The website Three Best Rated has listings for the Best Yoga Class in Wirral. For the fourth year running we have been included in their listings and as such can display the badges below.
Starting our Business
We started our business, Yogasmiths back in 2016 when Paul took redundancy from his civil service job in Learning and Development. This was a dive into the unknown of setting up, establishing and running our own business. We always wanted to work together and this was a step towards realising this dream. You can read a short bio for us both here https://pauls93.sg-host.com/about/
We initially started out teaching private one to one yoga clients and then expanded into public group classes in April 2017. We were overwhelmed that at our first class we had to turn away 3 people as the class was full. The classes proved popular and consequently we increased the number of classes we offered.
Where we are now….
As of 2020 we are teaching 7 weekly classes including Gentle Years Yoga chair based yoga, running yoga retreats twice a year, running workshops, pop-up yoga events outdoors and Yoga & Sunday Brunch events.
Our intention has always been to create varied and interesting yoga classes that are true yoga classes in every sense of the word. As a result we work hard to create yoga sessions that cover all of the 8 limbs of yoga. We wanted to provide classes in our local area that are accessible to all. Therefore we fully embrace the British Wheel of Yoga’s staged approach to teaching yoga postures / asana. This allows us to have complete beginners in the class as well as retired yoga teachers. Everyone practicing to the correct level for them. A yoga class where you can strengthen your body, free your mind and relax.
We have been consistently included in the top 3 yoga classes in Wirral since we started our business in 2016 on the website Three Best Rated. We are the only room temperature yoga class listed in the top 3 in Wirral. You can find 3 Best Rated here https://threebestrated.co.uk/yoga-classes-in-wirral
We are so very grateful for all the support of our lovely yoga students who attend our events and weekly classes. Without you there would be no Yogasmiths! It is truly a joy to be able to impart the teachings of yoga and to spread the benefits of this wonderful practice.
Hi Everyone! We would like to remind everyone that it is less than a week until our Yogasmiths Christmas Party & Charity Raffle in aid of Wirral’s Homeless Community Interest Company.
Our party will be held at Tanskey’s on South Parade (on the prom) in West Kirby on Thursday 12th December starting at 7:30pm. It is free to attend and you do not need a ticket. There will be the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (Â£1 per ticket) on the night and the raffle will be drawn at 9pm. This will be a lovely evening to escape from the all the craziness of the General Election TV coverage and an opportunity to socialise, support a worthy local charitable organisation and to have a dance!
This is the 3rd year on the run that we have supported this local Community Interest Company who tirelessly work all year round to support our local homeless and other vulnerable members of society. We firmly believe that a society should be judged on how it treats its most vulnerable members and initiatives likes this one should be highly valued by all Wirral’s residents.
In Yoga the Bhagavad Gita details the 4 paths of yoga, one of which is Karma Yoga. This is the Yoga of selfless action and charitable donations and charitable work are examples of this path of yoga.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our class members for their support, we have a huge number of wonderful prizes for this raffle, the best so far since we started in running them in 2017. Many prizes have been donated by class members and also from local businesses. Check out the list of prizes at the end of this blog and also links to the local businesses that kindly donated prizes.
Wirral’s Homeless Community Interest Company are based in Birkenhead feeding and supporting local homeless people and other vulnerable members of society. They provide fresh, healthy home-cooked meals to the homeless community in Birkenhead each night, along with packed lunches and snacks at the weekend. They also provide tents, sleeping bags, toiletries, underwear, socks, hats, scarves and gloves. They are often looking for volunteers to cook food; volunteer drivers to pick up meals from addresses on the Wirral and deliver to Birkenhead in the evening; as well as donations of the above items along with microwavable plastic tubs for food.
Below is the list of Raffle Prizes that we currently have, there are lots of lovely things to win! The Raffle will be drawn at the Yogasmiths Christmas Party.
