We answer the latest questions being asked about practicing yoga and yoga classes in Edinburgh and further afield.
There are many different styles of yoga, each featuring their own stretches, trademark breathing exercises and even different equipment to master. Whether taking part at your local gym classes in Edinburgh or trying out a DVD at home. Here are a few of our favourites:
The NHS recommends gentle exercise such as yoga during pregnancy as being good for both you and your baby. The stretching and breathing exercises during prenatal yoga can help you manage your weight, keep you fit and prepare you for labour.
Certain types of yoga and postures are not suitable during pregnancy, so it’s important to choose a qualified practitioner to guide you – check out gyms in Edinburgh and find one that offers the support you need. You can find out more from the British Wheel of Yoga, Sport England's Governing Body for yoga.
Aerial yoga is a fun modern style that incorporates the use of a prop – a silk hammock – to help you achieve a wide variety of poses and postures. The hammock is suspended from the ceiling about a metre from the floor, working as a swing to support forward and backward bends.
It improves your balance, strengthens your legs, arms and core, and can also help to decompress your spine – which is great for your body if you’re sat at a desk in the city centre five days a week. Enjoy the freedom of movement offered by performing postures suspended in mid-air that you may normally find difficult to achieve on the mat.
Even if you're a well-practised yogi, Bikram yoga can be a challenging class. At Bikram Yoga in Edinburgh, they make it easier with equipment to rent so you’re always fully prepared. We look at what you might expect at a Bikram yoga (otherwise known as hot yoga) class: