A Carlisle park is to once again host hundreds for an increasingly popular day of yoga.

Yoga Day will for another year be celebrated in Bitts Park, with more than 550 tickets already sold for the June 23 event.

With 16 independent local yoga instructors holding 36 yoga, meditation and mindfulness classes throughout the day, the free event will offer a range of events for beginners and experts alike.

Founder and coordinator of Carlisle's day of yoga, Caroline Robinson, said the Sunday event will have "something for everyone, whatever age, ability and experience."

"We wanted to create an event which made mindful practices as accessible as possible to any member of the community to get involved in a familiar environment.

"In 2018 we had over 200 people down to the park on the most beautiful day and this year we wanted to make it even bigger and better.

"The generosity of the local community has been incredible with all the instructors giving their time for free and local businesses and organisations offering help wherever they can.”

Caroline added that being a "complete system for healing", yoga is an important skill to have more widely adopted.

"Most people understand yoga to be a physical endeavour and it is often seen as inaccessible to many," she said.

"The truth is that if you can breathe, then you can practice yoga.

"There’s an array of different styles and teachers and it often takes a little exploration before you find something that meets your needs.

"At Yoga Day in Carlisle we are looking to demonstrate what is available locally and to give people the opportunity to make an informed choice."

Caroline described the response to this year's day of yoga as "incredible".

"For those who haven’t managed to secure a spot ahead of time, there will be drop in sessions available on the day - just come down and get involved," she said.

Carlisle's yoga day has attracted a wide array of support from local, national and international businesses, including the national monthly magazine Om Yoga and global clothing brand OHMME Apparel.

Shelby Smith, relationship manager at OHMME Apparel said the company appreciates the importance of mindfulness, "both on and off the mat."

"That’s why events like Yoga Day are so important," she said.

"It’s about including people from all over to show that the practice is both beneficial and accessible regardless of their background.

"We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of yoga day in Carlisle and are very excited to see all of the people who come out and are able to participate in the celebrations.”

Supported by Carlisle City Council, the event received a community events grant from the local authority earlier this year.

The council's portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, Elizabeth Mallinson, said the body was "delighted to be supporting Yoga Day in Carlisle.

"Bitts Park is a great place to visit and is a beautiful setting for the event. This is another opportunity to improve your health and wellbeing, so sign up soon."