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The traditional Indian practice of Yoga dates back over 5,000 years, but the historic discipline has never been more popular than it is today. The recent rise in popularity of Yoga is thanks in large part to celebrities like Jenson Button and Ryan Giggs publicly and proudly endorsing regular yoga practice as a way to improve athletic performance.
Yoga is now widely embraced by sports teams, athletes, physiotherapists and coaches in all corners of the world as a way to improve many aspects of health and fitness, including:
Yoga really is for everyBODY – from top athletes to the physically immobile, we can all benefit from a little Yoga in our lives.
Thanks to the internet, Yoga has never been more accessible – if you struggle to find a local Yoga class, there are many websites out there to choose from that will guide you through Yoga workouts that you can easily do at home. What’s more, many of them are free!
When choosing a class or an online video to follow, bear in mind that there are many different types of Yoga and no two Yoga classes are the same. Although working out which “type” of Yoga you enjoy will help to point you in the right direction (from the more gentle, meditative Hatha style to the more physically intense Ashtanga), teaching styles still vary widely so don’t be afraid to shop around – try a few different classes and find your own Yoga style.
Whether you’re a fully-fledged yogi attending regular classes or are just beginning your own practice at home, having your own Yoga mat is essential. Many standard gym mats aren’t suitable for yoga as they can stretch and/or slip along the floor as you stretch into your asanas. If you’re attending yoga classes, taking your own mat is a must for obvious hygiene reasons too.