'I practise every morning and never have any pain'

Carol Shubotham (56) from Dublin has been practising yoga for 10 years. She says:

"I love it. I go to a class once a week and practise by myself every morning and never have an ache or pain.

"I had an accident recently where I came off my bike. In A&E they told me I'd been very lucky not to have worse injuries. I put that down to the strength I've built up through yoga.

"It's a very individual exercise. I think if you're someone who's watching what the person on the mat next to you is doing, then it probably isn't the right form of exercise for you. It's not competitive and I love that.

"I work as an artist standing all day; yoga has really helped my posture. It also helps me breathe deeply and calm my mind. I really can't say enough good things about it!"

Grainne O'Driscoll (37), from Waterford, looks forward to yoga as a bit of chill-out time. She says: "I had a knee injury and started yoga three years ago to help with my flexibility, which it definitely has. I'd tried different classes before, including Bikram, but they just didn't appeal to me. Finding the right teacher makes a big difference.

"I play tag rugby, golf and also go to the gym. It's nice to do something that doesn't involve running around like mad.

" Yoga is an excellent de-stresser. In classes you're encouraged to put everything out of your mind and focus on breathing. It's a great time-out from the hustle and bustle of daily life."

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