My View, Mel Hewitt: Yoga boost for the hospice charity

Women practicing yoga. Pic:  PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Women practicing yoga. Pic: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

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Peace of mind is, it seems, becoming harder to find. Technology has brought us many advantages, but it has also ushered in the 24-hour, seven-days-a-week world.

A world where work can follow you home, television programmes are on a loop and shops never close, can be overpowering.

A smartphone can mean video conferencing on the beach for mum or dad, or an urgent work email at breakfast that means you never really reach escape velocity.

We are also perhaps over-blessed with choice in our modern world, where everything from kitchen work surfaces to tea comes in bewildering varieties.

Let’s be honest, who hasn’t stood in front of a supermarket shelf and fallen into an almost trance-like state trying to decide which washing powder/tablet or liquid to buy.

Simpler and slower is beginning to sound good to me. One of the ways we in the West have been trying to ease and move beyond the stress of everyday life is through yoga.

Last autumn, the United Nations declared June 21 as International Yoga Day.

This day is designed to raise worldwide awareness of the many benefits of yoga, including finding inner peace.

This Sunday as part of the world’s first international yoga day, Tall Trees Yoga in Doncaster is hosting a charity yogathon from 9am to 4pm to raise money for St John’s Hospice.

This is a real opportunity for those who already enjoy yoga – or for those who want to find out more to come along and take part.

There is something for everyone – from children to seniors, beginners to advanced.

There will also be workshops running throughout the day, including an introduction to yoga philosophy, reflexology, Thai yoga massage, chanting and more.

The Tall Trees teachers will also be leading a Sun Salutation Challenge which involves performing the 12-pose sequence 108 times.

If you wish to be sponsored for the Sun Salutation Challenge then please pick up a sponsorship form from Tall Trees reception or email Namaste@talltreesyoga.co.uk for a copy.

Individual classes and workshops are £5 per person or an unlimited day pass is just £20. All funds will support the hospice.

The Summer Solstice, also on Sunday, is the longest day of the year and Father’s Day this year, so a real day of celebration.

I send my good wishes and thanks to all at Tall Trees, I’m sure it will be a special event.

For those for whom cycling is their preferred route to exercise, fun and relaxation there is still chance to take part in this year’s Cycle Sportive for St John’s – visit St Johns Sportive

* Mel Hewitt, community fundraiser for St John’s Hospice, Balby