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Ice queen shows her flexible side

PUBLISHED: 18:15 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 12 August 2010

Jayne Torvill officially opens Breeze Yoga in Beckenham, the only facility in the UK offering both hot and traditional yoga. From left to right are James Hanaway, Director of Fundraising Demelza, Claire Dunphy co-founder Breeze, Jayne Torvill OBE, Councillor Denise Reddin and Nick Clarke co-founder Breeze.

Jayne Torvill officially opens Breeze Yoga in Beckenham, the only facility in the UK offering both hot and traditional yoga. From left to right are James Hanaway, Director of Fundraising Demelza, Claire Dunphy co-founder Breeze, Jayne Torvill OBE, Councillor Denise Reddin and Nick Clarke co-founder Breeze.

GOLD medallist Jayne Torvill was the star guest at the opening of an unprecedented yoga school. The Dancing on Ice star cut the ribbon at Breeze yoga studio in Albermarle Road, Beckenham, last Wednesday afternoon. The new centre is the first of its ki

GOLD medallist Jayne Torvill was the star guest at the opening of an unprecedented yoga school.

The Dancing on Ice star cut the ribbon at Breeze yoga studio in Albermarle Road, Beckenham, last Wednesday afternoon.

The new centre is the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together 10 different styles of yoga.

It is the only facility in the UK offering both traditional and hot yoga, which is practiced in temperatures of some 40 degrees Celsius.

Mrs Torvill, vice president of children's hospice charity Demelza House, which Breeze has selected as its annual charity, said she was delighted to cut the ribbon.

She said: "The fundraising is endless, we need all the support we can get.

"Demelza do everything they can to make it a comfortable place. The children can do things for themselves and be very independent like normal children."

She is due to start filming the new series of Dancing on Ice in October, but the 52-year-old remained tight-lipped about the next batch of contestants.

She said: "They will be announced in January. I can say that it is a very varied line-up and there are some interesting people."

Breeze claim to offer more yoga disciplines than any other studio in the UK and also has a Champions of Youth programme where volunteers from a cross section of backgrounds work in schools, individually mentoring young people.

Breeze teachers will also take yoga into schools, and the club plan to have classes designed for those with injuries and chronic illness.

Owner Claire Dunphy, who set up the company with her business partner Nick Clarke, said: "We are really, really excited about the Champions of Youth programme. We saw a niche in the market. We have the most incredible people working here, some of whom have come from India, Hong Kong and Canada."

Hot yoga guide Naomi Clark described the benefits of taking part in her 90-minute hot-box classes.

She said: "It mimics India's natural conditions. It makes you sweat but it cleanses the skin and gives you a really good cardiovascular workout.

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