What is yoga? Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago, and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga is now commonplace in leisure centres, health clubs, schools, hospitals and surgeries. What are the health benefits of yoga?
Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga. While there's scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. 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.
Yoga is a practice for everyone, a tradition to revitalise the mind and body. A regular yoga practice will bring you both a healthier body and a clearer mind.
Physically, yoga helps to stretch and ease the body, to nourish and heal, increasing flexibility, improving posture, strengthening and toning. Recent research by the University of York has found that yoga is a better treatment for back pain than going to the doctor.
Yoga also helps to relieve stress, countering the strains of everyday living and improving mental clarity. It’s the main reason why financers and entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to yoga, whilst others look to yoga for personal development, to find a sense of peace and inner calm or to simply relax and sleep better.
Actually, yoga has so much more to offer than the physical practice, and can be of benefit to people of all genders, shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. We pride ourselves on being welcoming to everybody, and having a class to suit everybody.
At Wincanton Chiropractic we have seen the real value of yoga as part of patient rehabilitation. We specialise in offering yoga classes that match your requirements and run small groups of three to four patients tailored to your specific rehabilitation need, and, if required one to one sessions.