Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India.

Yoga as exercise is a physical activity consisting mainly of postures (asanas), often connected by flowing sequences called vinyasas, sometimes accompanied by rhythmic breathing (pranayama), and often ending with relaxation (lying down in savasana) or meditation.

What are the benefits?

Practising yoga regularly can help to tone the body, increase flexibility and mobility and promote a deep sense of peace in our busy minds.

Improved flexibility can help you go beyond your normal range of movement, which may make performing daily activities easier.

There's 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. Source: NHS Live Well Exercise Guide to Yoga
mixed yoga class

Do I have to be fit to do yoga?

No. You can join a class suitable for your fitness level. To join a mixed-ability yoga class, you need to be able to get up and down from the floor.

What to wear?

The most important thing is that you’re comfortable in whatever you choose to wear.

You will be moving gently, stretching and turning so your clothes should allow you to move freely and easily in all directions.

Comfortable does not necessarily mean loose and baggy - clothes that ride up or flop about may be distracting.

For women - tank top or sweat wicking t-shirt, yoga pants, capris or shorts.

For men - tank top or sweat wicking t-shirt, gym shorts or track suit bottoms.

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair.

Chair yoga classes typically target those with physical disabilities or aging men and women who find a typical yoga session too challenging. It is also a great form of yoga for beginners or anyone who wants to focus on a gentle practice.

Chair yoga (and yoga in general, really) includes breath work, which can help people not only with stress management but also for coping and managing pain. Through meditation and paying attention to your breath, you can help your body and mind to cope with the pain of an illness or condition you may suffer with.

Chair Yoga Poses are especially suitable for anyone suffering with or joint injuries.

Even if you're a regular in yoga class, chair yoga routines are a great way to stretch and flex while working at your desk or during a lunch break.

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As with all complementary therapies, we recommend you seek the advice of your GP or regular medical practitioner before committing yourself to significant therapies, especially those that are physically invasive.

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