Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. It is a commonplace activity in many leisure centres, health clubs, schools, hospitals and surgeries.
Studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There's some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches, pains, depression and stress.
Yoga workouts usually work on a whole-body approach to strengthening. Each pose has counter-pose that aims to create a sense of balance in the body.