In a busy world, finding time to take part in activities that contribute to a healthy body and calm mind can be challenging - but it’s essential for overall wellness. A simple and rewarding way to simultaneously relax and re-energise body and mind together is taking up regular yoga practice.
With many forms to choose from and open to every stage of fitness, yoga offers physical benefits such as increased flexibility, strength and toning as well as contributing to stress reduction. If you’re already widely active, it can help improve stamina and prevent injury, too. Whether you choose a more relaxing, meditative style to ease your mind or fling yourself into a fast-paced flow to raise your heart rate, all offer a great way to feel centred. Find out more below about some of the most popular forms of yoga.
Hatha is practised at a gentle pace with each pose held and then released before moving into the next. The focus on slow stretching postures and breathing techniques make this a relaxing and restorative form of yoga that’s great for beginners.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Often taught to music, Vinyasa Flow is a dynamic form of yoga which moves continuously through a sequence of postures. Fairly fast paced, it offers an excellent work out and is great for building strength and flexibility.
Going at an even gentler pace than Hatha, Yin yoga involves mostly seated and lying poses which are held for up to 5 minutes – allowing for a deeper stretch and time to relax and focus on the breath.
Meditation, chanting and breathing techniques combined with poses to create a more spiritually focused practice – one which will help revitalise your body while giving you a chance to clear your head.