We’ve had a brilliantly memorable few weeks here at Hereford Yoga Centre. It’s been a long time in the making, and we’re finally home.
I thought I’d share just a few of my highlights (in no particular order)….
- ‘The volunteer sessions’; I was completely blown away by the level of support for the project. People turned up and put hours of graft into making the centre ready. They cooked, cleaned, sanded, built, advised, painted, governed, drove, taught, scrubbed and fixed. This has engendered a feeling of shared ownership, pride and responsibility at the Centre. It’s planted the healthy seed of what we envisage will become a flourishing yoga community!
- ‘My first class’ taught in the studio on Open Day, 35 children aged between 6 and 11 learning about peace and respect for others (whilst having loads of fun and howling like dogs). They are the future!
- ‘The radio interview’ with Andrew Easton from BBC Hereford and Worcester, and Nickie, a student who courageously spoke on air about her experiences of being in an abusive relationship and how yoga helped her through. Hats off to Nickie! Click below to hear the clips.
- ‘The hanging of the photos’ of BKS Iyengar in the studio. These images are hard to come by, so heartfelt thanks to Jayne Orton of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Birmingham for the thoughtful gift. Western culture sometimes grapples with the concept of ‘Guru’, but these 2 photos have already provided inspiration and discussion points for several classes. It’s the simplest of relationships really; take inspiration and give respect.
- ‘The facial release’. Watching students, especially beginners, in Savasana (the relaxation pose at the end of the practice) I can see the tension release from the different parts of their face. The skin becomes smooth as the physical technique transforms into a mental surrender to the moment that is rarely found in life’s everyday activities. I love my job.
I may not have much to write very often as I’ll be mostly practicing and teaching, but will use this space to keep you updated on activities at HYC and, if it’s of any interest, my personal experience of this journey.
So until next time, Aum and Prem (that is, Peace and Love)