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Health and Well-Being in the Forest of Dean

With recent research showing how important being physically active is in the prevention and control of disease, many of us are realising that we could be doing more to help ourselves and improve our quality of life. But where do we start especially if it has been a long time since being regularly active?

Whether you want to improve your balance, reduce your blood pressure, control your sugar levels or cholesterol or just to make everyday life a little easier, there is an activity out there to suit you.  A referral from your GP or practice nurse could give you the direction you need into becoming healthier.  Go to

to find out what is available or ask your practice nurse or GP for some advice about a referral.


Click on the link below for information about weekly health walks.

Walking for Health in Lydney and Nearby


Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety.

Most people can benefit from any of the various styles of yoga — it's all about your personal preferences.  There is a class to suit everyone.

The core components of most general yoga classes are:

· Yoga postures - a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility.

· Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga. In yoga, breath signifies your vital energy. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quieten your mind.

The potential health benefits of yoga are numerous and may include:

· Stress reduction.  With its quiet, precise movements, yoga draws your focus away from your busy, chaotic day and towards calm as you move your body through poses that require balance and concentration.

· Increased fitness.  As you learn and refine new poses, you may enjoy improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you're less likely to injure yourself.

· Management of chronic health conditions.  Yoga might help with a variety of health conditions, such as cancer, depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia, by helping with sleep problems, fatigue and mood. Yoga also can help reduce heart rate and blood pressure.

· Weight loss.  If you're overweight or have binge-eating disorder, yoga may help you make the healthy lifestyle changes necessary to gain control of your eating and drop those extra pounds.

While you shouldn't expect yoga to cure you or offer 100% relief, it can help some health conditions when combined with standard treatment.  If you already enjoy good health, yoga can be an enjoyable supplement to your regular fitness routine.

You do not have to be flexible to do yoga!  Many people believe they have to be flexible to do yoga.  This is not true.  However, you may become flexible through continued practice of yoga.

There are several yoga teachers and many classes in different venues locally.  If you are interested in exploring yoga, see the table below for contact details of teachers in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley area.

Yoga Classes in the Forest of Dean

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