SHARING YOGA: Nicola "Nitya" Robertson, who runs Evolve Yoga and Meditation, is offering free classes on Tuesday for International Day of Yoga. Adam Hourigan

Breathe, relax and get bendy for yoga

GET ready to relax, breathe and get bendy at Grafton's celebration of the International Day of Yoga. Sanctioned by the United Nations in 2014, the day is a celebration and honour of the ancient Indian tradition which explores the unity of mind and body.

Yoga teacher Nitya Robertson, who opened Evolve Yoga and Mediation in February, will be holding three sessions this Tuesday at the Grafton Library and her studio in Prince Street.

"I got inspired seeing it on the internet," Ms Robertson said about organising the celebration.

"Lots of other people were doing it and I thought it would be great to have it in Grafton."

Ms Robertson said she though more people in Grafton could benefit from yoga.

"They'll get to see a bit about what yoga is about... it's not just about getting your feet behind your head," she said.

"It's more about standing on your own two feet.

"It's a great opportunity for people to explore yoga if they've never tried it before, even from one class they'll be able to see the benefits and calm within themselves."

"The benefits are creating a better awareness of your body and the connection of your body and mind, being more self aware and confident in yourself, greater flexibility, better physically, mentally."

During the sessions, people will learn about breathing practices, stretching and learn more about how their body.

Ms Robertson has been teaching since 2000 in New Zealand, Bali and around Australia.

"I've settled in Grafton now and I decided to open up the business here," she said.

"I'm interesting and sharing yoga with everyone and making it accessible."

The first session is at 2pm at the Grafton Library, and bookings need to be made through the library.

The last two sessions are from 4pm to 5.15pm and 5.30 to 7pm at the Evolve Yoga and Mediation in Prince Street.

Bookings can be made through Ms Robertson on 0411 309 678.

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