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Yoga: 10 questions for beginners, 10 stylish accessories & find your local class!

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Yoga is an ancient practice, featuring a series of poses focusing on graceful movement and deep breathing, to promote both mental and physical relaxation.

Discovering the practice can bring calmness to our sometimes chaotic lives… and with our selection of stylish accessories, you can look super cute in class, too!

1. What are the health benefits of Yoga?

Regular practice can assist with a range of concerns including high blood pressure and aches and pains, including joint and back pain. In terms of mental wellbeing, yoga is therapeutic, helping to manage feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.

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2. Do I have to be fit to do Yoga?

You can begin yoga practice at any fitness level, with a range of classes and practices to suit your needs; including chair-based and meditative.

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3. Do I need to be flexible to do Yoga?

Yoga improves flexibility and strengthens your normal range of movement, but if you have health concerns, you can work with your practitioner to adapt poses.

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4. How does Yoga benefit mental health?

Recent studies have shown yoga improves overall wellbeing, possibly due to lowering the stress hormone, Cortisol, which regulates our Serotonin-levels; influencing sleep patterns, digestion and general happiness. The focus on deep breathing can also help to calm the nervous system, easing our fight-or-flight and response.

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5. Which type of Yoga should I practice?

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There are many types of Yoga, with the variety of classes ensuring a bespoke experience tailored to your needs. Ashtanga is closely based on the original Indian practice, dating back over 5,000 years. Iyengar incorporates props such as belts and blankets to provide additional support, and Bikram, commonly known as Hot Yoga, which originated in 1970s California, and is practiced in a humid environment.

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6. What are the benefits of Baby Yoga?

Yoga can help babies with digestion, constipation, relieve gas and colic, and could also improve the duration and frequency of sleep. Yoga helps babies to maintain their natural flexibility, strengthen their growing bodies, and promotes a sense of calmness.

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7. Am I too old for Yoga?

Yoga classes range from Baby Yoga to every age group, with the style of practice and duration extending to every lifestyle. So, whatever your age or fitness level, it’s never too late or too early to discover yoga!

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8. Can Yoga help prevent falls?

Yoga improves balance and strengthens the lower body, including ankles and knees, which could help with coordination and can reduce the chances of falling.

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9. Can Yoga help with arthritis?

Yoga is gentle and strengthening, so may be beneficial to people with arthritis, and can help to reduce pain, inflammation, and mobility problems. Find a teacher who understands your needs to adapt the practice to your ability.

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10. Where can I find a Yoga class?

Wherever you’re based in the UK, find an accredited class through governing body, The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY).

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Yoga: 10 questions for beginners and 10 ways to shop in style, featured:

High waisted Capri Leggings. Perky Peach, £40.

Anahata Yoga Mat Bag. Suusco, £26.99.

WG Flex Range. Pink Marble sustainable activewear. Crop Top, £49. Leggings, £79. Welligogs.

Weighted Eye Pillow. A Little Bit Dotty, £17.

Personalised Pink Yoga Mat. Getting Personal, 34.99

Active Crop, £35. Active Leggings, £45. OB X Yogi Palm Travel Yoga Mat, £43. Oliver Bonas.

Sports Bra. TK Maxx, £12.99

Yellow Yoga Sun Salute Wall Art Print. Athena, £25.

DOIY Berber Design Yoga Mat. The Joy Edit, £39.95

Recycled Yoga Mat Bag. Dihiya Inspired, £35.