We all know how work pressure can build up, and the stresses of both life and work can leave us pulling our hair out.
Between the seemingly endless work calendar and social events (with that group of friends you have rearranged too many times to cancel), it’s no wonder we all crash at of the week. The weekend is never long enough and unless you are planning to emigrate to The Netherlands to enjoy the bliss of their 4 day working week then you need to find some ‘me’ time.
Finding time to reconnect with your mind, body and soul can seem both like a waste of time, as well as taking part in something still lingering around from a groovy 70’s cult. However, there are many proven benefits to slowing down and taking some time for yourself, and the best way to do this is through yoga.
There are some key benefits that yoga can offer, from lowering stress and anxiety levels, improving your cardiovascular health and even reducing the risks of cancer.
We are all victims of the dreaded desk posture, hunched over, staring at our small screens, day in, day out. Your head is like a bowling ball – big, round, and heavy. Move it several inches forward from being directly erect over the spine, however, and you start to strain the neck and back muscles holding it in place. Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems and it’s imperative you don’t ignore the warning signs from muscle and joint pain.
Another important benefit of yoga is focusing on the present. Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores.
One trend that has swept cities such as London in recent times is Hot Pod yoga. Taking place in a temperature-controlled environment of a steamy 37 degrees Celsius, Hot Pod yoga helps the body to ‘melt’ into the practice of yoga by warming up muscles quickly, enabling greater flexibility. It’s also ultra-accessible and is different from other yoga classes because genuinely anyone can try it out, without having to ever had set foot on a yoga mat before. The classes take place in a movable ‘pod’ or heated studios, providing you with a sense of privacy, away from the stresses of the outside world, enabling you to fully focus on your mind, body and soul.
Incorporating yoga into your routine can really go a long way to help enhance your health and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety, therefore allowing you the energy and drive to focus on the important things in life.
Finding the time to practice yoga just 1-2 times per week may be enough to make a noticeable difference when it comes to your health.
We have compiled a list of the best yoga classes London has to offer. Check them out and see how much of a positive impact it will have on you and your lifestyle.
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Types of yoga: Vinyasa flow and hot yoga
London Locations: Covent Garden
Types of yoga: A range; from dynamic to the more restorative and meditation classes too
London Locations: Covent Garden, Soho, Chelsea, Camden
Type of yoga: Hot vinyasa flow
London locations: Notting Hill, Brixton, Hackney
Fat Buddha Yoga
Types of yoga: Dynamic vinyasa flow with elements of Ashtanga and Yin
London locations: Holborn, Dalston, Shoreditch, Central London
Types of yoga: Classes are based on classical Hatha yoga, Bikram and Ashtanga yoga.
London locations: Near Queen’s Park (West), Kentish Town (North), Old Street (City), Finchley, Primrose Hill, Brixton
Sagyne Yoga School
Type of yoga: Hatha yoga
London locations: Ladbroke Grove