A fitness instructor is launching teen yoga classes to help Salford youngsters become happier and more confident.
The classes launch in Eccles on June 7 for anyone aged 12-16 who wants to get into yoga but might not feel comfortable in an adult class.
The course aims to teach individuals how to look after themselves, move their bodies, accept themselves and learn how to deal with new emotions and their mental health.
A brand new class designed for teens! (12+)
Starting on the 7th of June for a 5 week course!
Instructor Charlotte New, 22, said: “A few years ago, I went to Bali for a few months and that’s where I did my yoga teacher training, I’ve been teaching for roughly two years now.
“So, I teach a few different classes and I have some new ones coming up too. I work full-time while also teaching yoga classes during weekends and evenings.”
Yoga is a big part of her life and she joined her first yoga class at 11.
She said: “It all happened when I was going to the gym with my mum. She was going to a yoga class – I think you had to be 12 to go to the class – and I just kind of snuck in.
“Pretty much since then, it was always something that’s been part of my life. I started doing classes on YouTube and learned by watching yoga DVDs, which we don’t get anymore.”
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.
Yoga can help ease arthritis, benefit heart health, help with sleep and anxiety, while also helping to manage stress and connect individuals with a supportive community.
For Charlotte it is also a form of living and lifestyle, and has helped her navigate her life a little easier, especially during lockdown.
“It makes me so happy; it gives you that time out of your day that’s just completely dedicated to you and your practice,” she said.
“You don’t have to worry about anything else. It’s just you at and that moment. I don’t know how I would have got through lockdown without it.
“I think it would have been a lot harder for me if I didn’t have my weekly classes because it gave me something to look forward to.
“For about four months at the beginning of lockdown I ended up being unemployed due to Coronavirus, so the classes definitely gave me a purpose and really, really helped me get through.”
Her new teen yoga classes are aimed at younger people who might feel a little nervous to start.
She said: “Just come along to a class and give it a go. I was a really nervous person, I used to be really anxious and couldn’t really speak to people and just struggled overall in social situations and yoga completely turned my life around.
“Once I saw what it had done for me, it was a no-brainer.
“I’m really excited for my teen yoga classes just because I started so young myself and because it helped me so much, I’d love to bring it into someone else’s life too.
“I want to help other’s better themselves and learn how to look after themselves and implement better tools into their lives and just help people become more confident and happier.”
The yoga classes take place at Transcend Studios, at Bridgewater Mill, Leigh Street, Eccles, on Mondays and Thursdays. She will be running workshops as well as online Zoom classes.
Teen yoga classes are starting on June 7 for a five-week course at 5pm. The whole course costs £20 or £5 per session. For details go to Transcend Studios.