Why Yoga?

by Laura Ricketts
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No doubt you’ve heard the hype about yoga. It’s hard to escape. There is still sometimes a misconception that it is only for flexible people. Yet yoga is not just about flexibility, it’s so much more than that.

Today, yoga is recognised by health providers worldwide, including the NHS, to be a great tool to improve physical and mental wellbeing. But what is it about yoga that is so good for us?

Firstly, yoga is a full-body exercise. It has been proven to improve strength, balance, flexibility, joint stability and even reduce pain. Yoga is also great for improving our brain function. Flowing through poses with controlled breathing increases body awareness and concentration. This expands our ability to stay focused and free from distractions.

Finally, yoga is incredibly effective at lowering stress and anxiety. It stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system, which is essentially our relaxation response, decreasing our levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).

Since lockdown last year, Nurofen found that a whopping 36% of us have more aches and pains than before. According to the UK charity Mind, more than half of us have experienced deteriorating mental health. With this in mind, there has never been a better time to start yoga, or to brush up if you already have some experience.

I am a certified yoga teacher with over 17 years’ experience in yoga. I teach live online classes for a variety of levels and experience. Each class has a specific focus and includes a warm-up and relaxation. I also offer catch-up videos for those who can’t make it to the live sessions.

Come visit my website or drop me an email. Use code HANDYMAG for your first class for free.

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