Fort bookshop to host wellness event

WOMENS AID EVENT 1/7/19 Helen Gallon of Lochaber Women’s Aid (left) with Keri Wallace, GIrls on Hills in the HIghland Bookshop. Picture Iain Ferguson,

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Explore the benefits of exercise for health and wellbeing at an event presented by Lochaber Women’s Aid, Girls on Hills and Yoga with Catherine Mitchell at the Highland Bookshop in Fort William – which is also involved – tomrrow.

Welcome to a Well You is on Friday July 12 at 7.30pm. Also at the event will be a ‘swishing’ clothes swap.

Tickets are priced at £5.80 and are already on sale via Eventbrite with proceeds going to Lochaber Women’s Aid.

Presenting at the event are Keri Wallace from Girls on Hills and yoga teacher Catherine Mitchell.

As well as some great information about the ample benefits of these activities for wellness, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

So now is the chance to go along, hear the information and get a chance to raise any nagging doubts if you have been thinking about taking up such activities but were a little bit unsure.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence showing that access to wild places, fresh air and nature is beneficial for mental health and general wellbeing.

At the same time there is a huge amount of medical data out there underlining the enormous impact that running has on health and fitness, as well as being an aid for managing depression and anxiety. For this reason, trail running in wild spaces is a powerful tool for wellness.

Girls on Hills provides guided trail running for women in the Highlands. The company seeks to empower women with the skills and confidence they need to run independently in remote or mountain environments. The courses are designed to be inclusive and many are suitable for beginners.

Keri explained: ‘We often find that women lack confidence in their ability to run and self-navigate away from the beaten track, and yet learning new skills, exploring and decision-making through outdoor sport is hugely empowering.

‘At the same time, journeying through wild or mountainous environments can be therapeutic in its own right – simply due to the peaceful scenery and natural beauty of the landscapes.’

Helen Gallon, board member of Lochaber Women’s Aid, herself a keen yoga enthusiast, is delighted also to welcome Catherine’s involvement to the event.

‘People who know I love yoga will say to me, “Oh, I’m not flexible enough” or “I’m not the right shape for yoga” but that’s just so not true,’ she said.

‘Yoga is for everybody and for all ages. Catherine and the other yoga teachers in Lochaber will teach classes for children, for the elderly as well as mixed classes for general abilities.

‘I encourage people who are perhaps interested in yoga but maybe a little unsure if it’s right for them to come along to this event and hear more – and to ask questions.’


Helen Gallon of Lochaber Women’s Aid (left) with Keri Wallace, of Girls on Hills, in the Highland Bookshop. Picture Iain Ferguson,

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