You might be wondering “what are the benefits of yoga” or “how do I find a yoga class near me?” or perhaps “what IS yoga anyway?” We have the answers to those questions below.
Yoga is thousands of years old. There are many different styles and approaches. This can mean that newcomers to the practise can feel a little overwhelmed sometimes but it also means that there is a lot of choice so there is sure to be an approach that suits you and your goals.
Breathing is one of the key elements in yoga. A focus on the breathing can have an impact on the mind and the body. A second element of yoga are postures (or asanas). There are a series or sequence of movements that are intended to improve health through greater strength and flexibility developing.
What can yoga help me with?
There are many health benefits reported by people who do yoga though the valid scientific research into yoga is quite limited at present, despite yoga being around for thousands of years!
It is common for people to find that they become stronger, more supple, more able to concentrate, sleep better, lower blood pressure, deal with stress better and can help with back ache. Many find that issues such as depression can be eased as well.
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What types of yoga are there?
Where to begin your yoga journey…
This video for perfect for beginners. It is just 40 minutes long, is very accessible and is done by a very well respected yoga teacher.
Have a watch and maybe join in at home to begin with and just see what it feels like for you. After that you will have a much better idea of what yoga could be like and will help you ask questions of people running classes.
Different yoga classes are taught in different ways
Different classes are taught or lead in different ways. This very much depends on the class organiser, their personality and the style they were taught or favour. Modern (and Westernised) yoga is different to the more ancient styles and there is some heated debate as to which styles are best for individuals. This debate is sure to run and run. What is clear though is that millions of people around the world find that yoga is an essential part of their health.
One style of class is Mysore style. Pete Gill is the person who teaches in this style and one of his colleagues, Matt, explains in this video what Mysore style is all about.
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