Male yoga class world record attempt in Isle of Man

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Isle of Man College is looking to set the world record for the largest all-male yoga class.

The idea is the brainchild of Kate Bergquist, health and well-being co-ordinator, who was keen to mark International Men’s Day.

The world record attempt takes place at the National Sports Centre, in Douglas, tomorrow (Wednesday) from midday.

Kate told iomtoday: ‘Normally the objectives for International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality and highlighting positive male role models.

‘We normally hold an event at college each year to celebrate International Men’s Day.

‘However, this year I thought we could try and pull all the boys together for a massive yoga class.

‘This will certainly meet the International Men’s Day objectives.’

Running the class and the college’s chosen positive role model for this year’s event is experienced yoga instructor Dave Smythe.

Among his clients are Ramsey Football Club.

Kate said: ‘We want to break down preconceptions boys have of yoga at the moment.

‘Manchester United star Ryan Giggs credits yoga for his longevity.

‘And hopefully some of the lads will feel the benefits of it and take it up afterwards.’

Students and staff at the college will be joined by TT riders Conor Cummins and Dan Kneen as well as some of the top Parish Walk competitors, who have all already seen the benefits of yoga.

The Children’s Centre and NSC staff are also showing their support.

But all males (minimum age 16) are invited to go along on the day.

The class is free to attend and will last 25 minutes. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Kate said: ‘It’s never been done before. Currently the largest yoga class record stands at 62,824 participants which was organised and held in India.

‘However, this was a multiple venue yoga class, with both sexes taking part.’

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

Kate admitted: ‘Getting a bunch of construction lads on to a yoga mat will be my biggest challenge to date.’

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