EXPERTS: Instructors Nikki Morrison, Anna Hoffman, Liz Drumm and Melinda Hay at the International Yoga Day session.
EXPERTS: Instructors Nikki Morrison, Anna Hoffman, Liz Drumm and Melinda Hay at the International Yoga Day session. Jessica Bahr

Locals brave the rain for special yoga in the park

RAIN, hail, or shine, nothing could deter Dalby’s yoga enthusiasts from celebrating International Yoga Day this weekend.

The Dalby International Yoga Day free event was held at Thomas Jack Park on Sunday and was attended by just over 20 people.

While the yoga session had initially been planned ot take place on the grass, the instructors and attendees relocated to underneath the rotunda due to the wet weather.

Nikki Morrison, Focus yoga instructor, said she was impressed with the number of locals eager to partake despite the rain.

“I wasn’t instructing least year, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with the rain,” she said.

“But we got a good turnout; there were a few regulars that come to our classes and a few that we didn’t know so that was good.”

“The local yoga community is really solid; I just love that yoga is for everybody. Super fit people can embrace it, pregnant women, older people, people who haven’t exercised in a while, there’s always a way to participate and see benefits.”

Nikki instructed the group in Focus Yoga, while Melinda Hay demonstrated yoga chi gung and Anna Hoffman instructed the anahatha yoga portion of the session.

Donations were collected at the event and all proceeds were donated to the Bumi Sehat Midwifery Project, which works to provide access to quality healthcare and hygienic childbirth to women in underprivileged areas

This year was the second time Dalby’s yogis have celebrated International Yoga Day, with last year’s inaugural event attracting around 40 people.

International Yoga Day is an annual event recognised by the United Nations General Assembly.

The idea of an International Yoga Day was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the day was first observed worldwide by millions of people on June 21 last year.

The day broke records for the largest yoga class and the largest number of participating nationalities.


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