WHAT IS IT?
Based on an Indian spiritual philosophy, aligned with Hindu principles, Yoga is a hugely popular holistic exercise regime for all. There are several types of yoga – bikram yoga, iyengar yoga and, the most practised in Britain, hatha yoga, to name just three of more than 100 – but each offers similar benefits.
Yoga aims to provide a ‘union’ between mind, body and spirit, promoting peace of mind as well as improving posture, physique and general fitness. Some treat yoga as a way of life, but many others see it as a way to exercise without special equipment.
WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?
Yoga helps to maintain vitality and strength whatever your age. Key benefits include:
- Improved efficiency of lungs and cardio-vascular system
- Improved posture, flexibility and strength
- Improved concentration
- Enhanced feeling of well-being
- Better quality sleep
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Less stress and tension
- Improved mental focus
- Enhanced personal relationships
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Yoga classes usually around £15 per session. However, yoga is usually provided, and is best enjoyed, as a course of sessions. These can comprise six or so weeks or a series of classes and are ideal for beginners and can cost from as little as £40 as an introductory rate.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
- A yoga mat – the nonslip surface keeps your hands and feet in place during practice
- Blocks, straps, sand bags and yoga blankets are often used by the more advanced yoga student
- Comfortable clothing which allows free movement, such as a leotard, shorts or leggings and a t-shirt or vest