Hundreds set for outdoor Yoga in Edinburgh

Allison Harrison of Hot Yoga Edinburgh will lead hundreds of yogis in Scotland's largest open-air yoga class on Sunday, June 18.
Allison Harrison of Hot Yoga Edinburgh will lead hundreds of yogis in Scotland's largest open-air yoga class on Sunday, June 18.
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Hundreds of keen yogis from across the city will lay down their mats in Conference Square tomorrow for Scotland’s largest open-air class.

Guided by Hot Yoga Edinburgh’s Allison Harrison, 42, with one-to-one help from fellow instructors, yoga fans and first-timers can join in for free for the mass event.

The class will include a standing, balancing and floor sequence which will offer modifications for people trying yoga for the first time.

Allison, who gave up a high-pressure job with Scottish craft beer company Innis and Gunn to launch the new studio in January, is excited to open yoga up to everyone.

She said: “I have worked all of my life in corporate high-pressure environments and so am very familiar with living and working with lots of dealines, travelling a lot and the associated stress.

“My parents relocated to Canada and my dad had discovered yoga as a way to help him with a frozen shoulder injury. When I went to visit we went to a class together and I fell instantly in love with it.

“The two of us were really not very good at it but loved how I felt after it and began yoga training when I got back to Edinburgh.”

Allison not only embraced yoga herself but spread her new found passion with her colleagues, setting up classes throughout the week at Innis and Gunn.

“Senior management chuckled at first but after a couple of months they had noted at a board meeting the difference it had made to the workforce – they were happier, well-being had improved and sickness leves had dropped,” Allison said.

Making a tangible difference to people’s everyday lives inspired her to take the plunge and in January this year she opened a custom-built hot yoga studio in the centre of town.

And with upcoming International Yoga Day on Wednesday, Allison had a vision of reaching more people by creating a large class that could spill out into the square in front of the studio.

She chose tomorrow, not only as a day where many people could make it, but to mark Father’s Day and the man who inspired her to try yoga.

Donations will be taken for Victim Support, raising money for victims of both the Manchester and London attacks, and CARE International UK, supporting refugees and displaced people around the globe.

Yoga brand Lululemon will be bringing a collection of their latest yoga wear, along with mats for those who don’t have one.

And Edinburgh-based tea purveyors Eteaket will be supplying free tea for everyone taking part and Vita Coco will be giving away revitalising coconut water.

Hot Yoga Edinburgh will also be offering all participants a 15 per cent discount on a Single Monthly Unlimited Pass, normally £95.