Festival raising money to bring yoga to vulnerable and isolated groups in Sheffield.

Sheffield’s first ever yoga festival will be coming this weekend for two days of fun, spiritual activities.

The festival will take place from Saturday evening until the end of Sunday at Hagglers Corner on Queens Road.

Many of the major cities have yoga festivals but this is a first for Sheffield.

Amy Beard, the event organiser, said: “Yoga is a great way of bringing people together as anyone can practice. It’s about sharing a space through experience, although we could all be having very different experiences.”

“I think it makes people more compassionate and caring. It also allows us to create space in our lives for quiet and stillness – which is often lacking.”

The event will kick off at 5:30pm on Saturday with an evening of talks and music.

Throughout Sunday, there will be different yoga classes, talks and workshops for guests to try out.

All profits from ticket sales go towards a new community project called Maha, that works with women and their families across South Yorkshire, using yoga as a tool to enable people to connect and feel better.

The aim of the project is to bring yoga to vulnerable and isolated groups in Sheffield who may not have access to it otherwise.

Amy Beard, who is Maha’s founder, said: “I think yoga has so many benefits physical and mental, but there can be barriers for people to participate. Be this economics, availability, confidence or other issues.

“There are groups that within the mainstream yoga community just aren’t catered for. I think it can have transformational properties to allow people to go beyond their current situations.”

Tickets are still available for Sheffield’s Yoga Festival via their website.

 

Jesse Ladd

Journalism student at the University of Sheffield.

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