Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lunchtime Stress Break

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lunchtime Stress Break

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Byline: By Chris Ellis

Yoga is becoming increasingly popular in Britain today. So what's the big attraction? Reporter Chris Ellis went along to a class to find out for himself

It was more than two hours after his last yoga session when I spoke to John 'Mac' McEvoy, but he was still feeling relaxed.

Those who had attended his half-hour sessions at the Newcastle Buddhist Centre had thoroughly enjoyed themselves and day by day the numbers were steadily increasing as word spread.

John, 60, from Heaton, Newcastle, has been studying yoga for 11 years and came across it quite by chance.

He needed a holiday, and the choice was between cooking in Tuscany and yoga in Crete.

Tuscany was fully booked, so the decision was made for him.

While in Crete he was greatly inspired by his teacher Derek Ireland, which explains why today he's a fully qualified yoga instructor and has been teaching professionally for three years.

John was privileged to be taught yoga by the world famous Morpeth-born teacher and author Godfrey Devereux.

Godfrey developed his methodology to accommodate the busy lifestyles that most people lead today.

He refined the essentials of yoga from a standard one and a half hour session to just half an hour, as many people told him they didn't have time for anything more.

He believes that a little yoga regularly is better than a lot irregularly.

This is an idea that John supports very strongly, claiming that 15 minutes of yoga on a frequent basis is better than three or four hours a month all in one go.

So how had John come up with the idea of having lunchtime yoga sessions? Why lunchtime?

"People don't get a decent break at midday," he explains. "Yoga gives them a break from the stress of work.

"At the end of the day people go home or go to the pub or do whatever to relax.

"A break at lunchtime gets them away from their desk so they are refreshed for the afternoon."

Working as a partner for Cintra Payroll Services in Gateshead, John understands the need for relaxation at lunchtime.

He says that, to an extent, stress is needed in the morning for keeping 'on the ball'. …

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