Yoga has surged in popularity since the start of the pandemic last year since it appears to be the perfect activity for staying indoors and staying happy. With all studios closed, it has left instructors to their own devices to help people remain mentally and physically happy.

Caroline Mason, the founder of Inspire Yoga has moved her entire business online following COVID-19, allowing all her members to get the same physical and mental benefits as before, which some need now more than ever.

Yoga uses exercise and meditation to improve the health and happiness, giving harmony in the body, mind and environment, and right now that couldn’t be more needed.

The inspired membership is an online space for you to take care of your body and mind all in the comfort of your own home, with all the yoga practices pre-recorded by Caroline giving members the luxury of doing the classes whenever works for them.

The Nottingham Ambassador for Sweaty Betty shared her top tips and advice on how you can positively get through the unpredictable time we find ourselves in and end each day with a smile.

Caroline’s job is now very social media based where her business is now run online, and she found it hard finding the motivation over Christmas, so she decided to take a two-week break through the festive period which worked wonders for her.

Caroline with her dog Bert (left). Caroline during one of her Inspire Yoga classes (right).

“It can feel quite overwhelming at times and you find yourself comparing to others online.”

“Rather than thinking about being busy- because sometimes we think being busy equals success, think about setting up our day with routines and structure.”

The importance of routine in your day is huge, and she highlighted how embedding one into your morning and making it a habit can change your whole day. To those struggling with motivation she advises to “Think about how I can structure my day doing something with purpose and something that’s going to nourish my mental wellbeing.”

“It’s important we have that down time and there is going to be days you don’t feel on it and that’s absolutely fine.”

“Take each day as it comes and try not to let how you feel at that moment decide how you’re going to feel for the rest of the day”

“We often think the only way to be as a human is happy, and if we feel anything other than happy, we feel like that is wrong”

“Check in with yourself and ask yourself how am I feeling. Try not to add any judgement or comparison or guilt to how you’re feeling”

“We are all going through this collectively together but that doesn’t necessarily mean we all feel the same way.”

She encourages to try and add things that create behaviours and habits that make you feel good.

Speaking to people and staying in contact is vital and getting involved in programmes like Caroline’s Inspire programme could be exactly what you need.

“Don’t undervalue the importance of connection even if it is through zoom or facetime or messages.”

We often think exercise is for weight loss and looking good, but it is so much more than that, and our mental wellbeing is just as important as our physical.

She assures everyone that motivation always comes in waves, so exercise little and often, but that doesn’t have to be an intense workout every day, just do what you enjoy and notice how much better it makes you feel.

To get involved in Caroline’s ‘Inspired Membership’ and practice your yoga with her, head to her Instagram: @carolineinspired, and follow the link in her bio to find out more.