• Marc Luther Thomas

Soul Sanctuary providing Free Yoga for International Stress Awareness Week

Soul Sanctuary Studios are delighted to be teaming up with Springfield Mind as their local charity partner and kick off their fundraising and awareness activities by providing unlimited yoga for International Stress Awareness Week, which takes place from Monday 4th until Friday 8th November.

Soul Sanctuary founder Laura Butcher is a strong believer in yoga’s effectiveness at combating stress and wants everybody to experience the positive impact yoga can have on our lives. As such, Soul Sanctuary are offering a week of FREE YOGA at their studios during International Stress Awareness Week. The sessions will take place at Soul Sanctuary’s Wayland’s Yard and Spetchley Park Gardens studios in Worcestershire. Existing Soul Sanctuary members will also enjoy unlimited yoga during this time.

A 2017 study by the Department of Psychology at Lund University in Sweden found that people who took up weekly yoga sessions felt significant reductions in stress as well as other psychological health measures such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Laura said: ‘Yoga is typically associated with its physical benefits such as flexibility and injury prevention, but many people are unaware of how it can benefit you psychologically. We’re seeing a rise in the number of people suffering from stress and anxiety and I want as many people as possible to experience how yoga can combat this and improve their mental wellbeing. I am very passionate about mental health so I am delighted that Soul Sanctuary is supporting such an important cause.’

Jo Min, Deputy Chief Executive of Springfield Mind, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Soul Sanctuary for International Stress Awareness Week and going forward. Laura and the team have been doing great things to help others improve their mental wellbeing and we hope this can help us continue to raise awareness of mental health issues throughout Worcestershire.’

Laura found yoga during a turbulent time in her life following her father’s untimely passing in 2014. Since experiencing the positive impact yoga had on her own life, Laura has sought to help others lead a happier, healthier existence through the power of yoga.

Editor’s Notes

Soul Sanctuary

Soul Sanctuary focuses on your mind as well as your body, with a team of yoga teachers who believe in empowerment, both mentally and physically.

Since founding Soul Sanctuary in 2016, Laura Butcher has endeavoured to find the best teachers in the region for each style of yoga. Laura believes that kindness is key and that’s why her team go above and beyond to make attendees feel as comfortable as possible, no matter what their experience. Today, Soul Sanctuary studios are renowned for their welcoming community.

Soul Sanctuary boasts two studios in and around Worcester. The first is above Wayland’s Yard on Foregate Street and the second is set within the tranquillity of Spetchley Park Gardens, not far from the city.

Soul Sanctuary’s Wayland’s Yard Studio:

Soul Sanctuary opened at Wayland’s Yard in October 2016 and now hosts around 30 classes a week. Situated just meters from Foregate Street station, it’s too easy to pop in before or after work, so you can easily keep your body and mind super healthy, every day!

Soul Sanctuary’s Spetchley Park Gardens Studio:

Made up of ancient parkland, a deer park and incredible vistas reaching the Malvern Hills; Spetchley Park provides a dreamy escape from the bustle of everyday life and the perfect backdrop for another stunning Soul Sanctuary studio. Contrasting the intimacy of the city studios, Spetchley offers space, with capacity for up to 20+ people in the new studio.

Springfield Mind

Springfield Mind is a successful charity founded over 30 years ago to promote wellbeing within the community.

Their vision is a society where people can live free of stigma and discrimination and achieve their personal wellbeing, while their is to promote wellbeing and prevent mental health problems in Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Springfield Mind are viewed as a well governed, outcomes focused charity that has a human face. We live and breathe wellbeing with individuals, organisations and not neglecting ourselves in the process. This is achieved in partnership with service users, volunteers and professionals through education, signposting and promotion.