Hundreds expected in free mass yoga class at Living Smart Festival on September 22

BEND, STRETCH: Participants in the free mass yoga class at last year's festival. Even more people are expected to get involved this year. No registration is required. Simply turn up on the day. Picture: Supplied.
BEND, STRETCH: Participants in the free mass yoga class at last year's festival. Even more people are expected to get involved this year. No registration is required. Simply turn up on the day. Picture: Supplied.

Hundreds of locals are expected to take part in a huge yoga class to kick off the Living Smart Festival at Speers Point Park next month.

A free mass yoga class, suitable for all ages and skill levels, will begin at 8am at the event on Saturday, September 22.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s sustainability manager, Alice Howe, said yoga was a hit at last year’s festival when more than 200 people took part in a class.

“It is such a beautiful lakeside setting and a great way to set a happy and healthy tone for the rest of the day,” Dr Howe said.

This year’s Living Smart Festival will feature farmers markets, urban farming workshops, sustainable fashion stalls, cooking demonstrations and other workshops in keeping with the sustainable living theme.

As well as the 60-minute morning yoga session, free yoga classes for seniors and kids will be offered throughout the day.

“This is Lake Macquarie’s biggest sustainability event, and it gets better every year,” Dr Howe said.

“We have a really exciting line-up, and it is particularly topical this year with War on Waste host Craig Reucassel among our guest presenters.”

Registrations are not required for the 8am yoga class – participants can simply show up on the day with an exercise mat or towel.

For more information about the Living Smart Festival go to lakemac.com.au/living-smart-festival.

Video arcade

AND for those who prefer to get their relaxation by strolling down memory lane, be sure to check out the pop-up retro video game console arcade at Toronto Library on Saturday, September 1.

Remember Sega Rally Championship, Pong and Duck Hunt? Well, those and other original video game consoles released between the late 1970s and the 1990s will be available to play from 9am to noon.

The pop-up retro video arcade is part of the council’s History Illuminated program of events from September 1 to 9. The retro arcade will feature a mix of popular consoles and rare items.

Select from a range of games to play, supplied by Gamer Collect. Entry is by golf coin donation.

For more information on the retro video arcade, and the History Illuminated program of events, visit library.lakemac.com.au

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