‘Matsyasana with the fishes’ Yoga at the National Marine Aquarium

1st July 2017

Following the success of its Body Balance at the Aquarium events, the National Marine Aquarium is pleased to announce that it is once again partnering with Nuffield Health Plymouth to host its very first Yoga class for the community.

This exciting new event will take place on Monday 10th July, from 6pm-7pm, and offers a unique opportunity to practice this ancient form of exercise in a truly unforgettable setting, in front of the Aquarium’s impressive Eddystone Reef tank.

Yoga is a widely practised form of exercise that is proven to positively influence the health and wellbeing of its participants. Focusing on strength, flexibility and breathing, it provides a holistic exercise experience, leaving everyone feeling relaxed and calm. It can also be beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress and can help with balance and coordination.

Lead Researcher at the National Marine Aquarium, Dr. Deborah Cracknell, has been researching the calming effects of nature on humans. She commented: “People lead increasingly busy and stressful lives, so it’s important that they find the time to exercise and relax.

“Fish tanks and displays have long been used to provide a calming environment at doctors’ surgeries and dental waiting rooms. My research revealed the positive impact an underwater setting can have on people’s wellbeing1. Adding an underwater backdrop to a yoga session will inevitably enhance the calming and relaxing element of this meditative exercise – we hope our participants enjoy the benefits of this restorative session. ”

Luke Jones, Operations Manager at Nuffield Health Plymouth, said: “Our Body Balance at the Aquarium sessions proved such a hit that we were keen to partner with the Aquarium once again. Improving the health and wellbeing of our members comes not just through promoting exercise, but also looking at lifestyle and environmental changes. We are very excited to see the impact this unique setting will have on the Yoga participants.”

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