BREATHE DEEPLY: Mount Perry's newest yoga instructor, Tracy Murray.
BREATHE DEEPLY: Mount Perry's newest yoga instructor, Tracy Murray. G. Murray - Imageworkx

Nurse shares love for yoga with Mount Perry

MOUNT Perry's Tracy Murray, a qualified yoga teacher, has begun instructing weekly yoga classes at Hilltop Chapel and Cafe.

As a registered nurse, her day job involves helping people regain their health and leave with a spring in their step.

With her recently attained accreditation as a yoga instructor from Health and Harmony College, it's part of her hobby too.

In July, Mrs Murray started hosting Perry Yoga and the instructor said the response had been "well beyond my expectations".

"I'm absolutely thrilled," she said.

Sixteen people attended her first class, and 14 took part in the second.

Mrs Murray said she started training as an instructor because she wanted to bring something "community-minded and health oriented" to Mount Perry.

She said she also hoped to start a chair yoga class in the coming months, in order to offer something for locals who were not mobile enough to get up and down from the floor.

"There's a huge amount you can do sitting in a chair to help build flexibility and strength," she said.

Mrs Murray, who has being participating in yoga classes as a student for about 20 years, said she was initially attracted to it for exercise and flexibility purposes, but as she got older, it became a way of combating the various physical ailments which were a natural part of ageing.

"I want to allow others to experience the benefits that regular yoga practice has given me," she said.

In Perry Yoga's early stages, Mrs Murray has been asking participants what they hope to get out of the classes.

She said some were after the more physical aspect, to provide relief for a variety of issues such as bad backs, shoulders and joints, while others were seeking greater grounding, stress relief and mental well-being in their lives.

Mrs Murray said her yoga style combined the physical aspects of the yoga poses, as well as mindfulness and stress relief through breathing and relaxation.

Hilltop Chapel owners Alan and Karen Betts' vision for the venue is for it to become a community wellness centre, offering not only yoga but a variety of other wellness modalities to the community.

Mrs Betts said she saw the space as a hub where people could reconnect, and offered a safe space where people felt welcomed and accepted.

Perry Yoga is held every Tuesday at Hilltop Chapel from 3.45pm, though arrive 15 minutes earlier when heading to your first class.

Mats are provided if you don't have your own.

Take water and a small cushion for support.

Classes cost $10. Phone Tracy on 0456 795 904.

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