100 men at yoga class world record bid

The world record attempt for a men-only yoga class at the NSC in Douglas

The world record attempt for a men-only yoga class at the NSC in Douglas

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More than 100 men hope to have set the world record for the largest all-male yoga class.

The event at the National Sports Centre was the brainchild of Kate Bergquist, health and well-being co-ordinator at Isle of Man College, who was keen to mark International Men’s Day.

A total of 110 men took part in the class led by Dave Smythe.

Joining college students were TT rider Dan Kneen who was on crutches with a broken foot, winner of the 2014 Parish Walk Richard Gerrard, and some builders on their lunch breaks.

Kate said: ‘I was nervous all week that nobody would turn up. It was a hard sell getting the male students to sign up to a yoga class. However, I needn’t have worried, 110 was a great number - small for a record, but it is one.

‘However, for me, it wasn’t about setting a record, it was more do with the celebration of International Men’s day. International Men’s Day is an opportunity for us to highlight positive male role models in our communities.

‘We are always focusing on celebrities and sports stars as role models and the average man on the street who is doing good for society does not get recognised or congratulated enough – IMD is an opportunity for us to this. It is International Women’s day in March, so watch this space for another event.’

Dave said: ‘It was a real pleasure to be involved in such a great event. Anything that can bring more awareness to men’s health issues can only be a good thing.

‘To look around the room and see so many different people, from some of the island’s elite athletes to the man who stepped out of the office or off the building site to take part – was just incredible.’

The class was filmed by media students and will be submitted as evidence to Guinness World Records.

There is currently no record set for the largest all-male yoga class.

Kate thanked Elite Fitness, Crossfit IOM, Living Well gym, KB Fitness and Shoprite for their support.

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