Annie Cook: “Yoga has numerous benefits …”

International Day of Yoga

by Mike Isle

Selwyn is heading into International Day of Yoga on June 21 with the local yoga community buoyant and growing.

Yoga is practised by more than 400,000 Kiwis at more than 500 yoga studios and classes around New Zealand, making it one of the fastest growing physical activities in the country.

International Yoga Day has been celebrated on June 21 every year since 2015 after it was declared by the United Nations General Assembly.

Yoga NZ chair Heather Robinson said yoga could decrease stress, anxiety and help with depression.

“Yoga is known for its ability to ease stress and promote relaxation. Studies have proved the effect of yoga on stress.”

Selwyn yoga exponent and teacher Annie Cook who conducts classes at Breath of Yoga in Rolleston said yoga is a great art to practice with and has numerous benefits for people of all ages.

“You see people leaving a yoga session relaxed and with renewed energy. Yoga can also help restore energy and enable people to connect with themselves — to find their own space,” she said.

Cook said she had children as young as 10 attending her classes, and she knew of one Canterbury woman who was still attending yoga classes at the age of 100.

Annie Cook recommends anybody wanting to try yoga should attend her Tuesday morning Gentle Yoga classes, though other classes would also be suitable.