Yoga can create a lasting transformation, but not many people understand the huge variety of benefits it has; benefits that are important to keep in mind if you want to stay motivated.

That’s why we’ve put together a short list detailing some of the biggest advantages of yoga; to help you reignite your interest, or get the motivation you need to try yoga for the first time.

Pain prevention – Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent causes of back pain. One of the biggest causes is regularly sitting at a computer or behind the wheel of car which can cause tightness. Yoga relieves these issues.

It encourages general wellbeing – Yoga isn’t just about working out, it’s about adopting a healthy lifestyle too. Deep breathing and meditation that yoga encourages helps people escape from the chaotic world outside and remain still. Uncluttering the mind is a great stress-buster.

Ease migraines – Studies have shown that people who suffer from migraine problems have fewer and less painful migraines after 3 months of yoga practice. The exact cause of a migraine isn’t fully understood, but it’s thought to be a combination of mental stressors and physical misalignment; the two of which are aided by yoga.

Improved sleep – One other study has shown that 8 weeks of yoga practice can significantly improve sleep for insomnia sufferers. Most sleep issues are often related to anxiety; the breathing exercises in yoga help bust that stress and in turn help you get a better night’s sleep.

It’s open to everyone – Yoga is hugely popular the world over, so finding a session near you shouldn’t be hard. The other appeal is that it’s available to everyone and anyone, age, fitness level – none of them matter. Anyone can get involved.

There are many different types – One of the wonderful things about yoga is that, with so many styles, it can be fit into anyone’s lifestyle. There’s power yoga, relaxation yoga, hot yoga and so on. Hatha yoga is often the most popular choice for beginners but  the better you get, the more styles you can try.