Women's Fitness

GET A YOGA BODY

Yoga may be best known for winding down and stretching out but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a super-effective workout. In fact, thanks to its combined effect on body and mind, yoga offers myriad benefits that help you get in shape. Research shows that regular yogis are slimmer than those who don’t practise, with lower body fat levels and BMIs. And it’s no coincidence that many athletes now include yoga in their training programmes. By aiding strength, flexibility, balance and mental focus, as well as improving stamina and strength, regular yoga practice can improve your performance whether on the sports field or in the gym.

‘Improved flexibility is one of the most obvious benefits of yoga but you’ll probably also notice that aches and pains start to disappear,’ says Annie Hill, founder of yogahaven (). ‘Yoga also gets

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