Yoga class to light up town on longest day

Emily Moll, who has organised a summer solstice event that will see 80 people practice yoga in the g

Emily Moll, who has organised a summer solstice event that will see 80 people practice yoga in the grounds of historic Beeston Priory, before releasing paper lanterns into the sky above Sheringham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

More than 80 north Norfolk yoga devotees will be lighting up the sky over Sheringham next month, when they release paper lanterns from the town's highest point to mark the longest day of the year.

Organised by yoga teacher Emily Moll, the event will see class members take part in a yoga session in the grounds of historic St Mary's Priory, Beeston Regis, before making their way up 207 ft-high Beeston Hill to watch the sun go down.

As the evening draws to a close, they will then release lanterns into the sky, celebrating the first day of the astronomical summer - or solstice.

Sheringham-born Ms Moll, who retrained as a yoga instructor in India after giving up a high-flying career in human resources that saw her work in London, Switzerland and France for a global pharmaceutical company, began running informal classes for friends after returning to her home town last year.

She launched Kali Yoga a couple of months later and now has around 150 people aged from ten, to 74, on her books.

As well as running nine classes a week at Upper Sheringham, Cromer and Aldborough, Ms Moll recently launched her own yoga clothing line and has plans to begin weekly sunset yoga sessions on the Leas, Sheringham.

'I never really planned to be a yoga teacher, but it just grew and grew,' she said. 'The response has been amazing and, for me, it is wonderful to know that, instead of waking up to a massive email inbox, I can go out and do something I love.'

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Ms Moll came up with the idea of holding a summer solstice celebration after visiting the priory, where she spent many happy hours as a child, and decided to donate a percentage of proceeds from the event to nearby Hillside Animal Sanctuary.

'It seemed like a good way of giving something back to the community,' she said. 'I just thought it would be a lovely place to do yoga and you can't beat a Norfolk sunset.'

After getting permission from Norfolk County Council to practise yoga in the grounds of the 800-year-old priory, Ms Moll, advertised the event via her Facebook page and, within days, had signed up 80 people.

'The response has been absolutely amazing and I am so pleased with the support I have had from the community,' she said.

The Kali Yoga summer solstice event, which is fully booked, will take place on June 20, starting at Beeston Priory at 7.30pm. For more information about yoga sessions with Emily Moll, visit the Kali Yoga Facebook page.