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Yoga Walks

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (11339)

YOGA CLUB BLOG – 16th August 2016

“Now the exposition of Yoga is being made.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book 1, V1

I started the Yoga Club in January with the idea of offering people “something more” than you get from a conventional yoga class. I wanted to explore the “soul” aspect of Body and Soul Yoga and look at the philosophy and theories which make the practice so much more than just an exercise to keep the body fit.

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Thanks Tesco!

Posted on March 20, 2016 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (2025)

A small room tucked between the Bakery Department shelves is an unusual space for Sunday morning yoga – but then Body and Soul Yoga thrives in unconventional settings. I have to say a big thank you to Tesco for providing the room which is used by many groups throughout the week. It’s lovely to see how much actually goes on there from jewellery making and children’s activities to Harry’s stamps (which follows the yoga on Sundays). The room really lives up to its name...

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Posted on January 31, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1832)

First Meeting - 29th January in Raphaels Cafe

The Yoga Club launched with our first official pop up meeting on Friday morning.  It was a slow but sure start with just me and new member, Shona, at Raphaels Cafe.  I was very glad to meet Shona and I hope she enjoyed the morning as much as I did.  We spent a lot of time chatting and getting to know each other.  Turned out we had lots in common and although Shona is new to yoga she has links with an ashram in India...

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New Year Intentions

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1942)

What a fantastic way to start the new year! I have to admit, after the mildest winter so far “since records began” Sunday 3rd January was a proper winter day. So, while the December session was more like an autumn day, this time we needed our layers to keep warm. Who says you can’t do yoga outside in winter? Nine of us hardy yogis gathered in the bandstand and enjoyed a whole hour of Surya Namaskar and Dru sequences. Thanks to everyone who came. I really appreciate it ...

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Mark's Sparky Spinach Spin

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (1768)

Every other week my yoga column in the Havering and Romford Post morphs into Julie Blakebrough’s Smoothie and Juicing column. I have to admit Julie looks good on it so I’ve decided to take a “spinach” leaf out of her book and offer up my own juice recipe. I based it on the new range at M&S which provides all the ingredients for a healthy drink in a beaker. You just need to add water and blend. My recipe isn’t much different (at least it shouldn’t be...

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December Delight

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (1418)

There’s something special about yoga outside in the winter. Maybe it’s because most of the winter we’re stuck indoors. Often the only time we step outside is on our way to or from something else. Even a walk around the park isn’t the same as yoga for me. You’re still moving forwards, journeying from one space to another. Today’s time in the bandstand was something else again. A time to stop and pause – to enjoy the experience while staying in th...

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Resting Poses

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (8547)

Balasana/Pose of a child

If you need to come out of an asana or sequence early, you can rest in Balasana while others in the class finish. Pose of a child stretches and releases the lower back so there’s never an excuse to stop mid-class for a chat or to check your iphone!

Begin by kneeling, bottom on heels and knees together. Bring your head to the floor, relax into the posture and focus on your breathing. Use a block to rest your head if necessary. Stretch your arms ...

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What to Expect in a Yoga class and Easy Pose

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (2296)


What to expect in a yoga class

When you first walk into a yoga class, you may be surprised to find people lying on the floor. Don’t worry, you’re not late, regulars often arrive early so they can relax before the class starts. In our busy lives there’s rarely time to be “in the moment”. A short time, lying in savasana (corpse pose) helps you leave your day outside and focus inwards.

Tell the teacher if you have any injuries or medica...

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Great Plans in 2015

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (598)

2015 has been an exciting yoga year for me! I discovered yoga when I was 15 through a Sunday morning TV programme but it took many years (I’m 55 now) of personal practice before I was ready to teach others. I finally graduated as a Dru yoga teacher in January. Soon after that, I visited their beautiful centre in Snowdonia and found myself practising yoga next to a Welsh waterfall. A month later I flew to Poland for an intense yoga experience including pranayama (yoga breathing) outs...

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Winter classes start

Posted on November 1, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1629)

It's been nice to have a break on Sunday mornings, especially as the first couple of months back in my "real" job are always stressful. 70 new students to welcome into my ESOL classes has been more than enough of a challenge for me.  Brian (my husband) welcomed my Sundays off with a celebratory bottle of wine on Saturday nights (difficult to do when you're leading a yoga class the following morning).  But half term and, with the Om Yoga Show finished for another year, this...

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