Megan Kerr is looking forward to yoga classes at the Te Hoe hall.

The power of social media has helped grant the wish to bring yoga to a small North Waikato town.

An advert was placed on a Hamilton Facebook page in search of a yoga teacher for Te Hoe.

Spied by an "attentive niece" it was passed on to Jo Belworthy from the Hauraki district, some 50 kilometres away, who put her hand up.

Belworthy admitted she had to find where Te Hoe was on a map.

But unfazed by distance, she approached Megan Kerr who placed the advert ahead of her big move to Te Hoe in June as part of gypsy day, where farmers relocate for the new season.

"She had already signed up 20 keen yogis before she placed the Facebook request looking for a teacher," Belworthy said.

Kerr said as a busy farming mum with two little kids, she realised she needed to do something for herself to help keep her body and mind healthy.

"I decided to go along to a yoga class in a town nearby and loved it."

Wanting to continue yoga after her move to Te Hoe, but without the extra travel in an already busy farming schedule, Kerr joined a local community Facebook page and put the word out to find like-minded yogis.

"The response was great, people of all ages from 20 to 60 plus put their hands up to come along.

"The local hall is just down the road, so it is a perfect reason for us to come together once a week and do something for our mind body and souls.

"Small towns are great at getting together and helping each other out in times of need, so why not get together once a week and help motivate each other to live a healthier life."

Belworthy has been practising yoga for 27 years, earning her teaching diplomas in India, England and Australia.

She already teaches in Thames and the rural towns of Paeroa and Ngatea and is excited about being able to teach further afield.

"Yoga is such a passion of mine – I love what if does for me, not only physically, but mentally, and I am always inspired watching my students get the same benefits out of it that I do.

"Being able to take it to people who would not normally have access to a class is so cool. It would be great if I could spread myself around to reach more small communities."


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