to first do stretching. however I think you could do,
what I do too, is 10 minutes session of stretching for a particular muscle
group. for example sometimes I do 10 minutes stretching for this split and
then I do over split and stuff like that. so yes that’s not really yoga, it’s
more like stretching into a pose. so yeah! I hope that answers your question ! so next question “do you have
some advice for beginners, youtube channels and apps etc”. so, I’m not really
the right person to ask this question to, because most of the yoga do is in studios directly, I take classes. with like, real actual people and teachers, in
the room. but I definitely do know some YouTube channels, that I would
recommend. Yoga with adrienne, I haven’t really tried it but I heard it’s
really good. otherwise, I sometimes do Alo yoga’s
YouTube channel, they’re a brand and I know some people don’t really like this
brand, because it’s been like a whole debate with them, but I really like them
and they have, I think, really good classes on there, I’ve tried a few ! so
this is for YouTube! I really liked banana blondie Michelle Muench’s website.
she’s got awesome tutorials and I think, I believe is just $10 a month
subscription and she’s got like tons of yoga classes and full length. because,
sometimes on YouTube it’s just 30 minutes, it depends how much time you
have, but if you want to do an hour yoga class then, I really
liked her website. www.thrivingplantbased.com I used to be a subscriber but then I
cancelled it because I went to normal yoga classes.
Subscription websites, there is also yoga Connect, where my teacher Tatiana does
classes. also, Alex does class, also another teacher that I like to take
classes from. I’m not sure if Gemma, my other teacher – I basically have three teachers –
do classes, I have to ask her. but yes, yoga connect, but it’s a French thing.
and then the International yoga platform is CodyApp, the one that I know. I really
hope this video is not gonna get too long and too boring. so next question she asked “how much time
takes your practice and how to become a yoga teacher when still studying working”. which also reminds me that someone asked me – but I
couldn’t find the question again – but someone asked me if I practice every day.
so I’ll answer everything. how much time takes my practice, when I go to a
class, it’s 1h15. and I go to classes about three times a week.
sometimes two, sometimes four, but that’s like, when it’s a really good week. yeah,
it doesn’t happen really often. and also classes are really expensive so let’s be
honest – I can’t. and then, I just do, almost every day, I do
at least 10 minutes of yoga. yeah. yeah. almost every day. I do have some days
where I don’t do it. I’m not like, “uh, haven’t done my yoga practice today”. but the thing is when I’m at home, I just do like 10 to 15 minutes, and
sometimes it’s like 2 hours of like flowing, at night, with music, and candles
and in a whole lalalalal space. I just like to do it when I can’t
fit it. and so yeah, that also answers the fact that if I practice every day or not.
however I do practice the yoga lifestyle every day, being compassionate by
actually being vegan, for example. and just being true to myself, listening to
my emotions, meditation, it’s actually also part of yoga. so if you mean the
practice, like the asana practice, the posture, maybe not every day, but yoga I definitely every day! For the question about how to become a yoga
teacher. You have different options, you can do like, an intensive training
for like a month, I believe. The most common ones are in Asia. I have chosen to
do mine in Paris where I live. And mine is not an intensive one, it’s a
around five months, and basically the training happens one weekend per month.
