Yoga is for everyone. I can feel you rolling you eyes. We all have that same image in our heads of the perfectly formed yoga bunny, but if you can breathe, you too can get involved and start reaping its benefits. If you’re more self-conscious or on a tight budget, many of the poses can be done in the comfort of your own home. Not only can it help with health issues but the art of yoga can be responsible for creating a more positive wellbeing.
Famously accredited for improving flexibility, this activity uses the control of breathing in order to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which takes control of calming not only the body, but also the mind. With our busy day to do schedules and work routines, a simple activity such as yoga, allows us to bring together simple movement as well as guided breathing, which allows to connect with our inner stillness and promotes relaxation.
However, whilst this is a simple exercise, it is one that we must practise everyday. Along with the habitual nature we can build our skill of being able to listen to our bodies, whether that’s just in mindfulness or addressing any aches and pains. By doing this regularly, we can create a greater sense of wellbeing.
A common question asked; am I too old for yoga? Absolutely not, you work on postures and poses that are suited to you, which is why this is one of the most inclusive activities that you can take part in. Further to this, if you go to a yoga class, you can be shown poses that can be performed with the aid of a chair.
To identify what type of yoga, the poses and how much you should be doing it we suggest looking up websites such as the British Wheel of Yoga and the Yoga Alliance Professionals.
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