Yoga is a great exercise for mind and body. Poses, called asanas, help improve your physical strength, while deep breathing during the poses can help clear your mind. Most classes finish with a meditation to rebalance mind, body and spirit.
Want to try it? Find out what’s involved in five of the most popular types of yoga.
Ideal for beginners. The series of postures and static poses are designed to increase core strength and flexibility, while a focus on breathing aims to create inner balance.
A form of hatha yoga, founded by BKS Iyengar. Classes use a lot of props, such as belts and blocks, to help you get into the postures with precision and correct alignment. Can help build flexibility, stamina, balance and concentration.
Another form of Iyengar yoga, which focuses on ‘waking up’ the spine, releasing tension and strengthening the core. Deep breathing and gravity are used to ease you into the postures, reviving tired muscles and boosting energy.
Postures are performed in a series of set sequences, or ‘flow’, all gently connected with your breath. You need a good level of fitness, as there are no breaks, but Ashtanga is ideal for building stamina, tone and strength.
A series of postures performed in quick succession – similar to Ashtanga – but in a heated room to increase flexibility and strength. You’ll be working up a sweat, so you need to be quite fit, with a good understanding of the basic moves.