Yoga

Yoga can be a fantastic way to enjoy a more relaxed life and feel good. It doesn’t matter what shape you’re in or how old you are, as yoga is an activity that most people can join in with.

Yoga is an ancient activity that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing in order to boost physical and mental wellbeing. It’s something you can do alone, with friends or as part of a local class. Joining a class is a good way to meet new friends too.

There are hundreds types of yoga available but they all offer similar benefits, so it’s not overly important which type you choose. They all help you be more active and try to provide a ‘union’ between mind, body and spirit. Yoga is a peaceful activity can help improve your mental wellbeing, ease stress and help improve your posture, physique and general fitness.

The great thing about yoga is that you can either join a class that suits your needs or do it by yourself in the comfort of your own living room. To join a local yoga class all you need to be able to do is get up and down from the floor.

You’ll even find that some yoga classes are chair-based, so if you’re not the most upwardly mobile this could be the ideal way to help you to boost your strength, flexibility, balance and breathing.

Whether you’re absolute beginner or already have some yoga experience, everyone can enjoy this low impact and accessible activity. Regular yoga is good for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains (including lower back pain), depression and stress, so it really is great for mind, body and soul.

If you want to start being active without doing something too intense, yoga could be the right fit for you.

Yoga is a good way to get active, without costly equipment. It’s a safe and accessible activity that all ages, shapes and sizes can join in with. It can also help with:

  • Reducing stress
  • Improving balance and general mobility
  • Increasing muscle strength in the legs and lower back
  • Help improve mobility in those with arthritis
  • Low impact that doesn’t put pressure on bones and joints
  • Improved heart and lung function, so you breathe easier
  • Muscle toning and increased stamina and energy
  • Reduced tension, anxiety and depression
  • Sleep better
  • Help manage long term conditions like diabetes and COPD
  • Improve mood
  • Have fun with friends
  • Start to feel good about yourself again

It doesn’t have to cost much at all. All you need is a book, video or app, a free room and maybe some calming music or quiet. If you’d rather attend an organised class, these can be paid for one session at a time. Typically classes range from £2–£5 per class. 

If you already visit your local gym or leisure centre ask them about their membership deals, as these can be really good value for money. If you are planning to attend 2 or more yoga classes a week or want to use the pool/gym facilities you might want to consider joining.

More than likely you’ll find yoga classes taking part in community facilities, leisure centres, schools and privately run facilities across Liverpool.

It really is accessible in every sense of the word with more than 20 classes daily, for all levels, ages and abilities. Click here to find yoga classes near you or visit LiveWell.

It’s probably a good idea to watch a class or attend a free taster session before you consider signing up for a course. You’ll very quickly know whether this is something that’s right for you. 

If you have a medical condition, any health concerns or haven’t exercised for a long time, it would be good to speak to your GP before you start yoga or at least tell your instructor, so they can offer advice on what’s best for you.

Before you do this alone at home or with friends it’s good to learn the basics of yoga from an instructor, just to make sure you’re doing it safely and correctly. But if you really just want to do it all on your own, then consider using a book, DVD or app to learn the basic poses and positions.

So that’s yoga then. Relax, take a deep breath and give it a go. Or if you’d like to see if another activity is more to your liking, click here to visit our activities page.