Although it's sometimes thought of as an 'easy' workout, the right yoga class can be a seriously tough workout and will test your mental and physical strength at the same time. We're celebrating International Yoga Day by showing you just how many benefits you could reap from taking to the mat...
The slow, deep breathing in yoga is great for easing tensions building in your body, as well as helping to calm your mind. It's a great way to start feeling more present in the moment and stop yourself worrying about the future.
Your yoga practice might be hard at first, but over time your flexibility will improve, increasing your muscle elasticity and helping you to recover from other types of training, particularly as you grow older.
Balance might not seem all that important, but virtually everything we do requires it. Use yoga to help teach your body and brain to work together, reducing your chances of getting injured from moving incorrectly in everyday life.
You don't have to be a fully fledged yogi to feel the benefits of yoga on your self-confidence. By working on yourself in a positive way, you'll become more aware of the amazing things your body can do and will carry this sense of pride out of the studio too.
By learning to concentrate on your breath and becoming more in tune with your body, you'll be improving your ability to focus. Don't be surprised when you find yourself becoming a better listener and feeling more productive at work.
A good night's sleep can have the biggest impact on your energy levels, productivity and general happiness. Yoga is great for calming the mind and helping you to become more mindful. You'll come home from a class in a state of complete relaxation, meaning you won't be tossing and turning all night.