If you are one of those people who are unable to participate in exercise such as walking or gym then yoga may be for you.

Researchers in the Netherlands have found that yoga is heart protective lowering both cholesterol levels and blood pressure and obesity.

Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing and although it does not count towards the 2 and a half hours of physical activity we should participate in weekly, it does count as a muscle strengthening exercise which we should be doing on 2 or more days a week.

The review of several studies involving over 3000 people found that yoga had significant benefits to heart disease when compared with no exercise at all.

Professor Hunik of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam said ‘: “These results indicate that yoga is potentially very useful and in my view worth pursuing as a risk improvement practice.”

There are many different kinds of yoga practised with varying degrees of intensity and although it is not known yet why yoga is beneficial, its affects on stress levels which are linked to high blood pressure and heart disease are well documented.

Cathy Taylor who practises massage here at Luck’s Yard Clinic also teaches yoga locally.

She teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga which she describes as a flowing and active class, using breath with movement to tone,  strengthen, invigorate, stretch and relax.

Cathy also offers one-to-one classes tailored to your needs and can be contacted on 07790 775312 or cathytayl@gmail.com