Yoga: the path to physical health

Yoga classes are now available for every age group and fitness level. Whether you're beginner or a professional - with the range of courses available today, everyone can find the type of yoga that is right for them.
Yoga originated in India and has its roots in Hinduism and Buddhism. Today, yoga is practised by people of many different religions and is recommended primarily for general well-being and inner balance. The objective of yoga exercises is to bring body, mind and spirit into harmony. That’s why yoga classes usually include breathing exercises, meditation and deep relaxation as well as a range of postures.

The better known, more traditional styles of yoga are increasingly being refined into more specific practices:

Aerial yoga

Aerial yoga is a new form of yoga in which yoga posture sequences are performed using lengths of cloth attached to the ceiling. While you are doing this, you may sometimes find yourself hanging upside-down in the air. In the upside-down position, the load on the spine is reduced and the back relaxes.

Bikram yoga (or hot yoga)

In Bikram Yoga, the yoga lesson, which consists of 26 yoga exercises, is conducted in a room where the temperature is around 40 degrees centigrade. The muscles become more flexible in the heat, and the sweating is supposed to accelerate the detoxification process.

Stand-up paddle yoga

As the name suggests, this yoga practice is done on a stand-up paddle-board in the water. This style of yoga offers a very special experience due to the calm of the water and the gentle movement of the board. In addition, the degree of difficulty is higher, as you have to pay more attention to balance due to the unstable surface.

Did you know that under the COMPLETA FORTE, COMPLETA PRAEVENTA and OPTIMA supplementary insurance plans SWICA contributes up to 900 francs* towards preventive healthcare relating to relaxation and wellbeing? Find out more

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In the event of further health-related questions, SWICA customers can contact the santé24 telemedicine service free of charge on +41 44 404 86 86. A telemedicine practice licence allows santé24 physicians to provide additional medical services in cases that are suited to a telemedicine approach. SWICA customers can also use the BENECURA medical app to carry out a digital SymptomCheck and receive recommendations about what to do next. During a subsequent phone call with santé24, customers can decide for themselves whether to release their information from SymptomCheck to santé24.