A huge outdoor yoga class brought a splash of colour to the Peace Pagoda, in aid of Willen Hospice.
More than 250 people dressed in colourful festival clothes demonstrated their love for the practice in the class, led by Whitespace Yoga and Wellbeing Studio, on Sunday, August 14, raising more than £1,000 for the charity.
The al fresco yoga class was the biggest yet, with everyone from young children, grandparents and even dogs taking part - with a sprinkle of glitter and a festival style make-up from Bryony Butler and Charley Payne.
The class was followed by a yogi summer picnic with music, hula-hooping, face-painting and handstands.
There were tasty treats from Saf’s Kitchen, The Broken Spoon and Deli Vegeteria. For a small contribution to charity, yogis were able to further relax their mind and body with reflexology from The Foot Whisperer and massages from Lush.
Deborah Berryman, founder and director of Whitespace Yoga and Wellbeing Studio said: “Today has been such great fun. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our fabulous yogis which has helped us to make such a wonderful donation to Willen Hospice. We had the biggest turnout yet which is hugely rewarding and everyone who took part really got behind the festival theme, arriving in great spirit, lots of glitter and colourful outfits – they look amazing! We are so incredibly delighted to have had so many people come along and try out yoga with us at the Peace Pagoda – it’s a truly wonderful place to practice.
“Yoga is a great way to feel great. We really encourage everyone to come and try yoga out at the studio. Whitespace offer a free taster class for those new to yoga which allows an ideal chance to give it a go.”
Dawn Clark, fundraising manager at Willen Hospic, said: “We’d like to offer our deepest thanks to Deborah and the team from Whitespace Yoga and Wellbeing Studio for their on-going support over the past six years. Today has been a great success, and without the support and dedication of people like this across the community, Willen Hospice would not be able to continue to offer our specialist care to patients and their families. Once again, thank you from all at Willen Hospice.”
Whitespace Yoga and Wellbeing Studio is based in Stony Stratford and offers over 50 classes each week catering to all abilities. The beautiful, light filled studios make the perfect place to escape the daily stresses and outside noises, melt into your yoga mat and let your practice help you relax and feel healthier.