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At Accrington Academy we like to pride ourselves on being about more than just great exam results and so there are many opportunities for students to get involved in activities that don’t necessarily link to the academic curriculum. These activities help our students become well-rounded human beings and spark interests they may develop beyond their studies; already these range from the Duke of Edinburgh Awards to Cheerleading and trips to the Christmas Markets. Never before though have we taken part in yoga sessions with gurus from India so when we were offered tickets to Holistic, Manchester’s first International Yoga Festival, we of course said yes!

As yoga continues to grow in popularity with people realising the benefits of this ancient philosophy on our physical and mental well-being, what better time of year to introduce students from years 11, 12 and 13 to it than now, during exam season?

The students headed to Media City in Salford Quays on Friday night for an evening yoga practice led by Wayne Yeh, Swami Jyothirmayah and Bijay Anand. After tying themselves in knots and exploring the benefits of meditation, students enjoyed the range of food on offer and an evening concert of holistic music. Our group joined in whole-heartedly with all the activities on offer, mixing with the diverse range of people in the mass yoga sessions and soaking up the atmosphere afterwards, suitably refreshed, relaxed and re-energised.

Thankfully the rain stayed away and we were able to enjoy this most chilled of Friday evenings in an uncharacteristically warm and balmy Manch

ester!

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