Pupils get yoga lesson for World Peace Day

YOGA FOR ALL ... Emma Newham of MyBody Studios with Pupils from St Joseph's  RC Hebburn
YOGA FOR ALL ... Emma Newham of MyBody Studios with Pupils from St Joseph's RC Hebburn
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PUPILS enjoyed saluting the sun – despite the rain – during a visit from a yoga expert.

Emma Newham, of East Boldon, was determined to help spread harmony during World Peace Day.

So the fitness expert, who runs MyBody Studios in the village, went along to a South Tyneside school to deliver her message.

Various activities marking the day were held at St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive School in Hebburn.

Emma led special yoga sessions with dozens of students encouraged to exercise and meditate to reach a more peaceful state of mind.

Emma, whose business is based in Station Road, said: “The idea was to get the students relaxed and I asked them to take part in visualisations.

“This involved them lying on the floor and they were asked to focus on their breathing and to try and visualise certain images.

“One of the things I asked them to think of was walking in a park at the beginning of summer, with the early dewdrops on the grass.”

Although teenagers can become self-conscious and giggle during such exercises, the majority of the pupils got into the spirit of World Peace Day.

Emma added: “I think most of the students got something out of the exercise.

“When they were on the floor, I explained that lying perfectly still and not speaking was often one of the most difficult postures in yoga.”

More than 40 students took part in the sessions.

Sixth-form students at St Joseph’s also recently debated peace during a visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Pupils won a place on the trip through an educational competition, aimed at boosting understanding between schools throughout Europe.

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