People have been celebrating International Yoga Day all over the world, and Coca-Cola’s ParkLives was no exception. See how Swansea embraced the activity as part of their summer programme.

International Yoga Day is an annual celebration of the physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga. In honour of the event, the Swansea ParkLives team held two special Parklives Yoga sessions; one on the beach in the beautiful Swansea Bay and one in the popular Victoria Park.

The day started with an early morning Sunrise Beach Yoga session, and Swansea Bay felt more like Spain than Cymru with the balmy conditions! Twenty-two early risers and yoga fans met on the beach and enjoyed an inspiring start to their day.

Stretching during the Sunrise Beach Yoga session in Swansea Bay

Kathryn Williams (65), who is new to both Parklives and Yoga, said: “This class has been amazing – sometimes I struggle with kneeling as I have arthritis. The ability to practice these kinds of movements on the sand has been really good for me. I’ll definitely come again.”

There was a fantastic mix of people, of all ages and abilities. BBC Radio Wales came down to try their hand at downward dog while Wales Online and the South Wales Evening Post captured the session with a drone flight above the Bay.

By lunchtime, the weather had turned particularly hot, so the Parklives team set up camp in Victoria Park, with plenty of gazeboes to keep the sun off. The park yoga session-goers enjoyed a restful, gentle session, perfect for the summer.

The ParkLives team set up gazeboes in Victoria Park

It was the first time running a yoga session as a ParkLives Session Leader for Delyth Rees. She said:

“Taking part in the yoga sessions has been a really excellent experience for me. I loved offering people the chance to try the benefits of yoga and getting outdoors for free, and genuinely loved the variety of people who came and tried it out. I’m looking forward to a busy summer of Beach and Park Yoga.”

If you want to have a go at yoga, sign up for a ParkLives session today.