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Walking Meditation

Posted on July 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (21)

I've been worrying all week about my Plan B.  It seemed a good idea to use the whole park for a meditation but I realised there were problems.  The main one being the weather.  I don't think a walk in the rain would have been very popular!  Last night I actually dreamt there was blizzard in the park and everywhere was covered in snow.  I know English weather can be unpredictable, but snow in July?  That would definitely be different!  Fortunately, my pr...

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Plan B for next week

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (22)

Wow!  Fourteen came last Sunday which was a full bandstand.  We could squeeze even more in but it would mean staggering the mats.  Fourteen is probably the ideal number for the Bandstand if we want to stay in a nice, comfortable circle.  As far as I can tell, people are enjoying the sessions and the gentle Dru style is popular.  I was a bit worried about introducing Oms but generally I get the impression everyone is OK with it.  The vibrations at the beginning an...

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Yoga in the rain

Posted on July 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (42)

After a hot and sometimes humid week of searing heat, I woke up this morning to cloudy skies.  My morning practice on the patio was cut short as the heavens opened and rain, much needed for the garden, but probably not for my yoga class, started to fall.  In fact, the air this morning was refreshing and much better than a lot of days this week.  I was fairly certain the bandstand would be dry today because I've checked it out before in much worse rain t...

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A full bandstand

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (22)

I've had loads of enquiries this week and was getting a bit worried about a flash mob appearing in the park.  In fact, it was a perfect number this morning.  The twelve ladies who showed up, several back for their second or third session, easily fitted into the bandstand and I estimate there's actually room for plenty more.  The bandstand really does make a perfect, spacious studio.  The weather today was nicer than a couple of weeks ago although slightly cooler ...

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Summer Solstice 2015

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (42)

Wow - what a weekend!  I took a break from yoga in Raphael Park to celebrate the solstice and what a celebration it was! 

It started on Saturday morning with my usual home practice on the patio.  I love doing yoga outdoors and I'm so lucky to have a south facing garden and a sheltered patio.  It's very unusual for me not to get out there - even in the middle of winter.  Often I'm surprised when I go out the front door how cold it is because my place in the gard...

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Second Class

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (20)

This really is a steep learning curve for me.  After the second session last week I wrote a brilliant blog entry.  All about the lovely ladies who attended (see their photo in the gallery) and how lovely it was to do yoga in the bandstand with them.  Unfortunately my brilliance got lost somewhere along the virtual highway and so that is why the entry never made it to the website.  Clearly I have a lot to learn still.

It was a good session.  It's the participants...

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First Class

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (19)

My first "real" class in the park.  It was actually the second. The first one was on 21st December last year for Winter Solstice with my good friends, Julie and Bozena - and, no, it wasn't cold at all in the Bandstand.  As they say "there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong kind of clothes".  Yoga outside in winter is glorious - I should know because I practise every morning on my patio.  I'm very lucky because it's south facing and a suntrap but, even...

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Ready to launch my classes

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been a busy time, first getting permission from the council and then promoting the classes.  I'm very grateful to Martin Stantan at Havering Council for giving me permission to use the bandstand and Michelle Mitchell at First Step for her help and advice regarding the charity and legal side of things. 

The weather looks good for Sunday and I'm going to spend tomorrow afternoon in the garden finishing my lesson plan for the session.  Teaching is a strange job -...

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Starting my journey

Posted on May 24, 2015 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (24)

So this is my very first blog entry.  After finally getting permission to run my first yoga classes in the park, I've spent the weekend designing my business cards and taking my first baby steps towards setting up a website.  It's all really exciting for me. I've even found out how to create a Page in Facebook.  I'm looking forward to experimenting more and hopefully a few people will come to my first class.  Donations to First Step, a brilliant local charity for pre-schoo...

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