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Visitors have walked, run, cycled – and even held yoga poses around the Worcester Stands Tall art trail this summer.

The six-mile trail has proved a hit with both groups and individuals, while a leading sports partnership has hailed it the “perfect opportunity” to get active.

Veronique Sweeney, a yoga teacher, was inspired to find a pose for each sculpture – such as the ‘banana back’ headstand at Arthur the Giraffa in Banana Pyjamas.

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She said:

“I love doing yoga everywhere and I share my own practice with my students to try and inspire them to practice at home.

“I got inspired by the giraffe trail and thought I would challenge myself to find a different yoga pose related to each giraffe.”

Other poses include ‘Dancer’ at the Elgar-inspired Variations on an Original Theme and the ‘Proud Warrior (Warrior II)’ at Girafficus, a Roman legionnaire.

Also seizing the chance to get out exploring the trail were the Worcester Skaters – while running groups have also taken on the route.

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire has sponsored the trail’s activity booklets, on sale from its pop-up shop in Crowngate Shopping Centre.

Beky Williams, Head of Participation at Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said:

“There is an abundance of evidence supporting the idea that being physically active can benefit our overall health, reducing the risk of major illnesses, heart disease and diabetes.

“Recent research has, for the first time ever, suggested a link between the great outdoors and positive mental health.

“Getting active outdoors enables us to escape the pressures of everyday life, have fun, feel connected with our community, boost our mood and can even improve short-term memory.

“The Worcester Stands Tall giraffe trail therefore provides the perfect opportunity reap the benefits of physical activity and the great outdoors while enjoying our beautiful city.”

Worcester Stands Tall

Worcester Stands Tall