A dance teacher from South Tyneside has become the first in the region to offer a new exercise regime.
Karen Whitfield, who runs the Attic Dance studio in Jarrow, has been chosen to head up classes in VeraFlow.
The exercise, created by Naomi Di Fabio, is a combination of dance steps, stretching and meditation.
Mrs Whitfield came across the exercise during a search for new courses and after taking part in a masterclass last year, says she fell in love with it.
She then went on to to train in delivering the course.
Her skills and talent in perfecting the technique caught the eye of the founder of VeraFlow who asked Mrs Whitfield to become a master trainer.
To be given an opportunity like this - it is such an honourKaren Whitfield
This means, she will now travel around the country teaching others to become VeraFlow instructors.
Mrs Whitfield is only one of three master trainers in the country – which includes the founder.
The 36-year-old, who owns McKenzie School of Dance, said: “I’d taken part in an instructors’ training course and I fell in love with it, so when I was asked to become a master trainer and train other instructors I was gobsmacked.
“To be given an opportunity like this, to go around the UK and deliver training courses for instructors – it is such an honour.
“The aim of VeraFlow is for a person to find their own flow and rhythm.
“In classes, exercises are shown at a variety of different levels and people choose what level they want to work at.
“It’s a great way for people to relax their body and mind and forget all their troubles.
“Hopefully, this time next year it will become well-known throughout the UK.”
Karen runs classes which are attended by ex-dancers, her advanced ballet dancers as well as those looking to increase their flexibility, strength and general health and wellbeing.
Sessions, which last 45 minutes, are held at Attic Studios, based within the Viking Centre on Tuesdays 7pm – 7.45pm and on Wednesdays 6.15pm - 7pm.
For information on VeraFlow visit veraflow.com