Nearly £800 has been raised for Young Minds UK charity through online yoga sessions.

Nadiya Wynn, who normally teaches yoga classes in Bridport, offered donation-based online classes and, with a little bit of help from her four-legged co-host, Ozzie, managed to raise £795 during April and May.

She said: “As lockdown hit, I was inspired to get on my mat and give something back while encouraging my regular class attendees to keep up their yoga practise from home. My weekly classes at Bridport Leisure Centre, The Glow Collective and Litton Cheney Village Hall were on hold until further notice.

“I knew many would be financially affected, so I offered the donation-based classes as a flexible way for everyone to take part and bring the yoga community together online. I was overwhelmed by the uptake and generosity of those taking part.”

Nadiya said she had never intended to teach online, but it has been a worthwhile experience and kept her motivated.

“From the feedback I have received,” she said, “the regular classes have helped many people and been a bit of a lifesaver with working from home and home-schooling.

“Young Minds UK was my chosen charity as I felt that this unprecedented time would no doubt affect everyone’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, and most of all the young people’s future will be affected.

“I will continue to offer online classes as we move out of lockdown, but I am also looking forward to getting back to the studio.”

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