Vouchers Yogasmiths block of classes gift voucher Yogasmiths block of classes gift voucher Tanskeys afternoon tea for one voucher Tanskeys afternoon tea for one voucher Karma Indian Food voucher C Saw cut & finish hair voucher Susan Maire Sports Massage voucher Susan Maire Sports massage voucher Dancing in the Rain Â£30 gift certificateÂ Sweet Pea Cafe coffee and cake for two voucher Amazon voucher Ground Â£20 voucher Fox & Hounds voucher Evans Shoes voucher Nail Elegance gel nail polish voucher Kerry Clegg Montgomery Hairdressing voucher Posh Hair and Beauty voucher Esperanza Holistics voucher Tropic Skincare by Suzi Facial Voucher x 2
Bottles Three Mills Rose wine Casa Turano Pinot Grigio Co-op fairtrade ChardonnayÂ Baileys Ron Miel La Indiana Honey rum Sainsburyâ€™s Asti Liverpool Gin Freixenet Prosecco AlliNi Prosecco Spumante Prosecco Bottega Gold ProseccoÂ Highland Black Scotch Whiskey Hardys Crest Shiraz Captain Morgan Rum 1L Captain Morgan Rum 70cl Carlos Rodriguez Tempranillo Lambâ€™s Navy Rum Christmas Prosecco Toro Loco Wine and olive oil set Sainsburyâ€™s Mulled Wine Bella Cucina Prosecco Green Mountain IPA box Famous Grouse Whisky x 2 Ballycastle Country Cream McQueen Gin Jean Juviniere Sloe Gin Famous Grouse gift set Martini Prosecco Cockburn’s Port Set M & S Prosecco Gluhwein Mulled Wine Etienne Dumont Champagne
Chocolates Box of Roses Thorntonâ€™s chocolates Linder White chocolates Chocolates with hand knitted Xmas jackets Quality Street Hotel Chocolat Prosecco & Truffles
Toiletries Bath House Feel Gorgeous gift box Esquire shower gel gift set Ted Baker body spray for her Lâ€™Occitane shower gift set Bayliss & Harding sweet mandarin and grapefruit gift set Ragdale Hall Spa gift set Spa shower gel collection The White Company hand and nail gift set Rituals gift set
Candles Oud & Bergamot candle Yankee Candle simply home gift set Torc velvet rose candle Yankee Candle Medium Jar Candle Alusi Multi-flame candle Yankee Candle scented tea light candles Parks Aromatherapy candle
MiscellaneousÂ Amazon Echo dotÂ Dirty Dog Sports sunglasses Richardson Sheffield Cheese Knives Mr Listerâ€™s Quiz box Doll with home knitted clothing Lavender eye pillow Lavender eye pillow Notepad gift Ladies scarves bundle Perfected Fusion hair styler Crofton glass Bon Bon jars Melinera Storage jars Yoga Cats Calendar Designed by Mel print – Phone Box Designed by Mel print – Telephones Eden Floral Design – Xmas table centre piece Warrior Yoga Mat Green bottle water bottle
Susan Maire is a regular Thursday Yoga class member. We both have regular sports massage with her and enjoy the benefits of doing so. We firmly believe that a combination of Yoga and regular massage helps to keep you in great condition! Susan currently has a great offer on at the moment that new clients can take advantage of, 3 massages for the price of 2, this works out at 3 massages for Â£60. We will hand you over to Susan from Susan Maire Sports Massage to talk about massage…..
What is Sports Massage?
Massage is one of the earliest forms of physical therapy and was used over 3000 years ago in China, India and Greece.
It involves manipulating soft tissue.
Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage eg muscles, skin and fascia.
Itâ€™s designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma.
A sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
Q: Is it just for athletes?
A: Not at all! Soft tissue massage can help almost anyone who is experiencing aches and pains, whether they are caused by sport, work or from sitting too much in a car or at a computer.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: Massage of tight â€œknottyâ€œ muscles can be uncomfortable as they are released, however as a therapist I believe itâ€™s important to communicate with clients throughout the treatment to ensure that it isnâ€™t too painful.
I donâ€™t believe itâ€™s a case of no pain no gain!
Q: How long does it take to work?
A: This depends on lots of factors. Iâ€™d expect most clients to see some benefit in the day or two after a treatment. However, if an injury has been present for some time itâ€™s likely to take more than one session to correct it. I will usually suggest some stretches to do between sessions too.
Q: Do I need to be injured to benefit?
A: No definitely not! As with most things prevention is usually better than cure and picking up and correcting tight areas may prevent an injury.
Iâ€™m based in West Kirby and have a clinic room at home. Iâ€™m a keen triathlete and understand the love of training and racing.
I love what I do as I get to see real improvements in clientsâ€™ pain and movement.
I have a Level 3 VCTC qualification and full insurance.
Sessions cost Â£30 per hour and I offer reductions for regular clients booking blocks of sessions.
Susan can be contacted via her Facebook Business page, link below;
Thank you to all those who took part in our Yogasmiths Christmas Charity Raffle. As we discussed in class, Christmas and the start of the new year is a great opportunity to practice Karma yoga via charitable giving.
There were many prizes on offer;
The winner of our top prize, a block of 6 Yogasmiths classes and a box of After Eight mints, was Lisa Shaw from West Kirby;
We raised nearly Â£80 from the raffle. We have donated Â£100 to a local Community Interest Company that feed the local homeless. They are called Wirral’s Homeless CIC. They have a facebook page at;
If you would like to donate any money to the group they would be most grateful to receive it and they accept bank transfer of a Paypal. Wonderful local groups like this are dependant on the generosity of others.
Tia and Ben, two of our regular yoga students at our weekly Hoylake Yoga class kindly invited us to attend the West Kirby Light Opera Society Stars in their Eyes night.
It was held in Westbourne Hall and was a fantastic night out. Steve and I took my mum to see it and we all had a great time.
All of the performers were wonderful. There was Johnny Cash, Kate Bush, The Supremes, Michael Buble, Dean Martin, K D Lang, George Michael, Roy Orbison, Shirley Bassey, Taylor Swift, Bewitched, Tina Turner, Cindy Lauper, Nancy Sinatra, Grace Jones and more! The Winner was the very fierce Grace Jones. She had everyone on the edge of their seats wondering if they were going to be picked on from a very in character temperamental Grace Jones!
We were overwhelmed by Tia who performed as Shirley Bassey, Kate Bush and Diana Ross and the Supremes. Our personal favourite was her turn as Kate Bush performing Wuthering Heights complete with the famous dance!
The Yoga has got to help with a dance routine like this;
Ben too was in fine voice as the man in black Johnny Cash performing Ring of Fire, complete with a Tijuana Brass man in the background!
Tia is heavily involved in putting the night together and is also a key member of the West Kirby Light Opera society. The night was a great success and we will be sure to return next year!
Check out the website for the West Kirby Light Opera Society and their up coming events here;