Relax this Christmas with yoga.

Monday, 1 December 2014  |  Paul

This year, why not give your friends and family the gift of yoga for Christmas? Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that aims to transform your body and mind. Many see yoga as an alternative medicine, involving holding stretches as a low-impact physical exercise, often praised for its therapeutic benefits. Yoga is often recommended as a cost-effective treatment in instances of back pain, stress, high blood pressure and depression.

Yoga can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home or at your local gym. For both practiced individuals or for very new beginners, a yoga mat is a great gift this Christmas for motivating people. I’ve selected some of our most popular mats below to get you started:

Wildflower Yoga Mat:

The Yoga Wildflower Yoga Mat is ideal for everyone from beginners to yoga teachers. It’s relatively thick so will provide all the support you need. It’s 100% cotton so easy to wash and is available in a choice of three colours, all with an Indian themed flower pattern. Packaged in an easy to hold bag, this is perfect for those who will be going to classes or travelling with the mat.

Grip Dot Yoga Mat:

The towelled Yoga Mad Grip Dot Yoga Mat is perfect for those starting hot yoga, also known as bikram yoga. Machine washable and packaged in a convenient netted bag, this mat is a highly recommended choice.

Evolution Mat with Carry Strap:

The Yoga Mad Evolution Mat with Carry Strap is our environmentally friendly yoga mat made without PVC or Latex. Made from recyclable and biodegradable material this mat comes with an easy to carry strap, perfect for those on the go.

Yoga and Health Benefits

Yoga and Back Pain - Hatha yoga can improve general stability and reduce pain for those affected by chronic, but not acute, back pain.

Yoga and Mental Health - Yoga focuses on breathing and meditation. It’s the perfect exercise for those who need relief from a stressful lifestyle.  The focus on developing a strong awareness of your own physical movement and breathing has made yoga a core component in many mindfulness programmes. The gentle stretching and focus on the relationship between the mind and the body has, for many, successfully treated anxieties, depression, insomnia and fatigue.

Sports Related Physical Health - Yoga is great for utilising all of your muscles. Increasingly athletes are using yoga to help maximise their performance, improve body conditioning and minimise the chances of injury. For anyone looking to start a new sporting hobby in 2015 or get back into an old sport, yoga is the perfect way of gently easing your body back into the game.

Beginners should always take it very easy. Over competitiveness and lack of proper instruction can cause negative effects.

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