According to mentalhealth.org.uk, humans are becoming more stressed, anxious and depressed.  A 2014 study found that 19.7% of people aged 16 and over showed symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is impossible to avoid stress entirely, but thankfully yoga can help by combatting stress whilst also providing some great physical benefits.

 

 1. Relaxation

Yoga allows you to be entirely free of the troubles of your day-to-day life. If you take even just 15 minutes out of your day to practice poses, breathing and meditation – you will start to notice changes fast to your mood and overall quality of life fast.

 

 2. Exercise

 When you say yoga, the fitness benefit is probably one of the last thing’s you think about. But yoga is a fantastic and gentle exercise, which combines aspects of cardio, strength and functional training.

 

 3. Cheap

Yoga has next to zero cost. If you have access to the Internet you are able to access huge amounts of yoga instructors who will be able to teach you the basics, all the way up to seasoned veteran for FREE thanks to YouTube. A great channel that I would recommend using would be ‘Yoga With Adrienne’; it is a community that caters to all development stages of yoga.

 

 4. Flexibility

 Yoga has been known to increase flexibility hugely. I have seen firsthand the effect of yoga on the human body. After just 3 months of yoga a friend of mine was able her toes when she was only able to reach her knees beforehand. Not only does it make you more flexible, the act of yoga is flexible! You can pull out a mat at any point in the day and start, easy as that. 

 

 5. Live better longer

 Yoga improves your quality of life as you get older. Where some people lose a lot of ability with age, yoga can keep you nimble and active. As you get older your balance begins to naturally decline unless you work your core. The greatest thing about yoga is that it can actually help you to live longer. Yoga slows pace of breathing, which is linked to a longer lifespan.

 

Yoga will make such an enormous difference to your life. The benefits outweigh the cost immensely; there is no reason that you shouldn’t start today! 

Have a look at some of the yoga products that Practical Surfaceware offers such as:

 

The Yoga Stretch Strap

Perfect for beginners this will help you to perform more experienced stretches by extending your reach.

 

Blue Microfibre Yoga Ma

Try out our ultra-absorbent comfortable mat, currently priced at £19.99 down from £45.00