A MAN is running a series of free daily yoga meditation mindfulness, and breathwork sessions in aid of the Marlow Refugee Action group.

Yoga teacher, Priyal Shah was impressed with the group’s work after seeing his parents have “very little support” when they were exiled from Uganda in the 1970s and moved to the UK.

The yoga teacher is now showing his support by running free classes in the town with donations being made to the action group.

Priyal has been teaching yoga and mediation for 18 years alongside working as a software developer but since the Covid-19 pandemic has taken up the role full-time.

He said: “I have the belief system that community yoga is far more effective by getting people together.

“Especially post Covid-19 where people are just doing stuff online and things on Zoom so we have got into a very introverted culture again.”

The benefits are both psychological and physiological according to Priyal.

He continued: “It helps to combat stress, keeps a relaxed state of mind and regulate breathing.

“There are physiological effects, it can lower blood pressure and resting heart rate.

“It can give metal clarity, improved focus and just general positivity and well-being by doing basic movement ad breathing exercise.

The classes will take place outside with Priyal labelling Marlow with “amazing outdoor spaces”.

The first round of sessions will take place riverside at Higginson Park from June 19 to July 2 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The classes run at 7.30am to 8.15am and 8.15am to 9.00am.

There are also classes on at The May Balfour Garden from June 19 to July 3 on the same days running from 9.30am to 10.00am and 10.00am to 10.30am.

Later on this month, there will be a free drop in ‘master class’ every week at the Marlow Methodist Church.

It will run every Tuesday from June 28 until August 23 at 6:30pm to 7.00pm.

The classes are drop-in but you can confirm to Priyal by calling 07971 816 438 or contacting breathitate@gmail.com.