Yoga is a great workout for those who hate exercise. Unlike the tedium of the gym, where you have the arduous task of running on the treadmill and lifting weights, which makes you hot, sweaty, and all puffed out, yoga is a gentler form of exercise. Although it does not burn as many calories, yoga tones the muscles, strengthen the core, improves balance, and make you more flexible. Yoga is also very calming; it can ease stress, and thus reduce blood pressure.
Often vigorous exercise leads to strain or injury; even everyday activities can cause harm due to repetitive actions. Yoga works to realign the body and restore your equilibrium.
Yoga has become increasingly popular, so whether you are a true yogi enthusiast, or are just starting out, The Yoga Show is a good opportunity to cash in on some free classes, stock up on supplies, and even introduce your children to a relaxing fitness programme.
Between the 25th-27th October, The Yoga Show will be at London Olympia in the National Hall. If you book early, you will get a discount with adult tickets between £10-£22 and concessions £8-£18, depending on how many days you attend. Children under sixteen go free.
Free taster sessions are available for all abilities, and will introduce you to a wide range of poses from yoga and pilates. You can also register your children for free classes nearer the date of the event.
If you are looking for a more in-depth lesson, you can book a full length workshop that incorporates a fusion of yoga, pilates, dance, and music. There are four levels to choose from:
Beginners will learn breathing techniques, body locks, hand positions, and meditation. Intermediate is for those with at least six months experience, and advanced are for people with great flexibility and who want to challenge themselves. There is also a workshop designed for yoga teachers or teachers in training.
If you need to get kitted out first, there are over two hundred exhibitors with stalls, where you can buy clothes, mats, balls, and other accessories.