Lying down with your eyes closed? My kind of exercise

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Those readers participating in Lent may be spurred on by the knowledge that there are only 30 days to go.

My neighbour is using the religious observance to shed a few pounds, but has spurned abstinence in favour of exercise.

‘Yoga, Lucinda. Yoga is the answer,’ he says.

It turns out he is not doing a class, just working his way through Geri Halliwell’s yoga manual – lingering over the photographs, I suspect.

‘Have you mastered many poses?’ I ask him.

‘One. The devil is in the detail and I have it almost perfectly. It’s called The Corpse.’

I’m intrigued.

‘You lie on your back with your eyes closed.’

Now this is the kind of exercise I can sign up to.