Dalkeith Rugby Club scrum on down for yoga classes

Dalkeith Rugby Club with yoga instructor Lesley Elder who is to teach them on a weekly basis.

Dalkeith Rugby Club with yoga instructor Lesley Elder who is to teach them on a weekly basis.

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Dalkeith Rugby Club have been preparing for the new season with a technique you wouldn’t normally associate with burly rugby players.

Lesley Elder’s yoga classes have been impressing club officials and players alike.

Dalkeith Rugby Club President Stevie Halliday was happy with the players’ response.

He said: “It started with a small group doing it but last Tuesday night we had the first full session for the team.

“They all enjoyed it. A few of them were surprised at how difficult it actually was.

“It’s good that we have younger players as they were more happy to do it but some of the older ones were like ‘what’s that?’. They weren’t too keen.

“But, after having the first full yoga session with the whole team, those that weren’t so sure were on board.

“A lot of them said they felt better for it because in rugby you get a lot of aches and pains so this helps by stretching you out.”

Lesley Elder became a YSS Yoga instructor after she broke her ribs and tore ligaments in her knee, with yoga helping her back to fitness.

Lesley is keen to change people’s perceptions of yoga.

She added: “It’s just about trying something different, it’s the way forward.

“The main thing is that we have a lot of fun with it, we don’t take it too seriously. You have got to keep it fun.

“There is no whale music or candles.

“And the players have been great since we started.

“I did expect a bit of resistance but I think they understand this is going to help them.”

Read more on this in the July 25 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.