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Last updated: December 2019

Benefits of Joining a Yoga Class

Yoga classes bring the mind and body into balance. Yoga is derived from "Yuj", a sanskrit word for union, and is the union of opposites at a balance point.

Yoga classes include physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, spirituality, inward attention, and self-knowledge. and mantra which all help balance the body and helps strengthen the body and nervous system.

Yoga helps to achieve a sense of peace-of-mind and balance resulting in a sense of calmness, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

Find a yoga class near where you live or work - use the search on this page.

Who Will Benefit From Yoga?

Yoga classes increase fitness, improve flexibility and general health, and help reduce stress, frustration, and anxiety. Everyone can benefit from attending yoga classes.

There is a yoga class for everyone on this website, yoga for babies, children, teenagers, male and female as well as over 50s and older age groups.

There are a range of classes from beginners, intermediate and advanced yoga classes. Your local yoga teacher or yoga studio can advise you which class is most suitable for you.

The Benefits of Yoga

Most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance.

RELIEVE STRESS Yoga encourages relaxation and helps lower the amount of cortisol in your body reducing the effects of stress.

REDUCE PAIN Yoga exercises helps reduce aches and pains pains. People who suffer from painful medical conditions can benefit from daily yoga exercises. Yoga can help with pain relief and can run alongside traditional medical treatment reducing the dependence of drugs and increasing patients ability to cope with pain.

BREATHE BETTER You will learn to take deeper, slower breaths with daily exercises of yoga. It will help to increase your lung function and set off the body's relaxation response. This can be one of the most powerful benefits of yoga.

SLEEP BETTER Yoga classes can improve sleeping patterns, helping people who have problems sleeping. Enhanced and deeper sleeping patterns help the body natural healing properties and improve well being.

IMPROVE FLEXIBILITY Yoga exercise increase flexibility increasing the range of motion.

STRENGTHEN MUSCLES Yoga poses use all the muscles in your body helping increase muscle strength, it helps strengthen back muscles and as a result improve posture over time.

LOSE WEIGHT Yoga exercises may help people see moderate reductions in weight. Weight reduction works for people who regularly attend yoga sessions, combined with a dietary plan.

IMPROVE CIRCULATION Yoga will help improve your body's circulation. In turn, with daily exercises, you will see the benefits of yoga with a lowered blood pressure and pulse rates.

REDUCE HEART RATE Yoga will help to lower your heart rate and increase oxygen in the blood stream.

INNER PEACE Yoga classes can potentially improve coordination, memory skills, reaction times, and improved concentration skills. Yoga helps improve the relationship between mind and body, developing a feeling of inner peace.

RELIEVE LOW BACK & NECK PAIN Yoga can help reduce aches and pains, and improve mobility.

Learn Yoga

There are many forms of yoga to choose from. For details about different styles of yoga, what you can expect, levels of difficulty follow this link.

Be aware that Bikram yoga or hot yoga has special risks related to overheating and dehydration.

Search for local yoga classes in your area on Yoga Class Near You.

You won't get the benefits until you start your classes. We advise visitors to see a qualified instructor first before attempting to do it yourself.

New Yoga Student Advice

If you're new to yoga, start with a beginners class under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher. AVOID extreme practices such as headstands, shoulder stands, the lotus position, and forceful breathing.

Pregnant women, older adults, and people with health conditions should talk with your doctor and yoga teacher prior to taking up yoga. You may need to avoid or modify some yoga poses and practices.

More Information: NCCIH report