‘The atmosphere was magical’ - dozens strike yoga poses to welcome equinox outside Felbrigg Hall

Participants in the yoga session outside the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall marking the autumn equin

Participants in the yoga session outside the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall marking the autumn equinox. Picture: ANDREAS YIASIMI - Credit: Archant

Up to 60 people joined north Norfolk yoga teacher Vee Zappia on the lawn outside Felbrigg Hall to welcome the autumn equinox.

A public yoga session outside the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall to mark the autumn equinox. Picture

A public yoga session outside the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall to mark the autumn equinox. Picture: ANDREAS YIASIMI - Credit: Archant

Ms Zappia led participants through a number of yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditations as the sun set over the National Trust stately home at the end of a beautiful afternoon.

The unusual event, during which a donations bucket was circulated, raised £500.

Most has been given to the Ellen Mezzetti Memorial Fund in aid of Epilepsy Research UK. Cromer student Ellen died from a seizure in her sleep, aged 16, in 2006.

Ellen's grandmother Liz Mezzetti was among those taking part.

A public yoga session outside the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall to mark the autumn equinox. Picture

A public yoga session outside the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall to mark the autumn equinox. Picture: ANDREAS YIASIMI - Credit: Archant

Ten per cent of the collection has been given to Felbrigg Hall.

'The atmosphere was magical - the passion, the love, the selflessness - it was fabulous. There were all ages and abilities there, from three to 75,' said Ms Zappia, who has been teaching yoga for 12 years and has studied the discipline in India.

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'We reflected on what we had achieved through the summer and tried to energise ourselves to keep strong and positive through the darker, shorter days ahead.'

She plans to stage another fundraising event for the trust at the winter solstice, on December 21, in the Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand.

Places are limited but anyone who would like to take part should email veronicalzappia@hotmail.co.uk or ring 07899 894 581.

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