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Community health project in Kedington aims to increase people's wellbeing




The staging of a Healthy Living Festival in Kedington last week also heralded the start of a new project to bring wellbeing and yoga to the village

Tuesday’s festival marked the launch of This Community Can, a project backed by Community Action Suffolk and Sport England to tackle rural isolation with activity, working in partnership with yoga teacher Giles Bryant.

People of all ages enjoyed an hour of yoga, a wellbeing through nutrition demonstration and subsidised reflexology, ear acupuncture and aromatherapy treatments were on offer.

The Healthy Living Festival in Kedington also acted as the launch of a new initiative called This Community Can, which focuses on wellbeing and includes a 12 week yoga course. Picture by Mecha Morton.
The Healthy Living Festival in Kedington also acted as the launch of a new initiative called This Community Can, which focuses on wellbeing and includes a 12 week yoga course. Picture by Mecha Morton.

There was also a very popular arts and crafts area where young and old had a great time.

The event finished with live music and a drum circle. The event was totally accessible to all ages and was free.

Nicky Russell, project officer with Community Action Suffolk, said: ‘I was delighted by the atmosphere today. Participants ranged from two to 82 and everyone had a wonderful time with much laughter, fun and the forming of new friendships – a true community event, and one I am so proud to be a part of.”

Giles Bryant teaching yoga. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Giles Bryant teaching yoga. Picture by Mecha Morton.

The previous week, Giles had been into Kedington Primary where he ran a whole-school assembly on wellbeing.

The initiative continues in Kedington with a “Yoga For Everyone’ class, which will run for 12 weeks (with a break for school holidays) taught by Giles.

The class is suitable for all ages and abilities and mats can be provided if you don’t have one and is held at the British Legion Hall, starting Monday, June 10, at 9.30am. The class is free but donations are welcome.

Healthy Living Festival in Kedington. Juliette Bryant showing quick and easy delicious healthy recipes. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Healthy Living Festival in Kedington. Juliette Bryant showing quick and easy delicious healthy recipes. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Giles said: “With mental and physical health issues affecting so many, it is so important to have a ‘tool kit’ of techniques and knowledge to help keep us healthy and happy.

“We are a group of experienced health professionals promoting natural, safe and effective practices that have a long history of use (in the case of yoga, at least 5,000 years).

“People such as BBC TV’s Dr Chaterjee are leading the medicinal and health community in understanding the enormous common sense in ‘lifestyle medicine’, treating the causes of disease, not just the symptoms and helping people to thrive, not just survive.”

More info about classes and other events is at www.gilesbryant.com



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