And then, every week we need to practice three times at least. I chose this
because, first of all, it was with my favorite teachers and like the only
teachers I’ve ever experienced yoga with. I wanted to take their training, and the second reason is I wanted to pursue like my blog and
everything, and I couldn’t see myself going somewhere for 30 days, not
doing like my blog and stuff, and then go back and then be like ‘okay so now
what?’. so I believe for me it worked way more this way. And also, I feel like I
can integrate a lot more. Clara asked me “how do i improve?” the only way
you’re gonna improve is to practice. that’s the only answer I can give you,
and I know it’s kind of like a stupid, not a stupid answer, but it’s just a simple answer. yeah, the only way you can improve in
anything in life, not just yoga, but everything in life, is to practice! so get
practicing ! “What is in your opinion the best way to approach more challenging poses such as crow pose or headstands ” How am I gonna answer this? Honestly, the best way for me is to remember what you would do when you were a kid. fearless,
and not afraid to fall. and yeah, I must, I must learn this advice for myself for
handstand. but basically that’s how I would approach more challenging
postures: changing your mindset. and thinking that if you fall, it’s totally
okay, you can just laugh it off. just be safe, make sure there’s nothing around
you because if you fall on your bed like I did and freaking hurt your le,, then
that’s not cool. and if you’re scared just put pillows everywhere, have
someone to spot you, to help you, have someone to encourage you. but the best
thing is to believe that you can do it. for real, for me, I started yoga
actually, like exactly a year ago last year was my first yoga class ever. I had
no idea how to start I just scrolled through Instagram, saw some pretty
pictures and I was like ‘oh I want to do that pose, that looks awesome’.
okay don’t do this, because it’s really bad, but that’s how I did it ! I would go
in the pose without like any warm-up I was just like ‘oh that looks awesome
I want to do it’ so I’d do it. my mindset was like Amelie, you can do it. so that’s how I would approach more challenging poses. I’m not saying forcing yourself, I’m
just saying believe what you body can do. And,
obviously, I kind of knew that it could be possible for me. of course, if I
was in a place where I couldn’t touch my feet, I would never have thought that it
would be a possible pressure for me, right? so yeah, I hope that answers your
question! burntorangetrees ask me “I have
bad wrists are there any different poses I should
be doing”. good question! because we actually learned this in my training.
what you can do, if you’re like in a plank allow a little bit of angle so
that the shoulders aren’t directly stacked over the wrists, that’s what we
learned. I actually prefer to turn my hands
outwards a little. I find this puts a little bit less pressure on
the wrists, and then definitely strengthening the wrists. because if your wrists hurt, what could be the reason is that your
ligaments, not ligaments oops, your hands & forearms are not strong
enough.So, do this kind of exercise. the more you’re gonna do handstands –
against the wall if you’re not sure in the middle of the room – the more you’re gonna strengthen your wrist. make sure you turn them well, make sure you do that
kind of exercise before practicing that’s what I like to do. and also like
flip them like that. just warm up the wrist, yeah, that can be really hard for
your practice. I have one more question and then I’m gonna wrap it up. So, I
posted a story and she asked me “how did you only start yoga a year ago, one of
my goal is to get to a level like yours but how to do it, where do I
start?” so, thank you. thank you for seeing
this and me. I’m going to answer really quickly about where do I start, I’m just
gonna say: start and stop asking yourself questions. really, I know that yoga
classes are really expensive, and if you cannot afford them,
try to do at least classes on YouTube because it’s really hard to start on
your own without any classes I think. or invest in the little bit of money per
month and do like a thrivingplantbased subscription or other website
subscriptions. but honestly, just to answer your question about, it’s not your
question but, like, your comment about saying that my level is good.
okay I think, it’s really good to have inspiration in people and for me, I
have so many people that are so incredible i’m thinking “oh my god how does she do that and that and that but I really don’t think that I have such a good
level”. so my answer is: you’re always going to find someone that’s better than
you. really, it’s good to have inspiration but just trust your process, trust the
process, trust yourself and really appreciate the fact that you’re in that
position today, and tomorrow you’re gonna be better, and after tomorrow you’re
gonna be even more flexible or strong or whatever you’re looking for. so the only
way to success for you is to practice. I really hope that I answered your
questions and if I haven’t, please let them in the comments below, and I’ll do a second edition of your Q&A. I could do more of my yoga journey or
like specific poses, or anything that you want me to talk about. I hope that video
was interesting that you learned something from it, again I’m not science,
this is just my journey and I have incredible teachers, it would mean a lot
to me if you could give them a little bit of love and follow them on Instagram
I’ll put their insta handle in the description box below and on the screen.
because they’re truly amazing and those are basically my main inspiration right
now. I practice with them that’s how I got better, and yeah they’re super
awesome ! so that’s it ! thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon!