Jess Ennis-Hill shares pregnancy fitness secrets at yoga centre opening

Jess Ennis-Hill and Nicola Harpin at the opening of the new yoga centre on Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield
Jess Ennis-Hill and Nicola Harpin at the opening of the new yoga centre on Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield
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Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill spoke about how she has stayed in shape through her pregnancy as she officially opened a new yoga centre in Sheffield.

The pregnant London 2012 star was at Yoga At The Reach - a new venture launched by her yoga instructor Nicola Harpin - at Blenheim Reach off Ecclesall Road.

The 28-year-old who is due to give birth in a couple of months has been a regular attender at Nicola’s classes.

She told The Star: “I’ve been coming with a friend for the last couple of years.

“Nicola does pregnancy yoga so we’ve changed what we do compared to before.

“We learn really good breathing techniques and exercises and it’s a great way to have a stretch.

“Yoga has been really good for me training-wise.

“It helps me keep some level of fitness up through my pregnancy and also in the run-up to major championships.”

Jess was joined at the opening by her husband, Andy Hill, and even persuaded him to join in with some bhangra dancing alongside other guests.

And despite being busy preparing to become a mum, Jess said she would still find time to keep up with next month’s Commonwealth Games.

“I will definitely be watching. I’ve still got lots of team mates who are competing,” she added.

Nicola, a mum of two, who has taught yoga in Sheffield for several years, set up her own venture earlier this year thanks to a crowd-funding exercise which saw supporters donate over £9,000.

She runs pre and post natal yoga classes as well as lessons in Ashtanga and Hatha yoga styles.

She said: “We were delighted when Jess said she could come along for our opening day.

“We wanted to thank everyone who has supported us and let people know we are here.”