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It’s one of the most popular forms of exercise and now a free session is taking place in Cardiff this weekend to mark International Yoga Day.

And among those who will be striking a selection of renowned poses on the day will be First Minister Carwyn Jones .

Open to people of all ages, it aims to spread the word about the ancient practice which originated in Northern India 5,000 years ago and is now one of the most popular ways to keep fit and healthy.

Where and when is the free session?

It’s taking place at at the National Indoor Athletics Centre, at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed Campus in Cardiff on Sunday, June 19 from 10am to 11.30am.

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First Minister Carwyn Jones will be taking time out of the office to enjoy a spot of yoga

What exactly can I expect?

There will be yoga demonstrations and the chance to get involved with yoga sessions for different abilities – from complete beginners to veteran yogis.

First Minister Carwyn Jones will be taking part and there will be a few other surprise activities on the day.

He said: “Yoga is not only a great way for people to keep fit and healthy, it also helps focus the mind and allows people to relax and unwind from the stresses and strains of modern life.”

What’s yoga all about?

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India.

It uses breathing techniques, exercise and meditation in a bid to improve health and happiness.

There are many different types, including Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga as well as Bikram, for which you practice in the heat.

Who are yoga’s famous fans?It seems that anyone who is anyone swears by yoga.

Neath-born classical singer Katherine Jenkins uses Bikram yoga to stay in shape.

Other devotees include Hollywood stars Charlize Theron, Demi Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts and Robert Downey Jr.

Gavin & Stacey actor Steffan Rhodri is also a fan of the workout.

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Yoga fan Katherine Jenkins

Who’s organised the Cardiff event?

The Honorary Consul of India for Wales, Raj Aggarwal, who has been sent a personal message of support for the event by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, who previously called for an International Yoga Day to be held at the time of the Summer Solstice (June 21).

Raj said: “It’s a great opportunity for Cardiff and Wales as a whole to join the world in celebrating this timeless practice, which can be enjoyed by all; young or old, it does not discriminate and promotes respect for fellow human beings and the planet.

“For those new to yoga, this could be a taster, or for those experienced, a slightly different type of session to enjoy – the message is that all are welcome, so come and join us!”

Source: Strike a pose at a FREE yoga session in Cardiff to mark International Yoga Day – Wales Online