Looking back to last year’s Mother’s Day when the Tesco class was cancelled and I shared You Tube recordings instead. Looking forward to next year when maybe we can be together again in person. And for the present, gratitude that there are other ways to share the gift of yoga.
It's hard to believe that it's a whole year since I last taught in the Tesco Community Room. When they first closed the room I thought it would just be for a few weeks and we'd be back. A year down the line and it's still uncertain when, and even if, we can return. Those early weeks were very confusing. I remember feeling adrift and anxious. Yoga became my anchor and luckily my own yoga teacher, the brilliant Denny, stepped straight in with daily Facebook Lives which really saved my sanity. I realised my own students might appreciate something similar from me (although I don't pretend to be anything like the teacher that Denny is!) and my first thought was to send out links so they could make up their own class.
The first such email was Mother's Day. I sent virtual flowers in lieu of the flower spray I usually give everyone at the end of the class together with quotations and links so they could make up their own yoga class. I was amazed at how appreciative they all were.
By Easter Sunday I was doing my own Facebook Live class which eventually evolved into zoom sessions and the only yoga community we've got now. It's been a long and difficult year for us all. 2020 certainly didn't turn out the way we planned way back in January last year and 2021 has seemed almost harder, but somehow we've got through. I'm teaching more yoga classes now than ever before and we're promised light is shining at the end of the tunnel.
I'm taking bookings now for outdoor classes on Tuesday 30th March. You can book and check availability online (maximum five per class - bookings after five will go onto a waiting list). There are two sessions available 11.00am to 12.00 and 1.00 to 2.00pm. If necessary I will open another session from 2.15 to 3.15pm. Numbers are limited to five per class so booking is essential but it's all included in the Gold Membership so there's nothing extra to pay. If you're not already a Gold Member there's still time. There are three weeks left until the next renewal date. Membership is £15 for three weeks (until 2nd April). New members can pay £5 for a week's trial - unlimited zoom classes and recordings, then £10 for the remaining weeks. Email me for more information.
March Theme: Gratitude
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-188), US Writer
This week’s Task:
Discover hidden virtues: Identify one thing that frustrates you about life at work or home – it could be a person you interact with, a difficult project, or even an attitude that doesn’t serve you. How could that thing be useful? In what ways could you, in fact, be thankful for it? Remember: it’s often the difficult times that lead us to wonderful things, even if it takes us a while to realise it!
Taken from Every Day Matters by Dani DiPirro
7.3.21 Stretch & Flow Yoga Recording
75 minute class with option for longer savasana (Dru deep relaxation going through each part of the body twice: physical and subtle) for those who want it. Today’s class has a Mother’s Day theme of nurturing and gratitude to those who have nurtured and helped you to grow (often that is your mother but it may be your father, a friend, an aunt, uncle, teacher or even a role model who has inspired you). It includes the Moon Salutation (Chandra Namaskar) in honour of last night’s new moon and Eagle (Garudasana) practised today as a supported balance.
The recording will be available for a week after today's class - please use and enjoy at your convenience as a Mother's Day gift from me.
To become a Gold Member with access to all Body and Soul live zoom classes (and recordings) plus the relaunch classes in Lodge Farm Park on 30th March (subject to space) contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trial week: £5
Remaining two weeks after that until 2nd April: £10
I qualified to teach in 2015 but my yoga journey started much earlier, way back in the 1970s. Here I share my experiences and passion about everything yoga.