A yoga teacher is keen to spread the word about two inexpensive classes currently running in Barrhead.

For several years, Marta Czyz-Cameron has been delivering a traditional, matt-based yoga session at Dunterlie Resource Centre on Tuesday evenings.

A new class, however, has also launched this month at Auchenback Resource Centre (the ARC) offering chair yoga, a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or using a chair for support while standing.

There is no need to book ahead for either of the classes, which, thanks to funding, cost just £2.50 to attend or £1 concession for anyone who is retired, a student or unemployed.

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“The chair yoga class is a new class which only started this month, so I’m hoping to get the word out about that one especially,” explained Marta.

“It is open to all and suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

“People with limited mobility, office workers, seniors, and people recovering from injuries and individuals suffering from chronic conditions might find chair-based yoga especially beneficial.

“We start by just working on strength and mobility. It also helps to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety and helps people with any injuries.”

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Marta, who lives in Barrhead and has two sons aged four and eight months, has been practicing yoga for about 18 years since her university days.

When she turned 30, however, she got into it a bit more and this led her to do training to become a teacher.

In 2018 she started a community project when she received funding to start the Tuesday classes and help more people discover the benefits of the practice.

With time the class formed a constituted community group, the Dunterlie Community Yoga and Well-being Group.

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“We have had funding from a few different places,” she added.

“We got funding from the Robertson Trust, who do all sorts of grants for community groups and fund projects to do with health and well-being and because we’re a small community group, we managed to get funding from them.

“We also got some funding from participatory budgeting in East Renfrewshire and some last year from Barrhead Housing Association, so it’s all sort of chipped in for both the classes.

“Classes can be so expensive, so that’s why I want to make sure as many people as possible know about these because it would be a shame otherwise as cost can actually prevent people from getting into yoga and it’s so beneficial.”

Chair yoga runs every Monday from 11am to 12pm, while the traditional session aimed at beginners up is on every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.