If you’ve ever thought about taking up Yoga… now is definitely the right time to do it!

We’ve all seen those images of celebrities performing yoga on some exotic beach, contorting their bodies into all kinds of strange positions, while sipping on a glass of celery juice and said… “I don’t think that’s for me”. But the reality is, you don’t have to bend over backwards to enjoy some serious mental and physical benefits from a little light stretching.  

Yes, thank you Geri Halliwell

Yoga is a form of exercise that anyone can do. In fact one of the best things about yoga is the fact that you can start off at a very basic level and gradually improve over time. Yoga emphasises flexibility, strength and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The practice of yoga involves performing a series of controlled movements and postures while focusing on breathing.

Yoga is believed to have originated in India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in a variety of ways over the centuries. There are many different styles of yoga, such as Ashtanga, Iyengar and Sivananda. Some styles are more vigorous than others, while some may have a different area of emphasis, such as posture or breathing. Many yoga teachers develop their own practice by studying more than one style. No style is necessarily better than any other. The key is to choose a style that’s appropriate for your fitness level.

Health Benefits of Yoga

Scientific studies have shown that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, and all sorts of aches and pains. Yoga can be particularly beneficial for those with arthritis because of the gentle way in which in enhances flexibility and strength. Yoga improves balance and reduces your chances of falling by strengthening your lower body. It also improves mental health by reducing stress and anxiety.

Getting Started

It’s best to learn yoga from a qualified yoga instructor. Aside from the health benefits there are obvious social advantages to joining a yoga class.  It’s best to spend a little time finding a class that’s appropriate to your current level of fitness and flexibility. Most classes offer beginners’ sessions and most instructors will permit you to watch all or part of a class before deciding if it’s right for you.

If, for any reason, you can’t get to your local yoga class just now then check out Yoga With Adriene. Her YouTube Channel is incredible, you’ll find literally hundreds of great videos covering everything from beginners yoga to yoga for weight loss, back pain, stress relief and lots more. Check out her beginners class below.