Yoga is a philosophy developed in India over 5,000 years ago. It is a combination of physical and mental disciplines which make the body stronger and healthier and the mind calmer and more controlled. It is currently practiced by over 500,000 people in the UK.
In Sanskrit the word Yoga means to ‘Yoke’ or ‘Unite’; a union of mind, body and spirit. In the West it is commonly described as a mind-body exercise. The physical practice of postures (Asana’s), breathing (Pranayama) and relaxation.
Benefits of Yoga
Scientific research suggests that Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity and especially strength, flexibility and balance. There is some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.
The beauty of yoga is that is accessible to everyone; Male or female, all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. The practice can be low impact or it can be very demanding, and the session can be adapted to each persons level of fitness and state of health.
Many celebrities and sportspeople are participating in Yoga and realising the benefits to their body and mind. More men are also turning to Yoga to develop their upper body without weight training and to improve core muscle strength. Yoga becomes addictive once you start learning the postures and seeing the progress you are making while you are doing it. You will also feel a sense of calmness as your breathing and relaxation techniques improve.