Two yoga classes in Durham are running sessions in the great outdoors this summer, in beautiful locations.

Offering the chance to enjoy relaxing exercise while connecting with nature, the Durham yoga classes are suitable for all ages and abilities.

The first Durham yoga class is run by the Woodland Trust and takes place at Low Burnhall, which is on South Road just before it joins the A167, to the south of Durham city.

Led by yoga teacher Claire Stapley, the Durham yoga class takes place on Saturday July 6 at 10am for one hour. The session will focus on breath work, developing strength, flexibility and balance, and being in harmony with the natural surroundings.

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The Durham yoga class is suitable for all levels, from beginners to more advanced. Wear comfortable clothing and take a yoga mat and blanket. The yoga session will take place regardless of the weather. There are no toilets available on site.

To reach Low Burnhall, head south east on the A690 (Crossgate Peth). Turn left on to the A167 (Darlington Road). At the Cock of the North roundabout take the first exit on to the A177 (South Road). The Woodland Trust car park is located immediately to your right.

The Woodland Trust Durham yoga class costs £12.50, and tickets can be booked on the Woodland Trust booking page.

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The second outdoor yoga class in Durham takes place in Crook Hall Gardens every Monday starting on June 10 and running until August 12, at 9.45-11am. The Crook Hall yoga class takes place on the croquet lawn or, if the weather is bad, under the Crook Hall woodland canopy.

The Crook Hall yoga class is Dru yoga, which is based on Hatha yoga and includes soft flowing sequences, controlled breathing and guided relaxations. This outdoor Durham yoga class is suitable for all ages and abilities, even if you haven't tried it before or have limited mobility.

The price of the Crook Hall yoga class is £5 for annual pass holders or £8 for the regular entrance price.

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