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As part of Mental Health Awareness Week a Sussex builders’ merchant has introduced  ‘Yoga With Your Boots On’ sessions – available to its customers every morning at 7.30am Monday 8 to Friday 14, May.

Over 15 trades people participated in the first 30-minute morning session on Monday  – developed specifically for those in the construction trade.


Steve Holford, a builder and decorator from Ringmer, was one of the participants in the first session. He said that he really enjoyed this morning’s session. ‘I actually started doing yoga five years ago and I go about twice a week. I initially started yoga to de-stress and feel calmer. It has also had great muscular benefits that help with heavy lifting and aids recovery from physical strains. I really enjoyed this morning – it’s a great start to the day and definitely helps clear your mind for the day ahead.”

With a recent survey* revealing that 85 per cent of construction workers felt that the industry today does not adequately address issues of mental health in the workplace, Chandlers Building Supplies wanted to do something to highlight this.

Sue McKinney of Chandlers Buildings Supplies, said: “We hear lots about the corporate world trying office yoga to improve productivity and help relieve stress. What about the construction and trade workers who literally put stress on their muscles and joints working on a manual job all day? With the focus on Mental Health Awareness this week we felt it is important to offer something to our customers that has proven health benefits to body and mind.”


Crowborough-based Yoga teacher, Jo Rumm, is taking the yoga sessions. Jo said: “Practising yoga doesn’t just improve physical strength; it also calms and focuses the mind. I really enjoyed bringing the benefits of yoga to the building trade and we have four more sessions this week.”

Yoga with Your Boots One continues every morning this week at 7.30am for customers and visitors to Chandlers Buildings Supplies. It’s free and you don’t need to bring anything with you – no need for mats.

If the ‘Yoga With Your Boots On’ sessions prove popular the builders’ merchants may roll it out to all its 12 branches.

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