THE coronavirus pandemic has raised concerns for people's mental wellbeing but a Dunfermline woman is striving to help with free virtual yoga.

Justyna Majewska, who works as a manager with Fife Migrants Forum, has turned the weekly class she runs at 4 Arts, in Victoria Street, into an online venture that is attracting participants from across the globe.

Having taught her twice-weekly classes for three years, Justyna, 37, decided to live-stream them on her 'Ju Yoga' Facebook page for people of all ages and abilities.

And, such has been its popularity, her regular participants have been joined by almost 200 from as far afield as her native Poland, as well as Sweden, Romania and Australia.

Justyna, who also attends Dunfermline Boxing Club's ladies' and running sessions, said: "I have a class on Friday mornings in Dunfermline, which is very gentle, and I put it on Facebook.

"Around 180 people joined within the space of three weeks. The yoga I do is early, at 7am, but people can do it from the comfort of their own bed. It's been great so far and I've had really good feedback.

"Mentally, I hope it can help people a lot. You realise how difficult it can be for people in the community to isolate themselves, and if they don't go out, they can feel lonely.

"I'm overwhelmed. People were asking to join, I thought why not, and they've spread the word. I'm glad I can help – it is helping me."

Justyna delivers yoga that focuses on a gentle approach, using aromatherapy, sound-healing and a variety of meditations, and that helps release negativity and stress from the body by methods including trauma-releasing exercises.

She continued: "It helps my body to relax, and my mental health as well.

"I am focused more, energised and keeping positive. There is so much negative information that every little helps; I try to be a bit of sunshine in dark times.

"I hope they enjoy; it is very gentle yoga I teach. Every class is different."

Justyna runs two classes – on Fridays at 7am and Saturdays at 10am – on her Facebook page, which can be accessed by searching for 'Ju Yoga'.