1. Relaxation (allows you to step back from your negative emotions, stress, anger, worry, anxiety, regret and makes you appreciate how important the breath is. When we lose our breath focus we lose our way and situations can become out of control quickly)

2. Flexibility (provides ability to move freely without feeling restricted, simple things looking over your shoulder, putting on shoes, playing with animals/children)


3. Strengthens the body (improves endurance and strength in the muscles)

4. Deeper awareness (Do you ever stop and recognise how your body feels. Yoga helps you walk taller, improves posture and gives you free movement)

5. Make you feel grounded and improves concentration (Once the mind is clear, positive energy and positive things happens, you feel more focussed and that you can achieve things more easily)

Man with neck and back pain. Man rubbing his painful back close up. Pain relief concept

6. Encourages better nights sleep (Helps switch off and calm the nervous system and allows your body to relax and aid a better night`s sleep)

7. Improves recovery from exercise or injury (Your doctor may suggest Yoga to help overcome injury or recover from more strenuous sports)

8. Good for the mind (when you start to live in the moment, the mental chatter calms – yoga brings about peace of mind)

9. Brain (Breath fully and deeply and everything will work better from head to toe)

10. Posture (yoga helps to improve posture, simple things like the way you walk and hold yourself, gives length to the body giving a feeling of creating more space)

Hypnotherapist Paul Barratt explores this further and asks What do you do to Relax?

To find out if exercise could with your stress read Pilates Coach Anna Ryan’s blog article Stress & Exercise

Read more about the role of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the management of stress by Nicola Rycroft