Free yoga sessions have been launched in Shiregreen as part of a programme to encourage improved fitness and well-being among residents.
The Mindful Movement classes, which involve stretching and breathing exercises, are funded by Sanctuary Housing as part of Energise Shiregreen and aimed at people who are unable to do more physically challenging workouts.
With no booking necessary, residents are being encouraged to turn up for the hour-long sessions at Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre, in Westnall Road, on Wednesdays at 2.30pm. Classes will run until 15 February with a break for Christmas after 14 December until 4 January.
Residents taking part will also get a free CD from instructor Kathryn Rogers to help them continue practising exercises at home.
Melanie King, Sanctuary Housing’s Neighbourhood Partnerships Manager for Shiregreen said: “Following the success of our other local sport and fitness activities, we are delighted to be introducing these sessions to Shiregreen residents. We hope they will encourage residents to enjoy and develop a regular habit of doing gentle exercises, especially those who find it difficult to do high energy sports or fitness classes.”
Energise Shiregreen is part of Sanctuary’s wider Love Sport programme, in partnership with Sport England, which is taking place in neighbourhoods across the country and aims to engage more than 2,250 residents in sport and fitness activities.
Sanctuary’s commitment to the five-year programme has been match-funded by Sport England, through National Lottery investment, to help deliver the sport and activity sessions.