Cornwall pub offers free yoga class livestream

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Cornwall pub offers free yoga class livestream

Published at 12:10pm 11th May 2020. (Updated at 8:37am 12th May 2020)

A pub in Newquay has started running free yoga classes on a livestream.

The Bowgie Inn has joined forces with Newquay-based Issey Yoga and is inviting people in Cornwall to join in during lockdown.

It streamed the first of its classes on its Facebook page on Monday.

"Yoga is such a beneficial hobby to enjoy during the pandemic as it’s so helpful for the mind and body at a really stressful time,” said Sally Pickles, owner of The Bowgie Inn.

“At The Bowgie, we always run weekly wellbeing sessions every Monday morning for the team and even in lockdown, it’s something we wanted to carry on.

“We wanted as many people to benefit from it as possible, so we’ve decided to live stream a class on our Facebook page to reach a bigger audience.”

Issey Knight, who runs Issey Yoga, will be running the virtual classes.

“We would love all our followers to join The Bowgie team in our regular Monday morning wellbeing yoga on our Facebook page, from the comfort of your own home," said Sally.

"You may be a complete beginner, or an advanced yogi - the class will be suitable for all abilities to allow everyone to join in and reap all the benefits of a yoga class, for free."

Following government guidelines, The Bowgie has temporarily closed, awaiting further updates on when the restrictions will be eased. 

“It’s an incredibly stressful time for people with high levels of anxiety around health, job security and finances. We’re passionate about being there for our community in any way we can during the lockdown, so to be able to team up with Issey and get people involved in yoga is fantastic.”

Sally and Tish Pickles

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said its regular update on wellbeing showed the number of people over 16 reporting deep levels of concern and stress had more than doubled since late 2019. 

“It’s only a small gesture, but it’s a positive and pro-active way of supporting not only our team, but anyone else who might benefit,” added Sally.

“Some people cope well with isolation and not seeing their friends and family every day, but some of us need some more interaction and ways of structuring our days. We hope to everyone on Monday for some relaxing, rejuvenating and stress-relieving yoga to start the week!”

You can find the Bowgie's Facebook page here

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