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There’s a type of yoga for you
Yoga doesn’t need to be everything you hate! It doesn’t have to be slow and boring, it doesn’t have to involve sitting in a candle lit room with incense and chanting or sweating in a 90 degree room if you don’t want to be. There are various types of yoga, from Hatha for a slow meditative practice, Ashtanga or Vinyasa flow for more fluid sequences linked to your breath and hot yoga to get your blood pumping, and everything in between.
You get to have some “you” time
There’s no competition in yoga – it’s just you and the mat. No one else is watching you if you stumble, wobble or don’t look perfect in every pose, they’re too busy concentrating on their practice. It’s your chance to get still, centred and peaceful. Living in London or any other city for that matter we can easily get caught up with work, family responsibilities and the fast paced life that can lead us to neglect ourselves. The health effects that can be a result, from anxiety to regular colds and more can easily be avoided by a regular practice.
Yoga is good for your health
In recent years it’s become more apparent that yoga and the mind body connection that it incorporates brings about a wealth of health benefits. It has been proven to keep your heart healthy, lowers blood pressure and calms nervous system, increases flexibility, joint function, eases tense muscles and promotes recovery, increases energy and alleviates anxiety, depression, insomnia and eases stress.
Your body will change.. for the better!
Like any form of physical activity it takes a steady practice of yoga to see any changes in your body and although typically yoga really isn’t about the aesthetic, your body undeniably changes. With a consistent asana practice, holding poses and breathing deeply into tight spots improves your overall flexibility and strength. With yoga you can gain a strong core, gain muscle and definition, get toned and shed excess fat.
You can make yoga work for you
Tara Stiles says if you can breathe you can do yoga and this is true. You make it happen anytime anywhere. Some yoga in the morning from your bed or rug, a few stretches at your desk and some more time at home after work is as important as taking an hour long yoga class once a week. I find time to do bites of yoga throughout the day for different lengths of time, favouring when in the day my body most needs it, which often varies. Some people may feel they need a long dose of yoga in the morning to set them up for day, some at the end of the day to release tension or some take part in a weekly yoga class, but ultimately the choice is yours. Finding a sustainable practice is more important than having a lengthy one, but once you find which style of yoga is for you it’s important to integrate a regular session with an instructor into your routine to avoid hurting yourself. Before you know it being able to fold like a pretzel may become a reality.