There’s nothing like yoga for an all-round bundle of benefits encompassing body, mind and heart. Whether you want advice on postures, help developing your practice, yoga holidays, blogs or forums, it’s all here in my five favourite yoga sites.
Om Yoga Pages
This is a comprehensive service from the site that claims to be the UK’s premier yoga resource. There is advice on how to maintain and develop a yoga practice; a directory of teachers, retreats and holidays; discussion forums; a facility for keeping a yoga journal; the ubiquitous blog; reviews page and a shop. Visit Om Yoga Pages.
ABC of Yoga
The ABC of Yoga is the world’s largest yoga portal and, although it is US-based, it includes UK yoga websites, making it easy to find a teacher or yoga group near you. There is plenty to read on its information pages, with community, blogs, and news about different types of yoga. What makes this site shine is the informative, animated Learn Yoga Online section: it’s like having a yoga teacher on tap in your home. Visit ABC of Yoga.
British Wheel of Yoga
This is the official body for yoga in the UK and a great place to start if you’re thinking of taking up yoga. There is lots of information, comprehensively presented, with sections on courses, different types of yoga, an online shop and a tool that helps you find an accredited teacher in your locale. Visit British Wheel of Yoga.
The website for the non-profit, international Sivananda yoga centres. Sivananda was one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century. His mission was to spread peace, health and joy through yoga, and he established the first Sivananda yoga centre in Montreal in 1957. Here, lots of well-illustrated exercises accompany good advice about breathing, relaxation, diet, positive thinking and meditation. Visit Sivananda.
You might think Sweaty Betty is simply a clothes brand with its own chain of shops, but you’d be wrong. SB was started in 1998 to provide practical yet stylish clothes for sport, and its motto is to empower women through fitness. The site has plenty of good advice, a community, news of local classes and a blog, as well as a jolly good shop. Visit Sweaty Betty.