Why should I take up yoga – what are the benefits?

You’ve heard people talk about how awesome yoga is, how it can benefit your body, your mind, your whole life in fact. You scratch your head and wonder if you’re really the right person to be doing yoga. Well yes, yes you are! Yoga is for everybody, young, old, pregnant, all sizes, all genders, everyone.

Teacher Shams Abu-Tayeh has met many people who on finding out she is a yoga teacher say to her ‘Oh, I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible’ to which she more often than not replies ‘Well, you’re talking to someone who couldn’t reach past her knees since the age of 12. If I can do it, anyone can’. And that is the truth of the matter. Anyone can do it, and they will see the benefits.

Think you have to go to the gym to get a flexible toned body, well think again. As Iain Marshall-Clarke of Olcote Wellbeing explains “you don’t just give your body a workout you give your mind and your respiratory system a workout too when you practise yoga” and points out that “Yoga remains one of the oldest surviving practices of holistic health and fitness in the world.”

So now I have persuaded you to begin thinking that this could be for you and you can do it, I hear you ask “What’s in it for me?” “What exactly are the benefits I’m going to get from donning leggings and contorting myself (or not)?”

On a more introspective level Rachael McGill describes, in her article “Yoga from the inside out”, how yoga helps you develop a physical awareness of your body that bypasses the brain like a form of meditation.

This excellent infographic designed by Ommm.com lists some of the benefits you might experience.

This list is not exhaustive and if you look around the internet you will find that many other benefits are attributed to practising yoga.

Such as:

As soon as you start practising yoga you will notice the benefits in both your body and mind. With regular practise come more benefits.

Is Yoga For Me

Curious about yoga but unsure where to begin?

Our guide offers a step by step guide to answer your questions

Everyone seems to be doing yoga these days, there’s Hilaria Baldwin contorting herself into all sorts of shapes in glamorous places and Gisele Bundchen striking a pose. There are also millions of ordinary men and women around the globe learning the art of yoga and incorporating elements of its moral code into their lives.

In this article I hope to show you how Yoga can benefit you, explain the different yoga types, help you identify which one might suit you, provide you with information about online yoga videos and how you can locate your nearest yoga class.

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Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post

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