It’s not an exaggeration to say that yoga as a form of exercise is as popular and widespread as it’s ever been in the Western world. And yet, even though there are yoga classes in pretty much every gym in the UK from Aberdeen to Yarmouth, our understanding of it as a tradition and the many forms it can take is still, on the whole, very limited.
Hoping to change all that is Laura Pearce, the owner of yoga mat company Kin Yoga Mats and chief yogi at Yoga Fitness London. With over ten years’ experience teaching yoga, pilates and mindfulness in some of the best gyms in London, she certainly knows the difference between a tree, a bridge and a downward facing dog.
And Laura is a big fan of wearable tech, often controlling the music for her classes through her watch and harnessing sound for relaxation. Wearables also give us the ability to track our health, a concept Laura is very interested in – especially when it comes to body temperature and heart rate monitoring.
To help you get a better understanding of the huge world of yoga, we’ve got Laura to explain five of her favourite types and how they can benefit you.