Body and Soul Yoga



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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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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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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The end or the beginning of a journey?

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (2223)

This Sunday (8th September) marked the official end of Body and Soul Charity classes in Raphael Park, at least for the summer. It really has been a wonderful 12 weeks and I’ve been so lucky to be joined in the Bandstand by lots of wonderful yogis. Several have actually been yoga teachers themselves and this Sunday, Rachel, who I met on the Dru course in London came along to lead the activation/warm up section. It was lovely to enjoy being a participant for a change and also to experi...

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Strawberries in the Bandstand

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (848)

I arrived in the bandstand for the penultimate session to find strawberries strewn everywhere. It could have been something worse so I couldn’t complain and fortunately I had my broom with me. However, with strawberries ground into the concrete it was difficult to clear completely. These are some of the “problems” doing yoga in a public place. I find myself wishing I could lock the bandstand and keep it all for myself and fellow yogis, clean and ready for our Sunday sess...

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A smaller group this week - 16th August

Posted on August 16, 2015 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (787)

As August gets established numbers have dropped slightly.  This week there were just three of us to start with in the bandstand.  Then Carol passed by and joined us.  It's the second week a passer by has joined in and really lovely that they spare the time to stay around and do a complete session.  Imagine going for a walk in the park and ending up taking part in an entire yoga class!  Along with the different weather we've experienced, changes in numbers and particip...

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Sunshine on the Rockery 9th August

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (1049)

Being outside really gets you in tune with the weather.  And of course English weather is anything but boring!  Having sheltered just last week in the bandstand while it rained all around us - this week dawned sunny and bright.  My concern now was possible heat stroke.  In the bandstand that would have been fine but I'd decided to venture out and try our luck on the rockery.  Fortunately, everyone agreed it was a good idea and the "noisiest tree in the world" was ther...

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Sunday 26th July in the rain

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (806)

30th July 2015

After the walking meditation last week I was hoping to move out of the Bandstand and take full advantage of the summer sunshine in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden Theatre. Unfortunately heavy rain was forecast and as Sunday dawned it was obviously going to be a wet one. Hey ho! With the bandstand to shelter us at least I don’t have to cancel classes just because of a bit of inclement weather. Wonderfully, eleven hardy yogis turned up to enjoy th...

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Ready to launch my classes

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (398)

It's been a busy time, first getting permission from the council and then promoting the classes.  I'm very grateful to Martin Stantan at Havering Council for giving me permission to use the bandstand and Michelle Mitchell at First Step for her help and advice regarding the charity and legal side of things. 

The weather looks good for Sunday and I'm going to spend tomorrow afternoon in the garden finishing my lesson plan for the session.  Teaching is a strange job -...

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Starting my journey

Posted on May 24, 2015 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (413)

So this is my very first blog entry.  After finally getting permission to run my first yoga classes in the park, I've spent the weekend designing my business cards and taking my first baby steps towards setting up a website.  It's all really exciting for me. I've even found out how to create a Page in Facebook.  I'm looking forward to experimenting more and hopefully a few people will come to my first class.  Donations to First Step, a brilliant local charity for pre-schoo...

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