What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice originating in India, designed to unite mind and body. It is a series of stretches, poses and breathing techniques. As it can be as gentle or as challenging as needed, almost anyone can take part and almost everyone finds it beneficial to their mental and physical wellbeing.
Do I have to be fit to do Yoga?
Not at all. Yoga can be a gentle exercise even suitable for those with osteoporosis and arthritis. Yoga is ideal if you have not exercised for a while, or if you have never really exercised and are just starting out. People often start doing Yoga in their 70’s or 80’s. It can be your only physical exercise, or a starting point to move on to swimming, walking or even dancing! Alternatively, if you’re already fit and do regular exercise, yoga will help with muscle strength, flexibility, and breathing techniques.
What will Yoga do for me?
Yoga will improve the strength of your core muscles (the ones in your abdominal area that are so important for good posture and a strong back) and will help strengthen your pelvic floor. It will strengthen your knees and ankles, and for those people who may be prone to falls or stumbles it can help with balance and stability. It is known to help improve poor blood circulation, lower blood pressure, ease and improve back pain and reduce headaches. The breathing and meditative exercises will help with focus, concentration and stress control, and many people find it is also beneficial for anxiety and depression.
Whoever you are, there are a lot of good reasons to try Yoga!