Those aches and pains from sitting for too long at a desk or perhaps doing heavy lifting or any type of physical labour (including hoovering!) will soon start to melt with a regular yoga practice. You may not even need that physio appointment when you start to practise regularly (minimum once per week, ideally 2/3 times a week and if you practise most days gets you a gold star). Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa builds both strength and flexibility and I promise it’s not boring. It’s a truly wonderful practice which comes with many benefits including:

Increases energy/reduces fatigue

Relieves stress

Relieves physical muscle tension

Releases natural wastes, such as carbon dioxide

Gives the internal organs a gentle massage

Increases the oxygen to all cells

Strengthens the lungs

Slows the heart rate (that’s a good thing,the slower your breathe, the longer you get to enjoy living)

Lowers blood pressure

Increases blood flow to muscles

Boost creativity

Better concentration/focus

You may find some of your own benefits too which aren’t listed above as yoga is ultimately a personal experience/practise.

8 weeks to a more stronger, flexible and happier you – backed by research

A  University of London study shows that just 8 weeks of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga has significant effects on a practitioners physical and mental health. Charlie Taylor-Rugman, a Pattabhi Jois-Authorised Ashtanga teacher, gathered a sample group of complete beginners and taught them the Ashtanga Primary Series once a week for 8 weeks. Each week students were guided through Sun Salutations, standing postures, then Dandasana, Paschimottanasana and Purvottanasana (Sanskrit names for the postures) and three seated finishing poses and final relaxation. After 8 weeks participants demonstrated significant improvements in upper body and core endurance; trunk and hamstring flexibility; shoulder flexibility and ankle-calf flexibility, as well as a reduction in total body fat percentage. Results also suggested beneficial effects on subjects mental well-being.