Published On: Thu, Apr 24th, 2014 on 1:34 pm

Keep calm and do yoga: Great Horton sessions a growing success

Bradford Yoga Patanjali

Session participants with special guests

Bradford Yoga Patanjali

'Keep calm and do yoga'

Bradford Yoga Patanjali

Warm welcomes at the Great Horton Community Village Hall

Bradford Yoga Patanjali

Yoga teacher Mohan Patel

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Yoga is becoming increasingly popular in the Bradford region as weekly sessions held in Great Horton grow in popularity.

Held at the Great Horton Community Village Hall, weekly sessions hosted by the Patanjali Yog Peeth UK Trust have been held ever since 2009 and have been growing ever since.

Its first-ever session was attended by around 10 people, but now 40 regular participants take part every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Khadim Hussain and Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Joanne Dodds were invited to a session held on 24 April to see what takes place.

Under the guidance of yoga teacher Mohan Patel, attendees took part in breathing exercises, controlled their body temperatures, and performed exercise routines.

Yoga teacher Mr Patel said: “When we started four years ago, some people started with various health problems that could be repaired easily.

“But after one month of taking part in the sessions, I could see the results. They walked with confidence, their blood pressure and sugar level had gone down and they became healthier.”

Patanjali Yog Peeth UK Trust was established in 2006, by a yogamaster named Swami Ramdev Ji who wanted to promote the ancient Indian science of yoga and spread its benefits in the UK.

Mr Patel added: “The sessions are not for a particular caste of group. These sessions are available for everyone and we welcome everyone to take away the benefits from it.”

Impressed, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain, said: “There doesn’t seem to just be an exercise element to it, but also mental benefits.

“We’re also living in an age where television, laptops, and mobile phones keep you glued in, but this kind of activity brings you out to share the social benefits too.”

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Natvar Taylor says:

    Dear Hasan,
    Thank you for coming and taking photographs and notes of Yoga class and publishing on your news website.
    We very much appreciate your time and effort in this exercise. We hope your Yorkshire Standard news paper project prosper and fulfil your wishes.
    Best wishes from Natvar Taylor on behalf of community

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