Exercise has been one of the things keeping Sophie busy during lockdown. Here are a few words from her about one form of exercise she carries out – yoga:

Yoga is a worldwide known form of exercise and is estimated to be between 5,000-10,000 years old. Regular practice of yoga is thought to promote: strength, endurance, and flexibility and facilitates characteristics of friendliness, compassion and greater self-control while cultivating a sense of calmness and well-being.

I enjoy yoga as a form of regular exercise and it can also be an effective form of rehabilitation too. Yoga can be easily adapted, depending on your capabilities.

There has been evidence in studies to show that yoga can help to strengthen and activate big muscle groups such as the abdominals, obliques and gluteus maximus. Other studies suggest that when yoga is given to inpatients, as a form of rehabilitation, it helped them to improve their breathing, relaxation, and psychological well-being.

Generally, I will complete a 20 minutes yoga session around 2 to 5 times a week. Varying from easy to harder sessions depending on the day. There is no right or wrong way ‘to do yoga’. So as you begin your yoga journey, you will be able to decide what amount is comfortable for you.

If you have any other questions on how or where to start feel free to get in contact with Backworks on 01702 342329.

References:

Ni, M. et al., (2014). Core muscle function during specific yoga poses. Complementary Therapies in Medicine (online), 22(2): 235-243. (Viewed 25 January 2021). Available from: doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2014.01.007

Yoga, I.J., (2011). Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life. Internal Journal of Yoga (online), 4(2): 49–54. (Viewed 25 January 2021). Available from: doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.85485.

Schmid, A.A., (2012). Poststroke balance improves with yoga: a pilot study. AHA Journals (online), 43(9): 2402-2407. (Viewed 25 January 2021). Available from: doi: https://doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.112.658211.