Important class information! There will be NO yoga classes on these dates:
- FRIDAY 19 April (Good Friday)
- MONDAY 15 April
- MONDAY 22 April (Easter Monday)
Classes will continue weekly (see poster for details) until further notice, apart from these dates:
NO YOGA CLASSES on
Everyone is welcome, including complete beginners! You may borrow a yoga mat for the first class if you haven’t got one, but after that I encourage people to invest in their own mat – think of it as your commitment to practise regularly!
Monday class, 7-8.30pm, £7
Monday 4 September onwards at the new weekly venue of St Luke’s Church Centre, Aylsham Road
Friday class, 9.30-10.30am, £7
Friday 8 September onwards – St Augustine’s church hall
To find out more about class venues and teaching options, visit where and when.
NB: please check home page for latest updates to this schedule
I was recently photographed while meditating by Guy Wilkinson for a new exhibition. Guy is aiming to raise funds for local food bank charities by photographing people around the UK while they are meditating. He aims to highlight the idea of unity and provoke thoughts about identity. I will post pictures and more information about the exhibition as soon as possible.
Guy’s previous exhibition and photography book about the impressive Norwich Soup Movement (see pic) raised over £700 for the charity, as well as helping them to enlist new volunteers. Guy’s project was also recently awarded an honourable mention at this year’s International Photography Awards. Guy is looking for more subjects to photograph while they are meditating, so please get in touch with him if you are interested.
Yoga, mindfulness & creativity events this spring…
I’ve posted some pics (below) from the last yoga & mindfulness day I led on the Norfolk coast at Happisburgh. Thanks to some glorious autumn weather, we decamped into the clifftop garden for our morning meditations! The day ended with a guided relaxation in the studio overlooking the sea. Here are some of the comments from the group:
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There’s a big debate going on at the moment about the quality of yoga teacher training in the UK. British Wheel of Yoga Chair Paul Fox was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by John Humphrys about it recently. There was also this interesting article discussing how to find a yoga class that won’t injure you.
“Yoga classes in the UK are currently enjoyed by an estimated 2 million people, but members of the public have no clear way of distinguishing between well-trained teachers and those tutors who may have significant gaps in their skills and knowledge base,” says Paul Fox.
“The British Wheel of Yoga certainly does not have a monopoly on high standards of yoga teacher training. There are many excellent courses on offer. However, there are also some very short intensive courses – some lasting as little as a month – which we believe do not equip yoga teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach yoga postures safely. Teachers need time in their training to learn to modify poses for a range of common conditions, such as bad backs, high blood pressure and arthritis.
“BWY teacher training for its Certificate in Teaching Yoga and Diploma in Teaching Yoga are Ofqual-regulated courses at Level 4 in the National Qualifications Framework and will continue to be market-leading qualifications that exceed the proposed NOS. However, as the Sport England-appointed Governing Body for yoga in England, BWY is pleased to support initiatives like NOS which raise standards in the UK yoga community.”
[Source: British Wheel of Yoga]
My new daytime yoga class at St Augustine’s Hall is every Friday, 9.30-10.30am, £7 drop-in or £6 for a block of 4 classes. It is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who’ve done yoga before. If you have any particular queries, do get in touch.
Please bring a yoga mat (or let me know if you would like to borrow one for the first class).
A reminder that the next Monday evening yoga class is Monday 5 September. Everyone is welcome, including complete beginners! Just let me know in advance if you plan to come, and if you need to borrow a mat for your first class.
I will also be starting a new daytime class at St Augustine’s Hall, just off St Augustine’s Street, Norwich NR3 3BY. This will start on Friday 16 September, 9.30-10.30am, £7 drop-in or £24 for 4 classes. Again, let me know if you haven’t got your own yoga mat so that I can bring a spare. There is no parking at the venue, but there is a car park across the road at Anglia Square.
Tuesday 21 June is International Yoga Day . To celebrate, a special yoga event is being held at Open in Norwich in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. It’s one of dozens taking place around the country between 12 & 21 June.
All funds raised from Yoga for Alzheimer’s events will be used to fund a project looking in to the link between stress and Alzheimer’s.
I’ll be at Open and I’m encouraging my yoga students, friends and family to support the event!