Cornish yoga festival raises hundreds

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Bess with her fellow yogis celebrate Bhakti Fest! in Falmouth
Strike a pose - Participants of Falmouth's yoga festival stretch
Bhakti yoga stems from Hinduism and means yoga of the heart.
The yoga festival saw many from across Cornwall come together to celebrate their love of yoga and help raise money for charity

Supporters in Falmouth raised over £600 for Heart Research UK by hosting the town’s first ever yoga festival.

The Bhakti Fest!, held at Falmouth YogaSpace saw many friends and teachers from the Cornwall area come together to celebrate their love of yoga and help raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

One of the organisers, Rebecca ‘Bess’ Fox, said “The Bhakti Fest! was everything we hoped for and more! There was such a strong sense of community, throughout our love-infused yoga classes and workshops. The studio was buzzing – everyone is still talking about it in class!

“We had a wonderful time raising money for Heart Research UK. We hoped to have inspired the local community get involved in both raising money for charity as well as yoga.”

Bhakti yoga stems from Hinduism and means yoga of the heart. For many of the local teachers, yoga has helped heal them following family tragedy.

Jane, from Truro, lost her dad to heart failure. 

“A year ago my dad died from heart failure. It was a huge shock for me and my family. We were just devastated.

“Yoga helped shine a light on my darkness and heal wounds. The Falmouth community and the other women who teach here played a huge role in helping me recover.” 

Rachel Brooke, Community Engagement Officer at Heart Research UK, said “The women at the Falmouth YogaSpace have been so inspirational. The Bhakti Fest! was a great idea and proved to be a lot of fun for both new and experienced yogis in Falmouth and Cornwall. 

“We’re always grateful and proud to support local events such as this. Research works and the money raised will help go towards the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.”

If you’re interested in hosting a local event to raise money for Heart Research UK, contact Rachel Brook on community@heartresearch.org.uk or call 0113 234 7474.