Balancing mind, body and soul

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START the new year with a relaxing day of yoga.

This Saturday, Brightlife is hosting a workshop for all abilities led by island yoga teacher Kel Smith.

Inspired by internationally recognised yoga teacher Ruth White, Kel decided to embark on her Karuna 500 hours Yoga Alliance Teaching Diploma, registered with the Yoga Alliance & the Independent Yoga Network.

‘Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world,’ she explained.

‘It is considered a way of life, rather than a physical activity, with a firm spiritual, philosophical and practical base.

‘This system of balancing the body, mind and spirit was formulated by ancient yogis who understood man’s essential nature and realised a way to use all of man’s inner resources to live in harmony with himself and the environment.’

A member of the International Yoga Teachers Association and the Isle of Man Yoga Network, Kel is also qualified in reiki levels 1 and 2 and has a keen interest in health and nutrition.

She teaches Hatha Yoga, inspired by the world famous BKS Lyengar, using physical poses or ‘asana’, breathing techniques or ‘pranayama’, and meditation to achieve better health and spirituality.

‘As the sun opens the flowers delicately, unfolding them little by little, yoga postures and breathing open the body during a slow and careful training,’ she said.

‘When the body is open, the heart is open and there is a transformation in the body’s cells - they work in a different way and a new growth is possible.’

Yoga practice both relaxes and energises the body and mind and brings vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration and self-confidence.

It is suitable for all types of people and levels of fitness and practicing it helps overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains and promotes a firm foundation for health and well-being.

The one-day workshop, which will include yoga, pranayama, meditation and relaxation, is suitable for all levels and abilities.

Starting at 9am and finishing at 4.30pm, it costs £85 and includes lunch.

For more information contact Brightlife, which is at Ballalheaney, off Andreas Road, near Ramsey on 880318 and at or visit

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