Yoga

Mindfulness and yoga are both excellent practices to improve your overall wellbeing.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga helps to co-ordinate the breath, mind and body to bring about both physical and emotional balance. You can do yoga no matter what your levels of fitness or flexibility, and it can be practised at any age, with many people starting after retirement.
Yoga promotes feelings of relaxation and ease, and it also:

  • Improves posture, flexibility and overall strength, which can help you go beyond your normal range of movement, which may make performing your daily activities easier.
  • Improves balance by strengthening your lower body, in particular your ankles and knees, thereby reducing your chances of falling.
  • Promotes feelings of wellbeing
  • Induces better quality sleep
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Improves the strength of your lungs and cardio-vascular system
  • Improves concentration

There's also evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain. 


 

What type of yoga should I do?

There are many different styles of yoga, such as Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Sivananda. Some styles are more vigorous than others, and they often focus on different areas such as posture, increasing heart-rate or creating calmness through breathing. Many yoga teachers combine more than one style. The important thing is to choose a class appropriate for your fitness level.

It's easy to learn and practise yoga at home. There are many DVDs, online courses and apps offering yoga, which you can follow them in the comfort of your own home at a time that is convenient to you. Or perhaps you'd like to get away for a weekend or longer, on a yoga retreat or holiday, where you can totally switch off.