Body and Soul Yoga



The end or the beginning of a journey?

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM

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 experience Rachel’s interpretation of Dru. One of the wonderful things about Dru is that it allows (and positively encourages) every teacher to express themselves while providing a model and tradition to structure their teaching around – so while the benefits of Dru yoga underpin every session no two teachers are exactly alike.

I’d promised Goody Bags to all participants but I was a little worried I wouldn’t have enough. Amazingly I had ten bags and ten participants – just the right number. Despite the posters, social media and newsletters I’d scattered around it was my regulars who came – which was actually lovely in itself. As a teacher I was able to relax knowing my students and what they needed rather than having to assess new people and worry about their needs.

I’ve tried to keep the yoga itself simple over these weeks – blending Dru sequences and techniques with classic Hatha. For the final week I decided to use three Salutation sequences: Earth, Sun and Moon as well as the Flowing Tree. I wouldn’t usually do this in a yoga class (especially in just an hour) but I think it worked on Sunday and gave everyone a taste of each Salutation. Being outside in nature it seemed particularly appropriate to honour these three aspects of our world and minutes into Surya (Sun) Namaskar the sun rose into the sky and bathed our lovely bandstand in sunlight.

A few of us wandered over to Raphaels Restaurant afterwards for coffee which was an opportunity for a proper chat and get to know each other time. Michelle from First Step also joined us and added her thanks for the donations which have now topped £400 (well over my original £300 target).

When something ends, the question always is what next? The bandstand classes have been wonderful experience for me and I'm very proud of the money raised in aid of First Step.  However, my Friday evening class is due to start this week at HAD in Hornchurch and I'm already busy planning the class and themes.  I’m really looking forward to having a permanent location and class. Several of my bandstand students are coming as well as others who maybe felt less enthusiastic about doing yoga outside and in public! The room is a small one but should take a reasonable number of people.

Come along and join us on Friday evening in Hornchurch. Or keep reading my blog to find out what happens next .....

I will be doing classes in the bandstand over the autumn and winter but they will be stand alone sessions rather than a weekly event. At the moment, there are no dates but keep checking the website for details. I promise yoga outdoors is even better in winter – wear the right clothes and what’s to stop you?


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