Yoga can kickstart your art

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Q: Harry Bennett, 22, from Wigan asks: I’ve always been interested in Martial Arts, and want to try to improve my flexibility to help with this. I find I struggle to stick to a weekly stretching routine, so a friend recommended I try yoga classes. Might this help me?

A: Xercise4Less fitness guru, The Colonel, gives his thoughts: Yoga is a fantastic way to help you keep flexible, and these days you need not look any further than your local gym to get involved.

By offering an alternative to traditional stretching techniques, Yoga might be just what you need to allow you greater flexibility in achieving your goals.

As an ancient form of exercise, it focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

The main component of yoga is postures, with series of movements combined with breathing exercises.

Not only could this be just the kick up the backside you need, but it could be just what you need to help you kick higher than ever before. As something that anyone can give a go, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try your hand at it. It has also been shown to improve balance, coordination and core strength.

Combined with the relaxation it can embody, it could leave your muscles feeling strong and happy.