Bunny hops are great!
A student asked me the other day why do we do bunny hops? I prefer them over using one leg to swing up. I found in my own body that swinging up on one leg (though I change sides) for many years has caused an imbalance on the left side of my back. The hips are not as stable. They move to a crooked position. I prefer the challenge of the balanced jump from 2 legs. It takes lower back and ab strength to nail it.
I also find jumping into handstands turns my mood around. They can be up lifting.
Use your yoga matte! It can be your best friend. Get on your yoga matte and at least do one asana per day in between classes to make you feel good.