What are the benefits of practicing yoga?
Yoga has many physical benefits: It creates a flexible, toned and strong body and it improves
breathing, energy and metabolism. Yoga improves circulatory and cardiac health. It improves
fitness levels, relieves pain and improves posture.
Yoga also provides mental benefits: it makes you happier, more balanced and emotionally
calmer. It helps you relax so you can handle stress better. Yoga encourages self-confidence and
helps you to focus your energy
The spiritual benefits of yoga are also key: Yoga teaches you to be aware—aware of what is
going on inside and outside of you. Yoga teaches you to be present in your surroundings and
open to what is all around!
You will feel some benefits immediately, such as physically feeling tension release and the body
opening and muscle strengthening. The "feel good" feeling that keeps people hooked on yoga.
Other benefits depend on how much you practice, and every person is different. But most people
will feel a positive change after a few weeks if not before.
What is the best time to practice?
The morning is a great time to practice; you wake up stiff from the night, so opening up your
body with some yoga sets you up nicely for the day. In the evening, yoga can be a nice way to
unwind. In the afternoon it can be a great way to release tiredness from the working day and re-
energise after work. Basically it comes down to whenever you can fit yoga in, that’s the right
time for you!
Can I eat before yoga?
You want to have a more or less empty stomach during a yoga session, so leave at least two
hours between a main meal and yoga. Digestion of food requires energy and when you do yoga
after a meal, your energy goes to the muscles you’re exercising and the body can’t digest the
food properly. It is not healthy and won’t feel good to practice yoga on a full stomach.
Can I practice yoga when I am on my menstrual cycle?
Some women prefer to stop practicing yoga when they have their period while others keep going.
Most teachers advise not to practice inversions (Headstand, Handstand, Forearm Balances)
which interrupt the downward flow. Strong twists can be uncomfortable as well. It really
depends on the individual however so listen to what your body tells you! A slower, more
restorative practice might be more beneficial and pleasant for you.
I’m not very flexible. Can I do yoga?
Not only you can but you should. Stretching improves your posture and makes your joints
healthier. It reduces pain in general, especially back pain. If you’re not flexible when you start,
you’ll see improvements even faster. But remember that yoga is not only flexibility, you’ll work
your strength, balance and breathing as well.
I have a medical problem. Can I still do yoga?
Many people practice yoga as a way to manage their health conditions. However, if you have
medical condition or an injury, you should consult a medical practitioner before starting any
exercise including yoga. We cannot offer medical advice. If you have a medical problem or
injury and have not practiced yoga before we recommend that you speak to your yoga teacher to
check your alignment in poses and to get advice about any poses or movements you need to