Yoga is something that we have both grown to love and to rely upon in our busy lives. I first became interested in yoga when living in rural Japan and have maintained my interest ever since. I have sometimes found it hard to commit to a regular class, but yoga is something I have always gone back to. For me, yoga offers something different every time I stand on the mat. Whether it be a good stretch or a a time to reflect and escape, yoga always takes me somewhere that everyday life cannot. It challenges or calms me, gives me energy or completely exhausts me- no two sessions are ever the same! There are of course times when I find it hard to focus and my mind wanders to trivial things or I get the giggles, but for me this is all the more reason to keep on practising. Jess used to find yoga intimidating because she lacked flexibility and found it all a little too intense; she has now found a relaxed class where they chat, laugh and don’t take themselves too seriously. It has become the highlight of her week and something that she couldn’t imagine giving up. So if you are a little apprehensive like Jess was, try and find a style or a teacher that suits you. There are so many types of yoga out there, there really is a style to suit everybody. I particularly like the physically challenging styles like Ashtanga yoga, but have also found restorative yoga an amazing stress relief. Whatever you do, give it a go, and don’t forget to breathe!