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Archer (4), Mathilde (1) and Cassandra Doyle doing yoga at The Space Karratha.
Camera IconArcher (4), Mathilde (1) and Cassandra Doyle doing yoga at The Space Karratha. Credit: Picture: Karratha Social Co

A Karratha yoga teacher is helping health enthusiasts maintain their wellbeing despite coronavirus causing the closure of fitness venues by providing free online classes.

Yoga studio The Space Karratha hosts free yoga classes at 5.30am each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to help bring people together during these stressful and isolating times.

TSK owner Cassandra Doyle said it was important to keep the mind and body active during the global coronavirus pandemic.

“People just need yoga more than ever now,” she said. “I just wanted to remind people that we are all in this together and it is a way to reduce anxiety for people who are stuck at home and socially isolating to join in.

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“When we have this connection through our practice and when we connect to ourselves, we are going to be able to reduce levels of anxiety and feelings of hopelessness and not belonging.”

Ms Doyle said the free classes involved breath work, movement and meditation.

“We just do a short amount of breath work and then we spend 20 minutes flowing through a Vinyasa sequence and then we find stillness through meditation or having a focal point,” she said.

Ms Doyle said she was running the free classes via online platform Zoom and had the ability to reach a wider audience, with former clients living in Queensland and Victoria also joining in on the fun. “There have been some tricky challenges with technology but I assume over the coming weeks and months that we will sort that out,” she said.

“I’m doing it through Zoom so that I can see people and we can all see that it is a group practising together rather than me just going live on Facebook and Instagram or something like that where I can’t see who I am teaching to.”

Ms Doyle is also providing classes online for clients who had already pre-paid to ensure they did not lose their money.

“Every yoga teacher in Australia and effectively the world are without a job so we are all online,” she said.

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