Physical Benefits of Yoga

Here are some of the benefits that visiting Jala Flow Yoga can bring to you.


Calm woman touching temples. Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth for brain training to relieve anxiety, depression and stress.

Brain Training

Yoga is as much a mental exercise as a physical one, and it’s known to help with anxiety, depression and stress management.

If you can control your breath, you calm the nervous system and ease anxiety.

Yoga can have an instant effect on brain function. A single 20 minute session improves memory, speed and focus.

Man touching heart. Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth is good for the heart and lungs, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. 

Good For The Heart

Vigorous forms of Yoga, such as our Jala Flow classes or Ashtanga, can provide a great workout for the heart and lungs. Studies have shown that yoga is as good as an aerobics class for cutting the risk of heart disease because it reduces body mass index, lowers blood pressure and reduces cholesterol.

Man on the beach breathing in sea air. Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth can help asthma with breathing techniques and improved posture.

Breathe Easier

Research suggests that yoga helps asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. By paying attention to how we inhale and exhale and working to improve posture we can aid symptoms of such illnesses and help with shortness of breath.

“Since attending hot yoga classes I have found less need for my inhaler. My airways feel less restricted and I can carry out day-to-day activities such as walking, without feeling as tired and breathless” – Lorraine Talbot

Person holding joint on knee. Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth strengthens joints and muscles, reducing joint pain and arthritis and improving balance.

Joint Pain

Yoga lubricates the joints and strengthens the muscles supporting them. The relaxation also reduces the pain itself.

By increasing the range of movement, joints work more effectively, reducing the symptoms of arthritis, for example. This is particularly important for the hips that become weaker and less stable as we get older. Yoga also helps balance, preventing falls, and has been known to assist stroke patients regain balance and maintain their independence.

Man showing back and spine. Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth improves back pain and increases flexibility.

Strengthen Your Spine

Yoga can be an excellent alternative to conventional treatments offered by GPs for back pain. Those who do yoga have found they have had greater improvements in everyday tasks such as walking, bending down and getting dressed compared with when they used standard care treatments such as painkillers.

Woman in bed sleeping peacefully. Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth can improve basic mindfulness and reduce insomnia and stress.

Eat and Sleep Well

Yoga can help improve the relationship we have with food, build body awareness and deal with stress and other emotional problems that can lead to unhealthy eating or lack of sleep. Employing basic mindfulness techniques picked up in class can help those suffering from sleep related problems such as insomnia.

Older woman with strong arms and bones. Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth can strengthen bones, preventing or delaying osteoporosis.

Strengthen bones

Weight-bearing exercise such as yoga stresses the skeleton and boosts bone growth, preventing or delaying osteoporosis. Yoga can be particularly good for older people who are not able to do high impact exercise like running or aerobics.

Person holding stomach. Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth can manage stress and anxiety, reducing IBS and digestive problems.

Ease Gut Problems

IBS is closely related to stress and anxiety which can be managed through yoga, positively influencing such digestive problems.

Man and woman's feet in bed during sex. Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth can strengthen pelvic floor and improve sex life for men and women.

Better Sex Life

Many yoga poses help to strengthen the pelvic floor – a group of muscles that support the bladder, bowel, uterus and vagina.

Both men and woman can benefit from strengthening these muscles, particularly women who have experienced child birth and suffer from such conditions as stress incontinence.

Strengthening the pelvic floor is also thought to improve your sex life.