Monday 13th – Sunday 19th February
At yoga studios across Edinburgh & Serenity Cafe.
Tickets are now on sale for the second Edinburgh Pay-it-Forward Yoga Festival in aid of Edinburgh Community Yoga Outreach and Comas.
Line up includes Kirtan & Opening Party • 108 Sun Salutations • Jivamukti • Yoga Brunch • Sound Journey • Yin Yoga • Kids Yoga • Pregnancy Yoga • Chair Based Yoga • Women’s Yoga • Men’s Yoga • Restorative Yoga • Yoga Therapeutics • Vinyasa Flow • Yin Yang • Soul Flow • Rocket Power Yoga and so much more…See WEBSITE for full details.
In the last couple of months I have begun to re-establish a regular asana practice after more than a year away from my mat. A challenging pregnancy living with the constant vomiting and nausea of Hyperemesis Gravidarum alongside pelvic girdle pain meant for the whole of the pre-natal period I was barely out of my bed never mind able to manage the challenge of yoga poses.
Of course we all know that yoga isn’t just about the physical practice so being too ill to move much didn’t worry me at first, I was confident I could rely on the more gentle practices yoga offers. In fact very often I couldn’t manage pranayama, meditation or yoga nidra either and I quickly realized I was going to have to surrender to the whatever the pregnancy brought me and not fight the process. So I did what I could, when I could, as best I could. I stayed in the moment and I comforted myself with the knowledge that this too would change, and in doing so I kept my yoga practice alive.
After Gracie was born I was swept up in a wonderful whirlwind that left me very little energy to roll out my mat. I was juggling working, studying, moving house and learning to be a mum and somehow six months had flown by before I finally found the time and the energy to begin to re-build my home practice. I was nervous to find out just where my body was (or wasn’t) at and of course had a nagging guilt around the fact that I hadn’t practiced for so long. I needn’t had worried, eventually my body began to crave the flow I had always loved and I knew I was ready to return. I started slowly to begin with, just going over the basics. I’d lost nearly all of my strength and flexibility and was forced to go right back to the beginning in many ways, but it’s been a wonderful lesson in non-judging and self acceptance and I’ve found a new passion for finding the simplicity and clarity of movement you can get in working slowly. Many a time I’ll practice just a few sun salutations before enjoying a lovely long savasana. Slow and deliberate, my lack of power is forcing me to come back to the essence of what asana is for me, teaching me to really tune into my movement and I’m loving every minute of it! To be reminded of the joy of something that has been dear to me for so long is such a pleasure and I’m so grateful to be able to enjoy my body in that way again.
And so onto the next challenge, going back to teaching. To celebrate my return to the joyful world of asana I’m organizing a fundraiser for our not for profit social enterprise Edinburgh Community Yoga Outreach and I would love you to join me. The theme of course, is acceptance. We’ll enjoy some stillness, some breath, vinyasa flow and will finish with some lovely yoga nidra before sharing tea and a catch up.
I hope to see you there – whatever state your practice is in, everyone is welcome. Laura x
24th and 25th of September
LuluLemon, 57 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2JG
We are excited to announce this brand new 2 day interactive workshop run by Edinburgh Community Yoga Outreach which will offer yoga teachers a deeper understanding of the principles of teaching yoga to underserved communities/groups.
We will share practice together, learn from each other and have plenty of time for group discussion.
This workshop is open to yoga teachers interested in this work and also to people who have not completed a yoga teacher training but who are keen to further their learning.
Day 1 1000-1600
We will begin with a gentle yoga practice before moving on to focus on what we mean by yoga outreach, the ethics of teaching yoga outreach and the benefits and challenges of this work. We will also cover the practicalities of teaching outreach, giving consideration to teaching cues and some of the needs of the clients we work with and what we have found to be helpful.
Day 2 1100-1700
After practicing together we will delve into the neuroscience and physiology of the stress response, what happens to the body when under stress and why this important for yoga teachers working in outreach. We will link this to yoga philosophy and the wider traditional teachings of yoga. We will learn the reasons why yoga practices can help. We will have lots of time to experiences the practices for purselves and consider how they impact on us and our students.
Please note this workshop will not be focused on teaching specific asana or on training yoga teachers in a particular style of yoga.
Our wish is that you can apply the principles you learn to your individual teaching style and have the confidence to reach out to groups of people who might not turn up to a general yoga class.
Cost is £120. ECY teachers and Lululemon staff are entitled to a 20% discount. If finance is a genuine barrier to attending and you feel passionately about this work we will offer 2 discounted places.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Ticketing link to follow.