If stress and anxiety are dragging you down, get yourself a yoga mat.
Yoga is an ancient mind-body exercise that combines breathing and meditation with various movements, or asanas.
Core Balance looks at how practising yoga daily not only improves your core strength and flexibility, but your mental well being too.
Controlled breathing is the foundation of yoga.
Focusing on your breathing helps you to flow seamlessly into a yoga pose by clearing your mind, relaxing your body and lowering your heart rate.
It also helps you to be completely in the moment, rather than distracted by the trials and tribulations of everyday life, such as an outstanding bill or impending deadline.
Stretching out your muscles to relieve tension also helps to lift your mood.
For example, if you have tension in your back, neck or shoulders, there’s a high probability you’ll suffer from headaches and your stress levels will be higher.
By performing an asana that relieves neck, back or shoulder pain, you could find your stress levels drastically improve.
Life rarely gives us time to focus purely on ourselves, which is where yoga can help.
Becoming in tune with your mind and body, through slow breathing and movements, allows you to reconnect with your inner self.
Reflecting on your thoughts and focusing on yourself is key to spiritual growth and self-love.
If you’re tossing and turning at night, it’s probably down to stress.
Reduced concentration and increased fatigue are just two of the symptoms of a bad night’s sleep, which is why a good night’s sleep is so important.
By alleviating stress, yoga can help you fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer, so you wake up feeling more energetic and ready to face down any challenge.