Yoga key to Leeds model’s Miss England triumph

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A Leeds model has a local yoga studio to thank after winning the fitness category in the Miss England contest.

Pearl-Susanne Davison, of Headingley, was crowned Miss England Sportswoman 2016 at the beauty pageant’s national final in Southport this summer.

The psychiatric nurse came out top in a boot camp competition involving all 50 regional heat winners, and the Miss Leeds runner-up has now been offered sponsorship and free membership by Yoga Kula in Chapel Allerton, where she trains.

Pearl-Susanne, a part-time bodybuilder, began attending the yoga classes last year.

“After the first session, I felt amazing and I couldn’t wait to go back. With a busy and stressful job as a mental health nurse it a perfect release from anxiety and stress,” she said.

“I can roll out my mat and just literally let go. It has helped massively with my bikini competitions, entering Miss England and stage anxiety. Yoga has helped me find a balance between my other methods of exercise such as weight lifting and high-intensity classes.”

Pearl-Susanne studied at the University of Leeds’s School of Healthcare.