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BY SHELLEY TOPP

Padmavati Maharana, owner of Rangiora Yoga, is providing free online yoga classes on her Facebook page during the coronavirus ockdown.

The one-hour classes begin at 9.30am and are an alternative to the free Saturday morning classes she provided at her upstairs yoga studio in Victoria St before the country moved to Alert Level 4.

The classes will be held from Monday to Sunday for the duration of the lockdown. “I am trying to give people a little less stress during this difficult time,” she said.

“We need to respect the lockdown requirements. The more we do that, the better chance we will all have.”

Padmavati is also continuing to hold daily yoga classes for her private clients on her Facebook page via Zoom, a Californian-based remote conferencing video communication system.

She has been teaching yoga for more than 12 years.

“For me, there is no age limit for yoga. Teaching people the skills needed to improve their health, wellbeing and happiness through yoga practices and breathing techniques gives me immense satisfaction.

Padmavati was born in the Kanpur Village of the Balasore district in the Eastern part of India and has been living in New Zealand since 2016.

She became interested in yoga to improve her health.

“I used to get frequent asthma attacks and was always suffering from a cold.

“After I started yoga I had less and less asthma attacks and very rarely had a cold. Now my asthma is completely under control, which I credit to yoga.”