A bare-footed Jackie Wright wears black leggings and a green T-shirt as she demonstrates a one-legged yoga pose.

Yoga instructor Jackie Wright

New yoga classes start on February 7 for people in Bolton who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The 12-week Yoga for Cancer beginners’ course is run by Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service.

The gentle and relaxing sessions take place from 3pm-4pm on Wednesdays at David Lloyd Health Club, Chorley Street, Bolton.

They are led by instructor Jackie Wright, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service assistant. She has been practising yoga for more than 20 years and completed a 40-hour training programme to teach body and mind exercises to people diagnosed with cancer.

Jackie has previously taught pregnancy yoga classes and yoga for children. She said: “I’m so excited to be offering these taster classes. I can’t wait to share the benefits of yoga for cancer.

“The classes are designed to help people build back strength and stamina, calm the mind and manage anxious feelings. Participants will also learn helpful breathing techniques to use in everyday life and manage poor sleep, stiffness and joint pain.

“The group will also be fun and a great opportunity to meet new people, share experiences and try something new.”

No experience is required; all ages and abilities are welcome to attend. Places are limited and booking is essential.

A donation £1 per class is suggested. For more information and to book call Jackie on 01204 663059.

Find out more about Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service

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