Strollers on Penarth Pier are used to having to pick their way around film stars and movie cameras – and even dodging footballs fired by Wales International Gareth Bale – but this week there’s been something new to behold on the boardwalk – yoga.
A local yoga class is now using the pier for evening sessions. There are now scores of yoga enthusiasts of all ages in Penarth who find this 5,000 year old form of exercise boosts their fitness and helps them “de-stress”.
Yoga is now even being recommended by the National Health Service as an aid to developing strength, flexibility and breathing and a means of boosting physical and mental wellbeing .
Gareth Bale – who played such a pivotal role in Wales’s triumphant 3-0 win over Russia last night – is also said to use yoga to give him the strength and flexibility he puts to such good effect on the field.
The experts say no one is too old to start yoga – many students are in their 70s . There are now three busy yoga studios in Penarth catering for the demands of local residents – and where better to work-out and relax on a warm mid-summer evening than Penarth Pier?
…After last night perhaps even President Putin might now feel the need to join in.