Cash for Sheffield yoga sessions to improve wellbeing

Yoga leaders are celebrating a five-figure grant to provide therapeutic sessions in Sheffield.

Sheffield Yoga for ME/CFS – chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis – is among 108 projects across Yorkshire to receive a share of £979,729 from The Big Lottery Fund.

The Sheffield group has been handed £10,000 to provide a therapeutic services to sufferers, to help improve their health and wellbeing.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “ME is a very distressing illness and can make sufferers feel isolated.

“Many people don’t believe that ME sufferers are actually ill.

“They generally can’t do normal exercise, so normal yoga would be too much for them.

“We adapt our yoga so it is gentle.

“We focus on breathing and the majority of the exercise is based on the floor.”

While providing a safe place for sufferers to visit, the service also helps to manage the illness; improving symptoms and reducing joint pain.

Classes are held weekly – at Millhouses on Friday mornings and Sheffield Yoga Centre in Walkley on Tuesday afternoons.

The spokeswoman said: “The funding has helped enormously. It has helped pay for the hall, taxis, volunteer drivers, teachers and essentially helped to keep the classes running.’

A further Sheffield project, Men At Work has also received £9,964 to help support families experiencing a family breakdown.

The funding will be used to provide training to new volunteers who will support fathers and their children.

The project will also develop the skills of volunteers and hopes to involve more volunteers to provide support.