Photo (Above and below) by Lorraine Patch
The Dorset Yoga Centre is celebrating its first birthday in style and raising money for Dorset Wildlife Trust at their open day on Saturday 13th July from 10-4pm.
The open day aims to get everyone involved with yoga, regardless of their age or ability, and offers a chance for the public to find out the range of benefits that yoga has to offer. It will also give people the opportunity to learn how yoga is linked with wildlife, nature and wellbeing.
In harmony with nature
Sharon Cox-Button, a teacher at the centre emphasises the importance of ‘Ahimsa’; the theory of non-violence in yoga, and its relevance to the conservation work that Dorset Wildlife Trust carry out. Sharon said: “We are keen to raise money for Dorset Wildlife Trust, because nature is integral to everything we do. Yoga can benefit your life in so many ways, but another equally important side is its moral code, and how it teaches us about living harmony with nature. Many yoga poses are based upon wildlife and nature, including the eagle, pigeon, tree and cobra positions.”
Alastair Cook, Marketing and Fundraising Director for Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “Charities such as DWT are becoming more reliant on the public’s generosity and fundraising initiatives, due to the decline of other funding sources, such as from the public sector and increased competition for grant funding. Wildlife and conservation is something that many people feel passionate about in Dorset, and we are very grateful to local groups and organisations who want to help us raise money to continue our important work.”
Dr Rachel Janes is a Conservation Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust and has been attending the yoga centre in Dorchester since it opened a year ago. She said: “Yoga is an important part of my life and I love going to the yoga centre in Dorchester. In Dorset we are so lucky to be surrounded in beautiful outside places such as a wildflower meadows on DWT reserves, to help us relax, reflect and stay healthy.”
Yoga for everyone's needs and abilities
The centre runs a range of classes promoting positive health and wellbeing benefits both mentally and physically. The open day gives people the chance to come and experience classes such as dynamic, restorative, relaxation and pregnancy yoga for free, and if you have any suggestions for a type of yoga you would like to try that might benefit the community in future, come and make a suggestion!
The centre caters for all ages and abilities, with classes for teenagers, mother & baby, special needs children, and Hatha yoga for beginners and improvers.
Click here for more information about the Dorset Yoga Centre.
Notes to Editors
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.