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Strictly Star helps Age UK Northamptonshire clients to stay fit and combat loneliness

Posted: 04/09/19 by Age UK Northamptonshire

Strictly Star helps Age UK Northamptonshire clients to stay fit and combat loneliness

Strictly Come Dancing’s Kristina Rihanoff is working in partnership with Age UK Northamptonshire to offer their clients weekly Chair Yoga Socials at Soo Yoga in Northampton. Each Wednesday, Age UK Northamptonshire clients will have the chance to enjoy a drink in the on-site café, Soo Greens, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm and then attend an hour’s chair yoga session from 1:00pm – 2:00pm for £8. A free taster session is taking place today (Wednesday 4th September) to give Age UK Northamptonshire clients a chance to try chair yoga for the first time. 

Kristina opened Soo Yoga in Northampton’s Sol Central with husband, rugby star Ben Cohen, in June 2019. As well as being a successful dancer, Kristina is a qualified yoga instructor and developed Soo Yoga to help people improve their wellbeing. The state-of-the-art facility in Northampton town centre is wheel-chair accessible and will welcome the county’s older people to chair yoga, every Wednesday. 

Kristina developed the idea of offering her specialised chair yoga sessions to Age UK Northamptonshire clients because chair yoga is accessible regardless of physical health or mobility, both of which can be an issue for older people. She was also keen to give people the chance to socialise before the session and develop a network of friendships. According to Age UK research, two fifths of all older people in the UK (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company. Kristina and Age UK Northamptonshire are working in partnership to help people who are lonely or socially isolated to meet, make friends and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of chair yoga.  

Kristina Rihanoff, Soo Yoga Co-Founder comments: “I truly believe that yoga is for everyone; every age and every ability. I love helping people to improve their wellbeing and that’s why I got my qualifications in chair yoga, which is good for anyone who has mobility issues, MS and also in wheelchair. Our facilities are purpose built for wheelchair users. I look forward to creating a community around this lesson every Wednesday so that people can socialise in the safe and calming environment of our studios and cafe.”

Chris Duff, Age UK Northamptonshire Chief Executive adds: “Chair yoga can be a good activity for people who have physical limitations and offers the opportunity to stay active. We are pleased to partner with Soo Yoga and give our clients the chance to access their facilities and learn yoga with a Strictly star! As a locally run and funded charity, we are delighted to work with local business to support the needs of older people in the County.”

More information about Age UK Northamptonshire’s services can be found at or by calling 01604 611200.

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