Yoga in the park

THE ancient art of yoga will be part of a fitness program aimed at boosting the health of residents while also attracting more people to Liverpool's Bigge Park.

The Surf Life Active Camp — an initiative which aims to reduce obesity rates by promoting physical fitness, is sponsored by Surf Life Saving Australia, local government and several Australian corporations — will start at the park on February 17

Yoga in Daily Life Society instructor Prem Kumar, said while the sport was a great way to get fit, it also had other benefits.

"It calms the mind, allowing you to block out all the chitter chatter and balances your nervous system," Ms Kumar said.

"Yoga stimulates your organs and speeds up your metabolism, which helps you to lose weight.

"You don't get immediate results with yoga; it's not a Band-Aid solution, but it has long-term benefits for your whole body, preventing high blood pressure and disease."

The camp has previously been delivered to several Sydney councils, but Liverpool will be the first western Sydney council to host it.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said signing up with the camp was part of the council's commitment to being a leading and proactive council.

He said the camp would also "further activate the park" by encouraging office workers to go there during lunch breaks.

The free initiative will also include CrossFit classes, with sessions to be held from 12.30pm to 1.15pm Monday to Friday throughout 2014.

A Liverpool Council spokeswoman said the program would also provide participants with tailored nutritional guidance and would help locals to avoid spending most of their day sitting down.

Spaces are limited.

To sign up go to liverpool.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 362 170.

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