Even kids can benefit from yoga.
Even kids can benefit from yoga. FILE

Yoga help for every body

DOWNWARD dog and sphinx pose were on the menu at Yoga Tree in Victoria St on Friday for International Yoga Day.

Young Ryley Simcocks was in attendance with his stepmother Tara Atkinson and while the youngster usually goes to the Funky Monkey class earlier in the day, Tara extended an invitation to him to join in with the grown-ups.

While he had already done the kids' class and the 90-minute Yin Yoga which includes relaxation and meditation along with mat-work, a more gentle form of yoga done while lying down, Ryley still said "It was great.”

Even though he is still a primary school student, Ryley is already a competent practitioner and can handle headstands.

Yoga teacher Majella Stevens said that kids could gain great benefit from yoga. Apart from the Funky Monkey class, there is a class for teenagers on Tuesday. The classes also include meditation, which she says, 'helps lots of kids'.

"Yoga has an effect on body, mind and spirit,” she said.

"It brings a positive change.”

World Yoga Day was born just four years ago in India, the home of yoga, and was proclaimed by the Prime Minister.

The timing was chosen to coincide with the solstice, the northern hemisphere's longest day of the year and therefore the one with the most light. In Australia though, it coincides with the winter solstice, making it the day with the least sunshine.

See yogatreestanthorpe @gmail.com for more information.

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