Introduction to yoga

Beginner's guide to yoga fitness benefits

If you are looking for a more flexible, strong, capable body and a clear, positive heart and mind then's introduction to yoga will show you how to get started. Yoga is a great form of exercise that will improve your fitness, as well as aiding your mental well being.

The origins of yoga

Originating in the ancient East, yoga has gained massive popularity in the modern western world. Its image has evolved from those photos we may have seen of the extraordinary practice of unbelievably flexible cotton-clad ascetics in India, or the seventies hobby of hippy types! Yoga has become part of the chosen lifestyle of thousands of westerners seeking some real balance, health and well-being in their lives.

Experiences of yoga can be close to nature, out of doors or on bumpy ground in large tents with slightly slippy carpets on summer retreats or at festivals in the West Country. However, it is also common now to see the wonderfully tranquil and well-equipped yoga studios in the towns and cities too.

Yoga teachers seem to be possibly even hipper than DJs these days, making their own tracks by bicycle, scooter, or nippy Mini through city streets from one class to another, taking life at their own chosen pace, holidaying in stunning places, teaching the much-appreciated techniques and principles of yoga to grateful and enthusiastic city dwellers.

There are yoga magazines, gorgeous yoga holidays and a rainbow of great yoga kit you can buy. But when it comes down to it, all you really need to benefit from the ancient wisdom of yoga is your own body, mind and spirit, some self-discipline, and a decent teacher to get you started.

Who can practice yoga?

Everyone can do yoga. There is always a suitable way for an individual to practice yoga: whether they are old or young, injured, fit or unfit, supple or inflexible, male or female. You just need to find the right teacher for you.

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