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Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:53

Nama-STAY fit with yoga

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Nicole Beale: Looking for a way to keep healthy? Yoga may be the solution you're looking for.


With the dark cloud of exams looming over UCT, it may be time to get in touch with your inner yogi. An array of yoga studios are spread around Cape Town, giving students opportunities to improve not only their flexibility and strength, but also their ability to relax.

First time yoga students may not be aware of the various styles of the practice such as Bikram, Vinyasa and Iyengar. Some forms are held in a heated room of about 40˚C (like Bikram), which is an excellent way to detoxify and become supple. Non-heated forms like Hatha and Vinyasa help improve one’s stamina and circulation, while Iyengar makes use of props for stretching and support.

It may be overwhelming to choose which form is best for you, but it is important to try out different types of yoga to get used to the practice and see your preference. The Mother City is filled with yoga studios, which often offer introductory specials to help students decide which studio is best for them. Students with transportation can try Yoga Zone in town, Yoga Life in Green Point or Yoga Spirit in Constantia. Yo Yoga, which is located behind Cavendish in Claremont, offers a student-friendly environment with a range of class times to suit different schedules.

Generally, these studios offer discounted student rates (ranging from about R400 – R500 per month), which can put pressure on some budgets. Various studios, like Yoga Zone and Yoga Life give free beginners classes once a week, allowing everyone to try the practice. For a more affordable option, UCT’s Bhakti Yoga Society host regular classes on campus in the Martial Arts Room in the Sports Centre.

During stressful times, yoga is the perfect way to de-stress, as studios provide a calming sanctuary for individuals to unwind while keeping healthy. It is an excellent way to keep your mind and body in sync to prevent falling ill or burning out from university pressure.

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