Murray stretches out with new power yoga business

SBSR Murray Thomson Power Yoga
SBSR Murray Thomson Power Yoga

A hip injury sustained while playing football at university left Murray Thomson in chronic pain and barely able to walk.

Things were so bad that, aged just 24, he was forced to hang up his boots.

“That wasn’t a good state of affairs for someone with a sport and exercise degree and a passion for fitness,” recalled Murray.

It was at that low point in his life that Murray, now 27, saw a promotional video about a yoga programme developed by American professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page to combat injuries suffered in high-impact sports.

Three months into the yoga programme, Murray’s pain was drastically reduced, and within six months, it had gone completely.

“I’d always been a bit sceptical about yoga, but the online programme was a real revelation, not only in helping with the injury but also in building my fitness levels” said Murray, of Cardrona, Innerleithen.

“Each session incorporates elements of physio, Pilates, sports therapy and calisthenics. The spiritual, meditative side of yoga is removed, and there are no weights, although every move is performed as a slow burn so that all your muscles get a workout.”

Murray was so impressed that he signed up to become a fully qualified DDP yoga instructor with a view to setting up his own business.

“I had to make up my own sessions and teach 20 hours of classes as well as completing written tests,” he explained.

The hard work paid off last year when he qualified and, in February this year, he hosted his first classes in Peebles.

Now he has launched Power Yoga Plus – offering private classes and one-to-one sessions. “I want to help others benefit from the DDP system that was integral to my recovery,” said Murray.

He was helped by the Scottish Borders Business Gateway advice service.

“The free workshops gave me the basic knowledge I needed about finance and bookkeeping,” said Murray.

“I was also signposted to the Prince’s Trust, which provided me with a £250 grant to help my launch.

“I’ve been greatly encouraged by the success of my classes, which are designed for people of all ages who want to stay in shape and increase their physical flexibility.

“My oldest client is aged 70, and I’ve just had an inquiry from a 14-year- old ballet dancer. DPP yoga has got me in the best shape I’ve ever been in and, without it, my life would have been very different.”

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